Essential Reads

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.

Sisters Choosing Him for Themselves

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Research shows that women value physical attractiveness more when choosing a partner for themselves than for a sister.

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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10 Ways to Love the One You're With

The kids who thrive are the ones who FEEL loved, accepted and cherished for exactly who they are.

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.

Negotiating Incompatible Differences with Your Adolescent

Incompatibilities between parent and child increase with adolescence, so it behooves parents to recognize the kind of difference in play and handle it with sensitivity.

Worshipping Ancestors, Resenting Parents

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 07, 2016 Overcoming Pain
In fact, one in two Chinese-American adults experience symptoms of depression and anxiety as a result of caring for elderly parents, according to a report on filial piety.

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?

Hey CDC, You Forgot About Dads!

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Home Base
It's important to protect infants from alcohol exposure. But it's not the sole responsibility of women.

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.

Turning “Inside Out” inside out.

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Benign Neglect
Should we take comfort from the blockbuster film Inside Out or is it a prophesy of bad things to come?

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.

What Can We Do to Prepare Youths with Autism for Employment?

Preparing a child or student with autism for life as a productive adult? Planning ahead and teaching life skills needed for employment are two important steps.

Whose Money Is It Anyway?

When it comes to discussing the topics of inheritance and finances, it's never too early to start this important conversation.

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.

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.

Why Will Future College Students Lack Resilience?

If today's college students lack resilience, then starting to parent younger kids for future resilience makes a lot of sense. What parenting style will help most?

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.

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%.

The Single Word that Helps You Say "No" in a Kind Way

Saying "no" nicely is no easy task. Here is one way to do it well.

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.

Daughters Inherit Emotional Control From Their Mothers

A new study finds a link between the brain circuitry of mothers and that of their daughters.

How to Carve Out Space for Your Child's Unique Strengths

Here are a few ways to pinpoint a child's unique strengths and creatively "make room for them" in a busy day.