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Finding the "Why" of a Special-Needs Child's Behavior

By Barb Cohen on February 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Behavior is a form of communication, and more often than not, especially in young children, it is not communicating a desire to be non-compliant or troublesome.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

When Your Teenager's "In Love"

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on February 13, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Why do you think we call first love a crush?

The Working Parent and Too Much Choice

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moderating
For working parents blessed to have choices, the pressure to decide whether to prioritize one role over another feels never-ending. Learning to choose skillfully can help.

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Growing Up and Gazing Down at Mom

By Lydia Denworth on January 19, 2017 in Brain Waves
As my kids overtake me in height, I remind myself that their brains haven't fully grown yet.

The Wrong Reason for Staying Married

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on January 18, 2017 in A Shift of Mind
Are you stuck in a loveless marriage because of a fear of divorce?

Help, I Don’t Speak Limbic

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on January 18, 2017 in Self-Reg
The better we can recognize which state teens are in, rational or limbic, the better we can understand and respond to what they are saying and doing.

Skunk, Wax, and Edibles: What Marijuana Is Your Child Using?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on January 18, 2017 in Psych Unseen
With increasing potency, modern forms of cannabis are "not your father's marijuana." What does that mean for kids?

Who Killed JonBenet?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What can forensic psychology tell us about the still unsolved JonBenet Ramsey case?

Is There a "Right" Way to Birth a Child?

Discourses of childbirth are charged and contentious, ranging from "natural" to "medicalized." But what is an "ideal" birth and who has the moral authority to define it?

Be the "Guncle" You Wish You Had!

By Rick Miller LICSW on January 17, 2017 in Unwrapped
Are you lucky enough to be a "Guncle?"

From School Bullying to Feuding Parents

By Izzy Kalman on January 17, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
There is a growing phenomenon of adults who used to be friends becoming enemies because of beliefs spread by the anti-bully movement.

Failure to Launch: Whose Problem is it Anyway?

By Dena Kouremetis on January 17, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Do you have a hanger-on adult child? Do you still cover car insurance or cell phone bills for your 25 year old? It's time to realize this is YOUR problem, and not theirs.

Help! I Think My Kid is Gay

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on January 17, 2017 in Social Lights
Support for parents and youth

Responding with Enthusiasm

It is very easy to squelch a child's enthusiasm with a disapproving, frightened, or critical facial expressions

15 Ways To Become Closer To Others

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
These practices will help you get closer to the important people in your life.

Dining on Leftovers: Do Women Lose by Not Eating Afterbirth?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Unlike all other primates and most other mammals, human mothers do not usually devour the placenta after birth. Are they missing out on important benefits because of this?

Montessori: A Good School Choice for Smart Kids?

Montessori schools vary widely, as do individual children’s temperaments, abilities, and learning needs. Here are some criteria to consider in school decision-making.
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Steve Martin: Forever Young?

By Jane Greer Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Shrink Wrap
Is it ever too late?

Teaching Values to Our Children

By Saul Levine M.D. on January 14, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
We say and teach children that civility is a core value in society: We extol respect, tolerance, compassion, kindness and cooperation. Our actions, however, often fall far short.

113 Chinese "Shame" Terms

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 14, 2017 in Minority Report
Shame and honor are inextricably tied together in Asian cultures. To understand this phenomenon further, you should know there are more than 100 "shame"-related terms in Chinese..

Adoption and the Circulation of Children

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on January 13, 2017 in Benign Neglect
Conflicting views on the meaning of adoption.

Caution—A Child’s Mistakes Can Last a Lifetime

In the above title, I’m using the term *mistake* in a dual sense. It’s intended to refer not only to a child's mistaken behaviors but also how parents can mistakenly react to them.


By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 13, 2017 in Minority Report
A haiku on the experiences of being fatherless.

Not Exactly a Lie, but...

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on January 13, 2017 in Trust
Why do we try to avoid lying, when we so often deceive by other means?

6 Keys to Staying in Love

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on January 13, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
Stay-in-love couples each have their own unique style, but they also have much in common in the way they relate.

The Unintended Consequences of Multi-Tasking

By Tim Elmore on January 13, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
Thanks to social media, our students have grown up multi-tasking, but has all of the multi-tasking been poor for their health?

The secret of NOT Yelling When You're Having a Bad Day

So when you notice that you're feeling irritable, no shame, no blame. That's just part of being human. We all have hard days.
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Learning to Tell a Lie

By Barb Cohen on January 12, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Lying through your teeth requires more social awareness than most of us appreciate.

Parents Teaching Gratitude and Civility Thwarted by Trump

By Rita Watson MPH on January 12, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Civility is declining. Children should be protected from hearing an elected leader’s bullying words. Instead remind them of Michelle Obama's words: "When they go low, we go high."

New Year, Old Parenting Goal

Is establishing better communication with your kids and teens one of your parenting resolutions?

5 Signs to Know If Your Significant Other's Parents Like You

Subtle cues can differentiate expected good manners and politeness from genuine liking.

How Can Parents Help?

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Raising Children Who Don’t Give Up

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on January 10, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Take heart - developmental progress is on the side of perseverance, not quitting.