Essential Reads

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.

The "School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying" Lie

By Izzy Kalman on August 25, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
When children like Daniel Fitzpatrick commit suicide because of bullying, parents accuse the schools of having done nothing. They're usually wrong.

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

Professional Misunderstanding of Parental Alienation

Until professionals attain an in-depth understanding of the actual dynamics of parental alienation, cases of severe alienation will continue to be discounted.

More Posts on Parenting

How America Morally Fails its Children: What Needs to Change

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 13, 2010 in Moral Landscapes
The new UNICEF report, Children Left Behind, puts the USA near the bottom on all three of the measures they used--material, educational and health well-being. But the overall picture is much worse for kids in the USA. Why should you care? How about this---today's kids will be in charge when you are old.

Please Give

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on December 13, 2010 in Who Am I?

Adolescence and the Case of Odd Parent Out.

As odd parent out in the family, you must demand equal respect and standing with everybody else.

Mother, Professional, Madonna, Homemaker, Cougar, or Whore?

By Pamela Madsen on December 12, 2010 in Shameless Woman
Could we actually be mothers, madonnas, workers and sexual beings all at the same time? Would society know how to wrap their arms around that? What is going on with women who are hooked up to machines in a study to look at their sexual response - and their bodies register a response to the visual stimulation but the woman's mind does not?

What is Right with My Child?

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on December 12, 2010 in The Gift of ADHD
Why you'll get more cooperation with connection before consequences.

"Building Fences: The Importance of Limit-Setting with Children"

By Mitch Abblett Ph.D. on December 11, 2010 in A Special Education
 Building Fences Around Bad Behavior

Cyber Etiquette for Teens

Computers and modern technology are taking up a lot of teen's time. While there are some perks to technology, there are also serious negatives.

Parent Well-Being: From Rubix Cubes to Gumby

By Elizabeth Elizardi M.Ed., MAPP on December 11, 2010 in Parent Pulse
New Blog on Parenting: From Rubix Cubes to Gumby

Twin Typing by Self-Report

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on December 11, 2010 in Twofold
Twins: identical or fraternal? Who knows best?

Consider Giving "The Happiness Project" Book as a Gift.

By Gretchen Rubin on December 11, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Warning: self-promotion post!  The holiday season is coming fast. If you’re looking for gift ideas, let me suggest my book, The Happiness Project.

Depression as a Bad Habit

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on December 10, 2010 in The Gift of ADHD
Even positive changes such as healing from depression come with fear and a sense of losing control.

The Healing of Narrative: The Gift of Elizabeth Edwards

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on December 10, 2010 in We Are Only Human

Women Who Rise to the Top

By Joanne Stern Ph.D. on December 09, 2010 in Parenting Is a Contact Sport

Motherhood Isn't What It Used to Be

By Stanton Peele on December 09, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Two prominent current films - Tangled and Black Swan - focus on mother-daughter relationships that out-Mommy Dearest Joan Crawford. Picture: A deranged Natalie Portman in Black Swan.

The Kindness of Strangers: a Simple Gift of Perspective

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on December 09, 2010 in A Million Meals

Why Teach at a Public University?

What goes on in the actual classrooms of public institutions is as good as, if not better than, what goes on in the antebellum buildings on those ivied campuses.

Postpartum PTSD Versus Postpartum Depression

By Susanne Babbel Ph.D., M.F.T. on December 08, 2010 in Somatic Psychology
According to Postpartum Support International (PSI), up to 6% of women who give birth later experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

John Lennon's Mother --and His Therapy

By Daniel J. Tomasulo PhD., MFA, MAPP on December 08, 2010 in The Healing Crowd
John Lennon made self-reflection and healing through the creative process a standard. A catharsis of integration has become both the goal and the process in much of today's music. Any one of Eminem's songs will suffice as proof.

Top Ten Tips for Parenting ADHD Kids

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on December 08, 2010 in The Gift of ADHD
 Top Ten Tips for Parenting ADHD Kids. Small Shifts Can Create Big Changes.

Could she be suffering from friendship fatigue? Could you?

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 08, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
Lately though, I am feeling weary about friendship. That probably sounds odd. But I think I might need some kind of a break from friends, people, and all the effort and confusion that goes into relationships. Don't get me wrong--I'm not about to go live in a cave--and other aspects of my life (work, marriage) are going well.

Do Your Personal "Year in Review"

By Marc Muchnick Ph.D. on December 08, 2010 in No More Regrets!
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Rudolph The Depressed and Traumatized Reindeer

By Tracey Cleantis, LMFT on December 08, 2010 in Freudian Sip
Do you recall the most traumatized Reindeer of all? Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer takes a break from Santa's sleigh to sit on the psychoanalytic couch. What exactly are Rudolph's psychological issues and what is it about this tale of a shiny-nosed misfit that makes us watch it again and again?

Grow Outside! A call to pediatricians and others to prescribe nature

By Richard Louv on December 07, 2010 in People in Nature
Keynote address to the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference: Along with educators, conservationists, business people and many others, pediatricians and other health professionals are helping lead the movement to connect kids to nature. Here's why -- and how -- to prescribe nature.  

Just This One Moment, Please . . .

By Alida Brill on December 07, 2010 in Chronic Healing
I watched the silken grains of sand as they slipped from the top to the bottom of the cylindrical glass vials. Then I turned them over and began again. As I waited for the one-minute, three-minute, or hour of sand shift from top to bottom, it did not cross my mind the time it represented was lost forever.

Why do parents think the DVDs work, then?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 07, 2010 in Ulterior Motives
Do DVDs that aim to teach babies new words really work?  A new study examines this question.