Essential Reads

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Being Resilient in Times of Threat

Why Are Kids Sexting?

The leading pundits tell us not to worry, just chill. The pundits are wrong.

Family Background, Creativity, and Genius

Behind the motivations of science Nobel laureates and literary prizewinners.

Three Words We Must Tell Our Kids Other Than, "I Love You!"

Helping Children Feel Good About Themselves

Recent Posts on Parenting

Divorcing Differently: End a Marriage, Save the Relationship

Often, divorce probably will be ugly as it seems to inevitably signify the end of fighting for each other and the beginning of fighting against each other. But what if sometimes it didn’t? What if sometimes we are able to keep fighting for each other in the midst of the change? What if we chose to divorce differently? A "differently divorced" woman shares her experiences.

A Simple Way to Improve a Child’s Behavior and Achievement

When should you enroll your child in school? New research poses an interesting answer.

How Standardized Testing Harms Your Child's Education

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 Singletons
In some districts, nearly a month of school time is devoted to preparing for standardized tests. Is it worth the modest gains?

No Tricks & No Treats

Worried about your Teen being pressured to wear sexy costumes for Halloween? Keep calm and read on!

The Men Who Murdered Halloween

Halloween has thrilled trick or treaters for years and terrified parents for just as long. What if your child bites into an apple with a razor blade inside or trips out on an Ecstasy-laced Pixie Stixx? Are there real boogeymen just waiting for Halloween to do their evil deeds? The answer might surprise you.

4 Ways to Curb Halloween Candy Highs and Rethink the Myth

Is the sugar high we see at Halloween really just a myth?

The Do’s and Don’ts for Family Reading

Here are ten research- and evidence-based do's and don’ts for family reading along with the “Top 10 Books for Raising a Reader” by Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman, esteemed Book Review editor of "Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers."

I Don't Want to Go to School

Do not be surprised if your child's behavior reappears after a weekend or a holiday when he has spent some special time at home with you.

The Faces of Bullying - Helping Kids Through Tough Times

October is national Bullying Prevention Month and it is important to remember that often there is more than one victim of bullying - including the bullying himself. What can be done to ensure all kids are treated fairly and with respect?

Understanding Childhood Social Difficulties

One of the basic wishes most parents share is that their children get along, play, and interact well with others. For children who instead struggle with their peers, the earlier interventions start, the earlier they can catch up. Since both ADHD and autism impact relationships, sorting out the ‘why’ often guides what to do next.

In Praise of 'Soft' Subjects

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 26, 2015 How To Do Life
Why theatre, music, art, and psychology are underrated and what to do about it.

Homework Time: Could Your Help Actually Hinder?

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D. on October 24, 2015 Worry Wise
Of course you're going to help your child with homework, we all are, but if you really want your help to help and not hinder, you're going to help them with what they actually can't do themselves. And even then, you're going to share the job with them, meet in the middle and do the proverbial "teaching them how to fish" so that they won't go hungry next time and beyond.

Parent Abuse

When rebelling turns into abusing, it's vital for parents take a stand. Remember, parent abuse only thrives when authority is weak.

Developing Co-Parenting Plans

A written plan will help all family members to know what is expected of them and will be a valuable reference as time passes and family circumstances change.

Asian Dating

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 23, 2015 Minority Report
If you're Asian or dating an Asian person, you'll eventually see how cultural differences will impact your relationship. Here's what you need to know to navigate these waters.

The Seasoning Problem in Marriage, Parenting, and Therapy

The system functions more smoothly if the diner eats whatever is served; the system is better if the cook provides what the diner likes.

Novels About Mental Health & Illness

No doubt these are heavy themes to read about. Yet it’s to the most emotional places we dare to travel that true compassion can be found.

Helicopter Parenting & College Students’ Increased Neediness

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 23, 2015 Freedom to Learn
College counseling services report increases in emotional fragility and decreases in self-efficacy in college students over recent years. What is the evidence that these changes may be the result of a rise in over-protective, over-controlling, intrusive (helicopter) parenting?

The Bully as a Symbol/Symptom of Unsafety

How are our children supposed to convey to us that it doesn't feel safe to be a kid in today's society? As an issue that has captured national and international attention, the issue of bullying may be a message that our children are sending to us about a general sense of unsafety, a dropping of the ball, in our society's ability to care for our younger generation.

How to Talk to Children About Divorce

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on October 22, 2015 All Grown Up
Dreading talking to your children about divorce? Here are some general guidelines and scripts on how to approach this sensitive topic, listen, and give children the reassurance that they need.

Using the Science of Gratitude to Raise Grateful Children

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on October 22, 2015 The Empathy Gap
Gratitude is not just for Thanksgiving.

How to Protect Children from Bullies

Here are five expert tips for parents.

Finding Hope and Security in Relationships

Scientific research demonstrates that you can learn to become a “secure base” for others in order to help them develop confidence and hope for the future. You also can learn how to pick people who can provide a secure base to you and give you the sensitivity and support that you deserve in creating a life full of hope and promise.

Can Children Benefit from Reading E-books?

By Jamie Zibulsky Ph.D. on October 21, 2015 Book Smart
As younger generations do more and more of their reading online and on electronic devices, one of the most common questions I hear from parents during our reading workshops is some variation of “should I let my kid read on my iPad?” There is not yet a great or conclusive body of evidence out there to answer the question, but some recent studies shed light on the issue.

The Case for Transgender-Affirming School Policies

How can we make schools more inclusive of transgender students? Why policies matter.

Understanding a Parent’s Access to Records

By C Philip Hodson on October 21, 2015 Protect Your Practice
When a parent requests your records for your sessions with their child.

Embracing Imperfection

Frustrated with the messiness of life with kids? A subtle shift can make all the difference in the world.

When Praise is Punishment

Praise May Not Work Quite the Way Parents Hope

The Death of Munchausen by Proxy

It's time for the term Munchausen by proxy to die a timely death in terms of its use in medical child abuse allegations and for investigators to focus on the impact on the child rather than the intent of the parent.

Bike Helmets for Brain Safety

Is wearing a bike helmet really necessary? And what about helmets for pee-wee football?