Essential Reads

Our Entomophobic Culture

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
The playfulness of the Itsy Bitsy Spider can’t compete with the image of a frightened Little Miss Muffet. Nursery rhymes and adult stories tell us that insects are terrifying.
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Refugee Children Need Our Help

Refugees, including many children, from war-ravaged areas continue to flee. Psychologists can document, call attention to, and address to their trauma.

An Attempted Analogy to Parenting

You have more time to be a good parent today than you will ever have again. Take advantage of your good fortune!

Surviving Mealtimes With a Picky Eater

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Is your child a picky eater? It turns out that many children are, but here are some useful tips backed by research to help curb the picky eater at your dinner table.

More Posts on Child Development

Drug Overdoses are Leading Cause of Death for those under 50

By Kimberly Key on November 01, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Increased drug use has skyrocketed in recent years, bringing child abuse and abuse-related deaths.

The Best Relief for Stress in Children May Be a Dog

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 01, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data suggests that we should think about prescribing dogs instead of Prozac or Valium to treat stress in children

The Ugly Truth About Mothers and Scapegoating

By Peg Streep on November 01, 2017 in Tech Support
While it seems counterintuitive, scapegoating makes a mother believe that her dysfunctional family is actually healthy and stable, and bullying tends to solidify bonding.

Why Mentally Strong Parents Let Kids Fight Their Own Battles

If you want to raise mentally strong kids, think of yourself as a guide—not a protector.
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10 Tips to Manage Strong Emotions

When we stuff our feelings down rather than acknowledging them, we carry them around like a boiling pot. We make ourselves sick and tired.
Emma Comtois

The Majority of Girls Face Sexual Harassment with No Hashtag

Millions of women have now acknowledged that they have been sexually harassed. Yet recently, with no public outrage, major protections against harassment of girls were removed.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and the Positive Power of Mistakes

Painful though it can feel, mistake making is part of everyone's learning process in life. So the challenge is to make the best educational use of mistakes you can.

To Build a "Trauma-Informed Community" Start With Babies

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on October 29, 2017 in Child in Mind
How can we make use of the Adverse Childhood Experiences study to build healthy communities? Start with listening to parents and infants.

The Masks We Wear

With halloween approaching, we enthusiastically search for "the perfect mask". Similarly, adolescents adopt different identities and styles. How can we best support our teens?

Not All Pessimists Are the Same

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on October 28, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
Distinguishing Pessimistic Trends through Early Childhood Recollections

The Most Nutritional Meal You Can Feed Your Kids

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Thicken Your Skin
Do you know how to make your kids grits?

How to Help a Child Overcome School Refusal

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on October 25, 2017 in Worry-Free Kids
Does your child throw massive tantrums before school? School refusal might be to blame.
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By Stephen Gray Wallace on October 25, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Many young people thrive in college environments: new relationships, challenges and independence. Others find the shift to college a mixed blessing or even a downright disaster.

3 Ways Parent Shaming Takes a Toll on Kids

The fear of being shamed has changed the way we're raising the next generation—and it's not for the better.

A Fresh Take on “Stages of Life”—It Can Change Your Life!

Creating stages for development is the greatest gift we can give to young people.

Pragmatics: The Ultimate Buzzkill

By Mendi Baron on October 23, 2017 in On the Verge
Hate being the one to point out the obvious or push things along? Get your teen or young adult moving in the right direction with a culture shift!

Can We "Policy" Our Way Out of Childhood Obesity?

Should we keep funding dietary programs that attempt to address childhood obesity? Hint: They are not working.

New Classroom Trend: Flexible Seating

By Maureen Healy on October 23, 2017 in Creative Development
Would flexible seating help your child learn?

Lawyers Shouldn’t Tell Us How to Raise Our Kids

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 22, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Lawyers look only at immediate risk of harm, not the secondary harm that results from not letting children do what they need to do to grow up healthy.

What to Do When Your Kid Talks Back

When kids express irritability towards us, often called "back talk," they're trying to tell us something and if we don't listen, they just escalate.
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Solve the Halloween Problem Now With One Miracle Lesson

This miracle lesson will change your life, change your children's lives and will make Halloween and the rest of the eating season seem less daunting.

Propaganda that Masqueraded as Pharmaceutical Marketing

Looking back on the evolution of the current opioid epidemic, the marketing of opioids looks like profitable propaganda.

#MeToo and Preventing Sexual Harassment at School

How to talk about #metoo and reduce sexual harassment in schools.

How to Discuss Sex With Your Children

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 16, 2017 in All About Sex
Child and teen sex education resources contain misinformation and emphasize procreation over pleasure. Here's how to correct them.

Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Does your child with ADHD constantly put himself down? ADHD, anxiety, and negativity commonly go together. As parents, we have to figure out how to battle negative self-talk.

Eliminate Unruly Spectator Behavior From Youth Sports

It’s as American as apple pie to boo and criticize judgments made by referees and umpires. But such behavior has no place in youth sports.

Time to Put Your Childhood Demons Behind You?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 15, 2017 in Fixing Families
Everyone has baggage from the past that haunts or handicaps them in some way.

Choose Joy for Your Child

What does compassion for yourself and your child look like?

The Boarding School Girls

By The Book Brigade on October 13, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Going off to boarding school at age 12 might be challenging enough. For two girls sent to school in an alien culture, it shaped their entire identity—and molded many strengths.

Why Anxiety Is Inevitable and Necessary

By Nick Luxmoore on October 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We rush to diagnose rather than listen, panicking when things don't go according to plan. Anxiety is normal and needs to be understood.