Essential Reads

Younger Kids Are More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Relatively young children in a classroom (with birthdays in September-December) are more likely to be misdiagnosed with ADHD.

The Reality of Whiteness

Why are some white people so reluctant to acknowledge racism and white privilege? Opening minds and hearts to the need for more progress.

10 Ways to Deal with Mom-Shaming

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Singletons
A new poll finds a majority of moms feel judged. Learn how to handle criticism and have confidence in your parenting decisions.

Believing in Ghosts, Goblins, and the Candy Witch

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
On Halloween, there is no doubt that children everywhere will have their minds on ghosts, goblins, and witches. But when do they learn that these characters aren't real?

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It's Complicated: Teens, Social Media, and Mental Health

For adolescents, is social media uplifting, depressing or just plain complicated?

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust V: Siblings: Adoration&Abuse

By Joan Cusack Handler Ph.D. on September 28, 2017 in Of Art and Science
The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood

Parents Teach Their Children to Lie

The teaching process is subtle but just as effective as if they had sent their children to formal classes in deception.
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How Do You Say It Will Be All Right?

Active shooter training in schools can cause worry in kids and stress in parents. Here are some tips for coping.

Timeouts: Good for Adults, but Not for Kids

Most adults know they shouldn’t hit, shame, yell at, or ridicule kids. Timeouts are just as bad. Here's why timeouts are good only for adults, with 13 ideas for what to do instead.

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

Giving up these unhealthy — yet common — parenting practices could be the key to helping your children reach their greatest potential.

The Two Things Gen-I Needs the Most

This generation of college freshmen has spent their childhood on screens and overseen by helicopter parents. Here's how you can help them achieve independence.

Aggression from Other Kids

We all need to learn to stay grounded in our own dignity and compassion as we cope with the unhappy people who will inevitably come our way.

Heart on Fire: Confessions of a Love Warrior

By Mark Matousek on September 27, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
After his parents were murdered, author Scott Stabile had a choice: to stop living or become a "love warrior," as he writes in his fabulous new book, Big Love.

How Is Rewriting History the Goal of All Therapy?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on September 27, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
It’s common to talk about what therapy can do for you. But before therapy is able to eliminate disturbing personal and relational problems, it needs first to undo what caused them.

How Losing a Parent Can Impact Your Mental Health

Complicated grief often results in attempts to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.
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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs and Keys to Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here is what the science says about prevention.

No, Honestly! It's All True!

By Nick Luxmoore on September 27, 2017 in Young People Up Close
Why make up stories, insisting that they're true? What do young people's lies mean and how should we respond?
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Cognition

Infants express their feelings through facial expressions, bodily movements, and vocalizations. Babies can express built-in feelings almost from day one...

Why Do People Helicopter Parent?

Helicopter parenting is on the rise. Why do parents do it? New research identifies three reasons why parents are overinvolved in their children's lives.

Still Mothering After All These Years

Women in the last decades of life are still mothering their daughters and modeling a conscious future for them.

The Oreos Bullying Lawsuit

By Izzy Kalman on September 25, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Rather than eliminating bullying, laws often foment hostilities. The current race-based lawsuit against Hand Middle School in South Carolina is a prime example.
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Connecting with Your Children Authentically in a Wired World

Struggling to define the role of technology in your family's life? (You're not the only one reaching for the fidget spinner.)

How Witnessing Your Wounds Can Curtail Your Anger

How you can reduce being prone to anger at home, in your relationship or in your daily life? Being a witness to your past pain is essential for meeting this challenge.

Marriages Come and Go, but High-Conflict Divorce Is Forever

By Linda Esposito LCSW on September 24, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you tired of battling your ex and seeing your kids suffer? A few adjustments can lead to a more peaceful parenting plan.
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The Impact of Online Shaming on Young Lives

By Sue Scheff on September 24, 2017 in Shame Nation
Teens are more concerned about online hate and shaming than they are about drugs. They are more likely to turn to their friends for help, rather than their parents.

Should You Friend Your Grown Kids on Facebook?

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Between the Lines
Facebook has upended the culture, disrupted the boundary between public and private, and changed how generations communicate with and relate to each other.

The Power of Supportive Environments for LGBT+ Youth

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Connected
Learn what you can do to create supportive spaces for LGBT+ teens. Changes in the home, at school, and even at the state level have proven to positively impact LGBT+ youth.

How Can a Teacher Help a Shy Child?

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Shyness Is Nice
Do you worry about your quiet child? Following these tips can help a shy child shine.
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To Drive or Not to Drive: That Is the Question

Talking with your parents about their driving can be difficult. Here are some ways to approach the conversation.

Five Money Mistakes Parents Make With Adult Children

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Complicated Love
We all want to help our young adult children to get a good start in life, but sometimes our help can backfire.
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Tips and Books to Help Kids Recover From the Hurricanes

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Helping includes providing safety, getting children back to school, and creating stability in their lives.

7 Things Mentally Strong Parents Know

Telling your kids to "act brave" or "look on the bright side" won't work if you don't role model the appropriate skills.
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Waitin’ on a Sunny Day

By Stephen Gray Wallace on September 21, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
For many, sunny days may seem a distant memory regardless of season … or sun.

Can We Have a (Sex-Positive) Talk?

Want to talk with your adolescent about sex but don't know how to start? Here are some steps to help you begin to have "the talk."