Essential Reads

Waving Sadly and Yet Joyfully Goodbye

First Day of School Reflections from a Recovering Mr. Mom Newbie

What If the Diagnosis of Autism Is Wrong?

There are several reasons why children may be misdiagnosed as autistic.

For the Sake of the Children

Divorce isn’t failure; living in unhappiness is failure

What We Like About Stories

Both adults and children appreciate elements of surprise and predicability.

Recent Posts on Parenting

Adolescence and Safe Dating

Adolescent dating is a more grown up thing to do, but not without risks. One job of parents is to help moderate the risks by encouraging healthy treatment and by putting safety factors in place.

Is Technology Creating a Generation of Bad Decision Makers?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 07, 2013 in The Power of Prime
Decision making is an aspect of children’s thinking that seems to be suffering as a result of the latest technology. This poor decision making is illustrated by events over the last few years involving young people making egregiously bad decisions that involve technology (not to mention the frequent examples occurring in the adult world!).

The Curse of the Herd

By Gwen Dewar Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Making Humans
Are your preferences really your own? Studies suggest that some people don't make independent judgments about beauty, music, morality, or even basic perceptual facts. They conform, and they do so from a very early age. When this human tendency is combined with intense social pressures, what happens to a child's mind? To his right to question and think for himself?

Are You Ready to Teach the A-B-Cs of Sex to Your Kids?

What's Your Sexual I.Q.? While most people act and even feel like they know about sex, confronting questions poses a whole different level of confidence. Do you think that you can pass a quiz on frequent questions asked by kids?

Current Eating Disorders Treatment Approaches: Too Narrow?

By Nancy Matsumoto on January 06, 2013 in Eating Disorders News
Annals of Eating Disorders: When the Success of Popular Treatment Approaches Stifles Complex Thinking

'Let Crying Babes Lie'? So Wrong

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Recent research on baby sleep training is misreported and misleading. Let's shed some light on the findings.

Baby Sleep Training: Mistakes “Experts” and Parents Make

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
A world of “experts” and journalists tell parents about the safety of “controlled crying” or “cry it out” techniques to make babies sleep. The advice has multiple mistaken premises and conclusions about what is normal and good for babies.

Good and Bad Reasons for Taking an Anti-Depressant

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Shame
Anti-depressants have their uses, but many people take them in order to avoid a life situation or personal truth they find unbearable.

Are Teen Girls Easier Than Teen Boys?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in The Teen Doctor
What to say when friends insist that teen boys are easier than teen girls

Encouraging Your Teen To Stop Lying to You

Children and teens lie at times. How parents respond will go a long way in either encouraging or discouraging further lies. Make sure you are aware of these strategies to help your teen be more open and honest with you.

Cancer Envy

By Mindy Greenstein Ph.D. on January 05, 2013 in The Flip Side
“Olga,” I said to my neighbor with tears in my eyes, “I have—breast cancer.” “So, who doesn’t?!” she said with a wink.

Changing Gender Roles in Marriage

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 04, 2013 in Fighting Fear
The roles of men and women in marriage have changed over time. But there are still certain functions that fall more to one spouse than another. Certain decisions, however, are as likely to be made by the wife as the husband. I mention some.

Dominance and Pseudoscience: Making Sense of Nonsense

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on January 04, 2013 in Animal Emotions
Dominance hierarchies in animals are real and rigorous science tells us so. Claims that dominance hierarchies are not real are based on misinformed readings of the results of solid scientific research by numerous talented researchers who really know the animals who they study and in some cases might be called pseudoscience.

Poor Judgment? Decision-Making and Sexual Arousal

Two studies demonstrate the impact of arousal on decisions about sexual activity: Worrying about consequences occurs later rather than sooner.

Rape Protests in India—The Population Connection

The brutal rape and murder of a woman in India has led to widespread protests in that country. How might population trends help to explain Indian attitudes toward rape? Why didn’t such protests occur years ago?

The 2012 Best & Worst Sex List

2012 was a memorable year for sexual health in politics, human rights, health, media, technology, and sex scandals! Join Center for Health Sex with Founding Director Alexandra Katehakis as we rate and review the 10 best and 10 worst news stories of human sexuality around the world.

Why People Don't Acknowledge You

More often than not, people don’t—or won’t—acknowledge you for your contributions and accomplishments. Though it might seem almost intuitive that people would be glad to give what they’d greatly appreciate getting themselves, this typically isn’t the case.

Misguided "Christian" Moral Reasoning

By Michael W Austin on January 04, 2013 in Ethics for Everyone
An important mark of sound moral reasoning, and of moral maturity, is the ability to distinguish between different levels of significance in moral matters.

A Sober Assessment of High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses

By David J. Skorton M.D. on January 03, 2013 in The Big Picture
The number of students who engage in high-risk drinking on U.S. campuses easily exceeds the population of New York City.

Has Sexualization Struck Your Kids?

What can you do in a culture that encourages your to be “sexy?” Do the trends toward sexualization have damaging effects? What can parents do to help their kids feel comfortable without "buying in" to our culture that makes kids feel that have to have sex appeal?

Who's in Charge: Your Child's Emotional Upheavals and Upsets

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on January 03, 2013 in Apologies To Freud
Parenting is never easy. Some tips for handling what a difficult-to-soothe child throws your way.

Last Plea to DSM 5: Save Grief From the Drug Companies

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 03, 2013 in DSM5 in Distress
DSM-5 wil confuse bereavement with depression, reducing the dignity of grief and subjecting grievers to unnecessary medication.

Prevent Child Obesity: Simple, Surprising Research

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 03, 2013 in Nurturing Resilience
Preventing disordered eating among our children can’t be done just at school. The best strategies are the simplest, but need schools and parents to both do their part.

Families Ache

By Nanette Fondas on January 02, 2013 in WorkLife Matters
Millions of parents are hungry to learn they are not alone in their work-life struggle. That's why "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" was the most important article about work in 2012.

4 Parenting Myths: Tips on Managing Behavior Problems

Parents often do a good job of managing behavior problems. However, there are times when a parents’ view of their child is misguided. In his book, The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child, Dr. Alan Kazdin, discusses several parenting myths. Let's take an in-depth look into some of these myths.

Shame: The Master Emotion

Shame cripples our change efforts and infects our most fundamental perceptions of ourselves and others. Find out how.

Benched with Fear and Confusion

Sport parenting is a thankless task. The brush of “bad sport parent” paints in broad strokes, regardless of the best intentions of most sport parents. The message is in essence, sign your kid up and back away… far away. This needs to be reconsidered now more than ever.

Why We Live Longer These Days, and Why You Should Worry

Increased life expectancy seems a great idea - until you realise what the term actually means. Then it becomes clear that added burdens come with improved life expectancy, not least for you as an individual.

The Dark Side of New Year’s Resolutions

By Melissa Burkley Ph.D. on January 02, 2013 in The Social Thinker
Can striving for self-improvement harm you?

The Narcissist

Narcissism...Is it true? Is it a disorder or an excuse? And how the hell do you deal with them?