Essential Reads

We Need a New Word for Stepparents

By Wendy Paris on October 25, 2016 in Splitopia
The fact that a stepparent is not a legal relationship highlights the role of strong emotional bonds within a blended family structure. Three tips for building good bonds.

Overcoming the Consequences of Neglect

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Adopting Reason
Early-life neglect has a host of negative consequences for child development. What interventions can help?

9 Compassionate Tips for Surviving the Death of Your Baby

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Laugh, Cry, Live
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. The death of a baby can bring profound grief. Here are some words of comfort and wisdom to carry parents through their mourning.

The Crisis of the Ailing Toxic Mother: Caretake or Run?

By Peg Streep on October 24, 2016 in Tech Support
Much has been written about the "Sandwich" generation-but the daughter of an unloving or abusive mother faces a different, more complicated choice without easy answers...

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You Know When the Men Are Gone

By Jennifer Haupt on January 10, 2011 in One True Thing
Stories tell heartbreaks and triumphs of military wives.

Forgiveness is Major Therapeutic Tool With Aging Family

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 10, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Often, with the dysfunctional and even nearly normal family, the therapist enters a family system, because the midlife siblings are “ stuck”  around parent care

Bill Zeller, age 27, suicide

By Jennifer L. Tanner Ph.D. on January 10, 2011 in Becoming Adult
Bill Zeller's suicide note reveals decades of persistent pain

Popular Culture: Christmas Toys: An Insult to Parents and Kids Alike

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 10, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Prior to Christmas, I had another one of those "end  of civilization as we know it" moments. It started when my wife and I began Christmas shopping for our daughters and were overwhelmed by the seemingly unending universe of toys from which to choose

Why Are Stepparents More Likely to Kill Their Children?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 09, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
A paper forthcoming in Current Zoology presents the first critique of evolutionary psychology that makes any sense, as well as the first refutation of one of the core findings of evolutionary psychology.

Actual Newspaper Headline: “Married Men Better Men”

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 08, 2011 in Living Single
A recent study generated a wave of media attention, some of it under sweeping headlines such as "Married men better men." In this post, I'll describe what the study - when read in full, in the professional journal - really did show. In the next post, I'll explain what I think the results really do mean. 

Sibling Dyad Shattering - Superglue for Strongest Family Alliance

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 08, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
Siblings can align against each other to stop another sibling from doing something. The odds explode - if there are left over unresolved  childhood issues 
Do Photojournalists Lie?

Do Photojournalists Lie?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Do photos lie? Of course, especially when they're political. We should think deeply about how news and photographs affect reality, how they affect OUR reality. "Danger Pay" is a memoir of a crisis of conscience, and more.

Parents & Children in Conflict

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting
Happy New Year! Is this the year you have resolved to stop arguing with your kids? Are you tired of feeling as though your teenager never agrees with any request you make? Does it feel like your third-grader is already practicing to become a lawyer, arguing and negotiating every request or rule that you make?

Ninety Is Not The New Sixty

By Ira Rosofsky Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Adventures in Old Age
When we put cut flowers in water, or old people in nursing homes, are we only prolonging the agony?

Seeing Your Whole Child: A Lesson in Parenting

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on January 07, 2011 in A Million Meals
Stop Having Children: Why Many Are

Stop Having Children: Why Many Are

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 07, 2011 in Singletons
For as long as any of us can remember, children have been central to most people's lives. Today, some are wondering if they should have them at all.  

Popular Culture & Psychology...Not Such Strange Bedfellows

By Lawrence Rubin Ph.D, ABPP, LMHC, RPT-S on January 07, 2011 in Popular Culture Meets Psychology

Why Your Brain Is Better in Love

By David DiSalvo on January 06, 2011 in Neuronarrative
The old saying is true: your brain is the sexiest part of your body. Science writer Jena Pincott explains a few reasons why.

To Begin Again

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 06, 2011 in Off the Couch
Lori* came to see me shortly after she had miscarried for the second time. 

Midlife "Cain and Abel" Care Crisis

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on January 06, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
If an aging parent-care crisis looms, old sibling wounds can rip open once again.

Change Your Interactions, Change Your Brain, This Year

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on January 06, 2011 in Love Doc
 In the New York Times Op Ed, Saturday, Jan 1, 2011, the preeminent neurologist Oliver Sachs talks about neuroplasticity─ the ability to shape and reshape the brain, even when older.

The Changing Nature of Family Time

Favorite family time activities have changed over the years. According to a recent survey, television trumps all other activities, including the dinner table.

Teenagers Flunk The STD Test

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on January 05, 2011 in The New Teen Age
More than 10% of teenagers and young adults who claimed to be abstinent tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease

Twiblings! What next?

By Barbara Almond M.D. on January 05, 2011 in Maternal Ambivalence

Interview with author Eleanor Brown

By Jennifer Haupt on January 04, 2011 in One True Thing
The Weird Sisters: Moving debut novel about three adult sisters who must come to terms with their dreams, destiny, and the reality of their lives. 

Childhood Depression: Behind the Story

By Sarah E. Ludwig on January 04, 2011 in Outnumbered!
Many parents don't realize that children can be depressed, but experts say that as many as 1 in 20 kids suffer from it. Read unpublished, gripping details about what it's really like to be the parent of a depressed child or teen from my recent article on childhood depression.

Gay Youth, HIV Risk, and Parent Influence: The Power of Love

By Michael C. LaSala Ph.D., LCSW on January 04, 2011 in Gay and Lesbian Well-Being
Adolescents and young adults, particularly males, are notorious risk-takers-so, it is no wonder that parents are terrified as they launch a gay young son into the world knowing he is exploring sexual relationships among a pool of people in which a sizeable proportion are believed to carry a dangerous, sexually transmitted virus.

Does Your Child Have Autism? Don't Wait! Start Education Early!

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on January 04, 2011 in Brain Sense
Researchers show that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in two-year-olds. 

Mothers; Find Your Tribe!

By Meg Meeker M.D. on January 04, 2011 in Family Matters
Every woman needs a tribe.