Essential Reads

One More Reason to Unplug Before Bedtime

Reading a bedtime story improves a child's brain function and mental imagery.

10 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Adolescent

The challenge of parenting a teenager is staying connected as you grow apart

How I'm Using Science to Help My Daughter Keep Liking Math

Priming studies show uphill battle for girls and math, and how to help

The Grass Moment

We Need to Help Kids Become "Reflective Rebels"

Recent Posts on Parenting

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 in 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

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on March 28, 2013 in The Power of Prime
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 in 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.

Ask An Anthropologist about Marriage

The Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 predictably include claims about marriage as a long-term institution. Anthropologists have something to contribute here...

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?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Knowing what tiredness looks like in a toddler signals when to start sleep routine

How to Be a Great Parent

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Peaceful Parenting
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.

Good Girls in the New Millenium

By Leslie C. Bell Ph.D., LCSW on March 27, 2013 in Hard to Get
What’s a good girl to do? The one form of assertion open to a good girl in relation to men is to say no. But what happens when she starts wanting to say yes? And what if she wants to say yes some of the time and no some of the time?

Is Your Kid a Cheat? Do You Even Want to Know?

By Peg Streep on March 27, 2013 in Tech Support
Are we fast becoming a nation of cheaters? Why do kids think that cheating is justified? Is what happened with Jane Goodall's book a sign of the times?

Exercise Anxiety

Although I enjoy exercising outdoors, safety concerns deter me from visiting local woodlands. Studies suggest that many women feel the same.

My Family Is Not a Second-Best Option

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Singletons
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, basketball great Magic Johnson and Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation and this guest post, all have something in common: Their families are inferior. At least that is what John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, has suggested.

Pregnant… And Depressed

By Ian McMahan Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Chronotherapy
With so many pregnant women faced with clinically severe depressions, we need to understand the causes and identify a non-drug treatment strategy—for the baby’s sake.

SCOTUS Unwittingly Makes the Case for Singles’ Rights

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 27, 2013 in Living Single
In 2010, when a California judge struck down Prop 8, the anti-gay-marriage proposition, the arguments he used were actually arguments for singles’ rights. Of course, that reading went unrecognized. The same thing is happening in the arguments before the Supreme Court now.

Middle Age in Uncharted Territory

We are facing a time in which the numbers of people we need to worry about are increasing. The average life span has increased exponentially in our lifetime.

What's Up with the Homeschooling?

By Emily Matchar on March 26, 2013 in Homeward Bound
Why so many progressive moms are choosing homeschooling.

Why We Can't Just Get Rid of Anxiety & Distress

Although we don't like to feel anxiety and distress, they are part of our brain's hardwiring and difficult to get rid of. In fact, the things we do not to feel distress, such as addictive behavior or avoidance, often create worse problems than the emotions themselves. Read why negative emotions are such a struggle for us.

Middle School Dating Is Bad?

Young Teens & Dating May Be a Bad Combination

"I Didn't Do It!"

When your child lies, avoid inquisitions and tackle the motive behind the lie.

Impact of Telecommuting on Family Life

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on March 26, 2013 in The Human Beast
Much of the controversy about telecommuting deals with how well people do their jobs, whether they are productive, collegial, or upwardly mobile. A slightly different topic is what telecommuting can, or can not, do for families. Telecommuters are better able to care for their children and they could benefit from cheaper housing and raise larger families.

Chores and Children

Just tell your child, “Scrubbing the bathroom will fill you with joy!” Surely that will inspire your child to pick up a sponge! Well, maybe not… Here are some practical ways to get kids to help with housework.

Rob Portman, Will Portman, and Same-Sex Marriage

Some see Senator Portman's recent change of heart as the calculated act of a Republican politician who after the presidential election has discovered he is out of touch with most of the nation. However, having a personal relationship with a minority member can go far in alleviating prejudice.

The Golden Rule, Part 1: Don't Take It Literally!

The golden rule mandates that we treat others as we'd like them to treat us. What moral principle could be simpler, or more elegant? Yet the rule's very simplicity has made it highly vulnerable to attack--as too simple, maybe even a bit simple-minded. . . .

Children with Epilepsy

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on March 26, 2013 in Brain Sense
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a rare and severe form of epilepsy, accounting for up to 4 percent of all childhood epilepsy cases. Drugs and a low-carb diet are sometimes helpful treatments. A new video explores the challenges families face in caring for a child with LGS.

Come to the Table: An Easter and Passover Tradition of Love

Eating meals together is not just about raising healthy children, it is about raising the bar on togetherness. As we move into a 24/7 Smart Phone society, we miss the moments around a table when people come to know each other just a little bit better—where attachments help strengthen love and loyalty.

More Destructive Than Lies

There are patterns of mystification and seeking to change narratives that lead people to serious emotional distress.