Essential Reads

What Seinfeld Understood About Motivation and Psychology

Jerry Seinfeld's amazing advice on motivation and productivity.

Why I Can't..... or Why Can't I?

The beliefs we carry write the script of our life.

Developmental Dislike of Parents During Early Adolescence

Come adolescence, there is more to dislike about parents, and there needs to be

I'm Having An Impossible Time With A Break-Up

Break-Ups Are Harder In The Age of Social Media

Recent Posts on Parenting

“E”ase Into Your New D.I.E.T.-free Lifestyle

This week we are continuing our exploration of the word D.I.E.T. in an effort to help more people stop dieting and start living.

What Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In Gets Right...

By Pamela Haag Ph.D. on March 15, 2013 in Marriage 3.0
....Talented young women seem to be operating under a sad, new plight. I’m inclined to call it premature realism, or hypothetical angst....

Should Kids Have a Voice in Post-Divorce Planning?

Do father and mother know best? Will kids feel caught in the middle? Or are kids the experts in what will be best for them?

When Job Interviews are Discriminatory

By Katherine Bouton on March 15, 2013 in What I Hear
It's not always intentional, but it can still be illegal.

Baby Before Marriage Is Fast Becoming the Norm

The average age at first birth is now lower than the average age at first marriage--and it's middle America driving the trend.

How Do We Explain the Unexplainable?

Walter works hard every day, making barely enough money to survive, but still finds time to volunteer countless hours at the local animal shelter. One day Walter stumbles upon a $100 bill on the sidewalk. Coincidence? Or did Walter simply have good luck? Or was it karma? Or was God watching over him?

How Organized Are You?

Are you more organized than you think or are you faking it?

Making Your Own Luck

Lady luck may not always be on your side, but that doesn't mean much. A small change in attitude may do the trick. There's a science to making your own luck.

The Opportunity to Educate Parents about Junk Food Marketing

“Food marketing doesn’t affect my kids,” is something I hear a lot from parents when I tell them about my research. I used to think that too.

What to Do with People Who Bug You

Want to get rid of those people who bug you once and for all? Consider these six keys to turning off your triggers – and in doing so, taking away their power to bug you!

Three Tips for Better Father-Daughter Bonding

Not a Barbie-admiring, purse-wearing, Bieber-loving, makeup-styling dad? No worries. Read on to discover why boys and girls play differently and what this means for how you interact with your daughter. Try these three simple strategies for father-daughter bonding and create a positive relationship that your daughter will savor for a lifetime.

Adolescence and the Marketplace Influence

When children enter adolescence, the influence of the marketplace becomes more commanding, and then parents can get into more conflcts with their adolescent over what is promoted as fashionable, fun, and essential for the teenager to have or see or try.

The Things That Have Made Me Most Happy

By Gretchen Rubin on March 15, 2013 in The Happiness Project
It’s a great guide for anyone who wants to have a happy home life, by keeping things simple, calm, and in tune with family values.

Oz the Great and Archetypal

Like traditional fairy tales, and unlike "safe" stories, Oz the Great and Powerful enables kids to grapple with conflict and complexity.

Dr. Drew, Mindy McCready, and me

By Stanton Peele on March 15, 2013 in Addiction in Society
Dr. Drew represents what's wrong with addiction treatment in America.

Does Your Family Take Advantage of You?

Women swell with pride when someone says what a “good mother” we are, what a “good wife”. But what does that mean? It means, selfless. Putting everyone else’s needs before our own and feeling good about that – like that’s what a woman should be doing. The last thing a woman wants is to be called selfish – it’s the meanest curse.

Abstinence: A Second Look

Abstinence is gaining increasing momentum for teens as a sexual posture in our culture of sexual un-innocence. In addition to being 100% effective for preventing pregnancy and protection from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), teens (as well as celebrities) increasingly recognize the emotional and spiritual benefits of abstinence.

Overcoming the Pain of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

When we have been abused or neglected as children it can leave us feeling deprived and wronged by those we loved and trusted. Learn how to overcome these wounds with self-help techniques rooted in the trauma research.

The Truth about Mormons

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 14, 2013 in Creating in Flow
Enlightening new novel called ELDERS satisfies curiosity about what Mormons do on those two-year proselytizing missions.

Let’s Get Lech Walesa Married, San Francisco Style!

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on March 14, 2013 in The Pacific Heart
Lech Walesa’s extremely offensive remarks deserve a response. San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim has proposed removing Lech Walesa’s name from a street near City Hall. Here’s a modest counterproposal that will get you in the right mood!

Too Perfect For Love?

By Ann Smith on March 14, 2013 in Healthy Connections
Everyone has flaws and that fact connects us with humanity. Pretending we don’t leads to isolation and at best, conditional love.

What Are You Avoiding? Behaviors That Maintain Anorexia

By Nancy Matsumoto on March 14, 2013 in Eating Disorders News
A new adaptation of acceptance-based therapy helps replace rigid, avoidant behavior with more accepting, flexible behaviors.

Giftedness Should Not Be Confused With Mental Disorder

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 14, 2013 in Saving Normal
Being gifted can sometimes be a curse as well as a benefit, especially if it is mislabeled as mental disorder.

Infants Can Eat Eggs (and Peanuts, Too)!

Standard advice to delay giving infants highly allergenic foods such as peanuts and eggs may make allergies worse.

How to Get People to Do Stuff

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on March 14, 2013 in Brain Wise
There are 7 basic drivers of human motivation. Do you know what they are and how they affect human behavior?

Communicate or Stagnate: Next Generation Communication

By Tim Elmore on March 14, 2013 in Artificial Maturity
Technology is changing the way we interact and communicate. If we want to connect with the next generation, changing our methods can produce dramatic results.

Introducing a New Psychological Strength: Time Shepherds

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on March 13, 2013 in Curious?
Want access to new ideas to end the trite and appallingly boring rehashed discussions about mindfulness? Want to learn about a new character strength that I refer to as Time Shepherding? Then read on.

The Art of Parenting

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on March 13, 2013 in A Million Meals
Having spent years in academia, and all my free time on the ephemeral art of performance, I realized that I couldn't remember the last time I produced something tangible to show for all my hard work.

The Narcissistic Father

You're not that happy despite everything you've done. Did your Dad have a narcissistic attitude? It may be time to set yourself free.

The Eyes of the Tornado

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D. on March 13, 2013 in Don't Worry, Mom
What a tornado's googly eyes taught me about perfectionism and happiness