Essential Reads

A Fresh Look at Millennial Parents, Part 1

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 07, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
What they are feeling and needing in their parenting

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids

Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere—malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

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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.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

When Becoming Step Parent to an Adolescent

The attached, young child is more likely to accept and bond with a step parent, than the adolescent who is detaching and differentiating for more independence and individuality.
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When May We Change the Topic From the Election?

By Barb Cohen on November 13, 2016 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
We will want the predictability of our routines. Even the meltdowns will reassure us that our own small corner of the world is recognizable—and still needs tending.

Sleep Train a Baby?—Don’t!

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
There’s no question about it--babies need to be physically with caregivers. Here are a series of questions I received recently about babies and sleep training from a set of parents

Why school climate matters with a President Trump

Incidents of biased harassment are on the rise. What this mean for parents and educators and what you can do.

Solving the Mystery of the Angel of the Asphalt

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Play in Mind
Most of us can look back, and with good reason, wonder how we ever survived our childhoods.

Election Aftermath: A Teaching Moment for Our Children

The future is truly in the hands of our children; our response to them should be one of hope and encouragement. We must empower them to have a voice.

Managing Trump-Related Tears, Fears & Taunts in Kids

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on November 11, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Teachers across the country are reporting children are acting out deportation-related worries, ranging from fearfulness to bullying and feelings of separatism.
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Let Them Eat Cake, Part 2: Just Change Social Class?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Digital Pandemic
If kids from the lower social class want career education and (heavens!) vocational school, let them have it. Maybe they would like a job, too.

How to Keep Politics Out of the Playground

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Feeling It
No matter what our political affiliation, our children are entering a deeply divided society and playground. Here's how to keep playgrounds safe and your children resilient.

Why is Child Abuse on the Rise?

By Kimberly Key on November 10, 2016 in Counseling Keys
Child abuse is back on the rise. It's not from who you think it is...

What Can We Tell Our Children About the Bully Who Won?

There simply are no answers to our children's questions. What there are, though, are responses—responses that break the collusive silence that tacitly endorses bullying.
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Attachment Hatred

It is hard to conceive of the possibility of a father who loves his daughter but brutally murders her for falling in love with a man.

Helping Kids Handle Terrible Events in the News

Parents can help their kids gain resilience through times of worry if they model effective coping skills, provide reassurance, and support them in taking action.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Trump’s Win

By Erica Reischer Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in What Great Parents Do
Wondering how to talk to kids about the election results? These 3 suggestions will help you go high, and also help kids in the long-run

Parental Attachment Problems

Recent reports reveal that a shocking high number of children are not securely attached to their parents.

Living With Your Parents

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
A contract that can boost the chances of it working well for all.
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Let Them Eat Cake, Part 2: Just Change Social Class?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Digital Pandemic
Since poor kids have trouble learning, why not just change social class? It's not that easy.

7 Ways to Help Kids End Bullying

The real antidotes to bullying are not found in policies and procedures but rather in person-to-person connections, grounded in kindness and empathy.

Having A Child Means Giving Up Basic Needs

People need to feel autonomous. This is a dictum most people will agree to. But parenting seems to be inconsistent with personal autonomy.

Do All Parents Play Favorites?

The majority of the parents have a favorite child, a preference that's hard-wired into the brain.

Apps to Play WITH Your Kids

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on November 06, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
Ten minutes of planning, and you can turn your phone into a great resource for playing socially with your kids.

Custody Rulings Tend to Favor Status Quo

Despite the difficulties associated with raising a kid on your own, having a child with someone else isn’t always ideal.

Paragons Of Virtue

By Nick Luxmoore on November 05, 2016 in Young People Up Close
Young people are more interested in our failures than in our successes. But do we dare to tell them about all the ways in which we've failed?

Children: Stairway to Heaven?

“The dirty little secret of parenthood ... is that those first 18 years of of parenting are the most difficult, most exhausting, least fulfilling years of anyone’s life."

Narcissistic Men and Their Mothers

There comes a time when the boy of a narcissistic mother will come across to the mother as a mysterious and dangerous testosterone-filled creature.