Essential Reads

10 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Adolescent

The challenge of parenting a teenager is staying connected as you grow apart

How I'm Using Science to Help My Daughter Keep Liking Math

Priming studies show uphill battle for girls and math, and how to help

The Grass Moment

We Need to Help Kids Become "Reflective Rebels"

Are Babies Contagious?

Why parenthood spreads through social networks.

Recent Posts on Parenting

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 in The Introvert's Corner
How can you tell when helpful introspection is becoming counterproductive rumination? Thoughts from some Psychology Today bloggers.

On Universal Preschool

By APA Division 15 on February 25, 2013 in PsychEd
Today, only the most financially fortunate of families can pay for private, high-quality preschool; a fraction of less fortunate children attend publicly funded programs of varied quality. What are they missing out on?

Fueling Stereotypes — A Cautionary Tale

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 25, 2013 in 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

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 25, 2013 in The Friendship Doctor
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 in Evil Deeds
Can racial discrimination create mass murderers?

No Safe Sext

Sexting is a problem and isn't going away anytime soon. Studies show that sexting among teens is on the rise. Why? In the need of instant communication and gratification, many teens don't think about the consequences of their actions.

Sorry, But... Your Exceptional Child Might Not Be "Gifted"

By Christopher Taibbi M.A.T. on February 24, 2013 in Gifted-Ed Guru
I have had this conversation, or similar ones, many times over. Once we finally get there, at the heart of it all, will lie two central debate points. One is the age old question of Nature versus Nurture. The other will focus on how we ultimately define and assess the quality of “gifted-ness.”

Should School Be a No Whining Zone?

The pressure to succeed may be breeding a new generation of whiners. Parents and teachers can minimize the risk of failure in college and beyond by instilling positive values about learning during the formative years.

Sexual Problems Might Be More Complicated Than You Think

By Stephen J Betchen D.S.W. on February 24, 2013 in Magnetic Partners
Relationship dynamics and their sexual symptoms

The Inner Lives of Introverts

Learn about the importance of hiding places for introverts, how we perceive solitude versus loneliness, and some surprises about how we can benefit from studying acting in Nancy Ancowitz's interview with Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of Introvert Power which just came out in a second edition.

How Two White Men Are Coaxing American Women to Have Kids

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 23, 2013 in Living Single
Several recent media stories have claimed that women’s choices not to have kids “may spell disaster for the country.” What interests me are the psychological approaches the authors take to coaxing women to have kids.

Beastly "Beauty"

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on February 23, 2013 in A Swim in Denial
Fantasies of life at the top can be bad for your health. And your village. How did we ever get so mean? A close look at the propaganda of innocence and aspiration.

Is "Sex" a Taboo Word?

By Sinikka Elliott Ph.D on February 23, 2013 in Not My Kid
Before we smugly declare our era far more sexually enlightened than the time period depicted in “Downton Abbey,” it’s worth reflecting on how many taboos around sex talk persist today.

My Teen Son is Too Emotionally Intense

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on February 23, 2013 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your kids have different styles.

Why Violent Media Matters

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on February 23, 2013 in Digital Altruism
Children believe what they see on television, in movies, and in video games for the same reason they believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. My son believed their was a party in every box of Ritz crackers, what does your child believe?

Seven Ways Parents Build Their Kids’ Healthy Body Image

Body image concerns, especially in our culture that promotes idealized bodies, place great demands on kids of all ages. As parents, we are in a critical position to create opportunities to constructively guide our kids to take control of their body and embrace their body-self to feel confident about their identity.

A Crime of Fashion

By Helen M Farrell M.D. on February 23, 2013 in Frontpage Forensics
Celebrity shredding of dress could be a sign of serious mental health problems.

Why Violent Media Matters

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on February 23, 2013 in Digital Altruism
Children believe what they see on television, in movies, and in video games for the same reason they believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. My son believed their was a party in every box of Ritz crackers, what does your child believe?

The Myth of the Helicopter Parent

Can a mom or dad ever shower too much love, attention, and material support on a child? If you think the answer is yes, you may be surprised that so-called “helicopter parents” (those who over-indulge their children) may help, rather than hurt, their chances for a successful life.

Learning To Live With Betrayal

By Nick Luxmoore on February 23, 2013 in Young People Up Close
The experience of betrayal changes everything. But how much is betrayal inevitable? And how much is it helpful?

Why Politics Makes Your Head Hurt

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on February 23, 2013 in Caveman Politics
Watching politics makes my head hurt sometimes. It’s pretty clear there are times when politicians simply don’t comprehend what the other side is saying. It’s as if they are unable to mentally process what is being said by their opponents.

Are You a Plus or a Minus?

By Rosemary K.M. Sword on February 22, 2013 in The Time Cure
We are now looking a twofold Age square in the face: the Age of Sustainability and Imagination. Short of Mother Nature’s intervention, we will continue to gain momentum into this Twin Age. And, if we are conscientious inhabitants of the one and only planet we are squires of, at some point we should ask ourselves: Do I add to or subtract from our Brave New World?

What Does it Mean to be American?

By Sunil Bhatia Ph.D. on February 22, 2013 in Culture On the Move
If demography is destiny, then any discussion about what it means to be American, both in contemporary and future America, needs to go beyond matters of legal citizenship. There are a large number of first-and second-generation non-white American citizens who identify with their multiple heritages and are re-defining the meaning of cultural citizenship and identity.

The Incredibly Heavy Burden of Guilt

By Travis J. Carter Ph.D. on February 22, 2013 in Make Up Your Mind
There's been a lot of work showing, incredibly, that some of the metaphors linking physical states to mental states, like physical warmth translating into social warmth, might literally be true. A new paper expands on this, showing that a sense of physical heaviness is related to feelings of guilt, but more importantly, it seems to show why.

Reflections of a Replacement Child

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on February 22, 2013 in In Flux
An interview with replacement child Judy Mandel. Here she answers questions about confronting the issues, asking the questions, and getting the answers relevant to many replacement children.