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Finding the "Why" of a Special-Needs Child's Behavior

By Barb Cohen on February 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Behavior is a form of communication, and more often than not, especially in young children, it is not communicating a desire to be non-compliant or troublesome.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

When Your Teenager's "In Love"

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on February 13, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Why do you think we call first love a crush?

The Working Parent and Too Much Choice

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moderating
For working parents blessed to have choices, the pressure to decide whether to prioritize one role over another feels never-ending. Learning to choose skillfully can help.

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The Sex You Cannot Speak Of

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on April 04, 2011 in Insight Therapy
Wherever you turn everyone seems to be happy to talk about sex, and even to have some. But there is one kind of sex you are not allowed to talk about, let alone admit you are having.

Craving Parenthood: A New Trend on Grey's Anatomy?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on April 04, 2011 in When You're Not Expecting
As I have been watching the ABC medical series Grey's Anatomy recently, I've been struck by how the themes of fertility, unplanned pregnancy and pregnancy loss are sensitively interwoven through so many episodes.

Service Learning: New Ethical Goals and Challenges for Universities

Higher education has embraced service learning--a commitment that entails partnerships with communities. These partnerships create new and different ethical obligations for all involved.

There's no success like failure

By Jonathon D. Brown Ph.D. on April 04, 2011 in The Arbiter

Seinfeld and Glee Won’t Make You Healthy

By Howard S. Friedman Ph.D. on April 04, 2011 in Secrets of Longevity
Laughing at Seinfeld or Glee may be entertaining but don't think it will keep you healthy. Studying people for many decades reveals the real key reason why happiness is correlated with health.

Perverts, Stalkers, and Cyberbullies, Oh My!

Shame on LA Times columnist Sandy Banks for perpetuating ignorance and the fear of technology. It exemplifies the response of people who aren't willing to learn what it's like to be a kid living with technology today.

Jobs Are Up, But What Kinds of Jobs?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on April 03, 2011 in Hidden Motives
The media have been celebrating the good news about unemployment. The rate has gone down to 8.8%. But the news obscures the fact that having a job does not provide security for many people.

Save the Parents!

By Katherine Ellison on April 03, 2011 in Pay Attention

The Case of the Missing Cobra: Making News Compelling Through Story

The Bronx Zoo misplaced an Egyptian cobra. I read about it in the LA Times. This isn’t the first errant zoo animal, so why would a west coast paper carry news about an east coast zoo faux pas? Because it became a story.

Sit Down Mommy & Daddy: Jenny and I Are Getting a Divorce

By Rachel Clark on April 01, 2011 in
Co-children have “The Talk” with their parents.

Should You Share Regrets Online?

When things don’t go as we plan or hoped, we feel regret. Regret can be difficult to manage because it involves self-blame—regret is about our lost opportunities and possible selves. The regret can be painful and enduring. Here are four reasons why sites like can help.

Father-Daughter Bond Enjoys a Growth Spurt

By Peggy Drexler Ph.D. on March 31, 2011 in Our Gender, Ourselves

Promoting Delusions of Entitlement

What happens when children are raised with the belief that they are entitled to nothing materialistic, and everything they receive from their parents is a blessing?

What State Budget Cuts Mean for the Most Troubled Children

By Josephine Johnston and Erik Parens—If your child ends up on 12 North, the Children's Psychiatry Unit at Stony Brook University Hospital, he has probably been diagnosed with one, or many, serious mental disorders. He (or she) has likely been prescribed myriad medications.

Gene Tests for Toddlers? Pediatricians Warn About Testing Kids for Athletic Ability

A commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association warns about gene tests that claim to predict the athletic potential of young children.

The Uncertainty Curse

By Anneli Rufus on March 28, 2011 in Stuck
If your parent is mentally ill yet has never been diagnosed, you grow up never knowing why he or she suffers all day, every day. You believe you can make him or her happy if you just try hard enough. Your parent's paranoia, rage, delusions, sorrow, and/or suicidal urges are your "normal." His or her horror is yours.