Essential Reads

Why So Many Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Living Single
For the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than with a spouse or partner. One of the most interesting reasons for this is rarely mentioned.

The Infant “Crying It Out” Debate: Chapter 615

A new Australian study looks at two different infant sleep interventions and whether they work or cause damage.

Can You See Yourself as Good Only by Seeing Yourself as Bad?

All children need—and desperately—to establish a secure bond with their caretakers. After all, absent such a vital connection, how can they not feel anxious and apprehensive?
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5 Top Parenting Challenges and How to Deal with Them

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in Singletons
Tweaking how you respond to tantrums or aggression, whining or back talk can put an end to power struggles and create loving, lasting bonds with your children.

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Artsmarts: Why Cutting Arts Funding Is Not a Good Idea

Congress is once again making plans to gut the National Endowment for the Arts, so it is time for us to post more data supporting the arts. In previous posts, we've argued that the arts are essential for the development of scientific imagination. Here we argue that the arts stimulate economic development by fostering invention. 

Talking to Your Teen About Sex

Valentine's Day should stir thoughts of romance. It should also remind you to talk to your teen about sex.

Love at First Sight?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
There is love at first sight, but it has nothing to do with dopamine.

An Expectation Is Not a Compliment

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 14, 2011 in Wander Woman
Are you actually doing harm with your compliments? Some of your good intentions could be setting unreasonable expectations.

Are More Intelligent People More Likely to be Alcoholics?

By Stanton Peele on February 14, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Evolutionary psychologist Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa indicates that intelligent people use alcohol more unhealthily than dumb people by drinking excessively rather than moderately.  What are the public health implications of such a finding?

Education: Academic Success More Than ABCs

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Certainly, most young people need a solid foundation of the ABCs to "make it" in the big, cruel world in which we live. Yet, as anyone who has navigated the road to a successful career knows, there's more to success than just facts and figures.

Valentine's Day... Everyone Deserves to Be Happy

What better way to help a child find happiness than to start within... being her own best friend. When your child has a best friend inside, she can be happy no matter what storms of life are outside. 

Nothing but trouble: When a mom can’t stand her teen daughter’s best friend

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
What should you tell a teen who's friend is nothing but trouble when she feels that the friend is her best friend in the whole world----but you already can see how bad her friend could be? Looking for advice for a mom who loves her daughter, but not always her daughter's friends.

Dark Adolescent Romance

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in Living Single
Romance brings darkness to adolescents - more depression, more drinking, more delinquency. Females are especially vulnerable to the risks of romance, and that partly explains why in early adolescence, depression increases more for females than for males. 

Straight Life with Rainbow Flag

By Alice Dreger Ph.D. on February 12, 2011 in Fetishes I Don't Get
A fifteen-dollar colorful swatch of nylon leaves me with the question every straight person ought to be momentarily faced with: Did that snowplow driver barricade us in because we live at the apex of a T-intersection, or did he barricade us in because he thinks we're gay?

Fighting Like Cats and Dogs With Midlife Siblings Over Parent Care?

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on February 12, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Sparks can fly because adult brothers and sisters often gather as a team for the first time since childhood, at a family meeting, called to face a red hot aging parent problem.

Egypt II: On Evolution

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 12, 2011 in The Me in We
How a cab ride through a dictatorship brought home Egypt's popular movement for democracy.

Parents and Valentine's Day

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on February 12, 2011 in The Older Dad
Little Valentines Make the Day So Much Fun!

Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown: On Budget Cuts and the Lanterman Act

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 10, 2011 in The Autism Advocate
Open Letter to Governor Jerry Brown: What is the point of a Lanterman Act - which is civil rights legislation for those with developmental disabilities - if there are no monies to enact and protect these civil rights? Budget cuts enacted over the past few years have already eaten away at some of these rights.

Child Neglect and Adult PTSD

Comfort, nourishment, shelter, and care should be things that a child can take for granted. Unfortunately, child neglect is a rampant problem that statistically exceeds child physical and sexual abuse in the U.S.

Positive Parenting Self-Esteem

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on February 09, 2011 in The Older Dad
The best way to remember how to parent is to build your parenting self-esteem. 

Social Notwork?

By Meg Daley Olmert on February 08, 2011 in Made For Each Other
Is virtual contact enough or does our nervous system know the difference? 

Bring a "Knowledge Broker" to School Today!

Note to Teachers: If you want to integrate technology into your curriculum consider a "knowledge broker"

Multitasking Madness

How have we fallen into a state of "Multitasking Madness"?  Are we really multitasking or just constantly task switching?  What can we do to teach our kids the value of focus?  It's all about "Meta Cognition" and life strategies about when we need to allow our brains to be interrupted and when it is best to avoid task switching.