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The Divorce Decision

Are you frustrated in your marriage and not sure where to turn? Are you contemplating a divorce? Are you worried your spouse wants a divorce? Learn where to get help.

Boys Under Pressure

By Adam Price Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
Why your son won't do his homework.

How to Decide Whether to Use a Donor During Infertility

If you had planned to create a family with biological children, but are unable to do so, opening up to other approaches can require a lot of mental and emotional work.

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Mom and Dad Have Something to Tell You: Six Tips for Talking to Kids About Divorce

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on May 29, 2011 in The Older Dad
Suffering and divorce are synonymous, but divorcing parents have an opportunity to teach their children how to handle pain effectively through divorce. In every dire circumstance exists the chance to learn and grow….parents who use divorce as one such chance can help their children learn this fundamental truth.

‘New’ Findings on Married Households Dropping to Minority Status: Singlism Book More Accurate than NY Times

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 29, 2011 in Living Single
Media stories describe a ‘new’ trend – married couple households are in the minority. The journalists are a half-decade late, and totally clueless about the truly new implications about what matters in our lives.

Blogging for LGBT families

This week there was media backlash about lessons on gender and sexual orientation in elementary schools. What is the controversy? At what age is this appropriate information?

Catch 'em being good!

By Ira J. Chasnoff M.D. on May 28, 2011 in Aristotle's Child
There are four basic forms of discipline; however, the only one that works is positive reinforcement.

Lawsuit Over Photos of Dead Son: What Is It Really About?

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a bereaved mother who feels traumatized by photographs taken of her dead infant son. After she refused consent, an album of postmortem photographs arrived in the mail, and she was horrified to discover that her baby had been dressed, posed, and photographed without her knowledge. My heart goes out to her. But it’s not what you think.

Tornadoes of My Youth

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on May 26, 2011 in Grand Rounds
We listened and we wondered what it would be like to have the roof go flying like a kite off the top of our school.

The Myth of the Killer Introvert

By Susan Cain on May 26, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
Introversion does not equal psychosis or a propensity to violence. This really shouldn’t need to be said, of course. Except that it does.

Kindling the Flame of Learning

By Jenny Lind Schmitt on May 26, 2011 in Lifestyle Design
When we think of education in children, we should think not of a vessel to be filled but of a flame to be kindled.

Don't Kick That Pigeon! What Psychology Owes the Dove

How the lowly pigeon taught us to work effectively with autistic children and understand the development of delinquency.

What Do I Do With ADD Kids This Summer?

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on May 24, 2011 in The Gift of ADHD

Parenting Advice For Arnold Schwarzenegger And Maria Shriver

By Laura JJ Dessauer Ed.D., L.M.H.C. on May 24, 2011 in Business Success for Therapists
3 tips to help your children when their lives are in upheaval: Lessons learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver to help your family in difficult times

3 More Observations About Wonder-Centered Schools & Colleges

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on May 24, 2011 in Tracking Wonder
Granted, it will take more than Superman to make a difference in our schools and colleges. But the mounting national dialogue on creativity and education suggests we might be primed to do just that. Are we? If so, we'll have to address culture, colleges, and even good ol' uncertainty.

Parents of Sibs -Set Limits, Establish Boundaries and Fair Rules - Said Out Loud

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on May 24, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
How siblings behave toward each other is the first social lesson they get on how to interact with the world and perhaps their future boyfriend, girlfriend, partner or spouse. It also gives siblings the framework to cooperate with each other.

Did Schwarzenegger Consider His Children?

By Ana Nogales, Ph.D. on May 24, 2011 in Family Secrets
Of course we cannot know what went through Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mind when he decided to have an affair with a household employee. If he is anything like most men and women who are unfaithful, it is likely that he did not think about the affect his behavior might have on his children.

Aunting & Uncling Essentials: Supplemental Parenting

By Robert M. Milardo Ph.D. on May 24, 2011 in Next to Kin

Can a Negative Emotion Like Regret Help Make You Happier? I Think So

Assay: Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the important role of negative emotions in a happy life.

What We're (Not) Eating

By Carrie Arnold on May 24, 2011 in Body of Evidence
Doing something for reasons of health seems to make it above reproach. Coworkers or relatives might call you out if they think you're doing something extreme for vanity reasons. But health? And with doctor's orders? It's like a Get Out of Jail free card!

Never Giving Up Hope

By Kymberly Grosso on May 23, 2011 in Autism in Real Life
When you face the unknown, the joy of witnessing a huge accomplishment can bring you to your knees. It is the feeling of finally letting yourself feel happiness and allowing yourself to dream again for what the future holds for your child. Positive dreams.

Who Made This Mess Part 2: And How Do I Get Out of It?

By Regina Leeds on May 23, 2011 in Inner Peace Through Outer Order
Unhook from the past and get organized today.

Answering Maria Shriver: Ways to Navigate Life's Adversities

They say that the only things you can count on in life are death and taxes; well, I'd like to add one more thing to that list -- adversity. I guarantee you will experience a few down's with your up's as you go through life, some worse than others
Six Problems with Psychiatric Diagnosis for Children

Six Problems with Psychiatric Diagnosis for Children

Diagnosing children with psychiatric disorders is even more problematic and potentially harmful than diagnosing adults.

Beware of "Safe and Effective" Claims, Especially When You're Pregnant

A doctor promotes an off-label drug to pregnant women as "safe for mother and child," while telling her colleagues it is, in fact, experimental. The FDA can't seem to do anything about it. The doctor's medical school won't seem to do anything about it. Won't somebody please think of the children?

Remembering when a parent died

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on May 23, 2011 in Raising Grieving Children

Would You Take The Test That Tells You How Long You Have To Live?

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on May 23, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
If you knew you were going to die, would you work on your bucket list or just go to work?

On Kanazawa: It's time for a little perspective (and some history)

The debate has been hot, not to say inflammatory, surrounding Satoshi Kanazawa's blog on the physical attractiveness of black women, the storm of response that followed the blog, and Psychology Today's decision to suppress that post. It's time for a little perspective on all of this--and some history as well.

People Who Can't Control Themselves Control The People Around Them

Do your feelings, anxieties, and insecurities run away with you and dominate your relationships? Do you always have to be right in an argument? Do you get triggered and lash out verbally or physically in ways you later regret? These are all signs of difficulty regulating and modulating your inner emotional world.