Essential Reads

Sisters Choosing Him for Themselves

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Research shows that women value physical attractiveness more when choosing a partner for themselves than for a sister.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

Children & Funerals: 5 Ways to Support

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 08, 2016 in Fixing Families
Children often are frightened by funerals for a variety of reasons. Tips on how to support and talk

Bullies With a Cause

Are we raising a generation of "bullies with a cause"?

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Parents, Be Wary of “Innocent” Drug Experimentation

This is not the first time a young person has died from taking a substance that was misrepresented.

Day 3: Nicole Gibson & Australia's Rogue & Rouge Foundation

The future of mental health interview series continues with an interview with Nicole Gibson on Australia's Rogue and Rouge Foundation.

Toy Guns

By Bernard L. De Koven on January 20, 2016 On Having Fun
The stuff of kids play is reality. Safe in the fiction of the game, kids can deal with the truth of their world.

Your Autistic Child May Have a Secondary Disability

Challenges for people of difference should be related to as social, regardless of any biological or neurological characteristic. Otherwise, we can be making things worse.

Why I Wrote a Book About the Good Divorce

By Wendy Paris on January 19, 2016 Splitopia
When it comes to divorce, I learned that how you do it is what matters, for your children and for yourself.

Adversity and the Creative Mind

Everyone experiences adversity, but some people use adversity to their psychological advantage. Do you?

The Terrible Teens

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Talking Apes
Adolescent brains may still be maturing, but teens can act like adults with the right social support.

Why I Won't Be Showing My Children Sad Movies This Year

Why not take our kids to a matinee where they (and we) can inhabit a fantasy world? It seemed like a good idea to me...until I saw that it wasn’t.

Using Your Body Clocks

If everyone has different body clocks, how do we get them to work together?

Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on January 17, 2016 A Sideways View
We place emphasis on the benefits of high self-esteem. But when does high self-esteem turn into subclinical narcissism?

She Says, She Says

By Sheila Weinstein on January 16, 2016 What Do I Do Now?
How do you feel about your own aging process? And how do your children feel?

Morning Relationship Rituals That Take 2 Minutes or Less

Relationships are not about grand gestures. They’re about the little ones we squeeze into the tiny moments of each day.

Why "Thank You" Notes Are Important. Write Them Today.

It's important to learn how to be grateful appropriately: the opposite of gratitude looks suspiciously like greed, pride and hubris.

The Future of Mental Health Interview Series

Interviews with 100+ innovators and alternative helpers who are helping us deconstruct the current, dominant paradigm of "diagnosing and treating mental disorders with drugs"

Think Before You Fat

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on January 16, 2016 Screen Time
Can healthy bodies be appreciated during Oscar season? Perhaps they can, if we "think before we fat."

My Child Has a Different Kind of Brain

You feel helpless and even useless. Your brain doesn't work the same way as your child’s. It's frustrating when your efforts to help are rejected because they are ineffective.

Childhood Poverty Can Damage Brain Connectivity and Function

A new study reports that altered brain connectivity in poor children increases their risk of depression. 1 in 5 American children are currently living in poverty. This is a crisis.

When Your Kid Emotionally Throws Up On You

Are the rants of your kids wearing you out? Learn the difference between raw and pervasive emotions to help you provide the supportive reality checks they need to build resilience.

Who Is NOT a Replacement Child

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on January 15, 2016 In Flux
The word "replacement" to describe a child that takes the place of another often evokes negative feelings and anger. This blog clarifies who qualifies as an RC and who does not.

School Reform: Forcing American Kids to Walk the Plank?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on January 15, 2016 Digital Pandemic
Are many American students walking the plank over black waters?

At What Age Should Puppies Be Brought to Their New Homes?

New data confirms that when a puppy is taken from its litter at too young an age problems develop when it becomes an adult.

When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 Presence of Mind
We usually expect our gifts and help to strengthen our relationship . But that doesn’t always happen because good intentions aren’t enough for successful helping and giving.

4 Key Reasons Grandmas Act Differently With Their Grandkids

My 30+ years as a therapist has led me to a curious conclusion about families: namely, that grandparents find it much easier to love their grandchildren unconditionally than . . .

Slanted Eyes

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 14, 2016 Minority Report
“Chink!” “Where are you from?” “Do you eat dog?” “Why don’t you go back to where you came from?!” “You speak such good English!" This is part of the Asian-American experience.

Drinking, Drugs, and the College Transition

Substance abuse on college campuses is a frightening problem that few have solved. Here are lessons and approaches that have worked with students in the college transition.

Teens and Marijuana Addiction

By Kevin P. Hill M.D., M.H.S. on January 14, 2016 Unbiased
Does your teen have a problem with marijuana?

Autism Parents: You Didn’t Win Powerball but That’s OK

You might not be a new billionaire, but you wouldn’t want to spend $1.5b on new autism therapy options anyway.

Censorship in the Name of Privacy

By Amy S.F. Lutz on January 13, 2016 Inspectrum
If parents are only permitted to write about their disabled children with their permission, what happens to the stories of our most impaired kids?

Why All Parents Need The Teachings from the Jedi Master

We will all face challenges in 2016. We can choose the good side of the force—always. Let's teach this to our children and remember it for ourselves.

Should We Protect Our Kids From the Stress of Youth Sports?

By Garth Sundem on January 12, 2016 Brain Trust
Kids sobbed as they exited the climbing competition through what my wife aptly named the “Tunnel of Tears”. And into this mix, we send our kind, humble 9-year-old?