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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.

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Want Your Tween To Open Up?  Listen!

Want Your Tween To Open Up? Listen!

When moms respect children's boundaries, kids respond by bringing those boundaries down. But it's not warmth that does it. It's listening. And they're not the same thing.

Dieting: Put Lipstick On A Pig And It's Not A Pig

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on April 27, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
Dieters avoid foods they recognize as forbidden based on product name. When a dish is assigned an unhealthy name (pasta) it is seen as less healthy than when it's called by a healthy name (salad). Non-dieters do not avoid foods based on names and eat anything.

Rethinking Recovery

By Carrie Arnold on April 27, 2011 in Body of Evidence
If weight isn't the sole arbiter of the seriousness of an eating disorder, then it can't also be the benchmark of recovery. Weight restoration (if necessary) and normalization of eating habits are just the first step in eating disorder recovery. Only with nutritional rehabilitation can you begin to address other psychological issues like anxiety, depression, and trauma.

The Foster Care Conundrum: Reunification

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on April 27, 2011 in Adoption Stories

Listening to Our Children’s Voices – Harder Than It Sounds

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on April 27, 2011 in Beyond Freud
On May 1-6, 2011, we will observe National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. And, on May 6, 2011, we will celebrate the birth of Sigmund Freud, the originator of the Talking Cure, or, as we prefer to say, "The Listening Cure." To honor these occasions, we propose paying extra attention to listening to our children, which is more complicated than it sounds.

Can You Have a Marriage Without Sex?

Prince William and Kate will marry as Christians, which means that the sexual pressure is on.

Children Who are Cruel to Animals: When to Worry

Animal cruelty in children is one of the best predictors of later violence and criminality. However, most young children do mean things to an animal at some point. So how do you know if it's a red flag or a normal part of development?

Changes in the American Family

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 27, 2011 in The Me in We
American children endure more emotional disruption in familial relations than ever before. Since the 1960s women have become more financially independent, resulting in increased tension in marriages between individuation and a concern for others. Adults drag unresolved conflicts into parenting, reenacting their own childhood dramas.

Why NOT Call War Trauma a Mental Illness?

Gains and losses of calling war trauma a mental illness

I’m Toasting Brits This Week, Too!

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Living Single
J. K. Rowling and ‘Gingerbread’ take on the stigma against single parents.

6 Techniques to Ignite Your Inner Creativity & Passion

Most of us were taught that creativity comes from the thoughts and emotions of the mind but the greatest singers, dancers, painters, writers, and filmmakers recognize that their most original ideas actually come from the core of their being. Learn how you too can access your inner creativity & passion.

Modern Aging Marvel: Amazing Suit Instantly Adds 30 Years!

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
When researchers wear these encumbering suits, simple tasks become daunting. You may start asking yourself why the denture cleaner is on the lowest shelf at the drug store, or why can’t I open this pill bottle, am I as feeble as a child? But, never mind, who can read the nose-bleed print anyway?

Peace Begins At Home: 6 Tips for Siblings

By Charlotte Reznick Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in The Power of Imagination
One tense teen asked, “Haven’t we evolved and learned war is not an answer?” In his mind, it’s hard to fight someone who doesn’t want to fight you back, so if everyone would decide not to fight, war could end.
Superman (1978)

"I Never Lie"

By Robin S. Rosenberg Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in The Superheroes
Is Superman’s honesty a superpower—a pattern of behavior that requires superhuman effort? That is, does it require a strong “will” to be honest? Or are people who are basically honest, like Superman, simply not tempted to lie, and so no great effort is required to tell the truth?

Meghan O'Rourke: The Long Good-Bye

By Jennifer Haupt on April 26, 2011 in One True Thing
"When I lost my mother, I felt as if I was losing a piece of myself."

A Teen's Guide To Taking The Road Less Traveled

"According to Strelecky, a significant number of parents and guardians give their children irrational advice on what studies to pursue, when they have no experience in that profession."

Am I A Mothers' Day Grinch?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on April 26, 2011 in When You're Not Expecting
Am I a Mothers' Day Grinch? Not exactly, but today I'd like to present a perspective that is different from the one depicted on Hallmark cards: the perspective of families who need some extra compassion on this holiday.

Two Important Lessons from My Much-Procrastinated Trip to the Dentist

By Gretchen Rubin on April 26, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Yesterday, I finally went to the dentist. I was due for a check-up in July, and for the last eight months, I've been moving the reminder card around my office and coming up with new excuses about why I couldn't make an appointment.

If and When to Have Your Babies: The Happiness Measure

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 26, 2011 in Singletons
During what 20-year period would you rather risk being less happy?

Welcome to Body of Evidence

By Carrie Arnold on April 25, 2011 in Body of Evidence
When I was first diagnosed with anorexia over a decade ago, no one told me about biology. No one told me about serotonin and anxiety and how starvation affects brain chemistry. Instead, I was peppered with questions about my intrusive mother, society's beauty ideals, and what I needed to choose recovery.

Zero Tolerance for Underage Alcohol and Drug Experimentation

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on April 25, 2011 in
What is normal adolescent "experimentation" with drugs and alcohol versus a process that is unhealthy, addictive, and not normal? My answer is simple: If someone uses illicit drugs it is not healthy.

Technology: Caught in the 'Net

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 25, 2011 in The Power of Prime
A recent study asked students from around the world to disconnect from technology for 24 hours. Its results and insights were startling, disturbing, sobering, and just a little bit hopeful.

Psychiatry's Spiritual Dimension

Physical treatments for severe depression may provide symptom relief, but more is required if complete healing and relapse prevention are to be achieved. Healing methods incorporating a spiritual element are usually therefore the best. 'The Banishment', a terrific Russian film helps make the point.

Don't Open the Pandora's Box of Eating Disorders

By Marcia Herrin Ed.D., M.P.H., on April 24, 2011 in Eating Disorders News

William, Kate, the Royal Wedding... and Camilla

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on April 24, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
As Prince William and Kate Middleton prepare for their royal wedding, the happy event is taking on an undercurrent of hatred that is bubbling to the surface: for Camilla. Inevitably, William's mother Diana is missed at this time, but why is the affair, front and center again? Why can't people forgive this affair, among all other affairs? And why we should.