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How Parents Prolong the "Terrible Twos" Into Adolescence

Mental health professionals label as mental disorders child misbehavior that is created by certain parenting practices that have increased in incidence over the last few decades.

Testosterone Plummets With Fatherhood... Maybe

Dads beware: Does fatherhood impact your hormones?

Yes, Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
Overprotective parenting may cause more than just stunted psychological development; it may actually be bad for children's health.

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.

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Do This When Your Teen Lies to You

If your teen's lies are driving you to the edge, use this strategy to bring back truthfulness.

When Do Kids Get the Time to Play?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on August 05, 2016 in Grand Rounds
The free-form, all by yourself, made up world of the little kid is super-important and increasingly ignored.

Denigrating a CoParent: Alienation or Boomerang?

“Your father is a self-absorbed narcissistic!” “Your greedy, bloodsucking mother robbed me of all of my money!”

Have You Got Permission to Flourish?

By Atalanta Beaumont on August 05, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
Is a legacy of past beliefs and behaviours holding you back. Give yourself permission to flourish!

Coaching Our Children

Meal time can be fraught with emotions and conflicts when dealing with an eating disorder. Here are a few tips to avoid the role of food police and maintain a supportive stance.

4 Expert Tips on Emotionally Preparing for Divorce

Many people I talk to want to know how to best manage the psychology of divorce. Direct your attention on these four key areas—financial, parental, emotional and social.

The Emotional Benefits of Neuropsychological Evaluations

So, wait...emotions and learning are...related?

Bilingual Children With Hearing Loss

Recent studies have put to rest claims that bilingualism hinders the acquisition of the majority language in children with hearing loss.

Teens With Autism: Looking at Strengths for Employment

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on August 02, 2016 in The Autism Advocate
Are you thinking about your teen with autism and possible employment? Consider his interests, strengths, and obsessions.

Advice: How Much Texting Is Too Much for My Teen?

What limits (if any) should a parent put on a constantly texting teen?

How to Reengage Your Defiant Teenager

In most cases, a tantrum is usually going to be about your teen quietly engaged in defiance.

Tough Choices for Parents of Adults With Bipolar Disorder

A discussion of the dilemmas faced by parents of adult children with bipolar disorder who perceive there is nothing wrong or elect to forgo help for the illness they live with.

Don't Let Others Run Your Life!

Are you sure you're leading the life you want, as opposed to just following the vision of others? This article provides 3 specific steps to help you lead the life you deserve!

Car Talk: Innovative Ways to Connect With Teens

Sometimes a car ride is the best way to connect with a teen.

What Do We Do When Abuse from the Past Rears Its Ugly Head?

By Gregg McBride on July 30, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
No matter how well we've survived horrors from our past, there are times that events can reappear and cause us to once again face what we thought we might never have to face again.

Could School Cause PTSD?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
For some, school is joy, for others okay, for others, a decades-long trauma.

Four Ways to Help Your Kids Avoid Depression and Addiction

Intentionally building your relationship with your child to include trust, open lines of communication and mutual support is one of the best ways you can encourage your child.

What Are Your Options if Your Parent Has BPD Rages?

Parents' harsh anger can emotionally disable a son or daughter—child or adult.

Coping After Shootings: Self-Care Strategies for Families

Witnessing gun violence directly or through media can cause difficulties with behavioral and emotional functioning. Read these tips on coping to reduce trauma.

5 Questions for Kids Fearful of Trying New Things

"Fear of failure" preventing your kid from thriving? Here's the encouragement your kid needs

Should You Be a Stay-at-Home Dad?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
An internal debate.

How to Give Your Child a Rich Life

Nobody wants to raise a child who thinks the world owes him, who feels like he’s entitled to take whatever he wants.

Connecting Spelling Books to Reading Scores

Do you know why so many American school children can't read proficiently? Guess what we aren't teaching.

"Pay Attention, Teach'"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 28, 2016 in How To Do Life
On communicating effectively with people with a different world view.

Behave!

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
A series about the ethical standards of different fictional biographies and factual biographies of famous psychologists and scientists.The first is on John Watson & Rosalie Rayner

Handling Defiance: You're Not the Boss of Me!

Because a defiant child is rejecting the parent as leader, at least at this moment, defiance also indicates that the child feels disconnected from the parent.

Two Homes, One Childhood

I want children to have a childhood, despite their parents’ divorce. How? Their parents can act like parents, not litigants, spurned lovers, or bitter exes.
Car Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and Speed of Life

The demands of adolescence become more numerous as one grows because one must get up to speed to cope with the increased complexity of life.

Trump, Stress Reactivity, Trance, and Ethics

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Donald Trump paints pervasive threat, triggering the brain’s survival systems and attracting submission to his vision of dominance.

Mom With Metastatic Cancer Talks About Resilience

From time to time I receive inspiring letters from people who have encountered my work and are kind enough to share their lives. Here is one such letter that brought me to tears.