Essential Reads

Should Your Child Take a Gap Year?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
Malia Obama is bringing attention to a wise option for many kids. For yours?

The Secret of Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility comes with a unique set of challenges that few understand.
Lucelia Ribeiro via Creative Commons

Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.

Digital Age Parenting: Conquering the Cultural Divide

Even the most tech savvy parents still find themselves at a loss, a half a step behind their digital age kids.

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Identifying With the “No-Self”

We suffer because we identify with ourselves.

What We Know About Kids and Screen Time

As the American Academy of Pediatrics updates its recommendations on kids and screen time, here's what you should know.

My Kids Saw My Sex Video: What Do I Do Now?

Did your kids accidentally see something about your private sex life? Don't panic.

Setting Limits When Your Child Ignores You

Your child is ignoring your limit because he needs help with the big feelings or unmet needs that are driving his behavior.

3 Clues to Help You Figure Out if It's the Real Thing

These three clues can help you to determine whether your relationship is marriage material.

Seventeenth Anniversary of the Columbine Shooting

By Izzy Kalman on April 20, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
The 17th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, an event that led to a worldwide anti-bully movement, went by practically unnoticed. And that movement is making bullying worse.

How to Create a Set of Family Boundaries

What would we do if the borders (boundaries) on our maps changed without anyone telling us. If the same thing happened to our family boundaries we would also be lost.

How to Begin Healing Your Body Shame

When did your body shame start?

My Name Is Laura and I'm a (Recovering) Perfectionist

Many of us go through our entire lives feeling inferior because we never felt quite "good enough" as children.

If You Want To Fix Kids' Problems, Let the Kids Lead

Here are five lessons I've learned for tackling serious problems that young people experience.

How the End of Adolescence (18 - 23) Can Feel Overwhelming

The transition from the last stage of adolescence, Trial Independence, into young adulthood is fraught with challenges. Parents who understand why and what to do can be of help.

Peter Breggin on the Psycho-Pharmaceutical Complex

The future of mental health interview series continues with Peter Breggin on the psycho-pharmaceutical complex.

The Lactivist War on Formula Is a War on Women

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on April 17, 2016 Push Back
Formula allows women to control their own bodies.

Straight Talk About Relationships

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 17, 2016 How To Do Life
An interview with Psychology Today's Editor-at-Large, Hara Marano.

6 Steps for Getting Your Child to Sleep Alone

This is a hard habit to break, but hopefully patience, firmness and support should do the trick.

Why Have We Pathologized Mother-Infant Bonding?

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on April 15, 2016 Push Back
Why are attachment parents so worried about attachment?

What Did You Learn Before You Were Eight?

If you're like most of us, you learned some things before you were eight that no child should learn and carry for the rest of his or her life as motivating beliefs.

Help Your Child With Psychiatric Needs Prepare for College

If you have a child who takes medication for ADD, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue, you need an additional checklist—maybe your most important one.

What's a Parent to Do? The Advice Edge

How do you discuss your child's performance with them? The timing and content are important for good results. This applies to our own performance, too.

Six Levels of Motivation in Students

By Tim Elmore on April 13, 2016 Artificial Maturity
In a world of unprecedented opportunity and connection—wouldn’t you think we’d have the most motivated generation of kids in the history of mankind?

Should Parents Make Their Children Apologize?

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 13, 2016 Good Thinking
Should children be required to apologize when they cause deliberate or unintentional harm? Here is what science has to say.

My Story

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 13, 2016 How To Do Life
Career and life lessons I hope are of value to you

What Part of No Doesn't Your Child Understand?

So why do kids fight so hard against our limits? Because those big feelings of disappointment are hard to face. They'd rather keep fighting with us than face the music.

Love Actually

It is incumbent upon us–particularly with regard to youth–to recognize effort over achievement, resiliency over success and individuality over conformity.

Our Hypocritical Approach to Healthy Eating

We talk a good game about healthy eating but our heart is in the cookie jar. It's not your fault. It's a cultural thing.

10 Things to Know About Parent-Child Relationships

The parent-child relationship is qualitatively different than all of our other relationships.Here are some tips from a leading parent-child relationship expert.

Does Love Really Mean Never Having to Say You’re Sorry?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on April 10, 2016 Talking Apes
Both the victim and the perpetrator bear considerable psychological burdens until the atonement-redemption cycle is complete.

Three Proven Ways To Help Children and Teens Behave Better

If you are tired of fruitless power struggles with your child or teen, read this...

7 Positive Ways to Help Kids Manage Disappointment

Helping kids to better manage disappointment boasts their resilience and flexibility.

The Unhappy Intellectually Gifted Child

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 10, 2016 How To Do Life
An interview with Edward Amend