Essential Reads

Bad Moms: Social Stigmas and Postpartum Mental Illness

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Culture Shrink
We need to examine how the biological symptoms of postpartum mental illnesses intersect with the high societal expectations regarding the "perfect mother."

Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Self-directed education—as it occurs in unschooling families and at democratic schools--operates by allowing these four natural drives to flourish. ....

The Big Mystery of Baby Names

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Our Changing Culture
What's going on with baby names? Millennials, and their need for uniqueness.

A Happy Ending Matters in this Hollywood Divorce

By Wendy Paris on September 27, 2016 in Splitopia
The negative stories about the Brangelina break-up are dangerous, because the expectation that divorce must be a tragedy for all involved can create just that outcome.

More Posts on Parenting

When an Infant Is Dying

In January, at age nine months, Ronan was diagnosed with Tay Sachs disease, a progressive, genetic disease with no cure. Over the next couple of years, Ronan will slowly die. How are we to respond to such devastating news? How can we live in a world where such things happen?

When Someone Is In Your Face

By W. Robert Nay Ph.D. on April 11, 2011 in Overcoming Anger

Is it ethical to euthanize your dog?

Sadly, most often, our family pets grow old and die before we do. Yet, even in their advanced years and on their death beds, they remain our babies, depending on us for their nurture.

The Family Who Doesn't Understand

By Chris Guillebeau on April 10, 2011 in The Art of Non-Conformity

School Shooting in Brazil: Shock and the Search for Meaning

By Peter Langman Ph.D. on April 10, 2011 in Keeping Kids Safe
Why is it so hard to recognize that violence can happen anywhere?

A Simple Ritual That Will Make Your Goals “Stick”

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on April 09, 2011 in Wander Woman
Do you struggle with sticking to your exercise, diet or "being nicer and more patient" goals? You are probably sabotaging your chances at success by the way you think. This post will give you the steps for stretching and redirecting the pathways in your brain so you can achieve your goals once and for all.
Staring at Sixty: Some Musings About Mortality and the Bucket List

Staring at Sixty: Some Musings About Mortality and the Bucket List

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 09, 2011 in Evil Deeds
In the 2007 film "The Bucket List", Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two terminally ill, mid-sixty-ish men who meet in the hospital, receive prognoses of having a year or less to live, and decide to literally list and then actively pursue certain life experiences that had eluded them to that point before "kicking the bucket" (dying).

Childfree Adults— Not All Alike: Three Subtypes Explored

Misconceptions about childfree adults, many of which are unflattering, abound. Such misconceptions lead to typical stereotyping, in which a group of people is treated as a whole, as if they were all exactly the same. The reality is that childfree adults are as varied as any other category of men and women.

The Meeting Eyes of Love: How Empathy Is Born In Us

By Mark Matousek on April 08, 2011 in Ethical Wisdom
From the doting reflection of its mother's eyes, a baby draws its earliest, wordless lessons about connection, care, and love, and about how being ignored--which every child is sooner or later--makes the good feeling disappear.


By Gina Gallagher on April 08, 2011 in Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid!
Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid. Imperfect mothers embrace joys and challenges of raising special kids.

A Strategy for Writing the Dreaded Cover Letter

You never know what small factor might turn a job opportunity your way-- and a well-written cover letter is one way to entice a recruiter to interview you. Want to write a great one? SWOT it.

Autism Spectrum Disorder - Struggling with Communication

By Janine Driver on April 07, 2011 in You Say More Than You Think
Struggling with communication - from the inside out.

Tax Time, part 2

By Regina Leeds on April 07, 2011 in Inner Peace Through Outer Order
What would happen if Tax Time didn't send you into a tail spin?

Autism Awareness: Free On-line Conference April 9 &10 Keynote Temple Grandin

That's why in honor of Autism Awareness Month, I'm co-sponsoring a free on-line conference with on April 9 and 10. Many parents can't attend conferences because of the cost or lack of respite coverage for their child, others live in rural areas. On these two days, they can attend on-line a conference for free.Temple Grandin is the Keynote.

Is Sushi Now Radiocative?

Irrational fears are nothing new. Japan’s disaster is just the latest thing to set our hair on fire.
What Do Singles Spend Their Money On?

What Do Singles Spend Their Money On?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 07, 2011 in Living Single
What are single men, single women, and married couples really spending their money on? The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives us the goods.

What’s Wrong With Smart Drugs for All?

By Paul W Cooper CPsychol, AFBPS on April 06, 2011 in The Innovative Learner
Smart drugs are just modern technology which means they are a good thing ... doesn't it?
The ABC's of Psychotherapies for Borderline Personality

The ABC's of Psychotherapies for Borderline Personality

A review of the various psycho-therapeutic approaches to treating borderline personality.

Do You Know Where Your Relationship Is Going?

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on April 05, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp

Passive Aggressive Behavior at Chore Time: Using Benign Confrontation

This article is a follow-up to the previous post, providing a detailed explanation and example of the six steps of Benign Confrontation of passive aggressive behavior.