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Earlier School Start Times for Elementary School Students

What Evidence Exists about Relations Between Early School Start Times and Outcomes for Young Children?

Your Children Will Give You What You Seem to Expect

By David M. Allen M.D. on February 27, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
When parents are overly preoccupied with something their child does, the child may think the parents need to be thusly preoccupied, and so increase the behavior's frequency.
"drinking water"/darwin Bell/CC BY 2.0

Finding the "Why" of a Special-Needs Child's Behavior

By Barb Cohen on February 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Behavior is a form of communication, and more often than not, especially in young children, it is not communicating a desire to be non-compliant or troublesome.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

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Why You Dislike Multi-Tasking

By Susan Cain on March 23, 2011 in Quiet: The Power of Introverts
A cocktail party is the ultimate act of multi-tasking, and introverts' brains multi-task less efficiently (but focus better on single tasks) than those of extroverts.

Double Duty: When Parent & Child Share Attention Deficit Disorder

By Katherine Ellison on March 23, 2011 in Pay Attention
A parent's distraction is the elephant in the room when we talk about ADHD.

The Mixer

By Leslie Daniels on March 23, 2011 in The Story in the Story

Phone Friends: An extinct species?

Be honest. Do you cringe when the phone rings?

Access to Pornography: Are Parents’ Concerns Justified?

Computers with web access are part of young people’s lives, yet they also pose undefined dangers.

How Will Cybersex Addiction Affect Our Children?

Cybersex addiction is the compulsive use of Internet pornography, adult chat rooms, or adult fantasy role-play sites, impacting negatively in real-life intimate activity.

Where mind-mindedness comes from

Mind-mindedness refers to parents' tendency to treat their children as individuals with minds of their own. In a new study, we set out to investigate whether individual differences in maternal mind-mindedness relate to mothers' attitudes to their babies before they are born.
The Tweets That Bond

The Tweets That Bond

Being active in the world of Twitter (the “Twitterverse”) has its pros and cons. If you haven’t yet jumped in, you may be surprised to learn of recent research in social psychology suggesting that many Twitterers (“tweeple”) are actually reaping important personal benefits.

Explaining to Friends What Grief Is About

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on March 22, 2011 in Raising Grieving Children

Parents Can Avoid Sibling Warfare By Involving Dad More

By Cathy Cress M.S.W. on March 21, 2011 in Mom Loves You Best
One thing the baby boomer generation has taught us is to involve men more in the parenting process. It takes a couple of engaged parents to get ahead of sibling conflict.

Is Anger Management Really a "Flawed Concept"?

As someone with a clinical specialty in anger control for some 25 years, I feel compelled to take exception to several simplistic points made in a recent post by fellow blogger, Stanton E. Samenow.

Communication Is the Bedrock to Make Your Bed Rock!

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on March 21, 2011 in Stress and Sex
Couples benefit from learning to talk about sex as they would any other topic. Consider the question "Do you want to have sex tonight?"

Friendship Calculus: The Problem of Three

Three friends never seem to work. One person always gets excluded in one way or another.

Child Custody I: Let Doctors Decide?

By M. Gregg Bloche M.D., J.D. on March 20, 2011 in The Hippocratic Myth

Shrinks on the Nod

By Lynn Phillips on March 20, 2011 in Dream On
Psychotherapist Lee Kassan and others discuss the problem of therapists who get too old to do their jobs well but too attached to their careers to bow out, and how you---whether you're a therapist of a patient, can most gracefully protect yourself.

Bring Weekly Spelling Tests Back!

A TV report from Solon City Schools presented an inaccurate and damaging retrograde view of spelling tests and made claims that Solon had found the silver bullet for effective spelling instruction in a new policy called “word study.” I presented a contrarian view. The community responded.

I didn't choose to starve myself

By Lauren Grunebaum L.C.S.W. on March 19, 2011 in Starving at the Banquet
Even when I was clearly malnourished and my clothes were hanging off of me, people would look at me and say, "I wish I could have some of what you have." I also heard, "Tell me your secret (i.e. for staying slim)." Both of these comments implied that starving myself was a choice and a trait they wished to emulate.

Productivity Is Up, Wages Are Down: What’s Up With That?

Do you feel like you work harder and produce more, but you still can't make ends meet financially? That's because it's true! According to a recent study, worker productivity has been on a steady increase, rising 62.5% from 1989 to 2010, but wages during that time are only up 12%. Where's the money going???

Doing Things That Scare Me Can Make Me Both Happy and Unhappy

By Gretchen Rubin on March 18, 2011 in The Happiness Project
Happiness interview: Janine DiTullio. Last week, I went to the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. On the flight down, although I usually never talk to my row-mate, I eventually struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to me.

Love my friend---not her problem child

My husband and I are good friends with a couple and enjoy their company. However, they have a 5-year-old child who is completely unmanageable. He is mean to my daughter, violent toward other kids, loud, and demanding.

Mothers and Sons: Having "The Sex Talk"

By Pamela Madsen on March 18, 2011 in Shameless Woman
When my sons were growing up they always came to me first about everything. I always had this picture in my head that my husband would be the one to have the "sex talk" with my kids. But that is not how it worked

On the "Demon" Fat, and Why We All Need to Make Peace with It

By Harriet Brown on March 17, 2011 in Brave Girl Eating
People with eating disorders need to eat fat. So do you.

Cheering Up (Part One)

Cheers to happiness.