Essential Reads

The Stubborn Ones

By Dena Kouremetis on February 05, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
Do you have a child whose first response is to push the outside of any envelope designed to contain her? Take heart. You just might have gotten lucky.

No, There Is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.
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Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

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Ten Things You Can Do to See Your Children Thrive

Making your New Year's resolutions? Why not make resolutions that will nurture your children and help them grow into caring, positive adults.

Neglectful Parents and Eldest Siblings

When parents neglect a large brood of children and leave child care duties to the oldest among them, dysfunctional patterns of relationships between the siblings as adults emerge.

Talking with High School Students about Communication

Talk about communication of the un-spoken and spoken kinds, view communication as data sharing, discuss primary information needs, and suggest sex differences that may occur

Before You Divorce, Why Not Try a Parenting Marriage?

This newer alternative is actually a throw-back to the ways people used to operate all the time (and, in some areas of the world, still do).

Start a Play Club in Your School

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 09, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Kids need to play to develop health so why not consider having a play club in every school in America?

How Teen Drug Use Is Changing for Better and Worse

The teen drug and alcohol scene isn’t what it used to be, a new survey finds. And that’s both good and bad.

Four Reasons Your Child Probably Doesn’t Need ADHD Meds

There’s no question that parents want the best for their children, but medicating your child from an early age may cause more harm than help, and you will all benefit from getting

3 Ways Parenthood Makes You More Mindful (and Healthy)

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 Feeling It
Being a parent can be extremely hard, yet research shows it can make you more mindful, happy and healthy in the long run.

Practical Advice for Parents Dealing With Bedwetting

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 06, 2016 Women Who Stray
Parents and children dealing with nighttime bedwetting often deal with tremendous shame around an embarrassing secret. But there are ways to deal with it.

10 Ways to Make the Most of a Child's IEP Meeting

Attend IEP meetings for your child? Here are some detailed ways to finesse the system, leverage strengths, advocate with creativity, and preserve positivity along the way.

Can Compulsive Internet Use Affect Adolescent Mental Health?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 06, 2016 Media Spotlight
Research suggests that becoming addicted to the Internet is an "equal opportunity problem" that can strike all adolescents regardless of sex or family background.

Who Counts as Mom and Dad?

When kids who grow up in polyamorous families have multiple adults in their lives, how do they decide who counts as a parent?

In This New Year, Give Them Reading!

Four simple ways you can give the gift of reading to children—in your classroom, your community, or your own family!

3 Signs Your Child has Learning Disabilities

Schoolwork is difficult, but it shouldn’t be torture. If you kid has a history of academic struggles, he or she may have NVLD.

4 Things Unloving Mothers Miss Out On

By Peg Streep on January 04, 2016 Tech Support
Unloved daughters focus on what they missed in childhood. But there's another, slightly counterintuitive, way of looking at the mother-daughter dynamic.

Exercise Alters Gut Microbes That Promote Brain Health

There is growing evidence that microorganisms in the gut may impact psychological well-being. A new study reports that exercise can alter gut microbes that promote brain health.

Treat Your New Year’s Resolution Like Your Child's IEP Goals

Keeping the same standards from your child’s IEP goals can help you set realistic and attainable new year’s resolutions.

Teenagers and Sleep

Here are seven practical tips from the parenting trenches for supporting your teen's needs for healthy sleep.

The Paedophile In Everyone

By Nick Luxmoore on January 02, 2016 Young People Up Close
Our sexualities may not be as straightforward as we'd like to believe.

The Real Meaning Behind 9 Crazy Kid Behaviors

These 9 types of seemingly "bad" child behaviors are often just kids' way of communicating their fundamental needs.

Performance Accountability: A New Parenting Model for 2016

Performance accountability for children, what it is, and specifically how to use this high-value tool is just and compassionate parenting. This article outlines the steps.

Sibling Abuse and Bullying, Part 2

Practical ways that parents can minimize sibling aggression and prevent it from escalating to bullying

Screen Time Funtime

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 Screen Time
Can't figure out what screen time with kids means to you? This final 2015 blog entry will give you some advice and make you smile.

Sibling Abuse and Bullying

Brothers and sisters can hurt each other very, very badly, and because they live together, there’s no escape for the victims. Learn the facts about sibling bullying.

Teen Sexting: The Dark Side of the Web

Does sexting pose a public health risk?

Keep at It

Perhaps the best resolution you can make is to keep at it. Here are five bits of evolutionarily informed guidance on how to do that right in 2016.

Why You Should Kiss More

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Worry Wise
There's nowhere to hide in a kiss, and hiding is not so good for marriages. So, a way of not hiding that is free, fast, and doesn't require a babysitter? That's a good thing.

5 Questions to Ask a Child Psychologist

A child psychologist is a combination coach, cheerleader, and fairy godmother. Here are questions to help you find the right psychologist for your child and family.

"The Emperor’s New Groove," A Movie that Teaches Ethics

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 29, 2015 Moral Landscapes
"The Emperor’s New Groove" is an enchanting animated movie about how a self-centered king learns compassion through friendship. It teaches ethics for life.

What Is Anger? Part II

Recently, we have been investigating two of our most important innate affects, Interest (curiosity) and Anger. We explored Interest in the May-October 2015 Newsletters.