How To Make Teen Volunteer Work More Than A Resume Builder

New research explains how to inspire teens to "service beyond self."

The Truth About Violent Video Games and Kids, Part 2

If you’re the type of person who tends to cover your eyes during the violent scenes in a movie, and you cringe at violent slapstick humor, it may be hard to imagine why anyone would want to play violent video games, but their popularity is undeniable. How can we understand the appeal of violent video games for kids and how should parents respond?

The Truth About Violent Video Games and Kids, Part 1

Fans insist, “I’ve played hundreds of hours of violent video games and haven’t murdered anyone!” But anyone who has ever felt excited, tense, or frustrated while playing a video game has been “affected” by them. Does this translate into meaningful real life outcomes? Here's what parents should know about the effects—and noneffects—of violent video games.

Do Boys Need Rough and Tumble Play?

Why do boys wrestle and play pretend fighting? Do all boys do this? Should we view it as violence or innocent fun?

Inside Out—And Beyond

It could have been awful. A movie that teaches kids about emotions could have been dry and preachy. Instead, Pixar’s Inside Out is an exciting and compelling tour of inner life that’s grounded in science plus an authentic understanding of how kids feel. Here are three lessons about emotions from the movie--plus one more.

Social Challenges of Children With ADHD (Part 2)

“Parental friendship coaching” may be an important key to helping children with ADHD address their social challenges.

Social Challenges of Children With ADHD

For children, the most difficult part of having Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often the social challenges it causes.

How NOT to Raise a Narcissist

Narcissism is more than believing “I’m great!”; it’s believing “I’m better and more important than you!” Here's how NOT to raise a narcissistic child.

Are You a Distracted Parent?

We live in a technology-saturated time. Our smart phones and tablets are useful and very compelling, but there’s no question that they can pull us away from being present to our children. On the other hand, constantly staring at our kids in rapture is neither realistic nor desirable.

Mother’s Intuition: Do You Have It?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we automatically knew the best way to raise our children? Intuition involves “gut feelings” that happen without conscious or deliberate weighing of facts, and it has been well documented by research. But what does this mean for parents?

Why Kids Often Don’t Speak Up Against Bullying

Whenever there’s a terrible case of bullying in the news, people wonder, “How could this happen?” and “Why didn’t any kids come forward earlier to stop this?” In part, kids say nothing out of fear—because they don’t want to be the next one targeted! But here are some of the beliefs and psychological processes that can lead kid kids to turn a blind eye to bullying.

Is It Bullying...Or Ordinary Meanness?

We adults haven’t managed world peace or even perfect marriages, so it’s unrealistic to think that our children will always be perfectly kind to each other.

Post-Adrenaline Blues

When we push and push and push and then STOP, we often experience what I call "Post-Adrenaline Blues." We’re depleted, dissatisfied, and prone to questioning everything about our lives.

Helping the “Bad Kid” of the Family

Sometimes, one child in the family gets into trouble noticeably more than the other children. Here's how to help that child step out of the “Bad Kid” role.

Making Up Is Hard to Do... For Kids

Children argue with their friends. A lot. What can we, as parents, do to help them learn to resolve conflicts?

Soft Criticism

The usual advice is to sandwich criticism between praise, but that doesn’t really soften the blow. If we want others to respond constructively to our criticism, we need to be able to give it in a way that decreases their defensiveness.


"Frenemies" are friends who run hot and cold. They're often fun, exciting, and popular, but they’re also risky, because they can ruthlessly turn on their friends when it suits their interests. How can you help your child cope?

10 Ways to Help Children Listen Better

"My kid doesn't listen!" is a common parent complaint. The answer to being heard may be to make it easier for our children to listen. Here are some ideas about how to do this.

Time Management for Kids

Understanding time helps kids to use their time well. It’s a key part of executive functioning skills, such as planning and prioritizing. Here are four key questions you can use to support your child’s developing sense of time.

Why Do Girls Gossip?

People are interesting. Gossip makes up about two-thirds of the naturally occurring conversations of adult men and women, so it’s unrealistic to expect kids never to gossip.

Family Traditions

Home-made family traditions are a unique legacy of our love for our kids.

Popular Kids

Is your child popular? Does he or she want to be? Do you consider popularity an important goal for kids or teens?

“Fat Letters” Are Cruel to Kids

Do "fat letters" motivate children to lose weight?

Teaching Children to Read Emotions

Reading aloud to children and encouraging them to think about the character's feelings may help children develop empathy and kindness.

Helping Children Who Cry Easily

Kids who cry easily may pay a social cost.

Learning to Be a Good Sport

Many children have trouble coping with winning and losing. They gloat and brag when they win. They cry, sulk, or accuse others of cheating if they lose. Here are some ways to help kids take competition in stride.

Children's Play Date Guidelines

Simple guidelines to help your child be a good host.

What Friends Teach Children

Friends are not only a source of fun; they also help children grow in meaningful ways.

Preventing Mom Meltdowns and Dad Detonations

As much as we love our children, we’ve all had moments of feeling exasperated with them. Here's what you can do when you feel like you're ready to explode.

Chores and Children

Just tell your child, “Scrubbing the bathroom will fill you with joy!” Surely that will inspire your child to pick up a sponge! Well, maybe not… Here are some practical ways to get kids to help with housework.