Parenting Essential Reads

Is Parental Authority 'Bullying'?

Perhaps we model (non-physical) aggressions in our homes, even as we decry the (re)enactment of these behaviors on the playground, in the hallways, on the bus, in the cafeteria.

Parenting a Gay Child

Can't accept your child's sexual orientation? Tips from those who've been there!

Creating eBooks for Children - Let's Do It Together!

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Story books for children have a long history and are universally valued by children and parents. Digital stories for children offer new ways to share stories and advance literacy.

The Top Five Gifts of Pokemon Go to Parents

"Thanks Pokemon Go for giving my kids a modern version of a 1970s summer!”

Feathering the Empty Nest

By Ann Smith on July 25, 2016 in Healthy Connections
Couples who were able to maintain their connection through the child rearing years will have a smoother transition into empty nest years.

Work-Family Conflict... and Its Far Prettier Sister

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Moderating
Are you overlooking the gifts of work-family enrichment?

Are You Your Millennial Child’s New Spouse?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on July 18, 2016 in Singletons
More young adults are moving home than are getting married or living on their own. Here are 6 ways to the smooth transition.

3 New Findings On Human Intelligence

The latest insights on intelligence, imagination, potential causes for the rise in IQ scores over the years, and how behavioral genetics is related to education and grit.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Identity Experimentation in Early and Mid Adolescence

Adolescence is partly about experimentation with self-definition to try out and find out what identity truly fits.

Is It Possible to Invest Equally in All of Your Children?

Anyone with more than one child knows the balancing act of trying to treat your kids the same. Is it wasted effort?
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DNA Tests for Ethnic Ancestry in Adoption: A Skeptic’s View

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Adopting Reason
How reliably can your DNA tell a story about where your ancestors came from?

Understanding Behavioral Therapy for Autism

Long-term planning for children with autism requires patience and diligence. Behavioral therapy, as time and labor-intensive as it seems, remains the foundation of skill building.

Parents Affect Their Children’s View of Intelligence

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
It is not surprising that parents influence their children's beliefs about intelligence. How they do it is surprising.

Postpartum Depression Underdiagnosed in Men

New research sheds light on men's experience with postpartum depression

6 Benefits for Children of “Older Mothers”

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on June 28, 2016 in Singletons
Much is said about the benefits—and drawbacks—of women waiting to have babies, but what are the potential pluses for the children of older mothers?

Growing Up With a Disabled Mother Made Me a (Better) Person

By Emily S. Beitiks on June 27, 2016 in The Age of Biotech
Do you assume having a disability is a burden on family and friends? Think again.

Raise the Child You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on June 21, 2016 in Push Back
Too many children with disabilities are going without help because their parents wish the child didn’t have a disability, so they pretend that he doesn't.

Self-Reg: The Nature of Stress

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on June 20, 2016 in Self-Reg
Self-Reg is a powerful method for understanding stress and managing energy—and it is very different from self-control. We can all break the stress cycle and live successfully.

Youngest, Only Children and Daughters at Risk for Obesity?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Singletons
Studies find the likelihood of a child being overweight is related to birth order, gender, or the absence of siblings. Are the studies “fat” with flaws?

Coaching Yourself Through Fatherhood

On the days when I feel I can't win at parenting, this is how I dig deep and stay in the game.

How Homosexual Attraction Can Lead to Violence Against Gays

If Mateen was perhaps more accepting of his own homosexual desires, perhaps none of this would've happened.

How Much Sleep Is Required for Optimal Health? Age Matters.

For the first time, sleep experts have reached a consensus on how much sleep is required to optimize psychological and physical well-being at various stages of the human lifespan.

The Forking Paths of Children and No Children

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 13, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Can an eating disorder, even years after recovery, carry on affecting how we think about the possibility of having children? If so, how? Can we ever really tell?

Permission to Grieve

Are you experiencing a feeling of loss watching your grown child move out? Give yourself permission to grieve, and move on.

One Surefire Way to Reduce Bullying

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on June 07, 2016 in Singletons
How to change children’s “all-about-me” attitudes into empathetic actions.

The (Sometimes) Myth of the Wicked Stepmother

New spouses often volunteer to take the blame when divorced parents want, for whatever reason, to avoid their children from a previous marriage.

The ADHD Healthy Living Summer Challenge

Emphasizing healthy living may significantly improve ADHD symptoms

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Gifted Intensity

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on June 04, 2016 in Creative Synthesis
For many gifted and creative children, emotional intensity is not only normal but crucial to their personal growth.

What Is Up With Cyber-Bullying?

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on June 03, 2016 in Raising Parents
What do most parents ask about cyber-bullying? These answers explain the changing tide of bullying.