Essential Reads

Should Your Child Take a Gap Year?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
Malia Obama is bringing attention to a wise option for many kids. For yours?

The Secret of Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility comes with a unique set of challenges that few understand.
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Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.

Digital Age Parenting: Conquering the Cultural Divide

Even the most tech savvy parents still find themselves at a loss, a half a step behind their digital age kids.

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Is Being a Tiger Mom Really the Best Example of Good Parenting?

Can Tiger Mom's techniques teach children to be successful in the next century? Not likely. Western culture offers a formula for both technical achievement and social intelligence.

Dispatches from the Elementary School Pick-Up Line

By Sam Sommers on January 29, 2011 Science Of Small Talk
The school my kids attend has an afternoon nicety known as rolling pick-up. It allows parents willing to wait in line for a few minutes to pick up their children right at the front door, providing more than ample time for a bit of self-reflection...

What is a father? Adam Dell v. Padma Lakshmi

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on January 28, 2011 Stepmonster
Adam Dell's lawsuit for sole custody of Krishna Lakshmi begs the question, What's the difference between fathering a child and being a father?

Babies: The Movie

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on January 28, 2011 Benign Neglect
How representative are the babies in Babies (the movie)?

Consulting with Your Wisest Self

The undervalued version of yourself is only one of many "self states."   By a self state, I mean the way we think and feel in a particular situation or role.  You are still you, but you may also feel almost like a different person whether you are with your parents, best friend, supervisor at work, etc.

Elderly Driving? You Can Have My Car When You Rip It From My Cold Dead Hands!

My aunt had Alzheimer's but was physically fit. My uncle was physically unable to drive but sound of mind. They'd go out driving--Aunt Molly at the wheel. Uncle Sam telling her where to go. So be careful when you're walking or driving in West Palm Beach.

On the Limitations of Parenting

By Perry R. Branson M.D. on January 28, 2011 ShrinkWrapped
 Amy Chua's description of her parenting is highly schematic and unbalanced; there is no single, "best" way to raise healthy children just as there is no single "best" definition of a healthy adult.

Beyond Tolerance: Prizing Our Gay and Lesbian Children

Gay rights activists seek tolerance and social justice for gay and lesbian people. However, what would it be like if, as a society, we went beyond tolerance and fairness and actually recognized and prized the contributions of gay people?  

Valentine’s Day Hype: Name Your Emotional Reaction

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 28, 2011 Living Single
A reporter interviewing me about Valentine's Day asked me what emotional reactions Living Single readers have to all the hype surrounding the day. I'd rather ask you than speak for you. So what are your feelings? Tell me yours and I'll tell you mine. 

Comfort Kills

By Ran Zilca on January 27, 2011 Confessions of a Techie
We live in a society where comfort has become a value and a life goal. But comfort reduces our motivation for introducing important transformations in our lives. Sadly, being comfortable often prohibits us from chasing our dreams. 

Infertility: Finding a psychotherapist

The decision to begin therapy usually has a backdrop that can include stress, unfulfilled hopes and interpersonal difficulties.  If infertility is at the source of stress, there may be additional components.  So, in the spirit of problem-solving, in this blog I'll offer some creative suggestions for finding a therapist. 

Do You Need to Speak Up?

Whether it's standing up to a bully or telling the truth to a friend, being honest frees you, increases self-respect and respects the relationship. 

Oscar Nominated Sibling Films and Actual Sibling Directors in the News

Siblings, both cruel and supportive, were big winners in the Oscar nominations this week.

The princess-industrial complex

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on January 27, 2011 Love, Inc
Is pink a universal phase of childhood development or a result of the princess-industrial complex?

Feds protect gay youth thanks to pioneering activist-mom

This blog post is written to thank Carolyn Wagner for the changes she initiated and to inform schools about their legal responsibilities to prevent and respond to incidents of sex discrimination. 

College Campuses: Ground Zero in America's Depression Epidemic

Where is ground zero for America's depression epidemic? College campuses.

Healing Our Families: Not Just For Today But For Future Generations

By Ann Smith on January 26, 2011 Healthy Connections
We all know that bad things can happen to anyone at any time, at least intellectually. It is especially difficult when we see tragedy in the news and wonder how families ever recover from it.

Parenting: Tiger Mom is a Scaredy Cat

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 26, 2011 The Power of Prime
 I know what you're thinking: "Three blog posts on the same subject. This guy is seriously obsessed." Obsessed, I'm not sure, but definitely fascinated. And I guess that it has taken me three tries to distill Amy Chua's story down to its essence: FEAR!