Essential Reads

We Need a New Word for Stepparents

By Wendy Paris on October 25, 2016 in Splitopia
The fact that a stepparent is not a legal relationship highlights the role of strong emotional bonds within a blended family structure. Three tips for building good bonds.

Overcoming the Consequences of Neglect

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Adopting Reason
Early-life neglect has a host of negative consequences for child development. What interventions can help?

9 Compassionate Tips for Surviving the Death of Your Baby

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. The death of a baby can bring profound grief. Here are some words of comfort and wisdom to carry parents through their mourning.

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...

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The Role of the Parent, Caregiver, & Teacher with Young Kids

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
This is a The Eminents Interview with Alison Gopnik.

What If Your Child Crosses the Line?

Maybe most important, instead of feeling like he has crossed a line that leaves him disconnected, beyond the love of his parents, he has learned that he is loved unconditionally.

When Is Compliance a Bad Thing?

When saying no to authority is the right thing to do

Grieving an Adult Child

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Good Mourning
Losing a child is tough at any age but it can be especially hard when the child is an adult.

10 Ways Writing a Book is Like Having a Baby

Ever wanted to write a book? Here is an inside look from a first-time author's perspective.

Learning to Love Barney

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Life After 50
I was afraid of dogs, repulsed by them. But I needed to get over it to help my son.

Imaginary Friends and Interactive Technology

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Screen Time
As children learn to become reliant upon screens for entertainment, their boredom cures decline showing a decrease in pretend play which is essential during childhood.

Having Election Anxiety? You Are Not Alone!

By Judy Carter on October 24, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
If you’re finding that your emotional well-being is challenged by this presidential election, you are not alone. Therapists report "Trump Anxiety" among clients. The cure? Read on.

Four Ways to Help Your Kid to Be the Best Player on the Team

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The New You
You are your kid's most important coach. Learn how performance psychologists and mental conditioning coaches help youth athletes and parents to work together to develop talent.

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Unfortunately too many social services and legal professionals are unaware or unwilling to be aware of the harm of parental alienation syndrome and it hurts children.
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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.

Brad & Angelina, 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.