Essential Reads

The Psychology of Child Torture

What is the common nature of these horrific acts — and the people behind them?

MLK and Michael Phelps: What's the Recipe for Success?

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 16, 2018 in Shape Parenting
No matter the field—academics, athletics, the arts or activism—some children in varied pursuits grow up to be adults who excel. Here's how parents help to make that happen.

Why We Need to Address Mean Girl Behavior Early and Often

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on January 16, 2018 in Worry-Free Kids
Do mean girls leaving a lasting impact?
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Meet Your Family's Future at a Family Meeting

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Emptying The Nest
Even when children approach adulthood, reflecting on your family's past and present lays the the groundwork for a richer and more satisfying family future—for both generations

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7 Key Messages to Send to Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in The Power of Prime
Your goal is to send these seven essential messages to your children early and often so that the messages become the healthy foundation for their athletic lives.

Unspoken Legacy

By The Book Brigade on January 04, 2018 in The Author Speaks
Addiction affects the whole family, and it often has multi-generational roots that go unrecognized and unaddressed, even by therapists.

The Right Kind of Praise May Boost Academic Performance

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Singletons
Do you use person praise or process praise with your children? The distinction is important.

Texts and Textiles: Childhood Memories and What They Mean

My mother left school after the eighth grade, as her six sisters and one brother had done, in order to go to work. Yet our house was filled with books.

A Case Study on Punishment

When you were punished as a child, did it work? Or did you just strategize how to get away with your behavior the next time?

Iceland "Cures" Down Syndrome: Should America Do the Same?

When--and how--should society decide who should--and should not be born"

8 Things Kids Can Say and Do to Stop Bullying

Are the skills of kindness and empathy any match for aggression and bullying?

Why Your Child is Not One of Your 2017 Accomplishments

By Paula L. White M.A. on December 31, 2017 in Shape Parenting
Trying to tally up your accomplishments for 2017? Great! Just leave your kids out of it!

When and How to Say No to Kids

Here are seven situations when you may need to say no to your kids and some suggestions for how to do it.

Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Ferdinand

The 2017 film Ferdinand offers an opportunity to discuss positive masculinity and gender stereotypes with our kids.

5 Great Ways to Respond to Kids' Whining

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
While it's easy to react to whining, deemed "the most annoying sound in the world," with frustration or anger, research provides insight into some of the most effective responses.

How Your Brain Finds Meaning in Life Experiences

New brain research links storytelling to the development of meaning. Why should parents and teachers be particularly interested?
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Please Break My Rules!

In the next installment of the Healing the Authoritarian Wound series, we look at why authoritarians want their rules violated and not followed.

Bonding Is Essential for Every Infant

Forty percent of all newborns do not adequately bond with their caregivers, partly because a third of parents do not know how to form a meaningful attachment with an infant.

The Emergence of the iGen

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Benign Neglect
Why are youth unhappy? Don't blame the internet.

Teen Overall Drug Use Is Down, But Marijuana Use Is Up

Teen use of most substances is down, but teens are "vaping" marijuana, and think it's safe.

It’s a New Year: Make a Fresh Parenting Start

Are you your best parenting self? Resolve to pick up a few good parenting habits in the new year.

My Holiday Wish List for Our Nation's Children

I can't give every kid what they need this holiday season, but together we can.

5 Ways to Manage Your Child's Passive Aggressive Behavior

Avoid being an unwitting victim of your child’s destructive way of engaging you by recognizing passive aggression on the spot.

Competing With Screens for Meaningful Connection

By Jon Lasser, Ph.D. on December 19, 2017 in School and Family Matters
How can I get my kids to put down their devices? These simple ideas may help.

Do We Perform Better Under Pressure?

By Alfie Kohn on December 18, 2017 in The Homework Myth
Claims that stress can be productive turn out to be not only simplistic but often to conceal elements of conservative ideology about parenting and masculinity.
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To Help Kids Remember What They Need to Learn Tell a Story

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on December 18, 2017 in Radical Teaching
The phenomenon of wanting the same book read repeatedly represents the brain's seeking its own reward-pleasure response system. Help children tap into this pleasure—right now.

Five Things an Unloving Mother Never Does

By Peg Streep on December 18, 2017 in Tech Support
Healing from childhood can be elusive unless we focus on both what happened in the home and what didn't.

The Science of Emotion From the Inside Out

By Rachael Bedford Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in If Babies Could Talk
How do we learn to recognize emotions, in real-life and in the movies?

5 Reasons Group Therapy Is the Best Choice Struggling Teens

Research shows 73 percent improvement in teens treated in group over other forms of therapy.

Global ADHD Epidemic or Not?

Is ADHD an essential and universal condition? Perhaps not.
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Love Isn’t Enough

By Iben Sandahl on December 14, 2017 in The Danish Way
There are many factors creating turmoil, insecurity, and stress in our children’s lives. One is the many inputs children take in every day.

Adult Children: Taking a Step Back Can Be Healthy

By Dena Kouremetis on December 13, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Can Exponential Tech Enhance Early Childhood Education?

By Tim Leberecht on December 12, 2017 in The Romance of Work
When it comes to AR, Blockchain, or AI, most of us feel like pre-schoolers. So I learned a lot at a recent weekend that brought together education experts with tech leaders.
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Free Associations Across the Lifespan

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Statistical Life
What happens to free associations as we age from four legs to three? The mind comes together. Then blows apart like a dandelion in the wind.