Essential Reads

The Stubborn Ones

By Dena Kouremetis on February 05, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
Do you have a child whose first response is to push the outside of any envelope designed to contain her? Take heart. You just might have gotten lucky.

No, There Is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.

Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

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The Haunted House of Narcissism

What's your mask this year? Do you need one? Do you even want one?

Yet More Republican Lies About Health Care Reform

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on October 25, 2010 Side Effects
The GOP is shamelessly spreading lies about Obama's health care reform in hopes that we won't notice. But the facts point in a very different direction: They include an end to lifetime limits on coverage, and that dependents can stay on their parents' policies until age 26. What the GOP doesn't want you to know—and why it may influence how you vote next week.

Kids at Top Schools Have Less Confidence in Their Intelligence

By Anita E. Kelly Ph.D. on October 25, 2010 Insight
Students of similar academic potential who attend higher-ability, as compared with lower-ability, high schools have lower academic self-concepts.

Education: S.T.A.M.P.E.R. not S.T.E.M. For Public Education Reform

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 25, 2010 The Power of Prime
S.T.E.M. is one of the acronyms du jour in the current public education debate: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. I would recommend that we broaden our focus onto S.T.A.M.P.E.R which stands for Science, Technology, Arts, Mathematics, Physical, Emotions, and Reason.

No Wedding No Womb: Does Focusing on Individual Change Distract from Fighting Structural Racism?

"No Wedding No Womb" (#NWNW on Twitter) is essentially a "don't have kids out of wedlock" movement, so why the big controversy?

Texting, texting...1,2,3

When teens reach out and text someone (right next to them), you've got to wonder if the tool exists for the user or the user for the tool. A recent Wall Street Journal report reveals that the average American teen texts 3,339 times a month. It's time to use our heads, not our thumbs, in the quest for effective interpersonal communication.

Caregivers in Recovery- A Place of Strength and Hope

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The Butterfly Project: Jewelry Sales Support Former Sex Slaves

By Jennifer Haupt on October 22, 2010 One True Thing
Three years ago, Diana Scimone returned from one of her many trips to Thailand to conduct research about human trafficking for her nonprofit The Born2Fly Project, with a suitcase full of beautiful handmade jewelry. Read more about how she's helping former sex slaves.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Is Not "Therapy"

In a "Dear Annie" column in the Marin Independent Journal, a writer signs her query: "Through With Therapy in the Midwest." She complains she's fritted away thousands of dollars on a variety of therapists and concludes therapy is a "waste of money." In the response, Annie observes: "Therapy does not work for everyone."

Infertility: So Now What Do I Say To My Pregnant Girlfriend?

Sympathetic as your girlfriend may have been to your infertility struggles, now that she is pregnant you know your relationship is facing some unanticipated twists and turns. Both of you will need to recognize the imbalance you are facing, as she is potentially experiencing joy and ambivalence and you are feeling envy, envy and more envy.

Who is Bilingual?

Bilinguals are those who use two or more languages (or dialects) in their everyday lives. But this definition is fairly recent.

Why Late Night Alcohol is Doubly Dangerous

Everything changes - especially the effects of drugs, which can change by the hour.  Alcohol is no different.

What's Eating You? Lessons in Eating Disorder Treatment & Support

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on October 21, 2010 Comfort Cravings
What's Eating You is a new TV series about eating disorders.  Are TV shows about psychological disorders helpful and educational or do they give an incomplete picture of the issue?  There were two important issues brought to light by this episode.

Difficult Family Relationships: Staying Connected with Limitations

How do you re-enter the arena of family relationships and be true to who you are and what you believe? 

Telling The Difference Between Moodiness And Depression in Teens

"There seems to be an increasing number of parents, who are willing to negotiate with their teenagers who abuse substances. Usually these parents will tell me that so long as their teen doesn't get into the "hard stuff " that they are willing to look the other way in regards to recreational using."

Here Are 2 Keys For Successful Communication

By Stephen Borgman on October 19, 2010 Spectrum Solutions
In this article, I want to share two key concepts for successful communication.

Chicago group to host adult sibling conference Nov. 15

Nora Fox Handler, co-founder of Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, will speak at the Nov. 15 conference.