Essential Reads

Should I Let My Kid Play Football?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
Parents whose kids want to play football should consider the other ways in which their kids might get its benefits without incurring the risk of serious harm.

Boredom and Its Perks

By Dena Kouremetis on February 09, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Sisters Choosing Him for Themselves

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Research shows that women value physical attractiveness more when choosing a partner for themselves than for a sister.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

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Siblings-Good and Bad - Celebrated on NPR This Thanksgiving Week

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on November 24, 2010 Mom Loves You Best
NPR ‘s Morning Edition Thanksgiving week series spotlights siblings . 

Make Your Own Thanksgiving

By Michele Woodward on November 24, 2010 Getting Unstuck
Look at the legacies gifted to you by your parents and grandparents - around money, around relationships, around body image, around holidays - and decide: "Is this what I want for myself?  Does this make me happy, or give me stress?"  Lovingly let go the things that no longer serve you, and get to happy.  Quick.

Fight Bullying with Babies

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 24, 2010 Freedom to Learn
Here are four stories about the power of babies and young children to reduce the aggressiveness and increase the kindness of older children and adults.

10 Things Passive-Aggressive People Say

Is there someone in your life who consistently makes you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster? Do you know a person who is friendly one day but sulks and withdraws the next? If you answered "yes," chances are you may be interacting with a passive aggressive person.

Does Volunteering Your Time Really Help Anyone?

Volunteerism can have a significant impact on the volunteer's own values, relationships and life goals.

What Price Happiness?

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on November 23, 2010 Benign Neglect
 Should we expect children to always wear a smiley face? Might they be better off, especially in the long run, to experience the states of hunger, cold, frustration, failure, and the pain of a scraped knee? Is being "picked last" the same as being bullied? Should their wish-list be our shopping list?

Poor Man's Polygraph Part 3

 The Forced Response is designed to increase cognitive load. A truthful person has little difficulty processing new information. Conversely, liars use all or most of their cognitive processing capacity to maintain their deception.      

10 Steps to Handling Unfair Criticism

Let's take a close look at how we can manage--or mismanage--the process of receiving unfair criticism.

A low-calorie Thanksgiving? Really?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 22, 2010 Off the Couch
Thanksgiving can be emotionally difficult and physically demanding. Here are some suggestions for getting through the day without feeling like a badly stuffed turkey.

Takeaways From the Rebound and Recover Panel at the Texas Conference for Women

The panel, Rebound and Recover: Strategies for Emerging from the Recession and Taking Control of Your Finances, definitely delivered on the promise of giving the audience members practical skills and tools and I was delighted to be a part of it.

The Paranoid Style In Today's Politics

Paranoia in politics would be of no consequence if confined to disturbed minds. "It is the use of paranoid modes of expression by more or less normal people that makes the phenomenon significant."

Education: Real Public Education Reform Starts at Home

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 22, 2010 The Power of Prime
To his credit, Davis Guggenheim's new documentary Waiting for Superman has generated real buzz far outside the usual sphere. Unfortunately, to his fault, his film is also a biased, revisionist, and propagandist take on what really ails public education in America.

The Virtue of Thankfulness

Gratitude is important in a variety of ways, related to God, parents, excellent human beings, and finally those who have benefitted us.

When Did Children's Birthday Parties Become so Complicated?

The details, the reservations, the expenses--but most of all, the guest list!  It just dawned on me how truly important some of this can be...

Professional Caregiver: Heal Thyself!

Family caregivers are overwhelmed and underappreciated. I am preaching to the choir when I say that. As we talk about the "sanwich generation" or the "club sandwich" generation should not we also be aiming our attention back to the mirror an be speaking about "The Clinical Sandwich" generation, as well?

Family Therapy for the Holidays

 Like ghosts in the night, old family issues, long dormant, reappear at holiday time. 

Will your sibling be serving up salt in your wounds at Thanksgiving dinner?

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on November 21, 2010 Mom Loves You Best
The pressure cooker to make things right demands that  professionals who have a background in aging  not only understand the value and the process of forgiveness but use it as a tool with midlife siblings and aging parents,  before death stops the clock.

What's Up with the Palins and Sex?

By Stanton Peele on November 21, 2010 Addiction in Society
Bistol Palin has eliminated sex from her life and, while appearing in sexual provocative outfits in front of a national television audience, advises others to follow her lead.

Are autistic girls being misdiagnosed?

By Jonathan Levy on November 20, 2010 The Interactive World
A new study from the University of Exeter has found that boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls, even when the symptoms are equally severe. An article about the study is here: This raises interesting questions. Are boys more likely to be diagnosed autistic because it's a 'male disorder'?

Are Teen Girls Texting Too Much?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on November 20, 2010 Sax on Sex
 The average teen girl now sends 4,050 text messages a month.

Punished for crossing gender lines

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. A day set aside to recognize and honor the lives lost to transphobia. Transphobia happens in many ways and impacts many folks in addition to transgender people. This post will discuss some recent examples as well as some interesting educational interventions to help challenge limiting gender stereotypes.

Time Calls Marriage a ‘Luxury Yacht.’ Remember What Happened on the Last Cruise Ship?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 20, 2010 Living Single
A Time cover story asks "who needs marriage" but never discusses single life. And about that cruise ship...

a new life

By Abby Sher on November 19, 2010 Amen, Amen, Amen
where i lose my a good way