Essential Reads

Investing More in Young People

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Human Beast
Parents invest more in their children than they receive in return, and such paying forward makes adaptive sense.

My Adolescent Came Out as Transgender. What's Next?

Wondering if your support of a transgender or nonbinary teen matters? Research says it is lifesaving.

Autism Parent Memoirs: Illuminating or Exploitive?

By John Elder Robison on December 13, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
How is it that non autistic parents can hail a memoir of raising an autistic child, even as actual autistic people rise up in outrage at how hurtful and destructive the book is?

Teens Tell Us How They Are Stopping Cyberbullying

By Sue Scheff on December 13, 2017 in Shame Nation
A new survey explains how students are coping with cyberbullying. Here are five techniques you can discuss with your tweens and teens.

More Posts on Parenting

Why Apologies Are Overrated: “I am so sorry for the harm I have caused”

The more I'm being asked by movie stars and politicians to forgive, the less sure I am forgiveness is the appropriate response. I prefer people show me they've changed, rather than tell me they're sorry.

Teaching Children the Power of Choice

One educator has taken the bull by the horns, teaching kids the power of choice as early as age six.

A Woman’s Biological Need to Nurture—And How To Satisfy It When You’re Not a Mom

How does a woman satisfy the biological need to nurture when she's not a mom? 

The Warm and Fuzzy Side of Technology

My 85-year old Dad took issue with an LA Times interview with Dr. Sherry Turkle warning about the inhuman side of technology and the dangers of virtual companionship. In fact, my parents emailed me the article, along with a list of all the benefits of the digital age from their eyes.

Vampires and Zombies: Monsters from the Zeitgeist

By Perry R. Branson M.D. on March 07, 2011 in ShrinkWrapped
Our nightmares have changed. Vampires serve many different functions: They reflect a deep-seated anxiety over supplying and receiving sufficient emotional nurturance.

Wanting Privacy versus Being Ashamed

Are the people who felt uncomfortable hearing about a sex act in a university classroom really "sex negative"? Or are they just human?

Text Bridges

Text Bridges are a powerful, noninvasive method to detect deception in both oral and written communications. 

Why Young People Shouldn’t Go to College (At Least Right Away)

There are many disadvantages to going to college too quickly after high school when young people have little life experience or aren't sure of their career paths. A recent study shows why taking a gap year can have long-term benefits for young adults.

When Mama's Not Happy - Nobody Is Happy!

By Pamela Madsen on March 06, 2011 in Shameless Woman
The biggest problem with women today - is their inability to allow themselves pleasure and self care. And it doesn't matter what the studies say. Somehow we feel that if we take care of everyone around us first - that we will get to heaven faster. It's simply not true.

Don't Shake That Baby

By Barbara Almond M.D. on March 04, 2011 in Maternal Ambivalence

Why Reconnect with Estranged Midlife Siblings?

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on March 04, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Time is running out on the midlife family stage. There is only so much time for forgiveness and reconnection.

How Much TV Is Right for Kids?

The meanest parents in town

The Impact of Social Policy on Grieving Families

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on March 03, 2011 in Raising Grieving Children


By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on March 03, 2011 in Raising Grieving Children

What To Do When Your Teen Has Gone Over Thirty Days Without Speaking To You

Here are four things you can practice on a daily basis to maintain a healthy and meaningful relationship with your teen, regardless of whether or not he or she speaking to you.

How to Talk So Your Child Will Listen: Vulnerability Is Key!

By Judith R. Rabinor Ph.D on March 02, 2011 in When Parents Are Partners
Last week I ran into a young woman (I'll call her Marielle) who reminded me I'd precipitated a turning point in her relationship with her mother...

How to Tell the Other Parent "The Marriage Is Over"

No matter what parents do, divorce makes children hurt. But, children can handle divorce better when parents understand what ends a marriage, and how to say "I'm sorry, but it's over." 

"User's Guide" to Personal Change

Learn what really needs to happen for you to improve.

To Be or Not To Be a Mom?

The choice of whether or not to have children is probably the most important one of a woman's life.  But a child is your responsibility for the next eighteen years, and on some levels for the rest of your life. 

Why Our Schools Need More Slow

According to documentary filmmaker Vicki Abeles, the US school system is churning out overwrought, undereducated kids. The system is kaputt, and our kids are suffering from it. Read on to discover how a little more Slow can bring schools back into the flow.

You Can Go Home Again, and Maybe You Should

By Jerry M. Burger Ph.D. on March 01, 2011 in Returning Home

UK Court: Forcibly Sterilizing a Woman with "Learning Disabilities"

By Douglas Pet on February 28, 2011 in The Age of Biotech
A British special court delayed its ruling on whether or not a woman with “significant learning disabilities” should be forcibly sterilized.