Essential Reads

The Crisis of the Ailing Toxic Mother: Caretake or Run?

By Peg Streep on October 24, 2016 in Tech Support
Much has been written about the "Sandwich" generation-but the daughter of an unloving or abusive mother faces a different, more complicated choice without easy answers...

The Right Dose of Screen Time for Kids

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in The Baby Scientist
On Friday, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their policy on screen time for children under the age of 2 on Friday. Here's what the new policy means for your kids.

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change Education and Work?

A new report titled “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” explores the role of AI in various aspects of society and considers implications for our future.

The Ethics of Sharing Client Stories

How can I use my clients as examples in my teaching, while honoring my clients’ confidentiality and therapeutic experience? What are the ethical limits to telling clients' stories?

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Teach Your Child Athlete Healthy Perspectives

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Despite all that so many parents do for their children’s athletic pursuits, they often fail to provide them with the foundation of all of their efforts: perspective.

Nine Under-the-Radar Psychology Careers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
Niches that may be worth a look.

The Pitt-Jolie Divorce, Five Takeaways

What can we take away from the highly publicized Jolie/Pitt divorce and apply to our own relationships?
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Biology Determines Every Thought, Feeling, and Behavior

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Cui Bono
Psychologists say behavior results from the interaction of biology and environment, yet argue about their relative importance. Read why the importance of biology is always 100%.

How Do I Handle My Father's Mental Ilness?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to handle a father's mental illness

A Burned-Out Occupational Therapist Thinks About Quitting

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
My exchange with a caller to my radio program about becoming a college counselor.

How to Listen So That Kids Will Talk About Bullying

Why is it that so many young people are so loathe to talk to their caregivers about bullying?

When Love and Attention Just Aren't Enough

You'll be amazed at how affectionate and cooperative your little guy is after you "hear and see" his feelings.
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Five Ways to Get Coaches and Parents on the Same Side

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Across the many sports in which I work, when I ask coaches what their biggest challenge and source of stress is, the overwhelming response is parents.

Understanding Passive Aggressive Behavior

While anger is generally experienced as an uncomfortable emotion, the passive-aggressive person derives pleasure out of frustrating others.

Why Do We Tell Boys to "Man Up"?

How does telling your son to "man up" impact him later in life. This is what the research tells us.

An Overview of ADHD Care

ADHD affects far more than just attention, and affects not only children but their family and relationships. Here's what you need to know to manage it comprehensively.

Six Reasons Teens Turn to Drugs

There comes a time in a teen’s life where he or she is faced with the decision to take a drug. The power of that one decision is oftentimes underestimated.

France Is Great, But Their Kids Have ADHD Too

Before packing up the kids and moving the France, take a moment to consider the science about ADHD.

Family Stories at the Birth of Humanity

Our ancestors told stories around the evening fire. It was important then and it is still important now.

What Do You Mean, Self-Esteem?

By Nick Luxmoore on October 15, 2016 in Young People Up Close
Like so many well-meaning behavioural interventions, the idea of self-esteem is simplistic. Without a secure sense of self, good experiences are likely to wash over us.
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Thank You, Michelle Obama!

In this time of change and challenge, children need help becoming smart and creative. Thank you, Michelle Obama, for living this message so effectively.

If You Meet a Shark in the Dating Pool, Swim Away!

Beware that "soulmate" feelings may be echoes of former trauma that may lead us into a relationship that will morph into the nightmare of the abusive situation.

Restoring Family Connections

Helping parents and children restore their family connections

Everybody's Got a Hungry Heart

But any age sibling can be a threat. Think about it. Your child has to share the sometimes scare resource of your time and attention. A sibling means he gets less.

Breaking the Trance

By The Book Brigade on October 13, 2016 in The Author Speaks
There are practical strategies parents can take to control children’s overuse of screen media.

Online Pornography and Young Minds

By Shimi Kang M.D. on October 12, 2016 in The Dolphin Way
How pornography and sexual imagery may be affecting your kids, and what to do about it.

As Fathers of Daughters, Male Politicians Disavow Trump

Many male Republicans predicate their opposition to Trump's remarks about assaulting women on their role of fathers to daughters. Should it take a daughter to condemn assault?

Is Bragging about Sexual Assault “Locker Room Talk"?

Are you wondering how to address Trump's sexual comments with your kids? How to turn them into a teaching opportunity to help kids reject sexual aggression against women.

When Your Child Plays Doctor

If you show an acceptance of your child's curiosity, your child's self-esteem will remain in tact.

Do Sticker Charts Work for Crimes of Passion?

The problem is that those mad, sad feelings have to go someplace, and the sticker is not going to be enough motivation for a child who is not even three yet.

Are Personality Traits Hereditary?

By Ugo Uche on October 11, 2016 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Genes do not operate in isolation.

I Don't Know How to Handle My Complicated Mother

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 11, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to handle a complicated mother
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Growing Pains in the Teenage Brain

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on October 11, 2016 in The Kitchen Shrink
Growing pains occur more for the teenage brain, than even the teenage body

Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30... Oh My!

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One More Bite
Can or should you keep to your special eating plan when your child has an eating disorder?