Essential Reads

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

The Hot-and-Sexy trend for girls' Halloween costumes and why it's concerning

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

Finding a balance of fear and exploration by allowing more unstructured play.

Does Neurodiversity Whitewash Autism?

Neurodiversity is news now, and some say it glosses over disability. I say no.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

The Therapeutic Power of Miniature Worlds

Recent Posts on Parenting

Fear of Damage to Children in Polyamorous Families

Because polyamory is stigmatized in conventional society, many poly parents or other adults who love children being raised in poly families are concerned about how growing up in a polyamorous family might affect children. In this blog I include a question from a concerned mother and my response to her concerns about how her relationships might impact her kids.

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

I just read about the concerned mom who wrote a letter to Party City, outraged about this year's Halloween costumes for little girls. She was particularly furious about a sexy police girl costume marketed to young girls. I agree. Every year when I take my daughter Halloween costume shopping, I wonder how this hot and sexy trend for young girls will impact girls' futures...

The Borderline Daughter

Is your daughter developing a Borderline Personality? Is she difficult or truly in trouble? Here are some clues that should prove helpful.

New Screen Suggestions by The American Academy of Pediatrics

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Screen Time
Recently this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics made some new recommendations for parents wondering about the dos and don'ts of “screen time.”

The Power of Talk

By Lydia Denworth on October 01, 2015 Brain Waves
What is the best way to nurture a child's brain? The answer is simpler than you think.

Malnutrition in Children: What Parents Need to Know

Identifying malnutrition in children can be difficult for both parents and providers. Even if food is plentiful, your child may be unable to absorb the necessary nutritionists to stay strong and combat illness. Knowing what to look for can help identify malnutrition earlier and get your child on the right path to optimal health.

What is the Role of a Judge?

Can a Judge be trusted to identify the inappropriateness of her own bias? What checks and balances are in place for unprincipled judges?

How To Make Teen Volunteer Work More Than A Resume Builder

New research explains how to inspire teens to "service beyond self."

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

By John Tauer Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 Goal Posts
"Where have all the Children Gone" - Local Playground Near You

What I've Learned From Having Kids 10 Years Apart:

Ever wonder what it would be like to go back and redo your parenting? What would you change? This is what I have learned (so far) from having my children a decade apart.

Does Neurodiversity Whitewash Autism?

There's a new book on neurodiversity - Neurotribes by Steve Silberman. And there's another one coming in a few months-In A Different Key from John Donvan and Caren Zucker. The books are putting neurodiversity in the news, and some say we're whitewashing the true nature of autism. As an autistic adult with an autistic son, I offer a dissenting view and inside perspective

Welcome to the Dollhouse

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Evolving Minds
Dollhouses seem to provide a perfect venue for little children to work out big ideas. They are a must-have for all those working with children of both genders.

One Easy Question Can Help Break the Anxiety Cycle

By Christopher Bergland on September 29, 2015 The Athlete's Way
Researchers have identified that asking yourself one easy question can help break the anxiety cycle.

The 6 Mental Health Habits That Kill Your Confidence

Do you struggle with self-doubt and self-defeating habits? Do you want to feel more confident about yourself and what you have to offer? Do you focus on pleasing others, rather than following your dreams and living your best life? The best way to start feeling better about yourself is to notice the automatic mental and emotional habits that don’t serve you well.

Secrets of a Long and Happy Marriage

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Turning Point
How do you keep the love tank full? Discover the secrets of long and happy marriages.

Please Stop Whitewashing Autism

By Amy S.F. Lutz on September 28, 2015 Inspectrum
Steve Silberman's new book NeuroTribes is just the latest media account to recast autism as a "gift." These Facebook posts reveal, however, that the disorder can also be profoundly disabling. As we set research and policy agendas regarding treatment, education, housing and employment for autistic children and adults, we cannot forget about the most severely impaired.

Kids, Screens and Play: Solutions to a Common Problem

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Pride and Joy
Recent research on kids and screens is alarming. Almost everyone now agrees that parents should establish rules and limits with regard to the amount of time kids spend in front of screens. It matters, however, how we do this.

Career Tips for Boys' Parents: On College and Other Options

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 How To Do Life
Part 3 in a series of career advice for boys and men.

8 Ways Controlling Men Make Mothering Even Harder

Being a mother is the most important and difficult job. A controlling or abusive partner makes it so much harder.

What Does the Family Foster: A Lovable or Unlovable Self?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 Moral Landscapes
Pope Francis said that “family life as the place where we come to learn the meaning and value of human relationships.” The sense of self is built there and carried forward into the rest of life. Will the child build a sense of being lovable? Or will the individual forever feel inadequate, self-loathing or unlovable?

Career Tips for Boys' Parents: Helping Him Explore Careers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 How To Do Life
Part 2 in a series on career advice for parents of boys and for men.

Talking with Your Kids about Setbacks

By Gail Heyman Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Let's Talk
Parents can help children view difficulties as stepping stones for success.

Too Much Homework from a Student/Teacher Perspective

In a given school year, many students spend hours upon hours each night working on school assignments. Add to that work, sports, and extracurricular activities and it’s no wonder we have a lot of stressed out teens.

Career Tips for Boys' Parents: Toward Moderate Self-Esteem

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 How To Do Life
Part I of a four-part series of career advice for boys and men.

Test Stress in Children: Rx with Brain Friendly Studying

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 25, 2015 Radical Teaching
Tests are often one of the most stressful experiences facing children. Because we can’t make them go away like bad dreams, we can help reduce that stress by guiding kids to study using brain-research based strategies that increase memory and understanding.

Mindfulness in Children

By Maureen D Healy on September 25, 2015 Creative Development
Are you raising mindful children?

Overcoming Two of Parenting's Greatest Challenges

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 25, 2015 Compassion Matters
Although, as parents, we recognize the importance and seriousness of our task, many of us still wonder just how much effect we are going to have on how our child will turn out. Here are some tips we can all take that will help us raise emotionally healthy and happy children.

Change of Seasons, Change of Heart

By Sharon Praissman on September 25, 2015 Beyond the Egg Timer
If you are feeling stuck in the fertility trenches, a new thought approach may be in order.

What to Do If You Think Your Child Is Gifted

Instead of asking "Is my child gifted?" or "What is his IQ?" it’s better to ask, "What does my child need in order to continue learning to the best of his ability?" "Does he have areas requiring special attention?" and "What can we do to help?"

Who’s Running the Show? You, Your Kids or Your Doctor?

By Michael W Corrigan Ed.D. on September 25, 2015 Kids Being Kids
Let’s face it, as kids wrestle with behavioral and maturity issues and juggle expectations related to academic and social challenges, some of the behaviors they display can be quite concerning. But guess what? For centuries parents have been capable of helping challenged children overcome semi-annoying and concerning behaviors. How do they do it?