Essential Reads

When Your Teenager's "In Love"

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on February 13, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Why do you think we call first love a crush?

The Working Parent and Too Much Choice

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moderating
For working parents blessed to have choices, the pressure to decide whether to prioritize one role over another feels never-ending. Learning to choose skillfully can help.

Adolescence: Your Parenting Work Is Not Over Yet

A parent’s job changes at a child’s adolescence. Be available while letting go. Argue. Laugh. Love the person your child really is, underneath all the identities they’re trying on.

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.

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52 Ways to Show I Love You: Choosing

Conscious awareness of choices we make, our motivation, and processes we use can enhance trust, stability and longevity in a close relationship. Consequences of decisions matter.

When Binary Thinking Is Involved, Polarization Follows

Don't allow a need for certainty where none exists hijack your rationality.

5 Simple Yet Powerful Ways to Get Kids to Cooperate

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Parents have to move kids through tasks like chores, potty, teeth-brushing, etc. Here are 5 tools to strengthen cooperation, reduce resistance, and promote bonding along the way.

The Truth About "Quiet" Verbal Abuse

By Peg Streep on January 27, 2017 in Tech Support
Most people associate verbal abuse with yelling and shouting and while that's sometimes true, it isn't always. Quiet abuse may actually do more damage.
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Chubby, Chunky, Heavy, Big

Many parents are watching their children getting bigger and bigger and wonder, when do I say something? How do I help them when I can’t even help myself?

To Be Asian or to Be American

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 26, 2017 in Minority Report
What does it mean to be Asian or American? For those of us living in America from Asian ancestry, we are technically and practically both yet some in society want us to choose...

The Effects of ‘Helicopter Parenting’

Being an involved parent is usually a positive thing... unless you become TOO involved.

Ending Sexual Abuse of Our Children

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 24, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
While we still don’t know much about how to prevent child sexual abuse, there are things families and communities are doing to keep our kids safe and avoid a lifetime of problems.
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Abraham Lincoln Tops List of Famous Jewish Swimmers!

By Barb Cohen on January 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
"Famous people with autism" lists are not created primarily to motivate our children. They exist to motivate us adults to adjust our own beliefs about autism.

Children & Activism in 2017: Parents Help Kids Do it Right

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 23, 2017 in Shape Parenting
Are you already tired of all the politics in 2017? Have less talk and more action by awakening the activist in your child.

6 Reasons People Lie When They Don’t Need To

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Pathological liars actually have a reason to their rhyme, though it may seem irrational to the rest of us.

Why Relationships Scare Us

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Compassion Matters
Some people are afraid of being tied down, while others are terrified of being alone. Whatever our fears may be, they have roots in our past that we must understand to overcome.

Your Parents Weren't Supportive? Get Them Out of Your Head.

The voices you heard growing up can play a role in your negative self-talk. Take these four steps to shift them into something more positive.

Is Love Enough?

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
Love is not enough to raise good kids.
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Reluctance to Grow Up at the Outset and End of Adolescence

Rate of growing up varies widely, and that is okay. If slow, the main thing is for parents to be patient.
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Mothers of Murderers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
What do mothers say when they're told that their son or daughter is a murderer?

The Myth of Bootstraps

Appropriate supports for families are the only true bootstraps, a community reaching across party politics and pulling everyone up together.

When His Homework is Your Personal Purgatory

You are in homework hell and the assignments aren’t even your responsibility! As a parent, you feel as if it all falls on you.

Did breastfeeding pressure lead a new mother to suicide?

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on January 21, 2017 in Push Back
How much suffering will it take before we repudiate the pressure tactics of breastfeeding advocates?

Why French Parents Work Less Than American Parents

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Children need to know that their parents are interested in what happened during their school day or with their friends.

Infographic: Guidelines for Kids & Screen Time

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Connected
Take a look at AAP's new screen time guidelines for infants, toddlers, and children.

Babies are Counting on Donald Trump

By Tricia Striano Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Smart Baby
Babies voted for Trump, what will they build?

The Women's March On Washington, Attachment Theory & My Mom

Representing 5 generations of marching women. Why we did it.

Want to Change Your Child? Start by Regulating Your Emotions

You can only change yourself, which changes how the other person responds to you. So as you change, your child changes.

Growing Up and Gazing Down at Mom

By Lydia Denworth on January 19, 2017 in Brain Waves
As my kids overtake me in height, I remind myself that their brains haven't fully grown yet.

The Wrong Reason for Staying Married

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on January 18, 2017 in A Shift of Mind
Are you stuck in a loveless marriage because of a fear of divorce?

Help, I Don’t Speak Limbic

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on January 18, 2017 in Self-Reg
The better we can recognize which state teens are in, rational or limbic, the better we can understand and respond to what they are saying and doing.

Skunk, Wax, and Edibles: What Marijuana Is Your Child Using?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on January 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
With increasing potency, modern forms of cannabis are "not your father's marijuana." What does that mean for kids?

Who Killed JonBenet?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What can forensic psychology tell us about the still unsolved JonBenet Ramsey case?

Is There a "Right" Way to Birth a Child?

Discourses of childbirth are charged and contentious, ranging from "natural" to "medicalized." But what is an "ideal" birth and who has the moral authority to define it?