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Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

3 Kinds of Kids Parents Should Never Reward with Gifts

When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

At holidays, the focus is on family - some siblings do not get along though

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

Teachers, professors, employers, parents, & students explain students’ problems.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Being Resilient in Times of Threat

Recent Posts on Parenting

Helping Psychologically Wounded Children Heal

Victimization and life injuries create trauma, suffering and psychological wounds. Some avenues to healing are engagement with experience, which can be created through reading and writing stories in schools; warmth, affection and support by parents, teachers and peers; and gaining meaning out of one's suffering by becoming active bystanders to prevent others' suffering.

Snooze Alert, Snooze Alert: Sleep-Deprived Fathers Ahead

Fatherhood can alter men's sleep patterns, as a large, new U.S. study shows. Fathers also face a variety of sleeping arrangements, adjustments with work, and even decreases in testosterone.

Is Technology Changing the Way Kids Develop Relationships?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 11, 2013 The Power of Prime
Do you want your children to learn about the meaning of love from The Bachelorette, about families from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, or friendship from Gossip Girls? Do you want your children to have 100 Facebook “friends,” learn about sex from pornography web sites, or experience cyberbullying though text messages? I hope not.

No Romance, No Marriage, Just a Baby, Please

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 11, 2013 Singletons
They hardly know each other, they may or may not end up living together, but he and she want a biological baby. These newly formed baby-making partnerships will be questioned, but there is logic to them.

Your Life Is Like a Three Ring Circus

It took me three years to master the art of watching a three ring circus. Now you can do it in under five minutes and use the skills you learn to manage your career.

The Psychology of Studying Your Children

“The Birth of a Word,” MIT researcher Deb Roy talks about a phenomenal experiment he launched in which he recorded almost 250,000 hours of audio and video from the day he and his wife brought their infant son home from the hospital until the boy was 3 years old.

When Parents and Adolescent Are Very Different People

When there are basic differences between parent and adolescent in temperament, functioning, interests, capacity, or personality, it can be tempting to encourage the teenager to change and become more similar to the adult, rather than accepting and nurturing the young person's human nature and inherent strengths.

Parenting Fads, Publishers, and Bad Advice

Parenting advice can be as faddish as diets. Publishers love the next big idea, but parents beware: trying to fix our children’s complex problems with simple solutions avoids what the research tells us about children, parents, and their very odd interactions.

Sensory Sensitivity and Problem Behavior

By Lynne Soraya on February 10, 2013 Asperger's Diary
Sensory sensitivity in children on the spectrum can go unnoticed by parents and teachers, but cause big stresses in the classroom.

How Can Romantic Love Transform Into Long-Term Intimacy?

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on February 10, 2013 Rediscovering Love
Most new lovers believe that their relationship will last forever. Sadly, that is rarely true. Unless they learn how to turn that magical lust/fusion relationship into intimacy from the beginning. It is possible if they learn what to do early on.

Obama’s 2nd Term: Expanding the Liberal Imagination

By George Davis on February 10, 2013 Modern Melting Pot
The predominant liberal, conservative and African American narratives keep African Americans at the bottom of the Drama Triangle.

What Genes Tells Us About Worrying

By Stanton Peele on February 10, 2013 Addiction in Society
You can always gain attention for a purported genetic explanation for a behavior that deeply concerns us. Making sense of the explanation is another matter.

Is Self-Care Selfish?

Remember the old cliché? “Take care of yourself first or you will have nothing left to give others.” Or, “ we can’t give what we don’t have.” But what is self-care really? Why is it so difficult and why do we feel guilty about doing it?

Normal Infant Sleep: Changing Patterns

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 10, 2013 Moral Landscapes
“My child wakes up at 2am and is up for 1-2 hours!” One of us remembers very clearly the first time her daughter ended up doing this....

Catfishing: Hook, Line and Sinker

Catfishing has received a lot of media attention lately and I'm not talking about traditional fishing. This one's got a definition all of its own, and I am still in a quandary over the name...

Who's Really Seeking the Trophy?

Are your kids desires to achieve driven by their blood, sweat, and tears for their accomplishments or yours? Many parents openly admit to support their kids, but few recognize when they are vicariously living through their kids' achievements. How about you? Have you examined your role in your child’s choices?

Three Easy Ways to Raise Your Child's Emotional Intelligence

Use these three strategies to raise your child's emotional intelligence.

Holding Dilemmas Together in the Workplace

As a manager, deciding things on your own can be stressful, while including the people whose futures you are making decisions about can be surprisingly productive.

Valentines for Couples: Friendship with another couple

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on February 09, 2013 Buddy System
On Valentine's Day, hanging out with another couple can be instructive

The Power of Sacred Self-Promises

By Jonathan Fields on February 08, 2013 Awake at the Wheel
Every Sunday, young Vernon Bush and his family would pile into the car and drive 150 miles to the church where his dad would preach. Like most churches of that time, there was a small gospel choir that Vernon dutifully blended into.

I Have Faith That I’m Not So Different From Everyone Else

By Gretchen Rubin on February 08, 2013 The Happiness Project
I first heard about journalist and author Pamela Druckerman when her book Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting came out–it really struck a chord with many parents.

What’s “Wall-Socket Sex”?!

I first encountered this intriguingly provocative term in reading the eminent sex/relationship therapist David Schnarch’s *Passionate Marriage*. But what, exactly, does “wall-socket sex” refer to? And assuming that you yourself might aspire to such electrically charged eroticism, just how might you go about achieving it? . . .

5 Tips for a Better Valentine's Day and Beyond

Valentine's Day is an occasion to exercise patience, humor, passion, and kindness. But why limit these actions to just one day? How can we learn to express love on a daily basis in a way that is uniquely sensitive to our partner? What patterns should we avoid that take away from our romantic feelings?

Blowing Up Weight-Loss Myths, Part 2

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on February 08, 2013 A Million Meals
For the first time in memory, a major media outlet is admitting that too many of what are presented as “scientifically proven facts” on weight loss—and concurrently, the effect of exercise, diets, and so forth—are actually unsubstantiated by any scientific standard.

The Synesthetic Sommelier

By Maureen Seaberg on February 07, 2013 Sensorium
Reislings are long and yellow-green; Barolo Piedmont is knot-shaped and purple and brown...

More Than Sex: 11 Meaningful Facts About Single People

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 07, 2013 Living Single
A recent survey of single people asked mostly about dating, sex, and online profiles. The real lives of single people are about much more than that. Here are 11 meaningful facts about single people.

How Do I Find a Babysitter? A Behavioral Economics Lesson

You’re looking for a trustworthy sitter for your young child. Your friend gives you the following descriptions. Sitter One is described as intelligent, industrious, impulsive, critical, stubborn, and envious. Sitter Two is described as envious, stubborn, critical, impulsive, industrious and intelligent. So, proud mama or papa – which do you choose?

All In the Family

“You wanna know who clipped Carmine Galante…?” I realized I was in a terrible situation. Did John’s father know he was visiting me? If so, what did he think John told me about the family business?

Trauma: Incest

In this article we’ll focus on the contemporary Western attitude toward and definition of incest. The important thing to remember is that incest is a form of sexual abuse. As a form of abuse, it is highly damaging to a child’s psyche and most often results in prolonged PTSD.