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Autism, Guardianship, Self Determination and Housing

There's a controversy brewing over supported housing for autistic people. Are autistic communities supportive or oppressive? Who decides - autistics or parents?
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A Gift from Mothers to Daughters

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Beauty Sick
The messages we hear about women and beauty make it hard to have healthy attitudes toward our bodies. But we can make certain those messages stop at our own front door.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Cheerleading

You can cheerlead for a loved one with encouragement, logistical, or material support. In showing love by expressing priorities, you helping them respect and love themselves.

Being Parents of a Perfectionist

Being parents of a perfectionist: For some parents it’s a dream, for others a nightmare. For the kids, it trends toward the latter.

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Social Anxiety in Toddlers

Social confidence varies from one child to another, and across time and situations. Parents can help their kids cope with social anxiety, and enjoy social interactions.

Home Is Where the House Is

My parents bought this house for Margaret, but we have always understood this house is for us too. The house means we don’t need to plan on Margaret moving in with one of us.

Forgiveness Part 2

Monica found her way to forgiveness the hard way, the way many people do, by experiencing pain and betrayal.

Do You Need Mother's Apology? What Should Your Mom Say?

Nobody said being a mother was easy; perhaps it's time to say that being a daughter to a certain kind of mother is very, very hard.

After-School Programs Do Work!

Every year, after-school programs keep children safe, improve physical fitness, and support growth in literacy.
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Munchausen by Proxy or Con Artist Mom?

The tragic story of Gypsy and Dee Blanchare is set to air as an HBO documentary on May 15. Here's a look at the law and psychology behind a case of medical child abuse and murder.

The Best Mothers’ Day Gift

This Mother’s Day, honor all your mothers by asking for their stories. Asking for their stories is your gift to them; sharing their stories is their gift to you.

What do Teenage Relationships Really Look Like?

How can you give teens the space they need to explore the more ambiguous, complicated aspects of their relationships? An open mind and willing heart could make a difference.

More Proof That Breastfeeding Benefits Babies' Brains

New state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques confirm the widespread brain benefits of breastfeeding all infants—but especially vulnerable preemies—a mother's own breast milk.

The American College of Pediatricians Is an Anti-LGBT Group

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 08, 2017 in Political Minds
A small but clever group created a legit-sounding name and spread false reports with the potential to harm LGBT youth.

Can Parenting the Danish Way Be Applied Elsewhere?

How are confidence and well-being developed in Danish kids? These parenting guidelines provide clues.

Why Teens Get High

It’s time teens get the real story about what marijuana can do to their bodies, their brains, and their futures.

The Gene Machine: An Interview with Bonnie Rochman

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on May 06, 2017 in Side Effects
The expanding influence of genomics on our lives.

The Pros and Cons of Youth Sports Aren’t Only Physical

Are sports helping or hurting your child’s emotional well-being?

Portrayal of Mental Illness on Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has sparked debate about depression and suicide prevention.

5 Disastrous Summer Vacation Plans Parents Should Avoid

... and 3 golden rules for successful family getaways.

What's the Best Way to Help Low-Income Mothers?

Coaching from public health nurses helps low-income mothers and their children.

Avoid the Gap Year Mistake

Gap years can be transformational moments that set a course for career and life fulfillment. But, not all gap years achieve this. What gap year students do matters.

When Hiring a Lawyer or Mediator, Buyer Beware

Who is responsible when the public fails to understand the different dispute resolution processes and types of attorneys and mediators available, even after they retain someone?

Not Naughty: 10 Ways Kids Appear to Be Acting Bad But Aren't

Understanding that many kid behaviors that appear to be naughty are normal responses to conditions, stressors, or developmental phases helps parents address them with compassion.

Dreams Aren't Child's Play, or Are They?

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Evolving Minds
Can we ever understand the mystery of dreams? What children's play can reveal about the nature of dreaming.

Children and Food Allergies

By Maureen Healy on May 02, 2017 in Creative Development
Children with Food Allergies: How can you help them?

Why People Still “Feel Sorry” for Only Children

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Singletons
How many only-child stereotypes can you name?

When Grief Came To Town: A Mother's Tale of Loss and Renewal

By Mark Matousek on May 01, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Cherrie Adams's "annus horribilis" included the deaths of three family members, and the resurrection of a whole new life

Addict Cleans Up, Then Is Shunned by Family

Addiction is in the news again, and everyone wants to believe it's caused mostly by genetics. But a letter to a newspaper advice columnist reveals hidden family dynamics.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 3

This third blog in a series on children in polyamorous families explains how kids deal with disadvantages in polyamorous families.
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Communicating About Emotion Between Parent and Adolescent

Because adolescence can be a more abrasive and intense time for parent and teenager, it's important to communicate about emotions well.

Expression Leads to Oppression

Marco Rubio's #expressionNOToppression initiative inherently makes no sense.

Ethical Issues in Treating Childhood Obesity

How do doctors decide when to recommend surgery for a child with obesity?

Sexuality During and After Pregnancy

Expecting a baby? Research shows what changes you can expect with sex and intimacy.