Essential Reads

One More Reason to Unplug Before Bedtime

Reading a bedtime story improves a child's brain function and mental imagery.

10 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Adolescent

The challenge of parenting a teenager is staying connected as you grow apart

How I'm Using Science to Help My Daughter Keep Liking Math

Priming studies show uphill battle for girls and math, and how to help

The Grass Moment

We Need to Help Kids Become "Reflective Rebels"

Recent Posts on Parenting

Male Anorexia Nervosa: Sports and Sexual Orientation

Around the time Jeremy began to question his sexual identity, he also began to focus intensively on cross-country running. Within a year, he had developed a severe case of anorexia nervosa. Jeremy’s obsession with counting calories and exercise not only distracted him from increasing panic about his sexual identity, starvation muted his developing sex drive.

Seven Ways to Evaluate your Intimate Relationship

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on April 14, 2013 in Rediscovering Love
Committed couples need to reevaluate their relationship on a regular basis to make sure their love and devotion are intact. Seven dimensions of interaction are the most effective targets to explore.

The Childhoods of Munchausen by Proxy Moms

Women who induce illness in their children to get attention from medical professionals seem to have some common childhood experiences.

Mental Health, Gun Violence, and Parenting

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on April 14, 2013 in Peaceful Parenting
You cannot take away a person’s right to live their life free of any kind of mental health intervention any more than you can take away a person’s right to own guns.

10th Anniversary of Mapping Human Genome: What it All Means

By Robert Klitzman M.D. on April 14, 2013 in Am I My Genes?
April 14, 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the first sequencing of the human genome. Since then, we have learned much about how genes work and can affect many aspects of our lives. But they present us with countless psychological challenges - how to understand the uncertainties involved, and how genes might contribute to mental states, disorders and behaviors.

Low Self-esteem

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on April 14, 2013 in Fighting Fear
A response to a previous blog comes from a woman who has severe "low self-esteem." I offer some suggestions, and illustrate some examples of overcoming this problem,including anecdotes from my own life. I mention the "faker syndrome," which is an example of low self-esteem.

Becoming a Grandparent: A Developmental Milestone

Becoming a Grandparent is a Developmental Milestone. Generativity is at the heart of grandparenthood. By Ruth Imber, Ph.D.

How Money Issues Predict Divorce (& How to Prevent Them)

Numerous studies have identified disagreements over finances as one of the top reasons couples seek marital counseling, as well as one of the top reasons for divorce...

When Teased Children Grow Up

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on April 14, 2013 in Creative Synthesis
I decided to study the other children and learn how to fit in better. I began to dress like them, talk like them, like what they liked, not like what they didn't like. I was very, very good at it.

6 Family Travel Tips - Traveling with Small Children

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on April 13, 2013 in In Practice
Having a baby, toddler, or small child doesn't need to hold you back from international travel. Here are six tips for how to make family travel happier and less stressful.

Critical Voices: Shutting Them Down

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 13, 2013 in Fixing Families
Whether it is part and parcel of depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, an addiction, many of us have critical voices of the past that have gone inside and still try and run our lives. It's time to push back, separate past from present, heal the wounds.

Location, Location, Location

Clinic location accounts for response to child bipolar disorder drugs

What Makes a Man a Great Romantic Partner?

Of the many factors that influence relationship quality, mutual respect and liking are at the top of the list. Having a man with non-sexist attitudes is one way to guarantee that you’ll get that respect. New research shows how these key beliefs are shaped early in life and how you can use this knowledge in ways that will enhance your current and future relationships.

How Monostic Are You?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 12, 2013 in Ambigamy
How free are you to think rationally? It depends a little on your intelligence and creative bravery, but mostly on the weight you bear to think in ways that'll get you through the day. The more load you bear, the more your beliefs have to serve as load-bearing walls. Holding up your life, they become inflexible in ways you might not notice. Here's a test for noticing.

Why Some People Can't Find Anyone to Marry

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on April 12, 2013 in Fighting Fear
There are a number of factors contributing to the inability to find someone to commit to.

Sunlight and ADHD

What sorts of differences in our modern lifestyle are causing problems with our bodies and brains that are primarily evolved for a Stone Age lifestyle? Sunlight exposure and sleep are also extremely important to our health. A recent study probes a remarkable association between sunlight intensity in a region and the diagnosis.

Energy Therapy: An Exciting New Frontier

Can energy therapy treatment help a young boy with reading disabilities? Seems to be a resounding yes in this case. And help with his too-quiet voice as well. Here's how.

Parents: How to Help Teens Deal with Unhealthy Relationships

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on April 12, 2013 in The Web of Violence
If you are worried about your teen's romantic relationships, do these three things: support, encourage, and monitor.

Why My Ex-Wife is Blogging's Rookie of the Year

A picture of your family on CNN's homepage usually means that they've been kidnapped or killed. This is so much better.

Getting Older Might Not Be So Bad

By Robin Marantz Henig on April 12, 2013 in Cusp
People think the elderly are sad, unattractive Luddites who feel lonely and financially strapped. But it turns out that people who actually ARE old don't feel nearly as bad as younger people expect. That's the reassuring news for all of us who are aging that came from results of new a poll conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

Dating Tips for Single Parents

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on April 12, 2013 in Meaningful You
Many single parents who are gun shy after divorce go in one of two directions: they convince themselves they are better off only dipping a toe in dating, or they deny and minimize their fears, which can lead to a reckless plunge. Here's how to avoid these extremes.

Qualities of the B (aka Bench-Warming) Player

Even if your child isn’t a star player, they are developing crucial life skills to help them succeed throughout life.

Is Big Media Slowly Killing Our Children?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 12, 2013 in The Power of Prime
The essential question to ask is: What role does the explosion of media in the last decade play in what many consider to be a public health crisis? A growing body of evidence suggests that the answer to this question is: A significant role. Unfortunately, Big Media is actually interfering with your efforts to raise healthy children.

Sidney Brought Out the Best

It was obvious: Sidney’s presence was a powerful catalyst for a deep, emotional engagement by patients with the therapeutic process.

There's A Lion In The Bank

The television ad shows a mother and young daughter sitting near a lion’s den in a zoo. The mother aims her camera at a check as she explains that the check will now go to the bank. Just then a lion walks out of his den and mother aims her camera at the animal. What one sees on the screen is a lion walking down an aisle in the bank, approaching two tellers. “No, Mommy,

The Obama Plan: Spending MH Money In The Wrong Places

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 11, 2013 in Saving Normal
The well meaning Obama plan to encourage health screening in the schools is likely to do more harm than good and divert attention the real need to control assault weapons and to provide adequate resources to treat severely ill psychiatric pati

On the Loss of a Child

By Judy L. Mandel on April 11, 2013 in Replacement Child
A new definition of 'normal' after the loss of a child.

Shifts in the Global Body Market: Access or Exploitation?

By Jessica Cussins on April 11, 2013 in Genetic Crossroads
New regulations in India mean surrogacy is no longer available for gay couples, unmarried couples, or singles. Are Mexico and Thailand the new surrogacy frontier? What do such shifts in "medical tourism" mean for those involved?

Choosing a College When Mental Health Is an Issue

By Fletcher Wortmann on April 11, 2013 in Triggered
For those with a mental health disability, transitioning to college can lead to a spike in symptoms at the worst time imaginable. When choosing a college, there are programs and services to look for.

ADHD:10 Helpful Tips

Your child is antsy and can't seem to focus. Plus, your family is not doing well. What's ADHD? What's anxiety? What's stress? And, what's normal? Here are some answers.