Essential Reads

Honey, I've Optimized the Kids

By Hara Estroff Marano on December 05, 2016 in Nation of Wimps
Turning out OK is no longer an outcome acceptable to parents. Today children must be optimized. And that may be why failure-to-launch is a growing problem among young adults.

Why Kids Believe in Santa Claus (And Why That's Okay)

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in The Baby Scientist
Some scientists and parents believe it can be harmful to lie to children, even if it's about something harmless like Santa Claus. Research suggests Santa might be okay after all.

A Step-Child's Guide to Step-Parenting

Each family has its own story with its own peculiar complexities, but most have a moment in which the new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes a parent...

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.

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Happy Holiday Parenting

By Yamalis Diaz Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Parenting Challenges 101
Nothing dampens holiday joy like tantrums, arguments, and a bad case of “I want." Use these strategies to manage challenging child behavior over the holidays.

Overprotective Parents: Helicopters and Snowploughs

Helicopter parents are physically hyper-present in their children’s lives, which protects against parental loss of autonomy.

The 3 Questions Parents Should Ask Their Children

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 23, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
The smart move is to say to your children what you want them to learn to say to themselves.

Why Gratitude Matters

By Maureen D Healy on November 23, 2016 in Creative Development
Do you want to feel more grateful?

Co-Parenting as Addiction Prevention

Too many parents have lost and need help to retrieve their primary connection with their children.

How to Scare Your Kids Off Taking Painkillers

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 22, 2016 in Open Gently
Painkillers weaken bones, interfere with sex hormones, and can make pain worse.

My Daughter's Boyfriend Broke Up With Her For No Reason

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to deal with abrupt breakups
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When Your Son or Daughter Stops Calling

Parents might panic when their 20-something children move away and cut off communication. But at that age, some estrangement may be par for the course. It's usually temporary.

For Christmas, I Gave My Child An Empty Box

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
This Black Friday, avoid the mall. Instead, give your child gifts this Christmas that build real creativity and are good for them, physically and intellectually.

5 Tips for Adult Children of Narcissists

Adult children who do not end the narcissistic cycle through direct action are the ones most likely to perpetuate the detrimental patterns in their own adult relationships.

How to Win Over Your Romantic Partner's Parents

Dinner conversation can be an emotional minefield. Follow these 10 tips to become a celebrated dinner guest.

The Cure for Campus Loneliness

By Marcia Morris M.D. on November 20, 2016 in College Wellness
It’s strange to think that you could feel lonely on a campus of 500 or 5,000 students, but it happens all the time.

Family Matters When It Comes to Becoming a Bully

Are family characteristics linked to becoming a bully? Yes, and that gives the family preventive power.
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Are You Worried About the Holidays This Year?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 19, 2016 in Off the Couch
If events in the world and in your life are making you long to hibernate, these research-based tips can help you get through — and even make a difference.

The “Do You Know?” 20 Questions About Family Stories

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
The "Do You Know..?" questions are one way to tell family stories and begin a tradition of sharing more.

Improving School Climate

New opportunities to emphasize the importance of measuring and improving school climate

Growing Up with a Mentally Ill Parent

Growing up with mentally ill parents is never an easy task. Here are 7 tips to help you break the silence with your family members to begin making sense of the past.

To Stop Bullying in Children, Show Them How to Get Along

How do we help our children and youth stop bullying? Act as you want them to act.
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"Mom, Am I Disabled?"

By Barb Cohen on November 18, 2016 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Identifying a person as disabled entails locking that person into a world of very limited expectations. Having a disability describes all of us.

Is Your Past Sabotaging Your Future?

By Atalanta Beaumont on November 18, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
Don't let your past get in the way of your future
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Do You Feel Guilty About Having (or Not Having) Money?

Do You Feel Guilty About Having (or Not Having) Money? Our attitudes about money often come from our family. By Lisa M. Juliano, Psy.D.
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21 Things to Say to Kids Instead of "Just Try It"

Asking children to "take one bite" easily creates the habit of rejection. They'll take a bite, but they aren't really open to the experience. A new strategy can open kids up.
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Sex and the Single Parent

By Michael Castleman M.A. on November 15, 2016 in All About Sex
A recent survey of sex and single parents produced a surprising finding: Single parents date and have sex as often as childless singles—sometimes more.

“Preventure” – A Program for Fighting Teen Addiction

By Elizabeth Wagele on November 15, 2016 in The Career Within You
Preventure has reduced binge drinking, frequent drug use and alcohol-related problems.

"I Have to Beg to Get His Attention," A Wife’s Lament

Husbands need to learn to be available and listen with full attention. Women need eye contact and time to talk.

Home for the Holidays

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Social Lights
What to expect when college kids come home for break.

Aiming to Decipher My Teen's Transgender Declaration

By Tina Traster on November 14, 2016 in Against All Odds
When a child tells a parent he or she is transgender, it is usually not welcomed news. And sometimes it's not even true.

Are You and Your Spouse Acting Like Trump and Clinton?

If you and your spouse are fighting, you could be like Donald and Hillary to your kids.

Three Cheers for Female Athletes!

Today, more girls and young women are playing sports than ever before.

Crossover Fiction Gets Parents & Teens Talking

Using a conversation-based approach to discussing fiction, teens are afforded a safe space to learn about preventive mental health.