Essential Reads

Is Pregnancy Contagious? How About Marriage or Divorce?

Our friends influence us in surprising ways.

Is Friendship in Decline?

Does social media spell the end of intimate friendship?

Singles, You Can Lower Your Risk of Divorce

The things you can do before you marry that can change your odds of divorce

Empathy for a Child Abuser?

Empathy for the Undeserving Can Be a Useful Strategy for Changing Families

Recent Posts on Parenting

A Newbie Guide to the Hobbit

By Ethan Gilsdorf on January 09, 2013 in Geek Pride
If you're finally succumbing to Hobbit pressure, and are being dragged to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey because, well, half the planet has already seen the film, here's your primer.

Don't Draft Children to Fight School Shooters

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on January 09, 2013 in We Are Only Human
Would you want your kids manning the frontlines during a school shooting?

Addictive Families Part 2

It is about this time, when a young person reaches the mid-twenties that the effects of growing up in an addictive home become apparent. These now adult children begin to experience a sense of loneliness, that doesn’t make sense to them. They become aware of feelings, that separate them from others and often may find themselves depressed.

Hero Worship: Football’s Double-edged Sword

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 09, 2013 in Singletons
In leagues across the nation, football is quickly becoming the sport with a big question mark. On and off the field from Pee Wee to the pros: murder, suicide, rape, concussion, drug abuse and more…

A New Year's Memory, the Need for Authenticity, and Teaching

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on January 09, 2013 in Head of the Class
A New Year's memory from childhood still motivates me but not in the direction of annual resolutions--instead, it encourages me to be authentic in my teaching and dealings with my students.

Addictive Families

a young boy who is learning how not to openly talk about what is happening in his life that is so painful, how to shut down his feelings and how not to trust others

Can Baby-Toddler Readers Really Comprehend?

When an infant seems to read words automatically on sight are they really comprehending or is it simple paired-associate learning like a parrot? Can 2-year-olds decode, comprehend, and make meaning from print? A young mother in Scotland shares her perspectives after skeptical colleagues asked the big question: “Can babies really learn to read?”

The World (Of Parenting) Until Yesterday

By Peter B. Gray Ph.D. on January 08, 2013 in The Evolving Father
What does Jared Diamond's new book, "The World Until Yesterday," suggest about fathers in traditional societies?

Gamers, Girlie Girls, and Tomboys

Girls are defining themselves in new ways, beyond the cultural stereotype of the "girlie girl."

Our Children or Our Smartphones?

We need to start paying attention to the messages that we are sending our children when we perpetually stare into our screens and not into their eyes.

Is A Restraining Order Necessary?

By Peg Streep on January 08, 2013 in Tech Support
Is it time we all looked at the real damage inflicted by the helicopter style of parenting? Are we helping our kids or are we really holding them back?

How Will Your Child Learn About Death?

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on January 08, 2013 in Thinking About Kids
How are nightmares, sugar water, and parakeets related? They form the basis of one little girls' understanding of what it takes to stay alive. Where do your children's ideas about death come from?

Rethinking Resolutions: One for Me and One for We

By Shane J. Lopez Ph.D. on January 08, 2013 in Making Hope Happen
As you consider who you can be in 2013, do more than think about yourself. What if we all got better at making resolutions that we’re actually likely to achieve and that make us feel great in the process? You can both indulge in a personal resolution and think beyond yourself.

Who’s Got the Remote?

At five o’clock in the morning, a bleary-eyed crowd awaits our Delta flight, immersed in the sounds of a news report on the week-old Newtown tragedy. From eighty-four to forty-four to four years old, each person hears the same devastating story blaring from a television, sees the same horrendous images, and is forced to process it right now, whether they’d like to or not.

Is Polyamory Bad for the Children?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 08, 2013 in Living Single
What does it mean for the kids if their parents are polyamorous – meaning that they engage in “multiple loving relationships or partnerships (as opposed to purely sexual relationships)”?

The Love in Chicken Broth

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D. on January 07, 2013 in Don't Worry, Mom
Looking for love in all the wrong places....

The Highly Sensitive (and Stubborn) Child

By Maureen D Healy on January 07, 2013 in Creative Development
Are you raising a highly sensitive and stubborn child? If yes, you are not alone...

Dancing Naked and Other Ways to Love Your Body

By Dara Chadwick on January 07, 2013 in You'd Be So Pretty If...
Teaching our daughters to love their bodies starts with the kind of bold self-acceptance that embraces being perfectly imperfect.

Homophobia Unwrapped

By Aaron Cooper Ph.D. on January 07, 2013 in Modern Family
When we suspect homophobia at play in our children's lives, we're wise to share our suspicion with our kids rather than side-stepping an uncomfortable reality. It's part of empowering the children to face the world as it is, with all its blemishes.

Opiate Medications: Pain Management Versus Addiction

Although powerful medications such as opiates are often necessary to treat acute and chronic pain, opiates are highly addictive. Physicians may be inadvertently contributing to the increasing problem of opiate addiction through efforts to keep their patients pain free. What can be done about this?

Parenting: When Things Go Wrong

By Stephanie Newman Ph.D. on January 07, 2013 in Apologies To Freud
Parenting is challenging enough. So what happens when things go awry with the difficult to soothe child?

Adolescence and Safe Dating

Adolescent dating is a more grown up thing to do, but not without risks. One job of parents is to help moderate the risks by encouraging healthy treatment and by putting safety factors in place.

Is Technology Creating a Generation of Bad Decision Makers?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 07, 2013 in The Power of Prime
Decision making is an aspect of children’s thinking that seems to be suffering as a result of the latest technology. This poor decision making is illustrated by events over the last few years involving young people making egregiously bad decisions that involve technology (not to mention the frequent examples occurring in the adult world!).

The Curse of the Herd

By Gwen Dewar Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Making Humans
Are your preferences really your own? Studies suggest that some people don't make independent judgments about beauty, music, morality, or even basic perceptual facts. They conform, and they do so from a very early age. When this human tendency is combined with intense social pressures, what happens to a child's mind? To his right to question and think for himself?

Are You Ready to Teach the A-B-Cs of Sex to Your Kids?

What's Your Sexual I.Q.? While most people act and even feel like they know about sex, confronting questions poses a whole different level of confidence. Do you think that you can pass a quiz on frequent questions asked by kids?

Current Eating Disorders Treatment Approaches: Too Narrow?

By Nancy Matsumoto on January 06, 2013 in Eating Disorders News
Annals of Eating Disorders: When the Success of Popular Treatment Approaches Stifles Complex Thinking

'Let Crying Babes Lie'? So Wrong

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Recent research on baby sleep training is misreported and misleading. Let's shed some light on the findings.

Baby Sleep Training: Mistakes “Experts” and Parents Make

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
A world of “experts” and journalists tell parents about the safety of “controlled crying” or “cry it out” techniques to make babies sleep. The advice has multiple mistaken premises and conclusions about what is normal and good for babies.

Painkillers for Childbirth? The Few Pros and Many Cons

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Moral Landscapes
Begging for an epidural, no Gleek will soon forget Quinn yelling, “You suck! You suck! You suck!” at Puck for the duration of her labor. But are epidurals a good idea?

Good and Bad Reasons for Taking an Anti-Depressant

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on January 06, 2013 in Shame
Anti-depressants have their uses, but many people take them in order to avoid a life situation or personal truth they find unbearable.