Parenting Essential Reads

Should I Let My Kid Play Football?

Parents whose kids want to play football should consider the other ways in which their kids might get its benefits without incurring the risk of serious harm.

Boredom and Its Perks

You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Sisters Choosing Him for Themselves

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

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 Fixing Families
Children often are frightened by funerals for a variety of reasons. Tips on how to support and talk

Bullies With a Cause

How do schools deal with nonconformists, and what happens when "excellent sheep" go to college?

The Stubborn Ones

Do you have a child whose first response is to push the outside of any envelope designed to contain her? Take heart. You just might have gotten lucky.

No, There Is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.

Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

Can You Babyproof Your Relationship?

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Home Base
Will having a baby ruin your marriage? And should policy makers try to help couples transitioning to parenthood?

Seriously—Do You Have Someone Else’s Conscience?

The question posed in this post’s title may sound almost nonsensical. How could you possibly be a victim of another’s conscience? Still, ask yourself: Is your super-ego tyrannical?

Do You Share Political Preferences With Your Parents?

It seems intuitive that our parents should have an influence on our political leanings, but just how this occurs might surprise you.

FoMO Parenting: Nothing New

Parenting is stressful enough without FoMO Parenting. FoMO (Fear of Missing Out) isn't new. It’s just easier to see.

Competitive Parents and High-Performing Preschoolers

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on January 25, 2016 Once Upon a Child
How do you know how hard to push your child? You don't push. Period.

Why No-Nonsense Classrooms Are Less Terrible Than Usual Ones

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Freedom to Learn
Recently, we've heard of the success of "no-nonsense teaching." Here's what I like about it. It makes no bones about the fact that children are little prisoners who must ....

Congressmen Shape Laws to Favor Their Daughters

Children influence their parents' values in ways that parents might not be aware.

What to Say When Your Kid Says "I'm Bored"

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 Inside Parenting
How can kids can be bored these days? Simple. They don't get enough free time to know what to do with it. It's a good problem to have. Give them time to solve it on their own.

The Science to End the Baby Care “Mommy Wars”

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 Singletons
Parents face conflicting advice as they make decisions during baby’s first year. Separate the hype from the evidence on these hot button issues.

How to Stay Together Without Being Together

A newly emerging trend that just might make sense for you, your spouse, and your kids, when the marriage goes south.

Overpraising May Reduce Self-Esteem in Children

Encouraging a child's efforts may be more beneficial than praising outstanding results.

Dear High School Students

The high school years may be great, and by all means savor them. Enjoy high school and treasure your experiences, but don't let this time be the peak of your lives. Dream big.

The Stigma of Family Estrangement

Being estranged from an adult son or daughter is more common than you may think; it is also painful, and many parents suffer in silence.

Why Does “Caveman” Parenting Influence Adult Morality?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 Moral Landscapes
Babies develop dynamically in response to the care they receive, which influences later moral sensibilities too.

The Good Enough Parent Is the Best Parent

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 Freedom to Learn
The best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. "Good enough parents" strive to....

Another Reason Why You Should Not Spank Your Child

Attempting to discourage inappropriate behavior? Spanking is detrimental and ineffective. The reason is that you are conditioning your child to pair morality with violence. And

6 Ways to Squash Kids' Materialism This Holiday

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on December 18, 2015 Friendship 2.0
Too often, the grab for gifts brings out an ugly underbelly of the holidays. Do you want your family's focus to be more on relationships instead of stuff? Read on.

Is the Kid Next Door a Terrorist? 12 Questions to Consider

It’s impossible to predict who will become a terrorist, though there are patterns to young people’s experiences that make acts of violence more likely.

The Dual Citizenship of Today's Adolescents

Older adolescents who have grown up since birth as citizens of both offline and online worlds have to keep these twin realities adequately separated, integrated, and balanced.

Why Universities Must Improve Student Mental Health Care

By Jeffrey Lieberman M.D. on December 09, 2015 Shrink Speak
College's are breeding grounds for mental disorders, it's time to address this problem by providing effective mental health services.