Does Your Child Have an Inner Compass?

The Compass Advantage gives parents, educators, and all those who work with children and teens a framework to lay the foundation for children’s developing sense of self and future functioning in the world.

The 3 Types of Parents Who Get Bullied By Their Own Children

Mindfulness is not a word often associated with parenting. Neither is self-mastery. But without either it's impossible to have a healthy relationship with your child. Parents committed to working on themselves rarely fall victim to continued bullying by their children.

Avoiding ADHD’s Wide Net: One Parent, One Child at a Time

The number of children diagnosed with ADHD is staggering and growing. Before you accept an ADHD diagnosis (and stimulant medication), as a parent it is your responsibility to consider what else might be causing your child’s difficult behaviors.

How Allowing Children to Fail Helps Them Succeed

In our highly competitive parenting environment how do you learn to back off and let your children stumble, struggle, even fail? Here, why you should and how you can.

Want a Memorable Life? Live One.

Some not-so-obvious benefits of time off—from improved sleep and sex life to stronger family bonds and reduced risk of dying from a heart attack.

Why Smartphones at the Playground are a Dumb Idea

Texting, snapping photos, checking email—smartphones at the playground are as ubiquitous as strollers these days. But a new study finds cell phone use leaves parents and caregivers far more distracted than they realize or want to be. Should you be worried?

8 Reasons to See the Film “Infinitely Polar Bear”

The true story of one family’s resilience, determination, and love in the face of odds most of society and much of the medical industry think insurmountable.

Who Shares Better, Same-Sex or Different-Sex Couples?

For most heterosexual couples, the partner with the fatter paycheck does less on the home front. Not so in same-sex couples. Those of us in traditional marriages and partnerships can learn a lot from “modern families”…and feel happier and less burdened.

Once Private, Growing Up Is Now Public

The journey of growing up was once personal; now it is so public. Today teenagers’ sense of selves ar being defined by what they see on You Tube and Facebook and how they present themselves on social networking sites. How can parents keep their teenagers safe and raise them to be successful, caring, and productive adults in the face of technology’s grip? Here, a roadmap.

8 Tips for Letting Go of Your College Grad’s Job Hunt

More and more young college grads find themselves jobless or underpaid, living with their parents again and job hunting. The situation can feel like a minefield. Discover when to step in and when to back off as your young adult looks for employment.

What Happens When the Whole Family Plays with Food?

What to make for dinner? What will the kids eat? How to get everyone to the table for dinner in spite of packed schedules? Challenges worth meeting. Family therapy can be helpful, but family dinner is transformative.

The Perfect Storm: Twitter, Marijuana and the Teen Brain

Young Twitter users favor marijuana. Teen Twitter chatter about “pot” is high and influential for the risk-prone teenage brain. Twitter, marijuana and the developing teenage brain create the potential for a perfect storm.

Pregnant? Easier to Be Fired Than You Think

Pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant? More women are working while pregnant and working longer into their pregnancies than in previous decades, especially among those having their first child. In spite of laws to protect them, employers find ways to discriminate, circumvent the laws and dismiss them.

The Science and Tools to Put Baby on a Wellness Path

Baby holds his breath; baby loses hair; baby cries for hours. What to do? A new book has answers to reduce parental anxiety and give baby the best beginning to optimize your child’s first crucial 18 months.

Should I Keep My Firstborn an Only Child?

In terms of the level of education, aspirations and achievement, firstborns and only children excel. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, all were firstborns or only children. What gives firstborns and only children this distinct advantage?

Why You Need to Unplug for 24 Hours

Everyone from your boss to your child’s teachers expects you to be connected and be reachable 24/7. What a relief it can be to unplug for one day and not be at the mercy of your “screens.” What happens when you unplug for a whole day?

Time to Rethink How Children Play

How could the International Toy Fair, a wonderland of 1,000+ manufacturers displaying their products for 2015, possibly make a person sad?

8 Tips to Ease Parental Anxiety

Parents have cornered the market on anxiety when it comes to their children. Worry paralyzes both parent and child, making children fearful and stifling their curiosity and development. Here’s what parents can do to modulate and minimize their fears.

Is Your Teen an Observer, Asserter, Perfectionist or …?

So much about being a teen can be confusing and difficult. Understanding the nine Enneagram personality types could help your teen. What type is your teen and what does that say about the way he or she relates to others including you, her parents?

The Cardinal Sin of Parenting Teens

When children reach high school, it’s a good idea to stay involved in your children’s lives, but less so in their schoolwork. If you treat teens like they’re incompetent, they will be. A teacher, who has worked in the trenches with teens for almost 20 years, offers surprising insights and helpful solutions.

How Siblings Teach Each Other…Or Don’t

A new study finds educational benefits of having siblings and what parents have to do to make sibling teaching most effective. Does that mean only children are at a disadvantage?

How to Have the Marriage You Want

Redefining marriage gives yours a better chance of surviving in our changed society. 74% of newlyweds won’t be surprised if their marriage fails. Here, seven sensible, forward thinking contracts for marital success in established marriages and for couples about to say “I do.” Consider them insurance policies that pay huge dividends.

The Myth of Casual Marijuana Use

Already some two million teens smoke pot. We have sex-ed classes for teens that aren’t supposed to be having sex. Shouldn’t we be having marijuana-ed classes as well? Legalizing marijuana sends mixed message to teens. The claim that casual marijuana use is harmless is a myth. How to make your teen less vulnerable.

10 Tips for Surmounting In-Law Difficulties

“Neutral” is rarely a word associated with in-laws; most are puzzling or problematic in some way— attempting to oversee your life, meddling in your marriage, telling you how to raise your children and the list goes one. Here, insights and tips for understanding and "managing" bothersome in-laws and building a healthier relationship.

A GPS for Your Child with ADD/ADHD

Children with attention or learning issues are often called “stupid, lazy, or undisciplined.” What they are is undiagnosed. has changed all that by offering online guidance for parents of the one in five children with learning and attention problems.

7 Ways to Add Sanity in Gift-giving to Children

To buy — or not to buy — the “must-have” toy or tech device? Parents tend to bend over backwards to give children what they request. But, research shows experiences make people happier than possessions.

The One Thing Parents Don’t Need to Stress About

What are your fondest childhood memories? Many parents go above and beyond to provide memorable experiences for their children—from pricey vacations to elaborate themed birthday parties. A new study says there’s more power in the mundane.

The Pitfalls of Electronic Medical Records

Medicine is moving to more record keeping, less patient care. Patients compete with a computer for the doctor’s attention; doctors cannot be fully engaged with the patient while focused on typing. Is your doctor “in” and paying attention when you visit? Or, is he or she pecking the keys on a computer while you talk?

Jiggly Thighs, Six-Pack Abs, and “Mediagirls”

Learn how to help your preteen and teen daughters fight a media culture that sends young girls the message that what matters most about them is their sex appeal.

Apple and Facebook Put Babies on Hold

When company health benefits cover egg freezing, is it a magnanimous gesture? Manipulation? Or a step in the right direction toward improved family work-life policy?