Essential Reads

Mindfulness Strategies for Anxious Children

Some children worry. Help your child become happier, calmer, and more productive with the Zorro Circle, the 20-Second Rule, or Gratitude at Bedtime.

Unattended Children, Harm, and the Nature of Moral Judgment

New research from psychologists Ashley Thomas, Kyle Stanford and Barbara Sarnecka: "No Child Left Alone: Moral Judgments about Parents Affect Estimates of Risk to Children."

Talking About the Past With Your Child Builds Resilience

By inviting, validating, helping and supporting your child to construct coherent narratives, you teach skills for regulating emotions and building resilience.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

The Changing Reputation of Parents With Their Adolescent

It can be hard for parents to lose their positive reputation with the child to the more negative reputation with the adolescent.

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Jocks, Brains, Populars: Crowds' Effects On You

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on November 02, 2010 in The Modern Teen
Chances are, if you attended a public high school in the United States, or in several other Western nations, then you know all about the Brains, the Populars, the Druggies, and the Jocks.

A New Perspective on Sex Education

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on November 02, 2010 in As You Like It
Today's sex education is no more about the sexuality that teens are dealing with than creationism is about biology.

How Do Children Affect Their Parents' Happiness?

By Gretchen Rubin on November 02, 2010 in The Happiness Project
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how people affect each other with their positivity or negativity. That question presented itself with particular force this Saturday, because my five-year-old woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and by the end of the day, all four of us were in very crabby moods.

Popular Culture: What It Means to Be a Badass

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in The Power of Prime
I was recently contacted by a web site that was interested in exploring the meaning of being a badass in modern culture. Not surprisingly, the website had images on the site of heavily muscled men slaying gigantic and terrifying beasts. The editor asked me if I would like to write a post about what being a badass means to me and, intrigued, I accepted.

Military Families: Their Uniqueness

By Ellen Weber Libby Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in The Favorite Child

Reading for Imaginative Play

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on November 01, 2010 in Imagine That!
All the times you read Goodnight Moon, all those hours you and your children spent together with Jim Hawkins in search of Treasure Island--were they worth it? Children immersed in books from an early age can become good readers. And good readers, recent research tells us, do better in school. But that's not the only reason to make a big deal out of books.

Quick Tips for Sleep

By Charlotte Reznick Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in The Power of Imagination
"You say that sleep issues are a major concern for kids today. How can parents use imagination to help their children fall asleep quickly and easily?" 

Being A Friend To Your Daughter Could Be Toxic

By Susan Shapiro Barash on November 01, 2010 in Friend or Foe

Cowboys & Indians and the origin of the couch potato

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in Benign Neglect
In village settings around the world, children observe the activities of those older and eavesdrop on their conversations. From these gleanings, children construct scripts for rich play episodes and acquire much knowledge of their culture. But there's a downside: If left unchecked, the passive absorption of information, e.g. TV addiction, can be harmful.

Definition of a successful adult: Part I

By Jennifer L. Tanner Ph.D. on November 01, 2010 in Becoming Adult
This one goes out to you: What does it mean to be a successful adult?

Being a good therapist and being a good parent require the same skills

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 31, 2010 in Compassion Matters
The qualities that are manifested by a good parent are the same as those that are characteristic of a good therapist. This is because parents and therapists are involved in a similar pursuit: supporting and encouraging the growth and development of a unique and autonomous human being.

The End of the Devil's Brew - Baseball Bans Booze!

By Stanton Peele on October 30, 2010 in Addiction in Society
The Texas Rangers celebrated their league championship victory - with ginger ale!  Finally, role models for a sober America.  I wonder why we never tried this before?

A talk at the Library

By Phyllis R. Silverman Ph.D. on October 30, 2010 in Raising Grieving Children

Does Voting Matter?

By Kristine Anthis Ph.D. on October 30, 2010 in Who Am I?
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Trust Yourself. Why is it hard? How you can do it better.

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 30, 2010 in Off the Couch
Do you trust yourself? Why? Why not? What can you do to improve your self-trust?
Cheating in Science: School is a Breeding Ground

Cheating in Science: School is a Breeding Ground

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 30, 2010 in Freedom to Learn
One of the tragedies of our system of schooling is that it deflects students from discovering what they truly love and find worth doing for its own sake. Instead, it teaches them that life is a series of hoops that one must get through, by one means or another, and that success lies in others' judgments rather than in real, self-satisfying accomplishments.

Controversy About Paying Addicts to Be Sterilized Spreads Abroad

By Pete Shanks on October 29, 2010 in Genetic Crossroads
Project Prevention is a controversial U.S. nonprofit that pays drug addicts who volunteer for long-term birth control, which often means sterilization. Now it is in Britain, where many are complaining about its approach. 

Halloween a night of security theater for sex offenders

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on October 29, 2010 in Witness
For many, Halloween is a blast. For convicted sex offenders, it is the most dreaded night of the year.

Infertility and Halloween: Cheers? Jeers? Tears?

By Connie Shapiro PhD on October 29, 2010 in When You're Not Expecting
If you are childless and infertile, it is normal to feel emotionally sidelined at Halloween when parents take such joy in their children's antics. 

How Keith Richards Became Keith Richards (and John Lennon - John Lennon)

By Stanton Peele on October 29, 2010 in Addiction in Society
Keith Richards had an extremely close and mutually adoring relationship with his "Mum," who was both nurturing and vituperative - with perhaps predictable results for her sensitive son.

7 Tips to Help Protect Children from Halloween Food Allergies

Is your child allergic to food?  Halloween can be a very trying time, for both you and your child.  Here's how to make Halloween easier (and much safer!)

What does it mean to be "adult" today?

By Barbara Ray on October 29, 2010 in Adulthood: What's the Rush?
I'm intrigued by this question: What marks you as an adult today? Or more accurately, I'm intrigued that we're asking the question. Today if you tell young people that you're an adult only when you're living on your own, earning your own way, have a spouse and a kid and a house--you'll get a look of disbelief. "I'll never be an adult then" is their reply.

"It Really Is Just So Much Easier To Be Who You Are."

By Gretchen Rubin on October 29, 2010 in The Happiness Project
I don't remember how I ended up on Simple Mom -- "life hacks for home managers." Probably the phrase "life hacks" lured me there; I can never resist a good life hack. I've also been thinking a lot about the virtue of "simplicity" lately, so I'm reading everything I can on the subject. (It turns out that simplicity is not a simple idea.)  

Surviving in Economically Troubled Times

By Nancy K Schlossberg Ed.D. on October 29, 2010 in Transitions Through Life
Thousands of unemployed are on the brink of financial disaster. I continue to hear: "We cannot pay our mortgage and it looks like foreclosure is ahead." "It's like an out of body experience. I cannot believe it is happening to me."