Essential Reads

The Benefits of Embracing the Ordinary

Why you should take the time to capture the mundane in your everyday life

Teenagers Are From Earth

Pathologizing adolescence doesn't do us any favors.

Work-Life Balance is Dead

Here's why we should aim for work-life integration instead

A Tipping Point: We've Finally Noticed Boys' Struggles

Parents and grandparents of boys, take heart: Their time has come.

Recent Posts on Parenting

Exercise Anxiety

Although I enjoy exercising outdoors, safety concerns deter me from visiting local woodlands. Studies suggest that many women feel the same.

My Family Is Not a Second-Best Option

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Singletons
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, basketball great Magic Johnson and Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation and this guest post, all have something in common: Their families are inferior. At least that is what John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, has suggested.

Pregnant… And Depressed

By Ian McMahan Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Chronotherapy
With so many pregnant women faced with clinically severe depressions, we need to understand the causes and identify a non-drug treatment strategy—for the baby’s sake.

SCOTUS Unwittingly Makes the Case for Singles’ Rights

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Living Single
In 2010, when a California judge struck down Prop 8, the anti-gay-marriage proposition, the arguments he used were actually arguments for singles’ rights. Of course, that reading went unrecognized. The same thing is happening in the arguments before the Supreme Court now.

Middle Age in Uncharted Territory

We are facing a time in which the numbers of people we need to worry about are increasing. The average life span has increased exponentially in our lifetime.

What's Up with the Homeschooling?

By Emily Matchar on March 26, 2013 in Homeward Bound
Why so many progressive moms are choosing homeschooling.

Why We Can't Just Get Rid of Anxiety & Distress

Although we don't like to feel anxiety and distress, they are part of our brain's hardwiring and difficult to get rid of. In fact, the things we do not to feel distress, such as addictive behavior or avoidance, often create worse problems than the emotions themselves. Read why negative emotions are such a struggle for us.

Middle School Dating Is Bad?

Young Teens & Dating May Be a Bad Combination

"I Didn't Do It!"

When your child lies, avoid inquisitions and tackle the motive behind the lie.

Impact of Telecommuting on Family Life

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 26, 2013 in The Human Beast
Much of the controversy about telecommuting deals with how well people do their jobs, whether they are productive, collegial, or upwardly mobile. A slightly different topic is what telecommuting can, or can not, do for families. Telecommuters are better able to care for their children and they could benefit from cheaper housing and raise larger families.

Chores and Children

Just tell your child, “Scrubbing the bathroom will fill you with joy!” Surely that will inspire your child to pick up a sponge! Well, maybe not… Here are some practical ways to get kids to help with housework.

Rob Portman, Will Portman, and Same-Sex Marriage

Some see Senator Portman's recent change of heart as the calculated act of a Republican politician who after the presidential election has discovered he is out of touch with most of the nation. However, having a personal relationship with a minority member can go far in alleviating prejudice.

The Golden Rule, Part 1: Don't Take It Literally!

The golden rule mandates that we treat others as we'd like them to treat us. What moral principle could be simpler, or more elegant? Yet the rule's very simplicity has made it highly vulnerable to attack--as too simple, maybe even a bit simple-minded. . . .

Children with Epilepsy

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on March 26, 2013 in Brain Sense
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a rare and severe form of epilepsy, accounting for up to 4 percent of all childhood epilepsy cases. Drugs and a low-carb diet are sometimes helpful treatments. A new video explores the challenges families face in caring for a child with LGS.

Come to the Table: An Easter and Passover Tradition of Love

Eating meals together is not just about raising healthy children, it is about raising the bar on togetherness. As we move into a 24/7 Smart Phone society, we miss the moments around a table when people come to know each other just a little bit better—where attachments help strengthen love and loyalty.

More Destructive Than Lies

There are patterns of mystification and seeking to change narratives that lead people to serious emotional distress.

Dog Is My Cotherapist

Many parents searching for an effective intervention for their children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been drawn to therapies involving animals. What do we know about them? How well do they work? Here's what parents and all of us need to know.

Lean In Is a Different Story When There’s No One to Lean On

The kind of grind that less-educated women struggle with is a grind that Sheryl Sandberg and Anne-Marie Slaughter and their followers know nothing about. They may be stressed and exhausted from the juggle, but it is not the kind of stress that leaves them empty and hopeless. It is that kind of stress that can harm the mothers' children.

Fifteen Reasons We Need Friends

Your friends influence and shape your life and your sense of identity in untold ways. In “Friendfluence,” Carlin Flora takes us through the high points and low points of the power that friends have both to help and hurt us. Fortunately, the “helps” can outweigh the “hurts” and in this book, you’ll learn how to make the benefits work in your favor.

5 Techniques for Champion Parenting

What are the foundational skills and techniques that champion parents use to raise competent, confident children without losing their mind? Read on to discover five techniques from the classroom that could help parents become masters of their craft.

The Gender of My Grandchild Shouldn't Matter, But It Does

I had an epiphany 20 years ago, when the youngest of my three sons was 12. I suddenly realized that feminist attacks on men, which I had heard repeatedly for years, were truly attacks on my children. This was the moment I began to do everything I could on behalf of boys.

Negativity is Like Second-Hand Smoke

Children and adults alike tend to focus on the negative instead of the positive. And there’s good reason. But research in neuroscience teaches us how to fight back and how to help young people discover the power of YES.

4 Tips for Overcoming a Sense of Defectiveness

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 26, 2013 in In Practice
Have you outwardly achieved success but inwardly you feel a sense of defectiveness?

The Unspoken Truth About Work Trust

Do you believe employees are slackers, out to take advantage of well-meaning employers? Do you think people need to be constantly prodded, evaluated, and managed at work to achieve results? What do you really think about those you manage? Be honest. Questions you can't afford not to ask about workplace trust.

Credulity Stretched

Did the TEAM study patients have bipolar disorder? Two recent published commentaries raise questions.

Heroine Rush

With Munchausen by proxy, the same mechanism that predicts that women should be the ones to provide greater investment to their children can at times 'misfire' by having psychiatrically damaged women create conditions that signal to the world their attentiveness and devotion.

Breaking the Silence

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on March 25, 2013 in Meaningful You
There was a time, not so long ago, when doctors — and the public alike — believed that we should not tell or discuss a terminal prognosis with a patient. It was a time when housewife alcoholism, nervous breakdowns, ethnic prejudice, serious depressions, and suicidal behaviors were not spoken about out loud. It was the time of my childhood.

Easter Is the New Halloween

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on March 25, 2013 in Food Junkie
Long gone are the days of chocolate bunnies and a few handfuls of jelly beans. Now, almost every candy maker has gotten in on the Easter basket action. Peanut butter cups in pastel foil, spring-colored M&Ms, gummy-bunnies (instead of bears), and chocolate-coated, sugar-covered marshmallow chicks are just a few examples of the myriad of choices we have this season.

Are You A Good Teacher? The 100% Gold Star Quiz

Even when your students adore you as much as Linus from "Peanuts" adores Miss Othmar or Lisa Simpson adores her substitute teacher, Mr. Bergstrom, you don’t take advantage of their affection. To be more specific, even when adoring students perch on your desk like attractive hood ornaments, you make sure that they feel safe enough to know the crushes only go one way.

Are You Worried You Might Be A Narcissistic Parent?

What is the cornerstone of maternal or paternal narcissism? Do you worry you might be a narcissistic parent? Most of us with children hold the value that we would never consciously do anything to harm our children. When we do, even if unwitting, we carry guilt and heavy remorse.