Essential Reads

"Is Adolescence Really Necessary?"

Surprised by early adolescence, parents wonder if their child's changes need be.

Here is a Powerful Acronym to Help Your Child Manage Stress!

Giving your child essential skills to succeed in life.

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

The Hot-and-Sexy trend for girls' Halloween costumes and why it's concerning

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

Finding a balance of fear and exploration by allowing more unstructured play.

Recent Posts on Parenting

Cinematherapy: A Useful Tool in Group Therapy

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on February 27, 2013 Reel Therapy
If you've heard of the term, cinematherapy, but want to actually know what it looks and feels like in action and how it can be beneficial....then you've come to the right blog post.

When All Else Fails,Try Reverse Psychology!

Many years ago I wrote a text for therapists on employing paradoxical therapeutic techniques—for the most part, more intricate and refined versions of reverse (or negative) psychology. The book,*Paradoxical Strategies in Psychotherapy*, was primarily about motivating (though deviously!) highly resistant clients and families to change dysfunctional behaviors.

Are Online Relationships Healthy For Young People?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 27, 2013 The Power of Prime
Virtual relationships have all the appearances of real relationships, for example, connectedness, communication, and sharing. Yet, these relationships are missing essential elements that distinguish them from flesh-and-blood relationships, namely, three dimensionality, facial expressions, voice inflection, clear emotional messages, gestures, and body language.

Why The Boobs Song at the Oscars Missed the Mark

By Carrie Goldman on February 27, 2013 Modern Day Parenting
A breakdown of why the "We Saw Your Boobs Song" at the Oscars was sexist and harmful.

Eating Disorders: Fighting Stigma with Science

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, it is time to replace myths about eating disorders with truths.

Your Child's Path

By Susan Engel Ph.D. on February 27, 2013 Young Minds
What can and cannot change about your child.

How Important Is Your Date's Wallet?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on February 27, 2013 Open Gently
The term "gold-digger" summons up an image of 22 year olds kissing ancient lips to win a fast inheritance. But what do we think about college students entertaining sugar daddies who help cover their tuition?

What to Do With Kids Over Spring Break: Absolutely Nothing

Self-sufficiency isn't something most kids are born with. They need to be taught how to be with themselves -- what that means and what it looks like -- deliberately and repeatedly.

It’s Never Just About the Food!

It’s Never Just About the Food! Puberty, Eating Disorders and the Self. By Jacqueline Ferraro, D.M.H. At puberty, unsettling feelings can be expressed in the language of food, calories, and control of weight. This is the 2nd of 3 posts from the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service (EDCAS) of the William Alanson White Institute.

3 Ways to Get What You Want From Life

Get in action around the things you care about most.

Are You Missing Out by Not Having Kids?

Are there actually some positives to not being a parent?

Facebook, Emotions, and Parenthood

Are we who we say we are on Facebook? And why should it matter?

Behavioral Health: Cheaper Than Disease

By Nathan W Gates LCPC on February 26, 2013 Wellness In Action
Steven Brill's recent Time special report shows the impossible costs of healthcare for many American families. It's impossible to eliminate risk and prevent all need for expensive medical care, but there are things you can do to minimize your risk of being caught up in an expensive and painful medical merry-go-round. It starts with behavior.

Jack Andraka Is Not An Ordinary Kid

In America we enjoy hearing that everyone can do whatever they put their mind to and focus their heart on. But is it really true?

The Power of Translation

The Power of Translation: Before an infant can talk, translation comes into play as a parent tries to decipher the meanings—or feelings—behind an infant’s use of facial expressions and vocalizations. These feelings are expressed through facial expressions, bodily gestures, and vocalizations.

Actually, It Goes Both Ways

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on February 26, 2013 Creative Synthesis
The gifted community is all abuzz about a recent post by Seth Godin titled “Actually, it goes the other way,” wherein the best-selling author and marketing guru implies that being gifted is a choice. I’m disappointed but not outraged, and here’s why.

Ignorance, Autism, and the Things People Say

What are some of the most aggravating things ordinary people say to folks on the autism spectrum. Where are they coming from? Are they dumb, smart, mean, clever, misguided, or is it all just us? It's time to open a dialogue...

Mad, Bad, Blind, or Stupid?

Members of dysfunctional families are often mystified by the self-destructive or hostile behavior that they exhibit to one another, and try to make sense out of it. Usually, such explanations are that the other person is just crazy, incredibly stupid, inherently evil, or just oblivious to their effects on others. But are any of these answers correct?

Mating Intelligence Unleashed Is Now Unleashed

Do mating and intelligence have anything to do with one another? In Mating Intelligence Unleashed (co-authored with Scott Barry Kaufman), we answer this question with an emphatic YES. This post will tell you why!

Hear the One About the Birth, the Pig and the Logger?

A fun health book about everything you want to know from birth to beef .

I Am Not Your Mother

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on February 25, 2013 Couch and Stage
In a Drama Therapy workshop in Korea, a group of women, as well as the author, explore a complex understanding of the role of mother.

Christina Baker Kline: Looking Into the Sun

By Jennifer Haupt on February 25, 2013 One True Thing
"My relationship with my mother changed completely, when I was diagnosed with cancer. She gave herself to me in a way she never had before... I’d completed six radiation treatments when a doctor called to tell with the news: my mother’s internal injuries were so extensive that she only had a few days to live..."

And the Oscars 2013 Grand Prize Winner Was ... Marriage!

Did you notice how strong a role marriage played in so many of the Oscar winners?

Introspection Versus Rumination

By Sophia Dembling on February 25, 2013 The Introvert's Corner
How can you tell when helpful introspection is becoming counterproductive rumination? Thoughts from some Psychology Today bloggers.

Fueling Stereotypes — A Cautionary Tale

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 25, 2013 Singletons
New information often compounds prevailing negative thinking and feeds stereotypes—unless you pay close attention.

New Standards Demand Higher Expectations For Spelling

Educators and parents, take notice! Common Core State Standards adopted by 46 states and driving curricula and state testing in American schools now require higher standards for spelling.

Dream Big But Be Realistic For a Successful Life

You certainly don’t need to achieve the perhaps unrealistic goals of your youth to be successful in life. Consider embracing the simple and basic joys for a successful life. And don’t take for granted the many simple things that you enjoy that many in the world may only dream about achieving.

An Interview with Carlin Flora, Author of Friendfluence

Carlin Flora's new book makes a seminal contribution to the literature on's also a great read.

Parenting Adolescents and the Play of Chance and Risk

Recognizing the rule of luck and the reality of risk doesn't mean parents should not try to prepare and guide their teenager as best they can, only that they must accept how parental choices are often no match for cosmic chance.

Race, Rage & Revenge: Forensic Commentary on the Dorner Case

By Stephen A Diamond Ph.D. on February 24, 2013 Evil Deeds
Can racial discrimination create mass murderers?