Parenting Essential Reads

Why So Many Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Living Single
For the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than with a spouse or partner. One of the most interesting reasons for this is rarely mentioned.

The Infant “Crying It Out” Debate: Chapter 615

A new Australian study looks at two different infant sleep interventions and whether they work or cause damage.

Can You See Yourself as Good Only by Seeing Yourself as Bad?

All children need—and desperately—to establish a secure bond with their caretakers. After all, absent such a vital connection, how can they not feel anxious and apprehensive?
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5 Top Parenting Challenges and How to Deal with Them

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in Singletons
Tweaking how you respond to tantrums or aggression, whining or back talk can put an end to power struggles and create loving, lasting bonds with your children.

Attachment Love and the Disempowerment of Women

Because attachment is linked to scripts of heterosexuality, monogamy and constrained female desire, it is far more likely than romantic love to lead to oppression of women.

Beyond Bikini Madness: Parents, Daughters, and Swimsuits

Its swimsuit season and sexy bikinis are all the rage for young girls. Not sure about saying "no"? Here's help for deciding what choices are right for your family.

ADHD Is Overdiagnosed, Here's Proof

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 23, 2016 in Saving Normal
Being the youngest kid in the class puts you at great risk for inappropriate ADHD diagnosis and treatment. We should let kids outgrow immaturity, not treat it with a pill.

Lessons for Millennials

The best advice you ever heard ... for millennials!

Helping Children Become Nurturers

Caring for others is a central mandate for adults as parents, caregivers to the elderly or helpers for those with disabilities. Can children grow into nurturers?

Black Women and Postpartum Depression

Black women face a formidable stereotype when it comes to mental health: the myth of the black "superwoman." Here's how to break through it and feel better.

Early Adolescence, Loss of Confidence, and Fears of Trying

Confidence motivates trying. Most early adolescents leave some confidence behind when they separate from childhood, and now they have some building back up of themselves to do.

4 Keys to Resolving Conflict with Your Kid

Struggling to resolve conflict with your kid? A few simple actions can go a long way.

13 Things You Must Know if You Are Divorcing a Narcissist

By Peg Streep on May 11, 2016 in Tech Support
Divorce is hard enough under any circumstances, especially if there are children in the mix, but divorcing a narcissist can be hell on earth. Here's what you should prepare for.

Children Are Not Career Killers, But…

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Singletons
Waiting just a few years to start your family makes a big difference in income gains or losses. Is there one age that’s better than others?

ADHD Goes to College

Planning for freshman year is probably the last thing a graduating senior with ADHD wants to focus on right now. As a parent, though, worry may already be filling your mind.

What Happens When We Give Antidepressants to Girls?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 09, 2016 in Child in Mind
When we jump to medicate young girls without protecting time to listen to the full story, we miss opportunity for prevention while placing future mothers in an untenable position

Mothers Are Altruists Sine Qua Non

Mothering is, by far and away, the most common form of prosocial behavior in our species. Here’s why.

Should Your Child Take a Gap Year?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
Malia Obama is bringing attention to a wise option for many kids. For yours?

The Secret of Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility comes with a unique set of challenges that few understand.
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Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.

Digital Age Parenting: Conquering the Cultural Divide

Even the most tech savvy parents still find themselves at a loss, a half a step behind their digital age kids.

Helicopter Parents Aren’t the Problem

When it comes to over-parenting, the true culprits are large-scale social and economic changes that have been underway for centuries.

The Cost of Neglecting Culture in Therapy

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Home Base
Should psychotherapy treatments be adapted to fit clients’ cultural backgrounds? What does "cultural competence" mean and can it help children with conduct disorders?

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Ironically and tragically, rather than adapt our educational system to the needs of our modern times we have doubled down on the old system, so it is ...

The Surprising Psychology of Baby Naming

Your name was, in all likelihood, selected by your parents and you, in turn, will select names for the kids you decide to have. Here's what might influence that decision

Parenting a Parent Toward Life’s End

By Julie K. Hersh on April 27, 2016 in Struck By Living
How do you manage end of life care for your parent? There is no handbook but here is one story.

The Benefits and Dangers of Highly Empathic Parenting

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Children of Empathic Parents Thrive. Parents Don't. Here's What You Can Do.

Here's How Rewarding Good Behavior Leads to Bad Behavior

By Garth Sundem on April 26, 2016 in Brain Trust
Positive reinforcement is a cornerstone of parenting. Unfortunately, a new study shows it can have the opposite effect.

Teen Suicide: Parents Guard Your Daughters

The newest suicide rates are just out and the results suggest that an epidemic of suicide among the nation’s young teenage girls is in course.
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The Upside of Adolescence

Teens are searching for clues on how they should behave to be "normal," and the worst thing we can do is poison their environment with low expectations.