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The Halloween Bill of Rights Kids Want and Deserve

Halloween teaches kids to celebrate — and then fear — candy. And before you argue that nobody fears candy, consider why parents contort themselves to lighten the load.

The Role of the Parent, Caregiver, and Teacher

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Alison Gopnik.

We Need a New Word for Stepparents

By Wendy Paris on October 25, 2016 in Splitopia
The fact that a stepparent is not a legal relationship highlights the role of strong emotional bonds within a blended family structure. Three tips for building good bonds.

Overcoming the Consequences of Neglect

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Adopting Reason
Early-life neglect has a host of negative consequences for child development. What interventions can help?

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Healing Our Families: Not Just For Today But For Future Generations

By Ann Smith on January 26, 2011 in Healthy Connections
We all know that bad things can happen to anyone at any time, at least intellectually. It is especially difficult when we see tragedy in the news and wonder how families ever recover from it.

Parenting: Tiger Mom is a Scaredy Cat

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 26, 2011 in The Power of Prime
 I know what you're thinking: "Three blog posts on the same subject. This guy is seriously obsessed." Obsessed, I'm not sure, but definitely fascinated. And I guess that it has taken me three tries to distill Amy Chua's story down to its essence: FEAR! 

Thinking about Tucson

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on January 25, 2011 in Raising Grieving Children

Baby Boomer Siblings Create Circle of Care

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 25, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Connecting with brothers and sisters when you're a caregiver. 

The Tiger Mother Controversy

By Elizabeth Wagele on January 25, 2011 in The Career Within You
Amy Chua says her "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" is a memoir, not a how-to book. Still, the draconian methods she describes of raising her daughters are causing a lot of debate.

Depression: Your Elusive Secondary Disturbance

By Michael R Edelstein on January 24, 2011 in The Three Minute Therapist
"Endogenous depression" is better understood and treated as "Secondary Disturbance."

Eating My Religion: Finding Faith in Food

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 24, 2011 in A Million Meals

Lions, Tigers, and Overbearing Mothers, Oh My!

By Jen Kim on January 24, 2011 in Valley Girl With a Brain
A 20-something perspective on growing up with an Americanized Tiger Mother.  

Why Optimists and Worriers See Their Worlds So Differently

Do you spend your life pursuing accomplishments and accolades, reaching for the stars? Or are you busy fulfilling your duties and responsibilities - being the person everyone can count on? In most situations, do you think you are focused more on what you have to gain, or what you have to lose?

Year, Interrupted: Guest Post by Psyngle (Continued)

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 24, 2011 in Living Single
In the mythology about singles, you are not a fully grown adult until you are married. The perception of singles as child-like is exacerbated when the single person is incapacitated. Here's the wrap-up of Psyngle's story of dealing with such a challenge. 

Year, Interrupted: Guest Post by Psyngle, Part 1

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 23, 2011 in Living Single
What happens when you are a fully autonomous single person, then become totally incapacitated by a major trauma? This is Part 1 of Psyngle's riveting story of a single life that was stopped in its tracks and then courageously reclaimed.

Women Are More Beautiful Than Men

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 23, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
If beautiful people have more daughters, and if physical attractiveness is heritable, then it follows that, over time, women become physically more attractive than men. This indeed appears to be the case.

Blaming the Media When Tragedy Strikes

When a national tragedy like Tuscon strikes, we search for an explanation. Should we blame or exonerate the media?

Tiger mothers and the case for fear-based parenting

By Gordon S Livingston M.D. on January 23, 2011 in Lifelines
     The debate takes place against a background of concern about narcissism and a sense of entitlement that, fairly or unfairly, are seen as implicit cultural values in 21st century America.

Baby Boomers' Miserable Struggle With Midlife Sibling Issues

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 23, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Midlife ritual events can throw us together with siblings and reopen the chasm that swallowed us whole as kids.
Lost Loves: Forgiveness

Lost Loves: Forgiveness

By Nancy Kalish Ph.D. on January 23, 2011 in Sticky Bonds
Forgiveness in lost love reunions covers 3 generations: the self and the lost love couple then and now, their parents, and their children. And there are common accompanying emotions of regret, blame, and anger.
How to Advise and Help Your Kids Without Driving Them (or Yourself) Crazy

How to Advise and Help Your Kids Without Driving Them (or Yourself) Crazy

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 22, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
We love our kids. We want the best for them. And so, we offer them advice and help that they didn't ask for and don't want, and they reject it or ignore it. In some instances our impulse to help leads us to become downright pests to our children. ... Here are seven suggestions for really helping kids, in ways that respect their individuality and need for autonomy.

Tales of a Moose Mother

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on January 21, 2011 in What a Body Knows
The fire storm unleashed by Amy Chua’s Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," swirls around a hot-button question that has dominated discussions of parenting and education since the 1960s: how do you help kids develop a strong self-esteem? 

Imagine This

By Ross W. Greene on January 21, 2011 in Collaborative Problem Solving
Are psychiatric diagnoses useful and informative in helping children?  Or do they do more harm than good?  If they're not ideal, then what information is more useful and informative?

Ground Hog Semester

In Ground Hog Day, Phil relives one day over and over until he gets his life straightened out. In fact, a large part of the professor gig involves just such a chance for perfection.

A Recipe for Divorce: And Chef's Variation for Happy Marriage

By Rachel Clark on January 20, 2011 in
Flipping a burned marriage for delectable results.

The Gift of Adult ADD: Catching Up With Captain Scott

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on January 20, 2011 in The Gift of ADHD
 The Gift of Adult ADD: Catching Up With Captain Scott. If you find a perfect match for your ADD symptoms you may never suffer any impairment in functioning.