Essential Reads

A Step-Child's Guide to Step-Parenting

Each family has its own story with its own peculiar complexities, but most have a moment in which the new boyfriend or girlfriend becomes a parent...

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.

The High Costs of Multitasking for You and Your Kids

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on November 29, 2016 in Radical Teaching
Explain-Motivate-Prove-Guide is the four-step approach to help your kids reduce time lost into the black hole generated by multitasking (and improve family harmony).

This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

More Posts on Parenting

Yes—Ban Prescribing of Antipsychotics to Children Age 5 and Under

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on February 23, 2011 in Child in Mind
As a pediatrician with expertise in children's emotional development, I propose that based on these finding there be a ban on use of antipsychotics in children age 5 and under. This is the period of time when the brain is undergoing the most rapid growth and development.

Teen Transitions

By Darcy Sterling Ph.D. on February 23, 2011 in Ask Dr. Darcy

First Vehicles and Nostalgia: Fond Feelings for Jalopies?

By Janelle L Wilson Ph.D. on February 23, 2011 in Stories of the Self

Emotion, Communication, and the Explosion of Liberty in the Middle East

By Ross Buck Ph.D. on February 22, 2011 in Spontaneous Emotion
The leaderless revolutions in the Middle East reflect long-repressed emotions that with social media can be expressed and communicated directly, leading naturally, effortlessly, and inevitably to massive changes in social structure

10 Myths About Single People: Here Are Numbers 5, 6, and 7

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 22, 2011 in Living Single
Here are three sets of myths that single out particular subsets of single people for special stereotyping. They are the myths about single women, single men, and single parents.
7 Do's & 7 Don't's of Lost Love Etiquette

7 Do's & 7 Don't's of Lost Love Etiquette

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on February 22, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
So you want to contact a lost love? There are some approaches that work better than others -- and some that don't work at all. Here are some useful ideas to keep in mind when you make that first reconnection.

Has Your Child Been Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder?

Introductory post describing why pediatric bipolar disorder does not seem to exist.

Sport Psychology Services for All

By Mitch Abrams Psy.D. on February 21, 2011 in Sports Transgressions
Mental Skills Training Need Not Be Solely for the Elite, the Pros, or the Rich. There are many sport psychologists out there that can help your athletes. You just have to know where to look.

Blame the baby or blame the experts?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 21, 2011 in Moral Landscapes
Here is a fact to burn into your brain. Babies are born with only 25% of their brains developed. The rest is co-constructed by caregivers in early life. So the quality of early care is vitally important.  As a result of misguided parenting, we have many babies, children and adults with deficient brain systems. And those deficiencies kill. 

Want A Romantic and Sexual Relationship That Lasts? Begin With A "Relationship Inventory"

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 21, 2011 in The New Resilience
You need to learn from you past relationships in order to sustain love and sex in your current or future relationship

Who Decides What Our Purpose Is?

By Steve Sisgold on February 21, 2011 in Life in a Body
Do I know what I am here to do? Is my purpose driven by something I heard from someone else or from a divine spirit or a feeling inside?

10 Myths About Single People: Here Are the First 4

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 21, 2011 in Living Single
It is time to dispel the myths that the lives of singles are nasty, brutish, and short. Those are among the first 4 myths. Stay tuned for the remaining six.
Your Old Friends

Your Old Friends

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on February 20, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
As a professor of child psychology and adolescent psychology, my university students often talked about the ongoing importance of their early childhood and teen friendships. Do you still have close friends from your childhood? What makes these relationships so important to you now?

Why Arts Education for Children Can Change the World

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 20, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
Teaching children art is not a frivolous use of resources when with that art comes resilience, pride in one's culture, and a chance to heal the trauma caused by war.

America's Voyeurism and America's Escape from Self

Lindsay, Miguel, Charlie and Brittany, O' My! America; Heal Thyself. America is hypnotized by radio, reality and ravenous attention paid to other people's mental health. Celebrities are easy targets but while we point and laugh, are we not missing teachable moments with ourselves, our children and our culture.

Should a therapist ask a client about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases, and abortion?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 19, 2011 in Off the Couch
Therapists sometimes feel constricted about talking about abortion, contraception, birth control and pregnancy with clients. How would you feel if your therapist brought these things up? What if he or she did not ask you about them? I want to know what you think!

The Black Swan: A Lesson in Parent/Child Relationships

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on February 18, 2011 in The Favorite Child

Should This Be the Last Generation?

By Lauren Sandler on February 18, 2011 in One and Only
Considering a philosophy of fewer children

Facebook & Adoption: TMI or a Good Thing?

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 18, 2011 in Adoption Stories