Psychologists can predict what kind of parents we'll be by how we talk about childhood. Parents who understand their own past are more capable of taking steps to foster the resilience needed while raising their own children.

An Insider's Look into Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, but we should draw attention to autism every day. One way to do so is to hear from the many brave people out there making a difference in the lives of young people with autism and in the growing field of autism research. Kim Ceccarelli is one of those people.

Finish Line

Three reasons I ran the Boston Marathon this year.

Marathon Strength

Running the Boston Marathon this year has taken on new meaning.

Hanging Tough

Hanging in can do some good where punishment doesn't.

Demystifying Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and to demystify the hot topic for both parents and educators, I recently caught up with Elizabeth Englander, author of the just-released book “Bullying and Cyberbullying.”

Coming Out of the Haze

Administration, coaches, and parents must band together early and often to put an end to hazing and prevent another tragic headline.

The Burden of Knowing

How can we help children process an ambiguous loss?

Cambridge Strong

Students in Massachusetts were on spring break last week, so when they resume their routine tomorrow, we need to assess the impact of the tragedy and create a plan that restores a sense of security.


Despite the horrific events of this week and the lockdown, I am still filled with gratitude.

Rolling in the Deep

How do we help troubled students and assess violence in schools? The common denominator is prevention.

ADHD Medication Can Help Kids, But It Can't Fix Schools

Education reform does not come from introducing Ritalin into the cafeteria lunches of poor schools. Real reform comes through productive interaction between teachers and students in the classroom.

'But I didn't mean to...'

Students with sexualized behavior are one of teachers' biggest concerns. It is unusual and upsetting, and they often do not know how to respond.

Three Ways to Help 'Loners' and Improve School Safety

While most so-called loners never commit violent acts, schools must make it their business to reach out and support these students.

Don't Draft Children to Fight School Shooters

Would you want your kids manning the frontlines during a school shooting?

On the Front Lines

Teachers put our children first every day.

The Generosity of Gratitude

It’s been shown that acknowledging what you’re grateful for makes you more motivated to be generous. So, this Thanksgiving, I’m proud to acknowledge the work that my colleagues and I get to do, the struggles of my students, and the incredibly hard work of all the educators and administrators out there.


The recent alleged "nanny murder" has set off alarms for parents, but parents owe it to the numerous women who show up every day to care for our children not to let headlines override our own judgment -- and their good work.

The Art of ADHD

It’s all too easy to make a rapid diagnosis of ADHD and then swiftly fork over a prescription, but this is a quick-fix solution that doesn’t do a child justice.

A Mindful Approach to Parent Conflict

Interactions between school personnel and parents don’t have to end in handcuffs.

Sexual Misconduct by Educators: What We Need to Do to Protect Students

What precautions can schools take to prevent educator sexual misconduct, and what should they do when the unthinkable happens?

Breaking the Behavior Code

About 10 percent of the school population—9 to 13 million children—struggle with mental health problems. In a typical classroom of 20, chances are good that one or two students are dealing with serious psychosocial stressors relating to poverty, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, trauma, or a psychiatric disorder.

Ramping Up Schools’ Preventative Approach

Many educators have a limited repertoire of constructive responses when confronted by belligerent students who don’t follow the rules.

Passion for the Possible

Joey is a second grader who can explode at times, ripping down pictures from the classroom wall. At other times, he charges for the door if he gets frustrated with schoolwork and then lurks in the hallway.

Be a Behavior Detective

About 10 percent of the school population, or 9–13 million children, struggle with mental health problems. In a typical classroom of 20, chances are good that one or two students are dealing with serious psychosocial stressors relating to poverty, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, or a psychiatric disorder.

A Suicide in the Family

Every 15 minutes, there is another devastated family faced with the challenge of how to make sense of a tragic loss by suicide. In most cases, there are multiple causes that drive a young man like Junior Seau to shoot himself tragically in the chest.