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The 1 Skill College Students Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared for the future, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.

Keeping Track

By Jean Kazez on August 16, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it ethical to use Find-My-iPhone to track your kids?

How to Change Passive Aggressive Behavior

Is a passive aggressive person causing you to feel angry and exhausted? The skill of Benign Confrontation can help you make long-term changes to this destructive dynamic.

Bumper Stickers Can Facilitate Dynamic Social Interactions

By Christopher Bergland on August 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The tragic events in Charlottesville have left many of us speechless. The only cogent response I have for my 9-year-old daughter is from a "Hate Has No Home Here" bumper sticker.

More Posts on Parenting

Uh-0h, It's That Time Again!

By Russell Friedman on December 01, 2010 in Broken Hearts

Helping a 10-year-old deal with bullies

By Irene S Levine Ph.D. on December 01, 2010 in The Friendship Doctor
My 10-year-old daughter has been having a lot of trouble with friends recently. Some of the problems are caused by boy drama, and the "he said, she said" game. Kids have been spreading rumors about her, and I just don't know what to do.

I am Scared but Hopeful

By Harris B Stratyner Ph.D., CASAC on December 01, 2010 in
Plenty of tweens and teens don't get high or sit around just staring at a computer screen. But for those who do have mental health or addiction issues -- there is hope. But hope only comes about with the help of others: parents, relatives, friends, specialists who care.

The Struggle to Let Go

By Dara Chadwick on December 01, 2010 in You'd Be So Pretty If...

Can marijuana induce psychosis?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on November 30, 2010 in Your Brain on Food
What I've discovered is that depending upon one's personal motivations for supporting or outlawing marijuana use, the available data allows one to make reasonable-sounding arguments on either side of the issue. The actual answer is far more nuanced. 

The Greatest Gift of All

By Lee Kravitz on November 30, 2010 in Unfinished Business
By writing down your life story, you create a legacy for your children and grandchildren. As they embark on their own journeys of self-discovery, you and your story will help guide their way.

Letter to a Young (Sexual) Person

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on November 29, 2010 in Insight Therapy
Let me tell you something that the elders around you are too polite or afraid to tell you: Your sex life isn't any good. This is not bad news. Actually, it's good news, since it means that you have a journey ahead; an adventure; a mission possible, should you choose to accept it.

What causes divorce? And how to prevent it

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on November 29, 2010 in Just Listen
Marriages end not because you stop loving each other, but because you can’t stop hating each other

Is Marriage “Just a Piece of Paper” Today?

By Barbara Ray on November 29, 2010 in Adulthood: What's the Rush?
Young adults are in the vanguard in carving a new and slower path to marriage. While the Boomers took early steps in changing the path to marriage, young adults have made this slower path the norm, with many options along the way. But the question now becomes: Are young adults unburdened by social expectations but overwhelmed by choices?

Teachable Moments--Finding Them This Holiday Season Rebecca Mannis, Ph.D.

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on November 29, 2010 in Stepmonster
A parent serves as a child’s first, most important, and lifelong teacher. The open-ended nature of family time during the holidays, regardless of the place it is spent, provides a perfect backdrop for parents to teach and to encourage development.

Saving Face

By Alida Brill on November 29, 2010 in Chronic Healing
Faces have preoccupied me for a specific reason -- steroid treatments for chronic illness.  I have taken steroids from pre-adolescence. Steroids always alter the shape of your face. I wore dramatic hats with large brims during the worst years.  Even if you're feeling your real face has been "lost" to steroids, celebrate your existence this holiday season.

Boys, Any Questions About Sex?

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on November 29, 2010 in The New Teen Age

Kim Clijsters and Building Strong Families

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 29, 2010 in Nurturing Resilience
As an ambassador for SOS Children's Villages international, Kim Clijsters reminds us that strong families are the best protection against child abuse. There's lots to be said for government policy that puts family welfare ahead of building more prisons.

Cellular Etiquette for Teens

 Teaching your teen everything he/she needs to know about cell phone manners.

How to Identify your “Life Force”

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on November 27, 2010 in Wander Woman
When you allow yourself to focus on the force that fuels your life, you achieve amazing things that fill your heart not just your bank account. If this force is suppressed, you feel trapped or numb. Here are three steps for helping you discover your life force.

No Science, Please. We're Anthropologists.

By Alice Dreger Ph.D. on November 25, 2010 in Fetishes I Don't Get
And so, we've come to this: the American Anthropologial Association's Executive Board is officially ditching science. Should we be surprised, or just dismayed?

Ten Careers with High Rates of Depression

By E E Smith on November 24, 2010 in Not Born Yesterday
As if the holiday season were not depressing enough for some of us, (me, for instance!) along comes a new study that suggests we might also have chosen a career with a high rate of depression. 

Did You Remember To Say Thank You?

By Ran Zilca on November 24, 2010 in Confessions of a Techie
We train our young ones form infancy to express their gratitude when they receive something. But beyond compliance with the social code of saying thanks, are we teaching them to be grateful?

Make Your Own Thanksgiving

By Michele Woodward on November 24, 2010 in Getting Unstuck
Look at the legacies gifted to you by your parents and grandparents - around money, around relationships, around body image, around holidays - and decide: "Is this what I want for myself?  Does this make me happy, or give me stress?"  Lovingly let go the things that no longer serve you, and get to happy.  Quick.
Fight Bullying with Babies

Fight Bullying with Babies

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 24, 2010 in Freedom to Learn
Here are four stories about the power of babies and young children to reduce the aggressiveness and increase the kindness of older children and adults.

A Conversation With Parents of Pre-Schoolers

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on November 23, 2010 in Raising Grieving Children

Taking Children to The Funeral

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on November 23, 2010 in Raising Grieving Children

10 Things Passive-Aggressive People Say

Is there someone in your life who consistently makes you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster? Do you know a person who is friendly one day but sulks and withdraws the next? If you answered "yes," chances are you may be interacting with a passive aggressive person.

Does Volunteering Your Time Really Help Anyone?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on November 23, 2010 in The New Resilience
Volunteerism can have a significant impact on the volunteer's own values, relationships and life goals.

Poor Man's Polygraph Part 3

 The Forced Response is designed to increase cognitive load. A truthful person has little difficulty processing new information. Conversely, liars use all or most of their cognitive processing capacity to maintain their deception.      

10 Steps to Handling Unfair Criticism

Let's take a close look at how we can manage--or mismanage--the process of receiving unfair criticism.

A low-calorie Thanksgiving? Really?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 22, 2010 in Off the Couch
Thanksgiving can be emotionally difficult and physically demanding. Here are some suggestions for getting through the day without feeling like a badly stuffed turkey.