Essential Reads

A Fresh Look at Millennial Parents, Part 1

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 07, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
What they are feeling and needing in their parenting

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids

Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere—malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

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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.

The Black Swan: A Lesson in Parent/Child Relationships

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on April 23, 2011 in The Favorite Child

15 Ways To Leave Your Lover (With Love)

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on April 22, 2011 in Owning Pink
I just reread Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat, Pray, Love, and I found myself tearing up when I read, "The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving." You see, I remember that feeling. I'll never forget that feeling.

How to Pick Out a Nursing Home for Mom--Or Maybe Not

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on April 22, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
The bottom line is how long it takes to clean Mom’s bottom. But a nursing home has only to adhere to a minimum standard for bottom cleaners—like the astronaut asked if he gets scared: “No more scared than anyone sitting on a billion parts all built by the lowest bidder.”

"Remembering the Younger Version of Me: It Reminds Me To Feel Grateful When I Want To Be Snotty"

By Gretchen Rubin on April 22, 2011 in The Happiness Project
I'm a gigantic fan of Mindy Kaling. I love her in The Office, as Kelly Kapoor (Mindy not only stars in the show, but also writes and produces); I love her on Twitter (@mindykaling); and I've already pre-ordered her book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). She is brilliantly hilarious, and her work has added a lot to my daily happiness.

Are Humans Still Progressing? (And if not, are you worried?)

By Stanton Peele on April 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
We once could legitimately feel that we would see the end of intolerance, warfare, poverty, the threat to our environment, et al. No more. What kind of a burden will this place on us psychologically? I don't want to worry you, buddy - but it's scary.

The Earth Is Our Mother

By Marietta McCarty on April 22, 2011 in Life Saving Philosophy
Often with April's arrival, I think of the refrain repeated by a Buddhist monk while giving a talk about what should be the root of impartial compassion: our awareness that "the Earth is our Mother." All share the same Mother. My thoughts on Earth Day 2011 lead me to a walker in space, a bartender at the beach, and a child in a third grade classroom.

Nurturing Bilingualism in Children

Even though many children "just become bilingual", an increasing number of families develop strategies to ensure that their children become bilingual. They also consciously nurture their children's languages over time.

Humbling, horrifying, uplifting and inspiring

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on April 21, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
After coming on staff as a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 1999, Randy Christensen was given the opportunity to fulfill the dream he’d had since medical school of providing homeless teens with the basic medical care they so desperately needed.

Welcome to the Grief Club: 10 paths toward help, hope and healing

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on April 21, 2011 in Because I'm the Mom
Welcome to the worst club you could ever join. If you're grieving, if you've suffered a profound loss, you're in. Grief does not discriminate. Broken hearted? You're in. So welcome. I'm sorry, genuinely sorry, that you are here, that we are all here. Grief is a lonely journey but you're not alone.

Matzoh or Jellybeans? Sometimes Kids Aren't Asking What We Think They Are

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in Stepmonster
While there may be no easy answers about questions like "Matzoh, chocolate eggs, or both?" in interfaith households, grappling with two religions may not be as complicated for children as some adults fear

Why You Can Hate the One You Love

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in Relationship Boot Camp
Do you seem to always hurt the ones you love? Do you ever fear that you feel that sometimes you act as if you hate them? Four reasons are addressed here that may help answer this dilemma.

When Women Pimp Themselves With Their Shoes

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in The Media Zone
Corsets and girdles are back again. Fashionable, sexy women are once more chafing, mincing and shuffling along like fashion-conscious lambs on the rotisserie of life, looking fine and sexy--before the fall.

To Be or Not To Be a Tiger Mom

By Allison Conner Psy.D. on April 21, 2011 in Therapy in Mind
Is your parenting style the best for your kids? The debate between Chinese and Western parenting is now ON.

Do Married Couples Slight Their Family Members as Well as Their Friends?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in Living Single
A mother was so wounded by her son who withdrew from her that she wrote a book about toxic daughters-in-law. But maybe the marginalizing of other people by some (not all!) married couples is not just personal but part of a larger societal trend.

Alienation and Giving Birth

By Bertha Alvarez Manninen on April 20, 2011 in The Birth of Wisdom