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Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Parental "No"

A parental "no" is a barrier to adolescent freedom. Parents have to decide when to keep the barrier up and when to let it down.

How to Help Your Kid Pick a College

By Jake Breeden on March 19, 2017 in Tipping Sacred Cows
'Tis the season for high school seniors to pick a college. If your child is making this choice, discover five ways to help.

When Meditation Is Not Enough

Strategies for bringing mindfulness into everyday life.

Social Norms, Moral Judgments, and Irrational Parenting

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on March 19, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
We are all conformists; it’s part of human nature. But sometimes our conformist nature leads us to do things that are downright silly or, worse, tragic.

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Banning Children from Playing Outside

Ever since OJ Simpson moved from California to Florida, there have been strange doings in the Sunshine State. Now one community wants to ban children playing outside.

They Are Watching Us

By Steve Sisgold on April 14, 2011 in Life in a Body
As adults, we are responsible for providing our children with how to handle adversity and tough challenges that life offers. We know now that children develop beliefs about themselves, others and the world around them during the first six years of life.

The Movement of Imperfection Is Staying

By Gina Gallagher on April 13, 2011 in Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid!
Parents of special kids can be proud, too.

Why Politicians Lie, and How They Get Away With It

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart (see video clip) recently featured a huge lie from Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl, when he claimed that over 90% of Planned Parenthood funding goes to pay for abortions (the actual figure is 3%). Why did he do that?

Parenting When You Have Fibromyalgia

By Jacob Teitelbaum MD on April 13, 2011 in Complementary Medicine
Feeling like they can't be there for their children is one of the hardest things many women with fibromyalgia fear. But I have found in my practice that having fibromyalgia actually results in closer and very loving relationships with kids.

You're Angry Enough to Do What?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 13, 2011 in Off the Couch
Want a better way to deal with your anger?

Conversations on Creativity with Darold Treffert, Part II: D

Darold Treffert, M.D. was a technical consultant to the award-winning movie "Rain Man" that made "autistic savant" household terms. In this second part, Dr. Treffert dispels some common myths about autism.

The Value of General Education

General education requirements have many important purposes. It is in the interests of students, employers, colleges and universities, and society at large to keep this important element of a college education.

Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

Why is forgiveness such a loaded question? Because many believe that somehow the victim has to be the bigger person, raise himself up to a higher standard than the perpetrator and make amends to reach the Kingdom of Heaven.I saw "Hogwash!"

Wedding Crashing for Fun and Profit

Forget love -- a wedding reception is a networking opportunity. A panel of successful alumni offered tips for our college graduates’ futures. Here is some of the career (and life) advice our experts gave.

Agitation Situation

By Dean F. MacKinnon M.D. on April 12, 2011 in Troubles in Mind

Graduating in Spring 2011? Here Are 10 Things You Need to Know

Remember that nobody cares how long it took you to complete your degree or to finish any other piece of work; they only care that the work you do now meets professional standards.

Smoking Candy Cigarettes

By Kurt G. Harris M.D. on April 12, 2011 in Archevore

Creating a Healthy Awareness of Sexuality with Your Child or Teen

Human beings are sexual animals. Walk up to any checkout register and you will see magazines with scantily clad people.

Get Out! Sneaky Kids and Prying Parents Make a Toxic Mix

Do parents who pry know more about their teen's lives?

Rebecca Rasmussen Talks About The Bird Sisters

By Jennifer Haupt on April 11, 2011 in One True Thing
Rebecca Rasmussen's highly anticipated debut novel, The Bird Sisters, will make you want to read slowly and savor the gorgeous writing and turn the page to see what happens next. It's both careful and daring, quiet and bold... I absolutely love it! Here's more from Rebecca:

When an Infant Is Dying

In January, at age nine months, Ronan was diagnosed with Tay Sachs disease, a progressive, genetic disease with no cure. Over the next couple of years, Ronan will slowly die. How are we to respond to such devastating news? How can we live in a world where such things happen?

When Someone Is In Your Face

By W. Robert Nay Ph.D. on April 11, 2011 in Overcoming Anger

Is it ethical to euthanize your dog?

Sadly, most often, our family pets grow old and die before we do. Yet, even in their advanced years and on their death beds, they remain our babies, depending on us for their nurture.

The Family Who Doesn't Understand

By Chris Guillebeau on April 10, 2011 in The Art of Non-Conformity