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The Secret of Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility comes with a unique set of challenges that few understand.
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Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.

Digital Age Parenting: Conquering the Cultural Divide

Even the most tech savvy parents still find themselves at a loss, a half a step behind their digital age kids.

Helicopter Parents Aren’t the Problem

When it comes to over-parenting, the true culprits are large-scale social and economic changes that have been underway for centuries.

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Stepsiblings on the holiday-Cinderella's coal filled stocking

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on December 23, 2010 Mom Loves You Best
late-life unions can be a  brand new rash of stepsiblings, introduced in your middle age.

Dystopian Holiday Reading List: A Tween's View of the World

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on December 23, 2010 Grand Rounds
 Protagonists must make grave concessions, often sacrificing their very lives, or else face the prospect that the dystopian drudgery of existence will remain stubbornly fixed and unaltered. In other words, in all these stories the world seems pretty damn dismal

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The stages of being a self-help book editor: Stage 2, the Christmas Gift Effect

By Melissa Kirk on December 22, 2010 Test Case
Once you're over the self-diagnosis phase, you get to the other-diagnosis phase. Self-help books: the perfect stocking stuffer!

Red Flags For Midlife Siblings to Use on Holiday Visits

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on December 22, 2010 Mom Loves You Best
If you or your client’s holiday visit to aging relatives, might feature some scary scenes, here are some red flags to put in a check list and share with midlife siblings pre the annual family get together .  

Good Boss, Bad Boss on Five "Best Business Book" Lists for 2010

By Robert I. Sutton on December 22, 2010 Work Matters
"A head-clearing blast of sauciness."

Shhh, don't tell: Individualism has its upsides

Individualism is the belief that the self is more important than social rules. Sometimes that leads to self-centeredness and disaster. In this case, the social rule -- don't be gay, and if you are, hide it -- was wrong. That's why today is a great day.

How Not To Ruin The Holidays For Your Children

"I have now grown accustomed to listening to horror stories from my teenage clients about their troubled experiences with Christmas and end of year holidays. In my follow up family sessions, when I confront their parents with these stories, most parents provide the same explanation."

Books for Geeks!

By Ethan Gilsdorf on December 22, 2010 Geek Pride
Trouble finding the perfect last-minute gift for that geek on your shopping list? Here are 16 great books covering all stripes of geekery

A Healing Home for Santa and Her Helpers

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on December 22, 2010 Design on My Mind
Especially during holiday times, is it possible to create rooms that encourage us to gather, allow us to 'escape,' and may even help heal old wounds?

Christmas in Small Pieces

Maybe lots of small traditions are better than striving for that one perfect moment

Geek Book Gift Guide

By Ethan Gilsdorf on December 21, 2010 Geek Pride
Have you been a good little geek this year? Have you kept your PS3 and Xbox consoles all shiny and neat? Did you get all A’s in Elvish and Klingon and Shyriiwook (aka Wookiee Speak)? If so, perhaps you’ll find one of these geek-eriffic books under the tree this year.

Why Remarry? The Best and Worst Answers and the Set-Up in the Question

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 21, 2010 Living Single
The question for a recent "Room for Debate" feature in the New York Times was "Why remarry?" Six experts were invited to weigh in, including our friend Nicky Grist, Executive Director of the Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP). 

10 Holiday Gifts that Will Cause Your Child Lasting Psychological Damage

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 The Shrink Tank
These gifts will ruin Christmas and traumatize your child for life.

The Psychology of Having Children for the Wrong Reasons

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on December 20, 2010 Insight Is 20/20
It is a problem in our society: having children for the wrong reasons.

What is the Power of Slow?

By Jennifer Haupt on December 20, 2010 One True Thing
Being busy is so yesterday! Here's my interview with Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World:

Peering Through The Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole offers a strikingly authentic portrait of what it's like to cope with unimaginable loss.

Gratitude, Authenticity, & Entrepreneurship: A Creative Round Table

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on December 20, 2010 Tracking Wonder
As we head toward the year's end and find ourselves in the season of gift-giving, it might be insightful to reflect on gratitude. In this imaginary round table discussion culled from e-interviews, four creatives reflect upon gratitude, authenticity, and entrepreneurship.

12 Ways to Unplug for the holidays

By Anne K Fishel Ph.D. on December 20, 2010 The Digital Family
The holidays should be a time to reflect on times and traditions past. Parents have an opportunity over the holidays to show their kids the ways they used to play - something that may be lost on this current digital generation.

Getting Remarried? Learn from Your Mistakes

Recently, The New York Times featured a discussion titled "Why Remarry?", with professors and marriage experts commenting on varfious aspects of remarriage. To me, the most interesting contribution came from Stephanie Coontz, who shared her insights gleaned from interviews with couples who have enjoyed successful second marriages.

What’s the link between eugenics and euthanasia?

How do we get from euthanasia to eugenics?

The Loneliest Night of the Year

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on December 19, 2010 Love Doc
 Eyes downcast, Sari said, "I feel so sad and I don't feel like doing anything for Christmas but for Joanie's sake, I have to."

How to Have a Happy Interfaith Holiday

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 18, 2010 Off the Couch
It only takes a little work to have a happy interfaith holiday. Key phrases to keep in mind are "respect each other's beliefs" and "remember what you love about one another."

Holidays or Hellidays? How Stepmothers and Stepkids Alike Can Enjoy

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on December 18, 2010 Stepmonster
Holidays bring out some of our most primitive longings, and a sense of "nostalgia" for things we probably never had in the first place--a "perfect" family, an "ideal," Ozzy-and-Harriet-type marriage. The flipside of these longings is often resentment and acting out that things are not what they "should be." Helliday eggnog, anyone?