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

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

The Person-Language Bond

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on February 18, 2011 in Life as a Bilingual
Bilinguals often have a preferred language they use with bilinguals they know well. The language-person bond is particularly strong in very young bilingual children; it helps them acquire and differentiate their languages.

What Your Teenager Wants You to Know But Won't Tell You

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on February 17, 2011 in Just Listen
Every time one of His children kill themselves, God thunders down at us: "That is not why I gave you the gift of life!"  And then God cries...

How a Baby's Brain Develops

By Kimberly Key on February 17, 2011 in Counseling Keys
Political uncertainty, terrorism and changing technology means raising children to be resilient is more important than ever.

Friends and Enemies in the Movies

By Frank Pittman M.D. on February 17, 2011 in Reel Life
The six movies contending for Best Picture Oscar confront us with what people go through in real life.

Sister Siblings: The Strongest Sibling Dyad of All

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on February 16, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Sisters often forge the strongest friendships of any sibling pairs.

Push-Pull Words

 Push-Pull Words provide people with vital insights into the thought process of the people they are talking to.   

My Daughter's An Average Student: Help!

By Darcy Sterling Ph.D. on February 15, 2011 in Ask Dr. Darcy
Why is it important to you for your daughter to be academically competitive in high school? Let me guess: You want her to get into a top-tier college. And you want her to get into a top-tier college because you believe that graduating from a top-tier college will set her up for success.

Talking Trash or Taking it Out?

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on February 15, 2011 in Benign Neglect
Why do we have such a difficult time getting our children to do chores when, just a generation or two back, household chores were the norm?

Artsmarts: Why Cutting Arts Funding Is Not a Good Idea

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on February 14, 2011 in Imagine That!
Congress is once again making plans to gut the National Endowment for the Arts, so it is time for us to post more data supporting the arts. In previous posts, we've argued that the arts are essential for the development of scientific imagination. Here we argue that the arts stimulate economic development by fostering invention. 

Partners "Helping" (A Word Never To Be Used)

By Shoshana Bennett Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in Mommy Mental Health

Talking to Your Teen About Sex

By Laurence Steinberg Ph.D on February 14, 2011 in You and Your Adolescent
Valentine's Day should stir thoughts of romance. It should also remind you to talk to your teen about sex.

Love at First Sight?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
There is love at first sight, but it has nothing to do with dopamine.

An Expectation Is Not a Compliment

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on February 14, 2011 in Wander Woman
Are you actually doing harm with your compliments? Some of your good intentions could be setting unreasonable expectations.

Are More Intelligent People More Likely to be Alcoholics?

By Stanton Peele on February 14, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Evolutionary psychologist Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa indicates that intelligent people use alcohol more unhealthily than dumb people by drinking excessively rather than moderately.  What are the public health implications of such a finding?

Education: Academic Success More Than ABCs

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Certainly, most young people need a solid foundation of the ABCs to "make it" in the big, cruel world in which we live. Yet, as anyone who has navigated the road to a successful career knows, there's more to success than just facts and figures.

Valentine's Day... Everyone Deserves to Be Happy

By Charlotte Reznick Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in The Power of Imagination
What better way to help a child find happiness than to start within... being her own best friend. When your child has a best friend inside, she can be happy no matter what storms of life are outside. 

Nothing but trouble: When a mom can’t stand her teen daughter’s best friend

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in The Friendship Doctor
What should you tell a teen who's friend is nothing but trouble when she feels that the friend is her best friend in the whole world----but you already can see how bad her friend could be? Looking for advice for a mom who loves her daughter, but not always her daughter's friends.

Dark Adolescent Romance

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 14, 2011 in Living Single
Romance brings darkness to adolescents - more depression, more drinking, more delinquency. Females are especially vulnerable to the risks of romance, and that partly explains why in early adolescence, depression increases more for females than for males. 

Straight Life with Rainbow Flag

By Alice Dreger Ph.D. on February 12, 2011 in Fetishes I Don't Get
A fifteen-dollar colorful swatch of nylon leaves me with the question every straight person ought to be momentarily faced with: Did that snowplow driver barricade us in because we live at the apex of a T-intersection, or did he barricade us in because he thinks we're gay?

Fighting Like Cats and Dogs With Midlife Siblings Over Parent Care?

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on February 12, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Sparks can fly because adult brothers and sisters often gather as a team for the first time since childhood, at a family meeting, called to face a red hot aging parent problem.

Egypt II: On Evolution

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 12, 2011 in The Me in We
How a cab ride through a dictatorship brought home Egypt's popular movement for democracy.

Parents and Valentine's Day

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on February 12, 2011 in The Older Dad
Little Valentines Make the Day So Much Fun!