Essential Reads

Hey Parents — Put Down Those Devices

Did you know being strict about your own screen time greatly improves the odds that you'll manage your children's in a healthy and mindful manner? Here are seven reasons why.

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.

Parental Alienation and Its Repair

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Me in We
Parental alienation and how to recover the parent-child relation.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

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Now What? How to Talk with Your Millennial Kids about Love

Young adults want their parents to talk with them about the complexities of romantic relationships. The "Marriage 101" professor shares some questions to help you get started.

Parents, Your Millennial Wants to Talk with You about Love

A new report from Harvard indicates that millennials long to talk with their parents about romantic relationships. Here's how to get your intergenerational love dialog started.

Why Is ASD Often Associated with Social Anxiety?

"We can say that all, if not most people diagnosed with ASD have remarkable issues with social interactions, however not all people on the spectrum end up with social anxiety."

Collaboration When a Family Has ADHD: Like Parent Like Child

Finding an empathetic, mutual path around ADHD aims families towards a shared goal instead of a battle, while adults build the same skills they’re aiming for in their children.

Enhance?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
New discoveries are moving us closer to a time when parents could opt to ensure their child have high intelligence. Here's a short-short story that explores an implication.

Sins of the Mothers: Perpetuating Older Feminine Stereotypes

Sometimes it's the little things that count when trying to change things up for future generations of girls.
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Does Your Child Need Growth Hormone?

New guidelines help doctors, parents, and patients decide.

Does Your Child or Teen Have Oppositional Defiant Behavior?

Is your child or teen's defiant behavior maddening? Do consequences only make things worse?

Reflections on a Father's Day Mystery and Its Impact

Why did he run away from the orphanage at 14 and hop freight trains across Canada? What led him to settle into a life that sought security but harbored unfulfilled dreams?

Baby Care: Baselines for Mental Health

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
For most babies, early experiences are undermining their short- and long-term mental (and physical) health.

Baselines for Babies

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Authoritative (not authoritarian) parenting might be good for children, but it's bad for babies.
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Dangerous Things Kids Do

Adolescents seek out novelty and excitement as they explore their sense of identity, which leaves them vulnerable to dangerous trends and people.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Pitching In

In a situation requiring an extra hand, pitching in offers ways to show love.

Did Your Father's Advice Shape Your Life?

Even if most fathers mean well, their advice needs a context.

For New Dads - Keys To A Great Experience

What do new fathers need? A review of survey findings and pragmatic tips about how to avoid common mistakes and make the most of your first years as a father.
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A Roadmap to Helping an Addicted Loved One Enter Treatment

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 16, 2017 in Unhooked
Effective tips to help a loved one seek treatment for a substance use problem.
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Talking With Your Parent About Aging and Death

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 16, 2017 in On Call
Ways to deal with a life stage that brings opportunities as well as challenges.
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Helping Your Child with Autism Improve Social Skills

As a parent of a child with autism, do you wonder how you can help him approach social situations with confidence, rather than anxiety? These strategies can help you help him.

Why Father's Day Matters

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Father’s Day is an opportunity to recognize that dads matter by bestowing in their children the psychological gifts of confidence, self-esteem, sense of adventure, and risk-taking.

Quick Tips to Shift Your Mood with Gratitude—Permanently!

Throughout your day, stop, breathe deeply and express gratitude for life having brought you to this moment. Notice that this doesn't take any extra time at all out of your day.

9 Tips to Manage Adult Bullying

Mean Girls isn't just a Tina Fey movie; it's a real-life struggle. Keep reading for some tips to keep bullies at bay.

How to Effectively Respond to an Angry Teen

It is easy for parents of teens to forget that their once little children are now closer in transition to adulthood compared to years past.

The Good-Enough Daughter: Is it Okay?

In assuming a caretaking role for a family member, we must accept that everyone has limitations (us as well as the recipient of our care).

Biracial Dating in a Monoracial Culture

We often ignore the experiences of biracial individuals when it comes to dating, yet these individuals bring a perspective that can open up the minds of their monoracial partners.

Parent Mental Illness Casts Long Shadow on Children

Research reveals that parent mental illness can greatly impact children.

Divorced Dads and Their Daughters

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Pop Psych
A new study claims that the relationships between dads and daughters are important for shaping daughters' future sexual behavior. The evidence doesn't seem that clear to me.

Is Being Proud of Your Kids Really about You?

As parents, we can overly connect to our kids and fail to see them as separate people who own their own accomplishments. This leaves kids longing to be seen for who they truly are.

Childrearing Tips for Modern Families

By Kimberly Key on June 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research reveals what successful families do that increase resilience & functioning in kids--a must-read for any families in crisis or that suffer from addiction

Yes! A Cartoon-loaded Friendship Guide for Kids and Parents

All about making and keeping friends, with lots of liberally illustrated kid-friendly ideas, along with helpful suggestions for parents of kids from six to twelve.

Helping Kids Who Bite

Watch for signs that generally appear before she bites, and move in quickly.