Essential Reads

The Surprising First Step in Effective Child Discipline

By David Rettew M.D. on February 11, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Programs to help parents overcome child defiance don't usually start with star charts or time-outs but rather the surprisingly simple but tricky skill of paying attention.

Boredom and Its Perks

By Dena Kouremetis on February 09, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

Children & Funerals: 5 Ways to Support

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 08, 2016 in Fixing Families
Children often are frightened by funerals for a variety of reasons. Tips on how to support and talk

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Dolphin Parenting: A Cure For Tiger Moms and Jellyfish Dads

By Shimi Kang M.D. on February 11, 2016 The Dolphin Way
Why Dolphin Parenting is The Answer for 2016!

Lori Sylvester on Residential Treatment for Adolescent Girls

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lori Sylvester on residential treatment for adolescent girls.

Can Children Be Actors?

If actors must have the emotional maturity and understanding to create extreme scenarios and characters, but the imagination and openness of a child, can children act?

Just Get Over it and Move On!

Are you a survivor of childhood sexual abuse or in a relationship with someone who is? Why are sentences like "Just get over it" the wrong thing to say?

Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Psychosis

This public health measure is well meaning. Good enough maternal love ought to be the highest value in our society. In practice this means the destructive use of antidepressants.

Even Nutrition Savvy Kids Choose Cookies Not Fruit. Why?

Nutrition education program enables kids to identify—and say they prefer— healthier snacks. But what happens when kids are offered a snack of either cookies or grapes?

What Einstein Knew About Parenting

Thanks, Einstein, for the theory of relativity and this other stuff too.

When Stereotypes Affect Our Thinking

Cognitive abilities are affected by many factors. Is the role of gender stereotypes as important as some believe in explaining sex differences in cognitive abilities?

Claudia Gold on The Silenced Child

the future of mental health interview series continues with Claudia Gold on The Silenced Child.

Why You Should Cuddle Your Kids: Adult Health and Morality

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood?

Is Our Childhood Really to Blame for Everything?

In which the author explains why looking at your childhood issues is the responsible thing to do for yourself and those who love you.

How Parents Can Avoid Mood Matching

Here are a few ways to avoid “mood matching” when your little one is having a tough time.

Does Your College Student Need Financial First Aid?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 06, 2016 College Wellness
College student debt tops 1.2 trillion dollars.

Don't Stop Music Learning

I'm a big believer in the key role music and the arts have for a child. Which child might benefit the most? Perhaps it's the ones who struggle the most.

Resetting Chronic Pain Alarms

In When Your Child Hurts, Rachael Coakley provides practical suggestions to parents about the chronic pain of children, one of our nation's most persistent and invisible problems.

Help Take Terror Out of Childhood

By Hal Mathew on February 04, 2016 Unagoraphobic
Children don't have to face fear alone.

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

The Failures of "Failure To Launch" Syndrome

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 All About Addiction
When we tell kids they're struggling with "failure to launch" syndrome, we hurt them while saying quite a bit about ourselves.

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Creating in Flow
Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

5 Guidelines for Giving Kids Choices

Giving young kids a say builds respect, strengthens bonds, invites cooperation, and capitalizes on kids’ need for power and control. Here are 20 ways to involve kids in choices.

Barriers to Adoption for Same Sex Couples

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 01, 2016 Am I Right?
Children may suffer in families for many reasons but being raised by a gay individual or couple is not, in and of itself, one of them.

Child Art Therapy: How It Works

Art therapy often begs the response—“But it’s just arts and crafts!” Art therapy is not just “arts and crafts" or even its first cousin, the ubiquitous coloring book.

5 Tips for Sleeping Well with Chronic Pain

Is your child with chronic pain not sleeping well? Check out 5 tips to improve your child's sleep.

Avoid Stressful Sleep Training and Get the Sleep You Need

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Should you condition your baby not to cry or use clever nudges that keep baby secure? There is a way!

Is It Okay to Stay Strictly for the Kids?

Anyone experiencing the pain of wanting out of the marriage but wanting to stay for the kids would welcome a creative alternative to divorce.

Get Back on the Helicopter

By Marcia Morris M.D. on January 30, 2016 College Wellness
Parent involvement in the college years is critical for success. Four-year graduation rates are at an all time low of 39.4%.

Technology and Children’s Health: Tips to Increase Exercise

Physical activity has impacts positive impacts on mental health and physical functioning in children and adolescents.

How to Best Help Your Children to Thrive

Our birth marks the beginning of a lifelong tension between our personal self-expression and the challenge of meeting the demands/wishes of others. We have two choices...

5 Types of Support That Would Complement PPD Screenings

Here are 5 ways we could provide moms with support that would complement universal screenings.

America Needs Full-Day Kindergarten

Here's a message from the heart that shows why all kids need full-day kindergarten.