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Anti-Vaxxers Love Their Children Too

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Recent Posts on Parenting

5 Big Discoveries About Parenting In 2012

By David Rock on December 20, 2012 in Your Brain at Work
Search Amazon for ‘parenting’ and you’ll find 120,000 books. Parents, myself included, clearly have a lot of questions. New research is providing fresh answers every year – though perhaps there are so many studies now it can be all a bit overwhelming. Here’s my summary of what seemed to be the bigger findings to emerge about ‘bringing up baby’ in 2012...

Joys (and Frustrations) of Teaching Babies to Read

A parent in Scotland shows parents how she taught her baby to read and responds to the criticisms of skeptics.

If Mother Says No, (Don't) Go Ask Grandma

By Tristan Gorrindo M.D. on December 20, 2012 in The Digital Family
Gone are the days when mom and dad could proofread (and edit) Christmas letters before they were sent over the river and through the woods.

Why No Photos of the Slaughtered Newtown Children?

By Stuart Fischoff Ph.D. on December 20, 2012 in The Media Zone
“A picture is worth a thousand words and rouses passions that are necessary to do politically what has to be done—like get angry and direct that anger into sustained political action.”

I Hate High School PE Class

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on December 20, 2012 in The Teen Doctor
I may not graduate because of gym class.

Shame On Us For Mass Shootings

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on December 20, 2012 in Millennial Media
Since the devastating school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, blame has been cast about. Some point fingers at the infrastructure of mental health services, others lack of gun control regulations. However, the truth is that we are all to blame. A nation that waits for its children to be taken before it rises to action is simply shameful.

May the Force Be With Us

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on December 19, 2012 in Digital Altruism
Can Star Wars teach us something about the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary? This blog post explores an infamous scene from Star Wars as a means to confront the unimaginable nightmare that unfolded in Newtown, CT.

The Roots of Evil and Violence

By Pat Shipman Ph.D. on December 19, 2012 in The Animal Connection
What caused Adam Lanza to murder 26 people in Newtown? Was he simply evil? Or was it something more subtle and more fundamental?

Let’s Bench The Elf on the Shelf

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on December 19, 2012 in Plato on Pop
The Elf on the Shelf is Santa's newest helper. Is he simply harmless fun, or is there reason for real concern?

Healing Hurts Can Help

By Neal H. Mayerson Ph.D. on December 19, 2012 in Quite a Character
Everyone is different—let's appreciate differences and focus on strengths.

Medical Conditions Which Can Disturb Your Child's Sleep

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on December 19, 2012 in Sleeping Angels
Many kids wake up at night, especially younger ones, and most of the time, it is because of non-medical reasons. However, some children do have underlying medical problems interfering with their sleep which require further investigation.

Is Your Child a Limit Tester?

Do you have a child who follows the letter of the law, but violates its spirit entirely? How do you respond when your little one defends her defiance with thinly-veiled justifications and argues with the cleverness of a courtroom attorney?

Should I Stress Out or Let It Go?

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 19, 2012 in The Intelligent Divorce
There's value to finding useful perspective in the midst of mind-numbing tragedies.

We Have It All Wrong!

By Michael F. Kay on December 19, 2012 in Financial Life Focus
Our society operates on a skewed sense of values. What do we truly care about, and what are we willing to do to change?

Massacre for the Media

By Robert L Leahy Ph.D. on December 19, 2012 in Anxiety Files
The rates of homicide have been declining for the last twenty years and Newtown, Connecticut was one of the safest small cities in America. But whether it is Columbine, Littleton, or Newtown, the killer is someone who is looking for fame, for media coverage, to get back at the symbols of his own exclusion.

Are Children a Source of Misery or Joy?

In recent years, we have heard a great deal about the stresses and strains of parenting, but we also hear about the joys of parenting. So, are children a source of misery or joy for parents? Here are the results of a series of studies.

Making Your List and Checking It Twice

By Amy Przeworski Ph.D. on December 19, 2012 in Don't Worry, Mom
During the holidays, we want to spend time with our family members, eating, drinking, and opening presents. So why is that never on our holiday to-do lists?

School Shootings: Calming Kids Naturally

Natural medicines can help when kids are so traumatized that talking is not enough - when they can't sleep, have nightmares, or won't go to school. These medicines are safe, easily available, FDA-approved for kids, and best of all, kids like taking them.

Self-Parenting 101

How would you treat yourself if you were someone you loved? It is not only instinctive to take good care of someone you love, but also to take good care of yourself. Unfortunately, we are trained to un-learn our loving instincts when it comes to ourselves.

How Cultures Make People Conform

The Japanese have a saying, “The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.” In other words, act like other people, don’t show off, or else.

Newtown Shootings: Managing Our Own Grief

By Carrie Goldman on December 18, 2012 in Modern Day Parenting
How to remain present and hopeful with young children while acknowledging and processing the grief and shock of the Newtown school massacre.

For Love’s Sake, Tarantino Should Can Violent Film

By Rita Watson MPH on December 18, 2012 in With Love and Gratitude
A report from the Media Commission on Violence says violent images increase aggression. The way Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) changed laws, shouldn't we all take it upon ourselves as parents to stop violent movies and video games? If the source of revenue for violence dries up through boycotts, perhaps filmmakers will listen.

Sex-Specific Toy Preferences: Learned or Innate?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on December 18, 2012 in Homo Consumericus
Should parents offer their children gender-neutral toys to avoid the promulgation of “sexist gender stereotypes”? Or might it be the case that toy preferences are a manifestation of universal sex-specific biological forces, and as such are perfectly expected? Toy manufacturers seem to be keenly aware of the correct answer.

On the Front Lines

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on December 18, 2012 in We Are Only Human
Teachers put our children first every day.

Can We Predict Who Kills from Knowing the Criminal Mind?

Violent mass murders shaking the U.S., culminating in the Sandy Hook school killings, lead us once again to consider the role of mental illness in violent behavior. Will forensic evidence, research on psychopathy, and statistical data ever allow us to understand the psychology of the murderer?

What I Learn from Fear and Death

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on December 18, 2012 in Freedom to Grieve
After the school shooting, I understood why parents talked about wanting to hug their children tightly. But why did I not feel the same urgency?

Home Birth: Jesus Had One

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 18, 2012 in Moral Landscapes
In the USA today, less than 1% of births are at home. But the shift to hospitals has not worked out well for everyone: the USA has the highest infant and maternal mortality rate in the developed world.

Lifelong Learning: Vacuous or Virtuous?

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on December 18, 2012 in Head of the Class
One of the most overused and, to my mind, bloated catch phrases of all time is “lifelong learning.” But does the concept underlying it have merit?

How Your Karma Can Undermine Midlife Growth And Renewal

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on December 18, 2012 in The New Resilience
Failing to accept and deal with the consequences of past actions can undermine new growth and vitality during midlife. Living with the impact of your past actions is the foundation for knowing how to alter your present and future.

The Hurry to Heal: Therapists Cannot Explain Everything

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on December 18, 2012 in Science Isn't Golden
The experts cannot yet explain the Newtown shootings and maybe never will be able to. But there are questions all of us can ask and actions we can take.