Essential Reads

When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

At holidays, the focus is on family - some siblings do not get along though

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

Teachers, professors, employers, parents, & students explain students’ problems.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Being Resilient in Times of Threat

Why Are Kids Sexting?

The leading pundits tell us not to worry, just chill. The pundits are wrong.

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Recovery is a Healthy State, not Weight

Learn more about Recovery as a Healthy State on youtube.

Four Strategies for Becoming Multicultural

Understanding people from different ethnic and racial groups can be intimidating and uncomfortable. A multicultural middle-school student shares the secrets of her success.

Sports Team Gang Rapes: Are We Breeding Sexual Offenders?

The sexual assault case involving several members of the Steubenville, Ohio high school football team has been covered by major news outlets throughout the world. However, a larger question remains: Does the culture of masculinity and brotherhood present in many sports teams lead to violence and gang mentality?

There's No Higher Power, But There Is Significance

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 31, 2013 Ambigamy
Spiritualist and biologists are wrong about representation and significance, spiritualists claiming that we represent what is significant to a higher power, biologists claiming the only representation is DNA copying itself physiochemically. New researchers say no, survival of the fittest is us re- and re-re-presenting what is significant to us--a pretty spiritual idea.

How Do We Define Bullying?

How Do We Define “Bullying”? Noted expert, Emily Bazelon, cautions against the misuse of the term “bullying.” Emily Bazelon will be speaking on the topic of bullying at The Parent Center of The William Alanson White Institute at 20 West 74th St in NYC, Wednesday, April 10th, 7 - 9pm.

Why Do We Fall In Love?

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 31, 2013 Hide and Seek
Plato's most romantic myth.

Sex Talk – For Women (Mostly)

We’ve interviewed four women of varying ages - 17 to 87 - about the importance of sex in their lives. In the process we gained invaluable insight into their time perspectives and how far women have traveled on the road to sexual equality in our society - and how much farther we have to go.

My Hope for “Free to Learn”

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on March 30, 2013 Freedom to Learn
We have made great strides in recognizing the competence and rights of people regardless of race, gender, and sexual orientation. I hope now to see real progress in recognizing the competence and rights of children, for only when children grow up free can we hope for a society in which adults know fully how to handle freedom and the responsibilities that come with it.

Early Intervention Key To Stopping Gun Violence

People have been committing atrocious acts long before guns were invented. In order to truly make an effort against gun violence, we need to focus our efforts on prevention and early intervention.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Eating disorders affect millions and have the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder.

Co-Parenting Infants and Very Young Children

The failure to recognize the depth of children’s attachments to both of their parents is the most significant omission of traditional attachment theorists. In those families in which children are securely attached to two parents who have been integrally involved as caregivers, co-parenting after divorce is vital to infants' and young children's well-being.

Embracing Loss

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 29, 2013 Open Gently
Loss can let new light shine in the empty space.

Guns, Butterflies, and the Developing Brain

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on March 29, 2013 Grand Rounds
I learned first to fire a gun at summer camp. Mostly we shot targets, but on occasion a butterfly was the recipient of our bullets. I can't seem to forget those butterflies...

The Only Way to Prevent Illegitimate Bullying Complaints

By Izzy Kalman on March 28, 2013 Resilience to Bullying
Anti-bullying laws are wasting tremendous amounts of school time and resources because of the requirement to investigate and report every complaint of bullying, most of which are ultimately judged to be illegitimate. There is only one way to eliminate reporting of bullying false-alarms.

Vogue Sexual Communications

With advances in technology, a new form of communicating about sex has emerged: sexting. While it may seem "cool," parents need to weigh in so that kids make wise judgments to avoid engaging in this medium that may cause pain to themselves and others.

Using Athletics to Close the Gender Gap in Politics

Gender inequality is alive and kicking in America. A woman earns 78 cents to a man’s dollar. Only 16% of Fortune 500 board seats are held by women. We have only 6 female Governors and 20 female U.S. Senators. Yet, a new study found there is "a substantial and persistent gender gap in political ambition; men tend to have it, and women don’t." What can we do to change this?

Keep Calm and Carry On Eating

A child whose parents are constantly haranguing him about food, whether it’s to eat more vegetables or less sugar, is a child who grows up viewing eating as a battleground and a tool for manipulation.

Sexy Science

By Paul J. Zak on March 28, 2013 The Moral Molecule
I was recently named to a list of Sexiest Scientists Alive. While this is quite flattering for my parents (since how we look is mostly genetically determined), is this good for science?

Adam Lanza and Look Me in the Eye

Was there a connection between my book Look Me in the Eye, Adam Lanza, and his horrific murders?

What if Gay (& Straight) Marriage Is Bad For Most Americans?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on March 28, 2013 Love, Inc
Same sex marriage rights are being framed as the most important civil rights issue of our time, but the real civil rights issue is about getting all Americans the same rights, regardless of marital status.

Teach Your Wired Children about Healthy Relationships

Children’s relationships can be untidy, with hurt feelings, anger, and disappointment. But relationships are like two sides of a coin; children can’t experience the beauty of relationships—love, joy, and excitement—without also being willing to accept its occasional blood, sweat, and tears. I challenge anyone who can show me that online relationships can provide that.

American Academy of Pediatrics Supports Same Sex Marriage

Unfortunately organizations do spring up with the purpose to confuse what is mainstream versus fringe science. Let’s be clear, the American Academy of Pediatricians support for same-sex marriage is the mainstream, scientifically-informed position.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Skanks and Pimps

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on March 28, 2013 Sax on Sex
We used to teach girls and boys to be ladies and gentlemen. We no longer do - and according according to the conventional wisdom today, we should not. According to the tenured professoriate, if we ignore gender, then both girls and boys will grow up to be Citizens. But the result of ignoring gender is not gender-neutral Citizens, but Skanks and Pimps.

Teaching Body Ownership Early

How should you handle your baby's "stranger anxiety"? According to one expert and mum, you want to think twice before handing your infant over to anybody.

Mental Health, ADHD, and Drug Abuse

The overlap between mental health issues and substance abuse is large, and sorting out which one causes the other can be difficult at times if not simply impossible. Regardless, proper treatment of the mental health condition--even using stimulants to treat ADHD--improves outcomes and, in the case of ADHD and probably other conditions, leads to less substance abuse later.

Understanding and Helping Toddler Sleep-Tiredness?

Knowing what tiredness looks like in a toddler signals when to start sleep routine

How to Be a Great Parent

It's your children's bedtime. You're exhausted but they're still up. Wondering what to do? Find out how to be a great parent now.

The Gift of Empathy in Mid-life

By mid-life, women have had many exhilarating, satisfying, and illuminating personal experiences. We have also had many disappointing, exhausting, unsettling, painful, or frustrating ones.

A Trip to Emotion World

Just as parents need to accompany a child physically on rides at Disney World, they need to accompany a child emotionally on its roller-coaster ride through Emotion World.