Essential Reads

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

The Hot-and-Sexy trend for girls' Halloween costumes and why it's concerning

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

Finding a balance of fear and exploration by allowing more unstructured play.

Does Neurodiversity Whitewash Autism?

Neurodiversity is news now, and some say it glosses over disability. I say no.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

The Therapeutic Power of Miniature Worlds

Recent Posts on Parenting

What to Do If You Think Your Child Is Gifted

Instead of asking "Is my child gifted?" or "What is his IQ?" it’s better to ask, "What does my child need in order to continue learning to the best of his ability?" "Does he have areas requiring special attention?" and "What can we do to help?"

Who’s Running the Show? You, Your Kids or Your Doctor?

By Michael W Corrigan Ed.D. on September 25, 2015 Kids Being Kids
Let’s face it, as kids wrestle with behavioral and maturity issues and juggle expectations related to academic and social challenges, some of the behaviors they display can be quite concerning. But guess what? For centuries parents have been capable of helping challenged children overcome semi-annoying and concerning behaviors. How do they do it?

When Gentrification Hits Home

By Ariel Gore on September 24, 2015 Women and Happiness
I belonged here because my new father said I belonged here. "If anyone asks you where you're from," my new father said, "you say 'who, me?' and you point to the tallest, closest mountain you can see and you say, 'I just hiked down from the top of that mountain this morning. Where are you from?'"

5 Little-Known Parenting Hacks That Take Less Than 1 Minute

5 little-known but easy parenting hacks that can get your kids to listen more and argue less--all in less than 1 minute

Sex and Parenting

By Isadora Alman MFT on September 24, 2015 Sex & Sociability
The comfort of good loving often falls to the bottom of the To Do list, just when it is most needed.

“God” in a Pill?

An underlying fantasy of those who rely on psychiatric medication—in isolation—without meaningful psychosocial therapies. And—if “God is in the pill,” then the devil must be in the side effects!

Let's Talk Numbers: How Are You Feeling?

By Kirsten C Sharma Psy.D. on September 24, 2015 Children in Mind
As your child gets back into the daily routine of school, you may notice him acting out. Asking a few simple questions can go a long way in helping them cope and plan strategies for a successful day.

Why Planned Parenthood is an Exceptionally Worthy Charity

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 How To Do Life
Make politicians' efforts to eviscerate Planned Parenthood backfire!

5 Facts About Asian-American Christian Shame

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on September 23, 2015 Minority Report
Asian-American Christianity is growing in the United States and abroad yet many Asians do not recognize how their cultural messages of shame negatively impacts their spiritual and emotional-well being.

Parenting a Child With a Learning Disability

Children with learning difficulties often experience trouble with school and learning. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, 2.4 million students are diagnosed with a learning disability. Although there is no cure for a learning disability, individuals can benefit from early intervention.

One Powerful Tool to Help Your Child Learn Math

By Garth Sundem on September 23, 2015 Brain Trust
Executive function, school placement, math identity, reading skills, IQ and more: Here's what matters (and what surprisingly doesn't!) for improving math skills in elementary and middle schools.

Why New Moms Think Scary Thoughts After Having a Baby

Science suggests that parents — especially mothers during the postpartum period — are wired to be on the lookout for possible threats to their offspring. That's a good thing. But being on high alert can bring to mind scary possibilities, and these thoughts and images are often very graphic.

Effective Apologies in 3 Easy Steps

Are you tired of hearing "I'm sorry" without any meaning or feeling to it? Do your apologies seem to lack weight? Try this three-part approach to mending things.

Talking to Kids About Dating in a Non-Dating World

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on September 22, 2015 Grand Rounds
Can we still give our kids dating advice if none of our kids are dating?

Three Lessons Children Need to Learn About Candy

If you secretly discard your kids' candy, think about what sneaky parenting teaches kids about fairness. It's OK to do whatever you want as long as your motives are good... and you don't get caught?

5 Reasons Why Poverty Reduces Self-Control

Bad choices can certainly be a factor in poverty. But just because someone makes bad choices doesn’t mean they lack virtue or have no self-control.

Married With Children . . . and Divorced Friends

By Wendy Paris on September 22, 2015 Splitopia
It can be hard for married parents to reassure their own children about the permanence of marriage, given the high divorce rate and other changes in the "typical" American family. Parents can talk to their children about the durability of family. Those of us in positive post-marriage relationships can help spread of sense of stability within our communities.

Tips To Encourage A Positive Body Image In Young Girls

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on September 22, 2015 Once Upon a Child
Preschool teachers will tell you that most 4 year olds- boys and girls- say they like the way they look, and have no trouble identifying other kids in magazines and books who look like them, and they do it without judgment.

The Ways, and Whys, of Autism

By Guest Bloggers on September 22, 2015 The Guest Room
In Uniquely Human, Dr. Barry Prizant advocates a paradigm shift in understanding and treating autism. He maintains that “autism isn’t an illness. It’s a different way of being human.”

Manipulation in Families with Eating Disorders

It is extraordinarily difficult and wearing for family members to deal with a child with an eating disorder. When manipulation enters, it is easy to lose recovery ground. Understanding and responding to manipulation with compassion and authentic expression can be achieved.

Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

By Peter Gray on September 22, 2015 Freedom to Learn
Diagnosable mental health problems are at an all-time high among college students, but, in addition, and in some ways even more disconcerting, there has been a sharp decline in students' abilities to deal with the bumps in the road of everyday life. These problems are making it hard for colleges to carry out their traditional academic mission. What can be done?

Nurturing Awe in Kids

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 The Pursuit of Peace
Awe is an emotion that has the potential to unlock many other positive qualities in individuals. Parents and other adults have the potential to nurture awe in kids in several ways, as discussed in this article.

Aren’t Some People Just Smarter Than Others?

The different races can be analogized to identical twins reared apart.

Treating Tourette's, OCD, and Selective Mutism in Children

Children with Tourette's Syndrome, OCD, or Selective Mutism can be challenging to treat. These specialized behavioral methods can provide treatment options for parents and therapists.

How Boredom Can Afflict the End of Adolescence

When it comes to leading a more independent path through life at the end of adolescence, finding a working interest to like and taking an active interest in work one doesn't like can both be hard to do.

Taming the Bully in Your House

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Singletons
Mindfulness is not a word often associated with parenting. Neither is self-mastery. But without either it's impossible to have a healthy relationship with your child. Parents committed to working on themselves rarely fall victim to continued bullying by their children.

Seven Shifts as Generation Y Becomes Generation Z

By Tim Elmore on September 21, 2015 Artificial Maturity
As we work with students, we’ve discovered these young teens are showing signs of a “morph,” shifting away from old realities and into new ones. Here’s what we’ve found*:

Addressing Sad-Child Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 How To Do Life
How parents might help the many kids who aren't clinically depressed but are sad.

National Singles Week: 19 Reasons Why We Need It

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 Living Single
National Unmarried and Single Americans Week, recognized by the Census Bureau for more than a decade, is a celebration of single people and a way of recognizing their contributions as friends, family members, workers, voters, volunteers, neighbors, and community members.

That's So Gay!

By Oscar Holmes IV Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 Beyond the Cubicle
Similar to the popular TV show Mythbusters, Matthew and I surveyed a large sample of people and asked them what common sayings, beliefs, and/or questions they had about LGBTQ people that they wanted to know whether or not were true. Are you LGBTQIA culturally competent? How many questions did you get right?