Essential Reads

5 Tips for the Parents of Teens Who Make Rudeness an Art

What can parents do to encourage respect and courtesy in their teens?

5 Tips for Taming Overly Wired and Overly Rude Teens

How do you handle teens who take rudeness to a new level?

14 Tips for Parenting in Public

For the times you have felt nudged into parenting in a certain way

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Top five strategies for promoting positive body image in your daughter

Recent Posts on Parenting

When It's Time to Cut Your Gifted Child Some Slack

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on February 04, 2013 in Gifted-Ed Guru
Giftedness does not exempt that individual from going through the same behavioral developmental stages and benchmarks that any other person must inevitably go through.

When a Parent Loses a Child

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 04, 2013 in Media Spotlight
One of the greatest traumas imaginable is when parents have to deal with the death of a child. Producing greater stress than dealing with the death of a parent or spouse, a child’s death is especially traumatic because it is often unexpected as well as being in violation of the usual order of things in which the child is expected to bury the parent.

Loneliness Harms Your Health—and It's Increasing

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 04, 2013 in The New Resilience
Research shows that loneliness harms our health, but it's important to recognize that it's fueled by our social conditioning to seek self-worth through external criteria of recognition, money and power. A hollow inner life results, setting the stage for isolation and loneliness, whether by yourself or in a crowd.

Don't Write Men Off Just Yet

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on February 04, 2013 in Our Gender, Ourselves
Conventional wisdom about the decline of men ignores an important qualifier.

How Conflict Can Worsen Parent/Adolescent Communication

By example, interaction, and instruction, teaching the conduct of conflict to their adolescent is an essential part of the curriculum of family life that parents have to teach.

The Super Bowl Lesson to Parents of Siblings

The embrace between John and Jim after the Super Bowl was a testament to the power of positive parenting. Invest in your children early on and they will make you proud. Just ask the Harbaugh parents what they felt when they saw that embrace. Jack and Jackie, you earned and deserve that sense of pride. I salute you!

Sexology: Is It Research or "Me"Search?

In the professions of psychology and public health (the two I'm most familiar with), many scholars admit to engaging in "me"search once in a while to spark their research curiosity. It makes sense, as many of the topic areas can easily be applied to one's own life. Conducting "me"search when your topic of interest is sex can therefore raise a lot of eyebrows.

Why Today’s Afterschool Specials Would Be Hope Killers

By Shane J. Lopez Ph.D. on February 03, 2013 in Making Hope Happen
If fiction follows fact, modern afterschool will reflect the great hope divide between American adults and children.

Normal, Human Infant Sleep: Feeding Method and Development

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 03, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Although US culture emphasizes “sleeping through the night,” this is is not biologically normal. Knowledge about normal sleep patterns can help alleviate the stress and anxiety parents feel, leading to happier times for the entire family.

Some Peculiarities of the Delusional State

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on February 03, 2013 in Fighting Fear
Although delusional thinking is by definition peculiar, certain aspects of that cognitive dysfunction are especially remarkable and should be understood separately.

4 Lessons From the Mother of a Chronically Ill Child

By Leana Wen M.D. on February 02, 2013 in The Doctor Is Listening
How a mother of a chronically ill child became a patient advocate--and the 4 lessons she wants to share with doctors, nurses, and health providers.

The Five Happiness Power Principles

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on February 02, 2013 in Happiness on Purpose
Principles precede practices. All the best of intentions will be for naught if not supported by the right principles. The Five Happiness Power Principles prompt one to sustain the actions necessary to create a life you love to life.

Helping Your Kids to Get the Most Out of Dating

Is anyone good enough to date your child? The uncertainties of dating often stir more anxiety for parents than kids. Effectively supporting your children through this important threshold will deepen your relationship with your kids and prepare your children to feel confident for this important experience in relationships.

Helping a Community Understand the Complexity of Grief

Grief is not an illness. Mourners have emotional reactions to the death of someone close to them. In additon they need to understand how the death changes their lives and learn to deal with these changes. Mourners need the support of friends, family and others in their community. To help we all need to see grief as a life cycle event. We need to educate our community.

8 Strategies for Helping Kids Adjust to a Divorce

Children can emerge from a divorce in good shape if parents work hard to create a stable environment.

Varieties of Love and Loss

The nature of a loss experience will depend complexly on the forms or dimensions of love that had constituted the lost relationship. If you, or someone you care about, ever experience a traumatic loss, never think or utter the words, “You have to let it go and move on.” Do not turn away.

Valentine Special: The Origins of Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on February 01, 2013 in Hide and Seek
Plato's most beautiful myth.

Think Your Way Thin

There are all kinds of conditions that prevent any of us from being the weight we desire and feeling in good health as a result. Much of weight has to do with the way our minds have been programmed since we were children.

Stopping the Cyber Bully

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on February 01, 2013 in Apologies To Freud
Tools and strategies for stopping cyber-bullies in their tracks.

Without Failure, There Is No Success

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on February 01, 2013 in Meaningful You
Chad Pennington asks, "How can you truly know what success is, if you’ve never experienced failure?" This post shows how to encourage positive failure on the path to success.

Reparations for Slavery

By Michael W Austin on February 01, 2013 in Ethics for Everyone
Many arguments have been given in support of the claim that there should be reparations for slavery, and some of them are better than others. Here, I will give one sound argument—The Compensation Argument—for the claim that the U.S. government is morally obligated to pay reparations for slavery.

Britney Spears: When Should You Call It Off?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on February 01, 2013 in Shrink Wrap
Are You Getting Married Out Of Guilt?

Imaginary Friends

Invisible friends represent “bemagination” – something partway between belief and imagination.

Homework Help:Some Strategies are More Effective than Others

When it's time to study for an exam, many students are quick to grab a highlighter pen to emphasize important information. But this may not be the most effective technique. Educational researchers evaluated 10 frequently used study strategies and discovered that two of them are most likely to make a meaningful difference in the way students retain information and learn.

The Gun Lobby's Hypocrisy About Mental Health

By Michael Bader D.M.H. on January 31, 2013 in What Is He Thinking?
The gun lobby's attempts to divert attention from guns to mental health after Newtown was predictable, but hypocritical. If one looked seriously at what it would take to deal with the psychological causes of gun rampages, the cost and necessary expansion of government would be intolerable to those on the Right pretending to address the problem of mental illness today.

Terrorism in the Checkout Lane

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on January 31, 2013 in A Swim in Denial
The gun debate is really about passive aggression. It's a gun barrel pointed in your face with a smile.

Blowing Up Weight-Loss Myths, One Step at a Time

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 31, 2013 in A Million Meals
I often feel I’m swimming upstream when it comes to thinking about food, weight and health. That's why I was thrilled recently to discover a heartfelt, irreverent rant by filmmaker Michael Moore that vividly describes so many of the beliefs I hold.

Do You Always Feel You're Letting Yourself Down?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on January 31, 2013 in Open Gently
Some perfectionists are hard on themselves--and perhaps their children. Others are hard on everyone, from colleagues to waitresses. Still others think the world expects them to be perfect. If you identify your perfectionist tendencies, you can learn to set healthy high standards, enjoy your success and roll with failure.

The New Hypochondriacs

Star Trek's tricorder is not yet coming to a home near you.

Highlight this Blog Post at Your Own Risk

By Sam Sommers on January 30, 2013 in Science Of Small Talk
"How did you study?" It’s question I often find myself asking college students during office hours when they come by to talk about a disappointing exam score or ask for suggestions for improving future performance. In thinking about this question, it's worth considering what psychological science has to say on the matter...