When and How to Say No to Kids

Here are seven situations when you may need to say no to your kids and some suggestions for how to do it.

3 Common Friendship Mistakes for Kids

Every child faces friendship challenges at some time, in some way, but broadly speaking, there are three main ways that children struggle socially.

3 Ways Kids Can Solve Friendship Conflicts

Conflicts are common in children’s friendships, but they don’t have to mean the end of a relationship. Here are three ways kids can move past disagreements.

How To Be Your Child’s Friendship Coach

Recent research suggests that parents can play an important role in helping children learn social skills. Here are some ways to be an effective friendship coach for your child.

Help Your Child Learn to Forgive

Holding onto resentment is emotionally costly. Here are some forgiveness guidelines to help your child figure out when to let go.

Can You Be Too Supportive of Your Child's Negative Feelings?

A new study suggests that supportive responses to our kids' negative feelings may not always be helpful.

A Simple Strategy to Help Worried Kids

The more parents say, “It’s fine. Don’t worry!” the more anxious kids demand, “But what if…?” Here's a way to help children use their imagination to manage worries.

How to Talk With Kids About the Ariana Grande Concert Attack

Parents of young Ariana Grande fans are facing the sickening question of how to talk to their kids about the explosion at her recent concert in Manchester. Here are 5 tips.

When Your Child Says, “Nobody Likes Me!”

Practical ways to help when your child is feeling friendless.

Pets Versus Siblings as Sources of Support for Children

New study suggests that kids may get along better with their pets than their siblings. Just like siblings, pets are a source of comfort and companionship...and they never blab.

Friends in Violent Places

Research says children in violent neighborhoods approach friendship cautiously, with the goal of staying safe. Here are their resourceful–and heart-breaking–strategies.

Pressure to Succeed in Middle School

A new study shows that middle schoolers who think their parents value achievement over kindness are worse off psychologically and academically. How do we encourage healthy values?

Conversation Skills for Kids

Understanding and practicing some simple formulas can help your child manage common conversations and feel comfortable talking with others.

The Case Against Zero Tolerance in Schools

A recent study shows that a brief intervention encouraging teachers to respond with empathy to misbehaving students was able to reduce middle school suspension rates by half.

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?