The Perfect Family

The Perfect Family

The idea of a perfect family fascinates us, even if at some level we know there's no such thing. But by imagining that there are those who seem to have everything right, we are setting ourselves up for perpetual disappointment. Especially if we strive to mimic them.

Families on Television

By Cathy Cress M.S.W.
Do media portrayals of American families reflect or dictate our values?

The Dark Side of Siblings

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
The dirty family secret parents dismiss.

The Media Psychology Effect: Examining the effect of applying theories in psychology through media to influence behavior

By Bernard J Luskin, Ed.D., LMFT
Is media influencing your brain and your behavior through psychology?

Improving Marriages by Studying Divorce

By Mark Banschick M.D.
It May Not Be Over. Technologies For A Better Relationship.

Why Are Little Kids Getting General Anesthesia For Cavities?

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D.
General anesthesia for 2-year-olds? To get root canals?

5 Principles of Effective Couples Therapy

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Make your relationship work by following these 5 basic principles

Love After Death: The Widows’ Romantic Predicaments

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D.
I love both my late husband and the new guy.

Becoming Single Again: People Who Are Kind to Themselves Do It Better

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
The triumph of compassion over self-flagellation

A Change in Perspective

By Lisa Manterfield
Chasing dreams and losing track of what we already have.

College Confidential: 'Dear Mom: Sex is casual, and I have a lot of it.'

By Pamela Cytrynbaum
Stress, sex and the lives of college students

And the Moral Is…Morals Matter

By Peter Corning Ph.D.
Goldman Sachs and the “Gospel of Selfishness.”

Teens and the Internet: Helpline or Pied Piper?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D.
Should kids seek online advice from strangers?

Group Marriage and the Future of the Family

By Deborah Anapol Ph.D.
Group marriage offers children more role models and more attention.

Discovering New Frontiers on My Path

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D.
Cringe-worthy imperfection on my spiritual path

NLD and Me: No Apologies

By Sera Rivers
Do you realize how much energy it takes to apologize?

Myfanwy Collins: Giving my Son the Tools of Faith

By Jennifer Haupt
A mother tries to teach her son about faith beyond religion.

How to Give Your 7-year-Old Daughter an Eating Disorder?

By Pamela Cytrynbaum
Did this Tiger Mom go too far?

Attention All Fathers (and Sons)

By Mark Banschick M.D.
In The Way, Martin Sheen learns how to be a Dad - the hard way

The Narcissistic Ex Part IV

By Mark Banschick M.D.
He may not be a narcissist, but he’s still an A-hole.

Dad Has a New Girlfriend

By Susan Newman Ph.D.
10 Helpful adjustments you can make.

Can Parents Love Too Much?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D.
Overprotecting our children can be perilous.

The Narcissistic Ex, Part III

By Mark Banschick M.D.
Is it fair to call a person a narcissist?

All In the Family? Settling the (Materialism) Nature vs. Nurture Debate

By Ryan T. Howell Ph.D.
Have you ever wondered what causes materialism?

Marriage and Childbirth Make You Miserable (Unless You Read This)

By Garth Sundem
How to be happy, married with children.

Families Falling Apart: When Adult Children With Mental Illness Don't Want Help

By Victoria Maxwell
How do you help your child without hurting yourself?

How to Tell Your Daughter about Sex

By Donna Barstow
How to talk about sex in the language of texting.

How Kids Can Save Your Marriage

By Craig Malkin PhD
Kids don't kill marriages; adults do.

How to Make Your Kid Useful

By Donna Barstow
This is one result when you use a vision board for your child.

How Ethics Can Help You Have a Better Sex Life

By Caroline J. Simon Ph.D.
Lifelong marriage can be a psychologically healthy ideal.

Obama Family Values

By Laura Betzig Ph.D.
What's Right with This Picture?

Beginner's Guide to Preconception Mental Health Care

By Anne-Marie Lindsey
I was absolutely heartbroken that I would not have a medication-free pregnancy.

Common Sense Food Advice for Parents: Is There Such a Thing?

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A.
Is there such a thing as common sense food advice for parents?

Good Enough Beats Perfect

By Heidi Reeder Ph.D.
3 ways to gain more satisfaction from your choices

Q&A with Author Jean Kwok: Girl in Translation

By Jennifer Haupt
Novel based on Chinese immigrant's own coming of age.

Getting Your Lying Teen to Level with You

By Jeffrey Bernstein Ph.D.
Calm can parents help children stop lying.

Giants vs. Patriots

By Mark Banschick M.D.
What really makes a big game so compelling?

"A Child's Anger Can Be a Warning"

By Ana Nogales
How should parents respond when a child's anger escalates?

Sleepy Teens

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D.
Can't get your teen out of bed to go to school?

Beating Stress With A Downloadable Three Minute Breathing Space Meditation

By Danny Penman Ph.D.
Beating Stress With A Three Minute Breathing Space Meditation

Sibling Love challenges Hurricane Katrina

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D.
"Salvage The Bones" honors sibling love.

[Pre] Maternal Guilt: Part One

By Anne-Marie Lindsey
How can I feel such intense "mommy guilt" before I become a mother?

Coupling and Culture

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D.
What has marriage been "since the beginning of human history?"

When Digital Natives Become Parents

By Anne K Fishel Ph.D.
Can the Nintendo generation trade in game controllers for diapers?

Being a “Digital Klutz” Is Good for Your Family

By Tristan Gorrindo M.D.
Don't be upset if you are clueless about how to set the DVR.

When the empty nest isn't empty anymore

By Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D.
Boomerang kids: Do you know what your parents are up to when you're not home?

Time is the currency of self-esteem

By Lynne Griffin R.N., M.Ed.
Nurturing healthy self-esteem in your child takes time.

Who Is Your Family If You Are Single with No Kids? Part 2

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Preview the conclusions of my chapter on singles with no kids

Love and (Inter)marriage

By Ruth C. White Ph.D.
Does race or ethnicity still matter in love??

"Casual Sex" You Say?

By Lynn Phillips
Why do experts use the term so promiscuously?

Five Keys to Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Ninety Percent of High Performers Possess High EQ

How a Large Family Stays Close

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
Large and close-knit extended families are an endangered species.

Seven Ways to Say “No” and Keep Good Relations

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A.
Set your boundaries without feeling guilty.