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Should Kids Be Allowed to Take Mental Health Days?

You wouldn't think twice about letting your child stay home from school for a physical illness like the flu. But should you let him take a mental health day?

Ferdinand the Bull Can Teach Your Kids About Their Strengths

The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is now an animated film. Ferdinand is family-friendly but it can be so much more if you use it to help your kids find their strengths.
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Will Internet Mechabots Destroy My Toddler’s Mind?

By Anya Kamenetz on November 20, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
The existence of gross content on YouTube is not proof that children at scale are being traumatized by it.

The Art of Parenting

You have more time to be a good parent today than you will ever have again. Take advantage of your good fortune!

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What Is Your Role in Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Compassion Matters
Couples get into trouble when one person takes the role of a parent, and the other the role of a child. Breaking down this dynamic can reveal how it's hurting our relationship.

Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Does your child with ADHD constantly put himself down? ADHD, anxiety, and negativity commonly go together. As parents, we have to figure out how to battle negative self-talk.

Eliminate Unruly Spectator Behavior From Youth Sports

It’s as American as apple pie to boo and criticize judgments made by referees and umpires. But such behavior has no place in youth sports.

ADHD Kills Motivation

By Adam Price Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
ADHD may kill motivation but I will show you how to provide life support using the most powerful tool you have: the parent-child relationship.

Over Half of Bisexual Youth Don't Have Family Support

What can straight parents do to support their bisexual children?

Parenting Strategies for Risky Situations

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
All parents will probably need to take a chance and give their child more freedom than they might be ready for.

What Parents, Grown Kids Mean By "Independent" Is Different

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Between the Lines
Can your kids be adults even if they're not wholly independent? And is that still a valid endpoint to maturity? Interdependence may be an idea whose time—and place—has come.

What Is Fairness?

In parental alienation cases, a presumption of equal blame can be unfair.

The Talk

By Tina Traster on October 12, 2017 in Against All Odds
Weinstein, Trump, and Cosby have brought sexual abuse to the fore. How do parents of gender-fluid children address this issue?

Bigfoot Parents Have Small Brains

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in How We Do It
Birds and mammals mostly show intensive parenting, linked to their “warm-blooded” nature and quite large brains. Incubator birds show no care of their chicks and have tiny brains.

Models of Respect

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
How do you get it? How do you teach it?

Why Anxiety Is Inevitable and Necessary

By Nick Luxmoore on October 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We rush to diagnose rather than listen, panicking when things don't go according to plan. Anxiety is normal and needs to be understood.

It's Up to Her from Here

By Tina Traster on October 12, 2017 in Against All Odds
We've been her safety net from day one. But now it's time for our adopted daughter to experience the joy of success and the despair of failure without intervention

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust VI: The Break: Independence

The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust Series explores the impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

The Privilege and Peril of Being Grandparents to Toddlers

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on October 11, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Here are five things that grandparents should keep in mind about today’s parent-child relationship.

Technology: Love It or Hate It, It’s Here to Stay

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
It's possible to manage technology for your family without fear.

Understanding Children's Emotional Needs

Avoid criticism, for instance, telling your child,“You’re kicking the ball all wrong.”

Emotion-Coaching When Your Child is Upset

Most of the time, when kids (and adults) feel their emotions are understood and accepted, the feelings lose their charge and begin to dissipate.

Horizontal Relationships: Affection, Ambivalence, Ambiguity

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Buddy System
Relationships with siblings and friends can be hard to characterize. We need to get comfortable with them not being perfect.

Why Children Make Great Role Models

Have you ever stopped to notice how much children know about life? As it turns out, it's quite a lot.
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Fine, Take My Phone—at Least Grandma Understands Me

Is it possible that grandparents understand and empathize with their grandkids’ use of devices more than parents?

3 Key Parenting Tips when Children See Horrific Events on TV

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 07, 2017 in The Older Dad
Are your children anxious from the media coverage of horrific events? Here are tips to identify their anxiety and help them cope with their fears.

Do Children Really Need Psychiatric Medication?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Mental illness can be fatal. But in some cases, so can psychiatric medications.

The Second Marriage: What You Need to Know

Five necessary conversations before saying "I do" for the second time.
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Your Child's Mind Space

Learn how healthy indwelling and dynamic self-regulation can help your child improve his or her intellectual functioning and emotional well-being.

When Your Child Needs Psychiatric Medication

It is important to understand the real issues related to children and psychiatric medications.

Nonparental Daycare: What The Research Tells Us

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.

Life Out of Balance? Put Yourself Back on the List

The only way to keep your cup full in the constant vortex of parenting is to tend to yourself even while you tend to your child.

Does Your Spouse or Adult Child Put You in the Middle?

Are you feeling stuck in between your adult child and partner? There are constructive ways to get out.