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Finding the "Why" of a Special-Needs Child's Behavior

By Barb Cohen on February 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Behavior is a form of communication, and more often than not, especially in young children, it is not communicating a desire to be non-compliant or troublesome.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

When Your Teenager's "In Love"

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on February 13, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Why do you think we call first love a crush?

The Working Parent and Too Much Choice

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moderating
For working parents blessed to have choices, the pressure to decide whether to prioritize one role over another feels never-ending. Learning to choose skillfully can help.

More Posts on Parenting

Celebrating the Other Fathers

By Robert M. Milardo Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in Next to Kin

EDNOS Trimmed Down by DSM-V

By Marcia Herrin Ed.D., M.P.H., on June 08, 2011 in Eating Disorders News

Education: Punish the Parents of Failing Students?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 08, 2011 in The Power of Prime
A recent article in The New York Times indicates that punishment is exactly what some states are beginning to mete out to parents of struggling students.

Misdiagnosed? Bipolar Disorder is All the Rage!

Childhood bipolar disorder is overdiagnosed. Psychotropic medication use in children continues to climb. Is our high-tech environment playing a role?

Deleting the Blog Bully

Why blog bullies post harsh comments and what to do about it

Father’s Day: Same-Sex Parents Are Springing Open Gender Traps

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on June 07, 2011 in Our Gender, Ourselves
Gay and lesbian couples embody changing ideas about sex and sex roles. They are challenging us all to reevaluate the terms of marriage. Along with single parents raising children, they are also transforming the nature of parenting--and showing how Americans have transcended the gender-based definitions of parenting.

Sex and Self-Development Between The Sheets

The only way to cure sexual boredom is to expand your sexual repertoire. But don't expect your partner to applaud when you propose something new. Expect to hear, "That's a disgusting and perverted thing to do!"

Do Only Children Have More Problems Making Friends? An Interview with PT Blogger Susan Newman

When I learned that my colleague, psychologist Dr. Susan Newman had just written a new book entitled, "The Case for the Only Child," I prevailed upon Susan to share what she had found out in reviewing the research on only children.

The Male Criminal's Choice of Women

The ultimate male chauvinist is the person with a criminal personality. Inasmuch as the world revolves around him, or so he believes, a woman is to do his bidding.

Mommy Caves and Man Rooms

By Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP on June 06, 2011 in Parent Pulse
When demands are high and resources are low, many parents retreat to a safe haven for self care. Taking care of your self means taking better care of your kids.

Ten Tips for Parenting Your Introverted Child

By Susan Cain on June 06, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
1. Don’t just accept your child for who she is; treasure her for who she is. Introverted children are often kind, thoughtful, focused, and very interesting company, as long as they’re in settings that work for them.... [Read more.]

The Tyranny of "Helpful Hints"

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on June 06, 2011 in A Million Meals

The Color of Fear: Xenophobia and Racism in the Suburbs

By Elizabeth Donovan M.A. on June 06, 2011 in Youth and Tell

San Francisco to Decide on Male Circumcision

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 05, 2011 in Am I Right?
Is it right to ban male circumcision?

Catch 'em being good: Redux

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on June 04, 2011 in Aristotle's Child
Children’s self-control is achieved over the long term by empowering them through respect, listening, collaboration and problem-solving approaches.

Blame Versus Forgiveness Redux

By Judith Brisman on June 04, 2011 in When Parents Are Partners
Early Homeschooling Can Save American Schools

Early Homeschooling Can Save American Schools

This week Diane Ravitch wrote of miracles and revealed the solution to school reform in America in one sentence: “Families are children’s most important educators.”... The key is starting at home with baby/toddler reading. It’s a miracle that can work!

How to Parent Sensitive Children

By Susan Cain on June 03, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Do you have a sensitive child? A bold new theory of genetics holds that “most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care.” Many sensitive introverts appear to have orchid genes.
Baby Body Language

Baby Body Language

By Janine Driver on June 03, 2011 in You Say More Than You Think

Organizational Change: An Argument for Taking the Path of Most Resistance

By Robert I. Sutton on June 03, 2011 in Work Matters
Why Deep Organizational Change Requires Grit, a Long-Term Perspective, and a Focus on Small Wins

The Human Nature of Teaching III: When Is Teaching an Act of Aggression?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 03, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
I've known kids who would rather get a beating than a B. The methods of coercion we use in schools today are at least as hurtful as the "barbaric" methods of the past. I argue here that any coercive teaching is an act of aggression--from the viewpoint of the teacher as well as the student.