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5 Tips for the Parents of Teens Who Make Rudeness an Art

What can parents do to encourage respect and courtesy in their teens?

5 Tips for Taming Overly Wired and Overly Rude Teens

How do you handle teens who take rudeness to a new level?

14 Tips for Parenting in Public

For the times you have felt nudged into parenting in a certain way

Moms: What Will Your Body Image Legacy Be?

Top five strategies for promoting positive body image in your daughter

Recent Posts on Parenting

New Sensitivity Gene Discovered

By Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D. on December 14, 2012 in Beautiful Minds
Some of the very same genes that under certain environmental conditions are associated with some of the lowest lows of humanity, are associated with the highest highs of human flourishing under supportive conditions.

Porning Too Much?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 14, 2012 in Fixing Families
It's easy for porn to take control. But it's often a bad solution to other problems. It's time to break the cycle.

Christmas Gifts That Unwrap the Giftedness of ADHD

Tips for Buying Christmas Gifts that Help Transform Attention Deficits into Assets.

Can You Measure an Education? Can You Define Life’s Meaning?

By Peter Gray on December 14, 2012 in Freedom to Learn
First "education" (as occurs in schools) was about obedience training; then it was about learning a bunch of subjects; now it's about passing standardized tests. These are all measurable. But what really IS education, or what should it be, and is it measurable?

3-D Parenting

Can you assume a parental role, which means getting comfortable with the fact that you cannot and should not make a perfect life your child? That you can expect more from him and give him more responsibility for solving his own problems, with you as a sounding board, not as the solver? Can you square your shoulders and pour some steel in your spine?

Does Tiger Parenting Work?

A new study suggests tiger parenting—extremely demanding parenting by Chinese-Americans—is not what it's cracked up to be, in more ways than one.

Gifts That Can Help Parents Parent Their Children

Children are wonderful, but parenting can be hard work. This year give your favorite parents gifts that will help them to become better parents, enjoy their children more, and take heart.

Sleepwalking Killers—And What They Tell Us About Sleep

By Matthew J Wolf-Meyer Ph.D. on December 13, 2012 in Day In, Day Out
Scientists are starting to understand that sleep is more complex than we've thought -- and that sleepwalking is key to conceptualizing what sleep is and what it isn't. Cases of sleepwalking murders help to show the many social and biological forces that make everyday sleep what it is, while also challenging many ideas about why people do what they do while they sleep.

Doubles Tennis Champions

Doubles tennis requires perfect partnership and mental skills as well as highest level athletic training. How did two strong individual players become world champions?

Don't Rain On The Parade

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 13, 2012 in Your Wise Brain
If you pour cold water over your hopes and dreams, you’ll live cautiously between the lines, but you’ll never know what warmth and light might have spread if you’d let them catch fire.

He Ain't Heavy...or Is He?

By Gillian Ragsdale Ph.D. on December 13, 2012 in Empathy
There’s a common belief that having siblings promotes the development of empathy—but is it that simple?

Sleep Driving and Sleep Killing

Kenneth Parks drove 23 km while asleep and killed his mother in-law. He was fully acquitted because it was determined that he was sleepwalking. But is he really innocent?

Getting Athletes Help

By Mitch Abrams Psy.D. on December 12, 2012 in Sports Transgressions
Due to extreme transgressions that athletes sometimes engage in, it is easy for people from afar to blame the athletes, the teams, the leagues and the counselors that are trying to help the players. Improvements can always be made, but the incidence of these events will never be zero...it isn't in any other segment of our society...

Triggers and Knee Jerk Reactions During the Holidays

The holidays are stressful under the best of situations. Add to it a dangerous and pathological relationships and you can have a prescription for **guaranteed** unhappiness.

Trial By Internet: How To Reject Summary Judgment by Others

By Carrie Goldman on December 12, 2012 in Modern Day Parenting
An expert on bullying uses a personal experience with cyberbullying to test out her own advice, and it brings quick relief!

The Etiquette of Divorce

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 12, 2012 in Fighting Fear
The rules of divorce—and some examples of successful (and unsuccessful) divorces.

The Dessert Problem

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on December 12, 2012 in A Million Meals
The Dessert Problem is magnified with the arrival of children, many parents find. The precarious balance they may have discovered with dessert for themselves is turned topsy-turvy by the arrival of small people whose desire for sweets is, in the biblical sense, awesome.

Liability-by-Contract: A Reform That Would Help Patients

The right kind of malpractice reform would lower costs and benefit consumers.

The Death Prank

By Erica Brown Ph.D. on December 12, 2012 in Happier Endings
How can we help ourselves and others handle mistakes and humiliation so it doesn't have life-threatening consequences? We need to learn something from the Australian radio prank that cost a nurse her life.

Mean Moms, Detached Dads, and Holiday Stress

By Peg Streep on December 12, 2012 in Tech Support
Everyone remarks on the close ties the Millennials have to their parents. Does this reflect newly found health in family relationships? Or are we just kidding ourselves?

Give the Gift of Healthy Sexuality

By Al Vernacchio M.S. Ed. on December 12, 2012 in For Goodness Sex
Put healthy sexuality on your holiday gift list.

Will Neuroscience Change Education?

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in Brain Sense
The science of neuroplasticity is changing the way we think about our brain’s learning potential. Incorporating spatial memory activated by music, art, and dance at an early age can grow our brains by using more of the hippocampus, resulting in stronger development of cognitive and social problem-solving skills.

Kim Peek, The Real Rain Man

Kim Peek lent inspiration to the movie The Rain Man. He was in a position to remember the information of 10,000 books and recite it if asked. The condition underlying his savantism wasn't autism spectrum disorder but a humongous brain and a lack of connections between the brain's two hemispheres.

Teens and Psychosomatic Illness

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in Brain Sense
Researchers in Sweden report that a dance intervention program can improve self-assessments of health among school-age girls.

Santa: Reality and Imagination. What Does It All Mean?

What do you know about Santa? What are the different levels of meaning in his story? How can you help the kids with it? What is happiness? How can you restore lost wonder for both kids and adults?

Imagining the Impossible at Christmas Time

By Jacqueline Woolley Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in What Children Know
It’s the question that often raises the most angst in expecting parents. No, it’s not what to name the baby, or how to decorate the room, or whether to let the child sleep in the parents’ bed. It’s the hesitantly raised question that many consider years before they are even expecting children, “And what about the Santa thing?"

Why I’m Adding Holiday Smells to My Holiday Decorations

By Gretchen Rubin on December 11, 2012 in The Happiness Project
For "Happier at Home" I adopted a resolution that has become one of my very favorite: Cultivate good smells. I’ve become enchanted with the power and pleasure of the sense of smell.

Has High School Become College & College Become High School?

When I ask my college students which was more difficult, high school or college, they usually always say high school. Wow, have times changed! Maybe we should go back to letting high school be high school and college be college!

4 Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

Recent statistics from the American Psychological Association indicate that 39% of Americans reported that their stress had increased over the past year. Here are 4 simple ways to cope with stress.

Delaying Parenthood May Come at a Cost

By Robin Marantz Henig on December 11, 2012 in Cusp
A remarkable cover story in this week's The New Republic says that our great natural experiment in late-life parenthood is not necessarily going to end well.