Essential Reads

A Fresh Look at Millennial Parents, Part 1

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 07, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
What they are feeling and needing in their parenting

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids

Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere—malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

More Posts on Parenting

More on Why Stepfathers Kill Their Children

By Satoshi Kanazawa on February 06, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Yet another very astute reader has proposed a way to adjudicate between the two competing hypotheses on why stepfathers kill their children.

Teens & Eating Disorders

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on February 06, 2011 in Comfort Cravings
If you are a parent of a teen with an eating disorder, you may want to add a new book by fellow Psychology Today blogger and noted author, Harriet Brown, to your reading list. 

To "Win The Future," We Need To Redefine "Success" In Work & Life

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 05, 2011 in The New Resilience
We can't "win the future" by equating success with career and financial achievement alone

Betrayal - The Wound that Will Not Heal for Women

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on February 05, 2011 in Just Listen
When as cared about and safe as you thought you were is as uncared about and unsafe as you turn out to be you can never completely forgive or forget.

8 Strategies for Mastering Illness

By Julian Seifter M.D. on February 05, 2011 in After the Diagnosis

Make People Happier by Acknowledging That They're Not Feeling Happy.

By Gretchen Rubin on February 05, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Sometimes, an idea sounds so simple, and so non-controversial, that it takes a while to appreciate how important and helpful it is.

Sibling Rivalry in Shakespeare

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on February 04, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Are you involved in a Shakespearean struggle with your siblings?

“To All the Baby's Mamas, Mamas...”

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on February 04, 2011 in Millennial Media
Why MTV's slew of reality-style shows on teen pregnancy may provide more than meets the eye.

The Ambivalence of the Tiger Mother

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

Who's in Charge? Food and Control in Parenting

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on February 03, 2011 in A Million Meals
Have people always been so worried about control? It's a constant theme and buzzword in modern society: we're worried about who controls us, whom we control, and whether, actually, we really have any control at all. In some ways this preoccupation seems a luxury of the modern and well-to-do: the average serf surely didn't spend his days pondering how much control he had.

Don't let the Tiger Mom get to you! "Good enough" is better than perfect.

By The Psychoanalysis 3.0 Writing Group on February 03, 2011 in Psychoanalysis 3.0
 The really interesting story lost is the media storm surrounding the Tiger Mom book promotion is that striving to be a good-enough Mom—rather than a perfect one—is not a pale compromise.  Good enough is pretty great when you understand more of what parents actually do to, for, and with their children.  

When Drugs Masquerade as Food, People Can Die

Drugs are not food, but marketers love to blur the line.  Except going over that line can get people killed.

When bad is good

By Alan Fogel on February 02, 2011 in Body Sense
Why does just a little bit of getting knocked around by life help us grow stronger and more resilient? If we are sleepwalking through our lives, taking things for granted and not really paying attention to our own body function, sensations, and emotions, the sudden loss of easy freedoms can bring us back to our body sense.

Video games are good for girls, if parents play along

Playing video games with a parent has a positive effect for girls...but has no effect on boys.  Why?

Parenting With a Loving Partner Is More Peaceful

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on February 01, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting

On NOT Waiting for Mr. Right

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 01, 2011 in Singletons
Why should women postpone motherhood until their dream of being a parent becomes improbable? Even impossible.

Morality: Cui bono? (Part 1)

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on January 31, 2011 in Cui Bono
When we attempt to instill moral values into our children, is it for their own good--or ours?

The Five things Most likely to Ruin Your Child’s Life

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 30, 2011 in Nurturing Resilience
Research on what are called "adverse childhood experiences" (ACEs) is showing that there is a shortlist of five things that happen to children that are most likely to cause them long-term harm. There's also three things parents can do to avoid these problems.

Overcoming tabloid medicine - an uphill battle

By Talya Miron-Shatz Ph.D. on January 30, 2011 in Baffled by Numbers
Can You Trust Your Health to the Internet? If anyone with an opinion on the MMR vaccination - autism conenction a veritable expert? If you think the answer is ‘yes', read more.

Role Theory - It’s never too late to change

By Bakari Akil II Ph.D. on January 30, 2011 in Communication Central
This weekend, 48 year old Herschel Walker defeated Scott Carson in a professional Mixed Martial Arts bout. It was Walker's second fight and second victory. It is not amazing that...

Is Being a Tiger Mom Really the Best Example of Good Parenting?

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on January 29, 2011 in The Older Dad
Can Tiger Mom's techniques teach children to be successful in the next century? Not likely. Western culture offers a formula for both technical achievement and social intelligence.

Dispatches from the Elementary School Pick-Up Line

By Sam Sommers on January 29, 2011 in Science Of Small Talk
The school my kids attend has an afternoon nicety known as rolling pick-up. It allows parents willing to wait in line for a few minutes to pick up their children right at the front door, providing more than ample time for a bit of self-reflection...

What is a father? Adam Dell v. Padma Lakshmi

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on January 28, 2011 in Stepmonster
Adam Dell's lawsuit for sole custody of Krishna Lakshmi begs the question, What's the difference between fathering a child and being a father?