Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Robyn Koslowitz Ph.D.
Worried masks will interfere with your kid's social development? Pandemic parenting is stressful without this concern. New research shows masks don't mess with kid's face-reading.
Does the child-centered divorce truly exist? This comprehensive guide explains how to set up a Birdnesting agreement, a truly child-centered approach to divorce.
Pandemic parenting at the end of 2020 is a recipe for burnout. Parenting is tough. Pandemic parenting—practically impossible. Here are some simple 2-letter words that can help.
Pandemic parenting can wear us all down. Here are some child psychologist-approved 3-letter words that can help your parenting, prevent parental burnout, and teach kids resilience.
Parenting a child who is in therapy? Does the "alphabet soup" of diagnoses seem scary? Here's the number one word to never, ever use with your child.
New research shows that high emotional intelligence could actually predict child abuse. Here's why, and what to do about it.
Feeling down as a parent? You may not be clinically depressed—you may be experiencing parental burnout.
Journaling can help kids build resilience. Now is the perfect time to start.
Playground play provides more benefits than exercise. It can supercharge a child's emotional and psychological development in four surprising ways.
New research shows that socially anxious people have more empathic accuracy, but this does not translate into better social performance.
In an entertaining new book, Benjamin Hardy makes a good case for the transformational capacity of the human spirit.
Anxious children have brains that send stronger signals from the "fear center" of the brain to the "decision-making area." This has implications for therapy and parenting.
Research has confirmed what parents knew: Kids really are "born that way."
Do you think talking to kids about death will make them more anxious? Research shows the exact opposite.
Wondering why any kid would ever coronaparty? The answer might lie in how they were taught to think about and handle uncomfortable emotions.
Do you want to ensure healthy emotional coping during the teenage years? Decades of research support using emotion socialization techniques.
Parenting neurodiverse children is challenging in the best of times! Use this five-step survival guide for neurodiverse parenting challenges during the corona-crisis.
Do you have a loved one with OCD? Is it sometimes hard to empathize? Guess what? It's now easier to know what living like this feels like.
The corona crisis is the time to teach kids the Kindness Game. This game can end the sibling wars, enhance intersubjectivity skills, and teach kids to undo their negativity biases.
Are you missing something crucial? Contrary to popular belief, we may not be able to tell if a toddler is "overtired." Instead, poor sleep leads to other, less noticeable problems.
Ever wonder what it's like to treat pediatric OCD in a world that has suddenly gone germaphobic? Lessons learned from one little microbiologist in the making.
The number one question parents ask me is "how do you get kids to open up?" Use these 3 tips from child therapy to set yourself up for conversational success with your child.
Play is serious business. It is the building block of many neurodevelopmental capacities. Here are 4 key criteria to consider when choosing games and toys.
Feeling burned out as a parent? You're not alone, and what you are feeling is real. There is hope! New research demonstrates two promising intervention paths for parental burnout.
Switch your focus to praise rather than reprimands. Research demonstrates the praise to reprimand ratio is correlated with on-task behavior.
Parent and toddler brains "sync up" during play, and this is a driver of prefrontal cortex development. Want your kid to develop social skills? Play attention, and start early!
New research on the imagery rescripting technique sheds light on social anxiety disorder.
Forced politeness in childhood—"Thanks! That's just what I wanted!"—can undermine self-control. Let's teach children to internally express, rather than suppress, their emotions.
We've been approaching the problem of childhood obesity all wrong. In our effort to avoid eating disorders, we've accidentally fostered disordered eating. Here's a better plan.
We all know what a flashback is. How about a "flash-forward"? It's a frequently overlooked aspect of anxiety and a worry trigger. This has important implications for parenting.
Robyn Koslowitz, Ph.D., is a licensed school psychologist and clinical psychologist and educational director of the Targeted Parenting Institute.