The Roots of Social Justice—Kids’ Responses to Inequality

At what age can kids consider fairness to others?

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Celebrating Over One Million Views on Growing Friendships!

Growing Friendships blog on Psychology Today recently reached over one million views! Here's a look back at some favorite posts.

Struggles That Make Kids Stronger

Sometimes the best thing we can do for our kids is to allow them to struggle.

Helping Your Shy Child

When they’re around other kids, shy children feel like outsiders looking in. Here are ways to help your child feel more comfortable and confident in social situations.

Raising Empathic Kids

Michele Borba's new book "Unselfie" offers practical ways to help kids learn to care about others.

What’s the Hardest Stage of Parenting?

Can you guess which stage of parenting research says has the lowest average level of parenting satisfaction for moms?

Cyberbullying: What Parents Need to Know

Cyberbullying involves using electronic communication to intimidate and harass someone. Because it's so public and so easily spread, it can be devastating.

Teen Sexting in Perspective

Is sexting really "the new normal" among teens? Here's what research says plus some practical ideas for parents.

Sibling Abuse and Bullying, Part 2

Practical ways that parents can minimize sibling aggression and prevent it from escalating to bullying

Sibling Abuse and Bullying

Brothers and sisters can hurt each other very, very badly, and because they live together, there’s no escape for the victims. Learn the facts about sibling bullying.

5 Questions to Ask a Child Psychologist

A child psychologist is a combination coach, cheerleader, and fairy godmother. Here are questions to help you find the right psychologist for your child and family.

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

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 lots of violent video games and haven’t murdered anyone!” 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

Pixar’s Inside Out is an exciting and compelling. 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 to NOT 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?

Our smart phones and tablets 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?

Does intuitive parenting exist? Can “gut feelings” guide us to raise our children well?

Why Kids Often Don’t Speak Up Against Bullying

It's more than fear that keeps kids from reporting bullying. Here are some of the beliefs and psychological processes that can lead kid to stay silent about cruelty.

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 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

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. (Hint: It's not just about adding praise!)


"Frenemies" run hot and cold. They can be fun, exciting, and popular, but they’re also risky, because they can ruthlessly turn on their friends. 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.