Essential Reads

Believing in Ghosts, Goblins, and the Candy Witch

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
On Halloween, there is no doubt that children everywhere will have their minds on ghosts, goblins, and witches. But when do they learn that these characters aren't real?
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and the Use of Parental Worry

Not fun to do, and often given a bad name, worry can be constructive for both parent and adolescent to do.

Unraveling the Teenage Mind

Adolescence can be a mystifying time for everyone. This new book can help.

Did You Get the Parental Guidance You Needed Growing Up?

As a child, did you frequently feel behind the curve—or eight-ball? If so, what was that like for you? And why do you think it was such a struggle for you to blend in with others?

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How to Advise and Help Your Kids Without Driving Them (or Yourself) Crazy

How to Advise and Help Your Kids Without Driving Them (or Yourself) Crazy

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 22, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
We love our kids. We want the best for them. And so, we offer them advice and help that they didn't ask for and don't want, and they reject it or ignore it. In some instances our impulse to help leads us to become downright pests to our children. ... Here are seven suggestions for really helping kids, in ways that respect their individuality and need for autonomy.

Tales of a Moose Mother

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on January 21, 2011 in What a Body Knows
The fire storm unleashed by Amy Chua’s Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," swirls around a hot-button question that has dominated discussions of parenting and education since the 1960s: how do you help kids develop a strong self-esteem? 

Imagine This

By Ross W. Greene on January 21, 2011 in Collaborative Problem Solving
Are psychiatric diagnoses useful and informative in helping children?  Or do they do more harm than good?  If they're not ideal, then what information is more useful and informative?

The Gift of Adult ADD: Catching Up With Captain Scott

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on January 20, 2011 in The Gift of ADHD
 The Gift of Adult ADD: Catching Up With Captain Scott. If you find a perfect match for your ADD symptoms you may never suffer any impairment in functioning. 

Will We Marry Machines?

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on January 19, 2011 in Love, Inc
Scientists are inventing machines that are more and more like humans. Except for one thing—the machines are even better than we are. That's why in the future we'll want to marry our machines.

The Tiger Mom in (Scientific) Perspective

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on January 19, 2011 in Between the Lines
Chua's piece works marvelously as a sociocultural case-study, but its claims fly in the face of scientific evidence.

Think You Can Explain Tucson? Think Again.

By Dan Gardner on January 19, 2011 in Future Babble

The Mind of the Assassin: The Case of Jared Lee Loughner

By Katherine S. van Wormer M.S.S.W., Ph.D. on January 18, 2011 in Crimes of Violence
Consider a white male who is suicidal, delusional, extremely resentful of consecutive failures, who shows symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and sets out to purchase a handgun.

Another Take on Tiger Mothering

By Laurence Steinberg Ph.D on January 18, 2011 in You and Your Adolescent

The Shame About Shame

By David Leibow M.D. on January 17, 2011 in The College Shrink
If nine out of ten college students report feeling overwhelmed at least once during the school year, eight out of ten feel very sad, and six out of ten feel hopeless, why is there still such stigma about having emotional distress?  And why is there still such reluctance to seek help?

Can You Catch Bad Habits from Second-Hand Exposure to TV?

A new study from Harvard Medical School suggests it's not the tv you watch that puts you at risk -- it's what your friends watch that shapes how you think, feel, and act.

Mean Chinese Mom and Peaceful Parenting

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in Peaceful Parenting
Where is the joy? Where is the laughter? Where is the fun and creativity?  

Parenting: What Chinese-American Mothers do Wrong (and Right)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 17, 2011 in The Power of Prime
Have you read the article on by Amy Chua, a Chinese-American mother (and law professor at Yale)? If not, you probably don't have children. It is a must-read! I was both mesmerized and appalled by the article; like driving past a horrific car accident and wondering whether anyone survived.

Beautiful People Have More Daughters

By Satoshi Kanazawa on January 16, 2011 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Physically more attractive parents are more likely to have daughters than physically less attractive parents, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

“Getting Real” with Difficult Teens

By Mitch Abblett Ph.D. on January 15, 2011 in A Special Education

Want to be famous? There's more to that wish than you think.

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 15, 2011 in Off the Couch
The wish to be famous is one of the most common daydreams today. But since we know that fame often brings more pain than happiness, what's the real desire behind these fantasies?

Quality Meal Time or a Family on the Brink of Disaster?

By Donna Barstow on January 14, 2011 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Treatment doesn't work as well when your stomach is growling. A cartoon for a family of gourmands.

Men, Women, Single, Married: Who Really Exercises More?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 14, 2011 in Living Single
It is at the top of many people's New Year's resolutions. It is what people vow to do even when the dawn of the new year is a bleary memory. Get more exercise! So who really does get more exercise? Your choices are men and women who are currently married, divorced/separated, widowed, or have always been single.

Children’s Expectations: What Your Child Would Tell You if They Could

By Kimberly Key on January 13, 2011 in Counseling Keys
President Barack Obama says to live up to our children's expectations. Learn the top three myths about children and what they really expect--if they could tell you.