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Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

Preventing Teens From Abusing Alcohol

A child who feels a loving bond with a parent, will feel valuable and have more of an ability to withstand peer pressure.

Caution: Your Tween May be Stressing Over Snap Streaks

Stopping your tween from continuing a Snapchat streak can easily make him feel like you are forcing him to commit social suicide. He will bargain and beg to keep his streaks going.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Showing Up

Showing up for performances, events, agreed-upon dates, and in times of need shows love. Your presence can underscore reliability, willingness to receive, and a desire to give.

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What If Your Child Chooses to Do Wrong?

Punishment drives the feelings underground and makes the bad behavior worse. Healing the feelings that are driving the behavior is what prevents a repeat of the misbehavior.

Unloved Daughters and Mourning the Mother You Deserved

By Peg Streep on March 09, 2017 in Tech Support
Recovering from a pain-filled and difficult childhood is a long journey for most but there's one step that's often overlooked or ignored: Grieving for the mother you didn't have.

Should Parents Pay For Their Children's Incarceration?

A policy that imposes more suffering on people who are already suffering.

Help! I Hate My Daughter's Boyfriend!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Social Lights
How parents can cope with their child’s dating choices

A Parent Aims to Decipher a Teen’s Transgender Declaration

By Tina Traster on March 07, 2017 in Against All Odds
I don’t care how cool LGBTQ is at the moment. At the end of the day, a transgender desire is not welcome news to a parent.

How Children Learn Right from Wrong

When children feel close to their parents, they want to "follow" them. Going against their parents would be going against the most important people in their lives.

The Shadow Side to Being an Asian American Over-Achiever

Guest blogger Nicole Hsiang explores Asian American perfectionism and its consequences.

Prepare Your Child for College by Teaching Resilience

Is your high achieving high school student resilient enough for college?

Call Children’s Private Body Parts What They Are

Children who know the correct names for their genitals feel better about their bodies, and have an important protection against molesters.

The Shy Child

Do not force your child to speak.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Raising a Self-Confident Adolescent

Parents can be confidence builders or confidence breakers. Better the first than the second.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Spring Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 05, 2017 in Social Lights
12 suggestions from a college professor

Your Child Just Told You He's Gay. Now What?

How you can respond, without offense but with unconditional love.

Passive Aggressive Notes

An 8-year-old boy replaces aggression with passive-aggression, in response to his mother's attempt to punish him.

The New Committed Relationship: For Parenting, Not Romance

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Living Single
Families have evolved in all sorts of ways. Now there are singles who come together only to raise children. They find romance elsewhere, if they are interested in it at all.

What Is Bulimia Nervosa?

It's been called "the secretive syndrome," and the intense shame can obstruct seeking help.
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Teenagers and Their Quest to Find Themselves

All teens will go off into the big, wide world as they journey to discover who they are. So be aware of where they go and whom they align themselves with.

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is torture for the afflicted person, terrifying for parents, and terribly frustrating for clinicians...

More Than a Tan and T-Shirt From a Florida Trip

By Tina Traster on March 02, 2017 in Against All Odds
By spending time with her grandparents, my daughter gained new insight into her mother, her parents' my relationship, and her relationship with her parents.

Five Ways to Be a Better Parent to Your Child With ADHD

Children with AD/HD have unique needs and present unique challenges for parents. How can you best meet these needs? Read on to learn more.

The World’s Shortest Parenting Course

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
Parenting is hard but requires not perfection but using a few guidelines.

8 Signs Your Elderly Parent Is No Longer Fit To Drive

By Peggy Flannigan Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in The Examination Room
Concerned about your parent and their driving? Check out these tips to discover if it is time for them to give it up.

Divorcing and Coparenting With the Sociopath

There are ways to keep you and your children safe when divorcing a sociopath. Here are 5 things you must do in the face of a personality disordered ex.

Back to Basics

How do we help stressed out teens? The answer doesn’t come from any academician, nor scholarly source. The answer is as simple as going back to the basics.

The Surprising Effects of Parents' Sleep Deprivation

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sleep deprivation inhibits parents' ability to manage their emotions and reactivity to negative stimuli. It may also interfere with their verbal and nonverbal expressions of joy.
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Is Your Child More Anxious and Worried Since the Election?

By Allison Carmen on February 24, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
Many parents on both sides of the political aisle have added to their children’s worry and anxiety by not being more careful with their words before and after the election.

Apologizing

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Life After 50
Do you find it difficult to say you're sorry?
Dina Rose

Stop Being a Short-Order Chef: 10 Lessons Kids Need to Learn

Unless you enjoy making multiple meals, it's time to switch strategies. Stop looking for the right food and start teaching the right lessons.

The Charter vs. Public School Fight

By The Research Lab on February 21, 2017 in The Fundamentals
We all lose when we pit one against the other. By Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D.

Why Is It So Difficult to Stop Obsessing About Your Child?

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 21, 2017 in Adoption Stories
Do you obsess about your child? Is it wearing you out?