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The Life-Changing Magic of Helping Kids Get Organized

Five ways to create stability in divorce

What Does It Take to Succeed in Life?

A new study takes a comprehensive look at the American Dream.

Conservative Feminism

Liberals have no monopoly on advancing women's interests

Recent Posts on Parenting

Mean Moms, Detached Dads, and Holiday Stress

By Peg Streep on December 12, 2012 in Tech Support
Everyone remarks on the close ties the Millennials have to their parents. Does this reflect newly found health in family relationships? Or are we just kidding ourselves?

Give the Gift of Healthy Sexuality

By Al Vernacchio M.S. Ed. on December 12, 2012 in For Goodness Sex
Put healthy sexuality on your holiday gift list.

Will Neuroscience Change Education?

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in Brain Sense
The science of neuroplasticity is changing the way we think about our brain’s learning potential. Incorporating spatial memory activated by music, art, and dance at an early age can grow our brains by using more of the hippocampus, resulting in stronger development of cognitive and social problem-solving skills.

Kim Peek, The Real Rain Man

Kim Peek lent inspiration to the movie The Rain Man. He was in a position to remember the information of 10,000 books and recite it if asked. The condition underlying his savantism wasn't autism spectrum disorder but a humongous brain and a lack of connections between the brain's two hemispheres.

Teens and Psychosomatic Illness

By Faith Brynie Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in Brain Sense
Researchers in Sweden report that a dance intervention program can improve self-assessments of health among school-age girls.

Santa: Reality and Imagination. What Does It All Mean?

What do you know about Santa? What are the different levels of meaning in his story? How can you help the kids with it? What is happiness? How can you restore lost wonder for both kids and adults?

Imagining the Impossible at Christmas Time

By Jacqueline Woolley Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in What Children Know
It’s the question that often raises the most angst in expecting parents. No, it’s not what to name the baby, or how to decorate the room, or whether to let the child sleep in the parents’ bed. It’s the hesitantly raised question that many consider years before they are even expecting children, “And what about the Santa thing?"

Why I’m Adding Holiday Smells to My Holiday Decorations

By Gretchen Rubin on December 11, 2012 in The Happiness Project
For "Happier at Home" I adopted a resolution that has become one of my very favorite: Cultivate good smells. I’ve become enchanted with the power and pleasure of the sense of smell.

Has High School Become College & College Become High School?

When I ask my college students which was more difficult, high school or college, they usually always say high school. Wow, have times changed! Maybe we should go back to letting high school be high school and college be college!

4 Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

Recent statistics from the American Psychological Association indicate that 39% of Americans reported that their stress had increased over the past year. Here are 4 simple ways to cope with stress.

Delaying Parenthood May Come at a Cost

By Robin Marantz Henig on December 11, 2012 in Cusp
A remarkable cover story in this week's The New Republic says that our great natural experiment in late-life parenthood is not necessarily going to end well.

Who Grows Up to Be Conservative or Liberal?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in Ulterior Motives
Psychologists have been interested in whether there are broader psychological factors that predict whether someone is likely to hold conservative or liberal political views. How does early experience influence these views?

Are Your Children Overloaded with Information?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in The Power of Prime
The sheer volume of information now accessible online is staggering; there are around 50 billion pages on the Web. A real danger for children is that they will feel like they are drowning in this torrent of information.

'Tis the Season... to Flee Folly

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on December 11, 2012 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Given that “crazy busy” is how many of us describe our lives these days, how are we supposed to fit in all this seasonal hyperactivity and stay jolly to boot? Try de-stressing your holidays with these 3 key strategies.

Introducing a New Treatment Tool for Patients and Clinicians

Recovery Record allows clinicians and patients to share food journals (with the patient's permission of course).

Biophilia: Our Connection to the Natural World

For thousands of generations the environment has shaped the ways that we respond to many features of our world. An appreciation of these responses can be used to lower stress, enhance mood, and enjoy ones surroundings to the fullest.

Tis the Season

Let’s just paint a little picture. It is a picture we already know pretty well, but still every year this picture seems to take many of us by irritable surprise.

The Cure for Nagging

By Ethan Gilsdorf on December 10, 2012 in Geek Pride
I have learned two important secrets about nagging: The first is that it takes two: neither the nagger nor the nagged is fully to blame. The second is that the best solution lies with only one of the two. Hint: It's not the nagger.

Hook-Up and Alcohol Cultures

Have the "Hook-Up Culture" and the "Alcohol Culture" become the dominant ones on our college campuses? If so, what are the various causes—and solutions?

The Other F Word

By Peter B. Gray Ph.D. on December 10, 2012 in The Evolving Father
Punk rockers arose in a scene of living fast, nihilism, not caring, and doing what their parents didn’t want them to do. Then something changed. Some of them grew older and became fathers.

The Self-Esteem and Beanie Baby 'Bubbles'

By Peg Streep on December 10, 2012 in Tech Support
In the 1990s, the buzzword was "self-esteem" and parents and educators listened up. But, alas, the parents of the Millennials were buying into something that simply wasn't true. Did a fad shape a generation?

Midnight Movie Premieres

Midnight movie premieres on Thursdays have become more and more frequent. We should consider some of the unintended consequences for the younger movie-goers.

Positiveness, Part I: Strengthening Family Relationships

By Kenneth Barish Ph.D. on December 10, 2012 in Pride and Joy
Sadly, in the daily life of many families, positive feelings have been eroded. Moments of joyfulness and pride in our children, although no less cherished, too often give way to argument and withdrawal. In today's post, I will suggest ways that we can strengthen positiveness in our family relationships and support our children's emotional health.

First Do No Harm

A low-carb diet, known as the ketogenic diet, can significantly reduce the occurrence of epileptic seizures in drug-resistant patients. Scientists are now looking into a new approach that combines the ketogetic diet with fasting.

Supporting Older Adolescents in Hard Economic Times

In part, parental support often lasts longer now because because parents stay actively involved in their children's lives longer than was the case a couple decades ago, and older adolescents expect their parents to continue being of help.

What Child is This?

Tis the season for Christmas Carols, tunes of “Peace on Earth” and “Silent Night” fill the air. Each carol vividly paints a picture of calmness, peace and serenity; that is unless you live in a house where your teen drives the sleigh.

A Monkey Wrench in Human/Neanderthal Relationship Models?

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on December 09, 2012 in What Makes Us Human
Things are getting more realistic: Study of howler monkeys in Mexico complicates the question of neanderthal/early modern human interbreeding based on models of local population dynamics.

New documentary targets family court abuses

By Karen Franklin Ph.D. on December 09, 2012 in Witness
New documentary claims that thousands of mothers are forced to go on the run to protect their children from abusive fathers granted custody of children.

You'll Know You're An Adult When . . .

By Robin Marantz Henig on December 09, 2012 in Cusp
There tends to be an "aha" moment when you realize you're not a kid anymore, and finally have to cop to being an adult. When was yours?

Is It Possible to Be Too Optimistic?

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on December 09, 2012 in Fighting Fear
Some clinical examples of being optimistic and pessimistic--and too optimistic and too perssimistic.