Essential Reads

A Step-Child's Guide to Step-Parenting

Each family has its own story with its own peculiar complexities, but most have a moment in which the new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes a parent...

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.

The High Costs of Multitasking for You and Your Kids

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on November 29, 2016 in Radical Teaching
Explain-Motivate-Prove-Guide is the four-step approach to help your kids reduce time lost into the black hole generated by multitasking (and improve family harmony).

This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

More Posts on Parenting

Are Stay-At-Home Moms Happier?

Are Stay-At-Home Moms Happier?

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on May 08, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
Feminists assert that being home alone with the kids leads to social isolation. Neo-traditionalists counter employment is stressful, particularly when you're isolated from your kids. Who’s right? As in all things psychological, it depends.

Happy Mother's Day But Have a New Baby and Sibling Jealousy?

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on May 08, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Mom and Dad's - if new baby arrives, sell self-worth to each sibling and pay attention to roles- especially middle children.

Reforming Our Obsolete Testing System

By R. Barker Bausell Ph.D. on May 07, 2011 in Too Simple to Fail
Our current tests of school learning are as obsolete as the classroom model of instruction itself. Since we know what causes learning (instruction) and what should be taught in our schools (the curriculum), the assessment of school learning is hardly rocket science.

2 Reasons Why Passive Aggressive Behavior Thrives in Relationships

Why does compliant defiance thrive in most marriages? This article explains two subversive reasons.

What Are You Really Mad At? Using Life Space Crisis Intervention Skills to Help Kids Manage Anger

The use of questions empowers your child to develop insight into his or her self-defeating behavior and to feel competent in developing solutions for the situation.

A Great Gift Idea for Loved Ones: Share Your Stories

By Elise Ballard on May 06, 2011 in Epiphany
Take the opportunity to ask your mothers about their stories or their epiphanies or maybe offer to tell your loved ones a story or two about yourself. As Andrea Buchanan, author of Note to Self and Live and Let Love, says, "If you can tell your story, you will heal yourself, and you'll help others do the same," and what greater gift could you give to the ones you love?
The Legacy of Phoebe Prince

The Legacy of Phoebe Prince

By Mona Gable on May 06, 2011 in Not Politics as Usual

Mother's Day Thoughts: What's Funny, and What's Not?

Myths, Humor, and "Jokes" about Mothers
Least Likely To Succeed

Least Likely To Succeed

By Darcy Sterling Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Ask Dr. Darcy
Society is obsessed with a particular type of academic ability while virtually dismissing all other types of intelligence. Our educational system is essentially a mill; a system that loses so many of our kids. Knowing that society depends on diversity, how do we justify our high value on conformity?

Attention Is the Most Basic Form of Love

By James V. Cordova Ph.D. on May 06, 2011 in Living Intimately
There is an epidemic ravaging the health and happiness of American families. We simply have no time for each other. All of our attention is paid elsewhere. One of the most common relationship concerns we have found in our Marriage Checkup study is that partners stop paying attention to each other in the struggle to accomplish the myriad demands of the day.

Happy Birthday, Dead Friend

By Anneli Rufus on May 06, 2011 in Stuck
Today is my friend's birthday. I can't call her or send her a card or even email her, because she's dead. She glided gently from this world, according to the cops who found her body in the cottage where she swallowed too many prescription pills. I can't send her a birthday card. So, as usual, I Googled her.

The Nature of Change

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on May 06, 2011 in In Flux
Life happens, and what happens is something called change. Some changes are the result of biology and the passage of time, within the natural cycle or order of things. Others are self-generated, under our own control and willful effort, or dependent upon encounters with significant others-family, friends, colleagues, and intimates.

DSM-5 Heads’ New Comments Reveal Lack of Compassion and of Respect for Science

Human costs, critical thinking about psychiatric diagnosis too often ignored

Fifty Things I Love About My Mother

Parenting isn't just work, a skill, or a tool to optimize child development. It's an expression of who you are.

Childhood Injuries and Deaths: An Ounce of Prevention vs. a Pound of Cure

Early childhood exercise is key to preventing obesity.
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The Crazy Button

By Lynn Phillips on May 04, 2011 in Dream On
Actor and rock star Meat Loaf could feel his meltdown coming. "My switch is this close. It's going to get ugly if I get angry," Meat Loaf promised team mate Mark McGrath. I say "promised" rather than "warned," because I recognized the signs...

Happy Mother's Day to Mothers Of Basic Decency

Every mother "loses it" sometimes. Even the best mothers do things they really regret. But some mothers do untoward things repeatedly, and some don't regret it at all. I've stopped taking the basic decency I grew up with for granted, and now appreciate how many people haven't had this

Hey Mom! I Love You!

When you’re an author, you write with an audience in mind. I’ve written for couples, singles, gays, straights, therapists, physicians, nurses, students, teachers, and parents. But not once, in any conscious and deliberate fashion, have I written for my mother.