Essential Reads

A Step-Child's Guide to Step-Parenting

Each family has its own story with its own peculiar complexities, but most have a moment in which the new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes a parent...

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.

The High Costs of Multitasking for You and Your Kids

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on November 29, 2016 in Radical Teaching
Explain-Motivate-Prove-Guide is the four-step approach to help your kids reduce time lost into the black hole generated by multitasking (and improve family harmony).

This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

More Posts on Parenting

The Art of Diagnosing

By Wanda Behrens-Horrell L.C.S.W., N.C.P on May 14, 2011 in In the Trenches


By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on May 13, 2011 in Rethinking Men

The Federal Budget Debate: An Environmental Microaggression?

By David Rivera Ph.D. on May 13, 2011 in Microaggressions in Everyday Life
Over the past few months, environmental microaggressions have been communicated via the guise of the debates surrounding the federal budget. Of particular concern are the negative covert messages concerning women and the poor that were conveyed via the debate around Planned Parenthood's funding.

Life After Death: The Great Mystery

What happens to us after we die? Human beings have been asking that great, big matzo ball of an existential question since we stood upright and stopped dragging our knuckles in the primordial goo.

Oregon House passes bill outlawing purposely false child abuse claims

False claims of abuse now against the law in Oregon

Sex Lives of Republicans, II: John Ensign in Love and Heat

By Stanton Peele on May 13, 2011 in Addiction in Society
John Ensign, Republican Senator from Nevada, and a member of a devoutly Christian group of legislators who live and meet together in Washington, began screwing his best friend's (and chief legislative assistant's) wife, Cynthia Hampton, leading to her ruination. But, until the end, Ensign planned to tough it out.

Self-centered friends: Better in small doses

I've been having issues with a friend for quite some time now but really don't know how to handle it anymore.

Put No One Out of Your Heart

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on May 11, 2011 in Your Wise Brain
Closing off doesn't feel good. It makes your heart heavy and contracted. And it primes your brain to be more tense and reactive, which could get you into trouble, plus trigger others to act worse than ever. It may feel necessary to distance yourself utterly from another person for awhile or forever but in general, you never have to put anyone out of your heart.

Barack the Birther

By Gary Alan Fine Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in The Global Grapevine

The Roving Eye of Newt

By Gary Alan Fine Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in The Global Grapevine
Rumors of Adultery: The Roving Eye of Newt

What Do I Say When Someone I Care About Gets Cancer?

Mortality is one of the few attributes we share with every single other person in the world. And yet when we're dealing with it ourselves, it's the loneliest feeling there is.

Why Teens, Parents, and Alcohol Don't Mix

By Elizabeth Donovan M.A. on May 10, 2011 in Youth and Tell

Don't Be Judgmental, Be Discerning

Most of us wish to be nice to others, but we shouldn't let this desire deny us the ability to be discerning and non-judgmental at the same time.

Savvy Auntie: Some Thoughts on Marginalized Roles and Styles of Writing

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 10, 2011 in Living Single
A new book about savvy aunties got me thinking about marginalized roles – and about styles of writing that are most effective and most authentic.

The common thread in successful eating disorder treatment

By Carrie Arnold on May 10, 2011 in Body of Evidence
Adults with eating disorders also have options--cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy have all been shown to be effective for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. But the high drop out rates have prevented researchers from identifying empirically sound treatments for adults with anorexia.

Talking Like a Book

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on May 09, 2011 in Benign Neglect
Savvy parents have an arsenal of strategies to get their kids to "talk like a book."

What Can We Learn from Hollywood’s “Happily Ever After?”

Feminism and Hollywood's "happy endings" - are these impacting how today's youth see themselves and others? How can parents and educators talk about gender equity, sexual diversity, and healthy relationships through popular teen media? This post addresses these issues and offers some ideas to get you started.

Curing the Loneliness of Illness

By The Psychoanalysis 3.0 Writing Group on May 09, 2011 in Psychoanalysis 3.0
The suffering of serious medical illnesses is made worse by loneliness while companionship, even love, makes it easier to bear.

A Silver Lining in Unjust Executions?

By Walter E. Block Ph.D. on May 09, 2011 in Defending the Undefendable

Bin Laden’s Death Reveals We’re All Divided Personalities

We’ve been hearing a lot of differences of opinion about appropriate reactions to Osama Bin Laden’s death, but what about the differences of opinion between the different people inside your head?