Essential Reads

Is Parental Authority 'Bullying'?

Perhaps we model (non-physical) aggressions in our homes, even as we decry the (re)enactment of these behaviors on the playground, in the hallways, on the bus, in the cafeteria.

Parenting a Gay Child

Can't accept your child's sexual orientation? Tips from those who've been there!

Creating eBooks for Children - Let's Do It Together!

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Story books for children have a long history and are universally valued by children and parents. Digital stories for children offer new ways to share stories and advance literacy.

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Here Are 2 Keys For Successful Communication

By Stephen Borgman on October 19, 2010 in Spectrum Solutions
In this article, I want to share two key concepts for successful communication.

Chicago group to host adult sibling conference Nov. 15

By Eileen Garvin on October 19, 2010 in Sister on the Edge of Autism
Nora Fox Handler, co-founder of Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters, will speak at the Nov. 15 conference.

Scary! Sexy Halloween Costumes for Tweens

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on October 19, 2010 in The New Teen Age

The Arbitrariness of Blame (Part 2 of 3)

 Is Blaming Warranted--Ever?"To understand everything is to forgive everything."  (French expression)Going beyond pragmatic objections to blaming (i.e., it really isn't very effective), I'd argue that the entire concept of blame and blaming is suspect. . . .

Communicating with People with Mental Illness: The Public's Guide

By David F. Swink on October 19, 2010 in Threat Management
Popular media fuel stereotypes about mental illness and dangerousness, because that is how they generally are portrayed on the screen. Our fear of mentally ill people also stems from our own inability to communicate with them and our lack of knowledge about mental illness. Learn how to better communicate with people who may have a mental illness.

My bold new plan: the Sit-Down Diet

By Conner Middelmann-Whitney on October 19, 2010 in Nourish

But His Is Bigger! A Sad Story of Irrational Social Comparison

The other day I bought my 6 year old son an unexpected Lego kit.  Although he had done nothing to deserve it, it made him cry!  Why, because his nephew got a bigger one. We adults are sometimes guilty of the same irrational comparisons. 

Dealing with a Trashy Dressing Daughter

By Joanne Stern Ph.D. on October 18, 2010 in Parenting Is a Contact Sport
Before you react too quickly when your daughter starts dressing trashy, it's a good idea to get inside her head prior to jumping inside her closet.

Give Your Mother A Raise

By Nancy K Schlossberg Ed.D. on October 18, 2010 in Transitions Through Life

Is Non-Parental Daycare Bad for Children?

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 17, 2010 in Insight Therapy
Is non-parental daycare bad for children? Developmental science has been wrestling with this question for decades without reaching a conclusion. The problem is, studies continually come up with inconsistent, conflicting results.

Why Intelligent People Smoke More Cigarettes

By Satoshi Kanazawa on October 17, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
The consumption of tobacco is of even more recent historical origin than the consumption of alcohol, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to smoke tobacco than less intelligent individuals.

Going Graphic

By Evan Marshall on October 17, 2010 in The Literary Life
Most people have heard the term "graphic novel," but many don't really know what it means. Is it the same as a comic book? In some ways, yes. Both comic books and graphic novels tell a story by means of "sequential art"-a combination of text and pictures within panels. However, whereas a comic book tells its tale in roughly thirty pages, a graphic novel can run as long as several hundred pages. With this increased popularity has come a wave of graphic novels for a more "upscale" reader.
 UFO's, Close Encounters, and the Cry for Meaning

UFO's, Close Encounters, and the Cry for Meaning

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on October 17, 2010 in Evil Deeds
In 1958, the year Swiss psychiatrist and depth psychologist C.G. Jung celebrated his 83rd birthday three years before his death, he published a highly controversial work about UFO's, at that time popularly referred to as "flying saucers." Later titled Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky (Princeton University Press, 1979), Jung's concern was less whether or not these UFO's objectively, physically or materially exist than with their subjective, phenomenological inner reality, psychological meaning and spiritual significance. 

Self-Advocacy is a Needed Life Skill for Students on the Autism Spectrum Headed to College

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on October 17, 2010 in The Autism Advocate
All students on the autism  spectrum need to learn self-advocacy skills, but those heading to college need to learn them before they graduate.

Be here now. Find out how to like yourself just the way you are!

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 16, 2010 in Off the Couch
In our busy, goal-oriented world we can get so focused on what we want to be,where we want to go and what we need to accomplish that we forget to take pleasure in the present moment. Here are some ideas about how to enjoy your life -- right now! 

GPS Tracking Kids is not the Same as Monitoring Them

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 16, 2010 in Nurturing Resilience
GPS tracking our kids can harm them. But monitoring our children closely can help them. The two are not the same thing. Children who are well monitored are likely to engage better at school, which means they'll get into far less trouble and stay in school longer. It doesn't mean, though, that they'll get higher grades.

The Looming Reading Disaster: How Abandoning Children’s Picture Books Will Stifle Creative Imagination

By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein on October 15, 2010 in Imagine That!
The New York Times reports that children's book publishers are releasing fewer picture books for young readers because parents are pushing their kids into advanced text-only books at ever younger ages. We're appalled. Find out why. 

Beast of Burden

By Barbara Almond M.D. on October 15, 2010 in Maternal Ambivalence

What Do They Call the Person Who Graduates Last in Medical School?

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on October 15, 2010 in Radical Teaching
The answer is, "Doctor" but are you ready for a mediocre physician to do your brain surgery? 

Parenting: Take the Offensive Against Popular Culture

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 14, 2010 in The Power of Prime
Popular culture may be the most powerful (and destructive) force in our society today. Whether through the media of television, movies, music, the Internet, radio, or magazines, popular culture is omnipresent, intense, and unrelenting. So who can protect your children from its Sirens' call?

Save One Life. . . and Save the World

By Jeffrey A. Kottler Ph.D. on October 14, 2010 in Change
There is a saying from the Talmud that by saving one life, you save the whole world. It is through acts of altruism and service that we not only help to make the world (and our communities) a better place, but also redeem ourselves in the process. What does it take to make a difference, even on a small scale?

Why Can't I Wake Up?

They couldn't make me sleep.  Now they can't wake me.

Raising a Tolerant Eater: Please Don’t Yuck My Yum

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on October 14, 2010 in A Million Meals

Infertility: My Best Friend Is Pregnant!

By Connie Shapiro PhD on October 13, 2010 in When You're Not Expecting
If you have been trying for months (or years) to get pregnant, the news of anyone you know having achieved this triumph can be a real bummer.  But when the news comes that your best friend is the mother-to-be, there are lots of emotional issues for both of you.  Was hers a planned pregnancy?  Did you hear the news from her directly?  How open have you been with her about your struggles with infertility?  Is she sensitive to your emotions upon hearing her news?