Essential Reads

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": a fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Raising Dyslexic Kids: Self-Awareness and Acceptance

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in From Worrier to Warrior
As parents, educators, caregivers and therapists we must model self-awareness for our children and help them own and accept who they are—whether dyslexic or not.

12 Things You Missed While You Were on Your Smartphone

Are you stalled in a digital time warp instead of being there for your loved ones?

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Men, Women, Single, Married: Who Really Exercises More?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 14, 2011 in Living Single
It is at the top of many people's New Year's resolutions. It is what people vow to do even when the dawn of the new year is a bleary memory. Get more exercise! So who really does get more exercise? Your choices are men and women who are currently married, divorced/separated, widowed, or have always been single.

Children’s Expectations: What Your Child Would Tell You if They Could

By Kimberly Key on January 13, 2011 in Counseling Keys
President Barack Obama says to live up to our children's expectations. Learn the top three myths about children and what they really expect--if they could tell you.

Thirteen Things Parents of Teens with Autism Need to Know

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on January 13, 2011 in The Autism Advocate
Adolescence and autism each on their own can be difficult, together they form a volatile mix. It's important  that you know a few important facts about teenage behavior - whether on or off the autism spectrum - to put things into perspective on what is the autism, and what is normal teenage behavior.

School Made Easy: Character Education is the Key

By Neal H. Mayerson Ph.D. on January 12, 2011 in Quite a Character
In Mr. Sharp's 4th-grade classroom, the VIA Character strengths aren't just part of the curriculum. They've helped create a remarkable classroom culture.

Eating in Dreams

By Jeremy Taylor on January 12, 2011 in The Wisdom of Your Dreams
We seldom remember eating in dreams - why is that?  What does it mean when we do remember?

Fearsome Power of Siblings in Allen Shawn's New Memoir "Twin"

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 12, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Siblings brandish great power in the family- as poignantly described in Allen Shawn’s new memoir Twin, reviewed in the New York Times.

Education: Failing Kindergarteners?: You Cannot be Serious!

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 12, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Two families we know have five-year-old daughters in two different public school kindergartens in Marin County north of San Francisco (please no Marin jokes!). The parents of each girl were notified recently by the school that their daughters were falling behind and steps needed to be taken to remedy the "problem."

Learning From Digital Natives: 6 Surprising Benefits

By Melinda Blau on January 12, 2011 in Consequential Strangers
Talking about technology with kid is like talking about sex: You need to keep having “the discussion.” It will help both of you.

Tucson Terror & The Usual Suspects

By Jory Goodman M.D. on January 11, 2011 in Attention, Please

Effective Behavioral Responses to Threats (Real or Perceived)

By Ugo Uche on January 11, 2011 in Promoting Empathy With Your Teen
A growing number of teen bullies have caught on to the latest gun craze sweeping our nation. These days it not unusual for targets of bullying to receive direct or indirect threats to their lives.

You Know When the Men Are Gone

By Jennifer Haupt on January 10, 2011 in One True Thing
Stories tell heartbreaks and triumphs of military wives.

Forgiveness is Major Therapeutic Tool With Aging Family

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 10, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Often, with the dysfunctional and even nearly normal family, the therapist enters a family system, because the midlife siblings are “ stuck”  around parent care

Bill Zeller, age 27, suicide

By Jennifer L. Tanner Ph.D. on January 10, 2011 in Becoming Adult
Bill Zeller's suicide note reveals decades of persistent pain

Popular Culture: Christmas Toys: An Insult to Parents and Kids Alike

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 10, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Prior to Christmas, I had another one of those "end  of civilization as we know it" moments. It started when my wife and I began Christmas shopping for our daughters and were overwhelmed by the seemingly unending universe of toys from which to choose

Why Are Stepparents More Likely to Kill Their Children?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 09, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
A paper forthcoming in Current Zoology presents the first critique of evolutionary psychology that makes any sense, as well as the first refutation of one of the core findings of evolutionary psychology.

Actual Newspaper Headline: “Married Men Better Men”

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 08, 2011 in Living Single
A recent study generated a wave of media attention, some of it under sweeping headlines such as "Married men better men." In this post, I'll describe what the study - when read in full, in the professional journal - really did show. In the next post, I'll explain what I think the results really do mean. 

Sibling Dyad Shattering - Superglue for Strongest Family Alliance

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 08, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Siblings can align against each other to stop another sibling from doing something. The odds explode - if there are left over unresolved  childhood issues 
Do Photojournalists Lie?

Do Photojournalists Lie?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Do photos lie? Of course, especially when they're political. We should think deeply about how news and photographs affect reality, how they affect OUR reality. "Danger Pay" is a memoir of a crisis of conscience, and more.

Parents & Children in Conflict

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting
Happy New Year! Is this the year you have resolved to stop arguing with your kids? Are you tired of feeling as though your teenager never agrees with any request you make? Does it feel like your third-grader is already practicing to become a lawyer, arguing and negotiating every request or rule that you make?

Ninety Is Not The New Sixty

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
When we put cut flowers in water, or old people in nursing homes, are we only prolonging the agony?

Seeing Your Whole Child: A Lesson in Parenting

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 07, 2011 in A Million Meals