Essential Reads

The Price of a High

Children are especially vulnerable when a parent is addicted. The current opioid epidemic makes it imperative that we hear children's voices and understand their felt experience.
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The Halloween Bill of Rights Kids Want and Deserve

Halloween teaches kids to celebrate — and then fear — candy. And before you argue that nobody fears candy, consider why parents contort themselves to lighten the load.

The Role of the Parent, Caregiver, and Teacher

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Alison Gopnik.

We Need a New Word for Stepparents

By Wendy Paris on October 25, 2016 in Splitopia
The fact that a stepparent is not a legal relationship highlights the role of strong emotional bonds within a blended family structure. Three tips for building good bonds.

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Grief Following Sudden Death of a Loved One

The sudden death of a child creates disbelief, shock, sadness, anger and guilt. The shock can be so great the siblings can become the "Forgotten Mourners."

Elder Orphans: A Real Problem or a New Way to Scare Singles?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in Living Single
Elder orphans: a serious concern, a scare story to put uppity singles in their place, and a term that should be put to rest

Fear: What If...

Fear doesn't have to be arresting. Find out what you can control as a Parent.
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Back to School:

By Gretchen Rubin on October 03, 2016 in The Happiness Project
The question is: how can we help children form habits that will help them handle this load, without our constant nagging and supervising?

Parenting to Support the Twin Purposes of Adolescence

To maintain caring and communicative connections with their adolescent, parents need to treat detachment and differentiation as functional parts of growing up.

How It Feels to Be an Outsider Everywhere

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 02, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Longing for home after an unwilling long-distance move, the protagonist of this profoundly insightful novel learns to live anywhere, or maybe nowhere.

Where Do Our Earliest Memories Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Talking Apes
New research shows that autobiographical memory depends on our language skills, especially the ability to tell stories.

How We Became ADHD Nation

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Side Effects
How did we reach the point where one in seven American children is diagnosed with ADHD?

Why Are Kids So Anxious These Days?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
New research shows that more and more adolescents are at risk of mental illness. The solution may not be more treatment but changing children’s environments to be less stressful.

Why Donald Trump Needs to Stop Fat-Shaming

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 29, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Over 80 million people watched as Trump used the presidential debate as platform for fat-shaming. Could his messages be increasing the rates of eating disorders in our children?

Feeling Irritable? 5 Steps to Shift Into a Better Place

What if your child is being really difficult, maybe even impossible? You can't change your child directly, but you CAN change your own reaction.

Television With Tots: Guilt Free Co-Viewing Recommendations

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Screen Time
Have concerns about your young child's screen time? These few recommendation may help.

Fear of Speaking in Public: A Lesson for Teens

By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann MS, LPC on September 29, 2016 in Teen Angst
Have you ever wanted to ask a question or speak in front of a group of people, but couldn't get the words out? If so, then you are 100 percent completely normal.

Why Manners Still Matter in the Digital Age

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on September 28, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
How to Encourage Them in Your Children

8 Things You Can Do When Your Child Is Belligerent

Kids learn much more from what we do than from what we say. If your default tone is respectful, that will be your child's default tone as well.

5 Key Issues in Difficult Adult Sibling Relationships

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Buddy System
Do therapists know the importance of discussing sibling relationships with clients? Here are five things they should consider.

A Broad, Studying: My Semester in London, 1977

When you live in another country, you learn that you carry the ability to make a life for yourself wherever you are. It's a lesson that should never be underestimated.

Launching Your Young Adult

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on September 26, 2016 in Healing and Growing
When young adults get stuck, there is almost always one parent who has trouble setting limits while the other's love is too tough.

Divorce: American Style

The single-most reason marriages fall apart.
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What Is Healthy Narcissism?

Healthy narcissism is the joy of self-love, which can be powerful and sustaining.

Divorce Pitfalls to Avoid, Part Two

During divorce parents confront numerous dilemmas that damage relationships with their children. By avoiding divorce pitfalls, you will enhance the relationships with you children

Who Looks After You?

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on September 25, 2016 in Quite Queerly
Psychotherapy offers relational support that is crucial to our emotional wellbeing, no matter who or how old we are.

12 Tech Habits To Keep Healthy For Life

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
We spend a lot of time on phones and computers. Developing good habits in how we sit, type, and text can improve our health and reduce pain over a lifetime.

How Do You Tell a Teenager That He Has Autism?

By Ugo Uche on September 24, 2016 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
Apparently, most teens who have not been educated on autism, view autism as a form of intellectual impairment which they have come to associate with social stigma.

Children With Special Needs Need Special Parents

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in From Worrier to Warrior
Our children are our greatest teachers.

Parents as Agents of Change

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in One More Bite
Do you feel empowered to help your child recover from an eating disorder? If not, here are some tips to help.

Sibling Conflict and Gender

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Life After 50
Are your siblings sharing the burden of caring for Mom?

My Easygoing Kid Is Stressing Me Out!

If you are a Type A parent, raising a Type B tween can be rigorous. A part of you probably admires your low-key kid, even though his laid back attitude can at times make you crazy.

An Insecure Childhood Affects How You Deal With Adult Stress

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in The New Resilience
If you experienced insecurity in your relationship with your parents, you're likely to have difficulty when faced with stressful decisions or situations.

Record Numbers Are Single and Writing Their Own Life Scripts

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in Living Single
More Americans than ever before are unmarried – and most of them have never been married. They may also be more diverse than ever in the ways they live and the people they love.