Essential Reads

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...

The Right Dose of Screen Time for Kids

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in The Baby Scientist
On Friday, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their policy on screen time for children under the age of 2 on Friday. Here's what the new policy means for your kids.

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change Education and Work?

A new report titled “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” explores the role of AI in various aspects of society and considers implications for our future.

The Ethics of Sharing Client Stories

How can I use my clients as examples in my teaching, while honoring my clients’ confidentiality and therapeutic experience? What are the ethical limits to telling clients' stories?

More Posts on Parenting

Are Personality Traits Hereditary?

By Ugo Uche on October 11, 2016 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Genes do not operate in isolation.

I Don't Know How to Handle My Complicated Mother

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 11, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to handle a complicated mother
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Growing Pains in the Teenage Brain

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on October 11, 2016 in The Kitchen Shrink
Growing pains occur more for the teenage brain, than even the teenage body

Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30... Oh My!

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One More Bite
Can or should you keep to your special eating plan when your child has an eating disorder?

Staying in Touch With Real Babies: Correcting the AAP

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
The AAP's recommendations for infant sleep deal a major blow to the parent-infant dyad. One mom shows how sleep training violates the most sacred of bonds.

Parental Age & Mental Illness: The Maternal Dimension

The biggest and most comprehensive study of the effects of parental age on offspring mental illness confirms counter-tuitive predictions of the imprinted brain theory.
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The Commitment-Phobe

Some people are phobic of commitment. It may have to do with attachment. Here's how.
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The Role of Shame in the 2016 Elections

Are both major-party candidates in this election driven by shame?
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Legalizing Marijuana in California

By Richard Taite on October 07, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
If you treat young people with respect and give them good information, the likelihood is greater that they will make healthy choices.

What You Said Made Me Feel Bad

By Sharon Praissman on October 07, 2016 in Beyond the Egg Timer
A guest post from one of the authors of the recent parenting book The Danish Way, which is full of fascinating parenting from the country that’s been ranked happiest in the world.

When You Pee on Your Brother, You've Gone Too Far

I don't think a sticker chart—or a spanking—will work. Why? They don't get to the root of the problem. The root of the problem is that Mom got a replacement for him.

Stressing the PSAT

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in Raising Parents
How can I support my child if she performs poorly on the PSAT?

Three Reasons for Teen Unhappiness and What to Do About It

By Tim Elmore on October 06, 2016 in Artificial Maturity
With all the resources and technology we have at our fingertips, is it safe to assume American kids would likely be the happiest?

Words Are Words—How Can We Know a Candidate's Character?

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on October 05, 2016 in Me Before We
Chelsea and the Trump children have chosen very different avenues to invest their family resources.

How and When to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

New research indicates that 90% of kids learn about sex from online porn.

3 Decision-Making Principles I Taught My Son

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on October 05, 2016 in Intentional Insights
How recent research on behavioral economics can help you make better decisions

5 Ways to Reconnect With Your Child When Having a Bad Day

Kids often need physical "refueling" to feel connected, so the easiest way to reconnect is often to grab a book and snuggle on the couch reading to them for a few minutes.

It Only Works If You Work It

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in One More Bite
What to do when treatment seems to "stop working"
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Set Healthy Expectations for Your Young Athlete

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Expectations communicate messages to your children about what’s important to you about their sports participation and establish a standard toward which they can strive.

How Parents Inadvertently Foster Racism

Parents inadvertently cultivate a twisted superiority that hitches a ride on racial categories.

Developmental Equity: Path to Student Success?

Educational equity is important, especially for youth impacted by race, cultural, and economic barriers. But is developmental equity more critical to success?

Grief Following Sudden Death of a Loved One

The sudden death of a child creates disbelief, shock, sadness, anger and guilt. The shock can be so great the siblings can become the "Forgotten Mourners."

Elder Orphans: A Real Problem or a New Way to Scare Singles?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Living Single
Elder orphans: a serious concern, a scare story to put uppity singles in their place, and a term that should be put to rest

Fear: What If...

Fear doesn't have to be arresting. Find out what you can control as a Parent.
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Back to School:

By Gretchen Rubin on October 03, 2016 in The Happiness Project
The question is: how can we help children form habits that will help them handle this load, without our constant nagging and supervising?

Parenting to Support the Twin Purposes of Adolescence

To maintain caring and communicative connections with their adolescent, parents need to treat detachment and differentiation as functional parts of growing up.

How It Feels to Be an Outsider Everywhere

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Longing for home after an unwilling long-distance move, the protagonist of this profoundly insightful novel learns to live anywhere, or maybe nowhere.

Where Do Our Earliest Memories Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Talking Apes
New research shows that autobiographical memory depends on our language skills, especially the ability to tell stories.

How We Became ADHD Nation

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Side Effects
How did we reach the point where one in seven American children is diagnosed with ADHD?

Why Are Kids So Anxious These Days?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
New research shows that more and more adolescents are at risk of mental illness. The solution may not be more treatment but changing children’s environments to be less stressful.