Essential Reads

The Lonely College Student

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in Social Lights
A professor's advice for students and parents.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Dinner at Home or Do We Go Out?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 24, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Cultural and generational changes in how we approach food color how we use food to express love. We can choose to cook, or gather, organize or ignore opportunities for feeding.

Born Good?

Economists, taking altruism seriously, find mixed evidence parents model it for their young children, stronger evidence that young kids are impressionable in this domain.

Compassionate Parenting

We teach children self-regulation by modeling our more humane values.

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My Mother Has Disliked Me Since Childhood

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
How To Deal With A Mother Who Is Full of Anger.

The Longest Ride Home

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Social Lights
12 ways parents can cope with college move in

When the Church Harms Your Child

How do families survive clergy child sexual abuse?

How to Measure Your Parenting Stress Level

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in Singletons
How to get the stress related to your children under control and keep sane and calm during the parenting journey
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No, Mr. President, a Wall Won’t Stop Opioid Overdose Deaths

How does increasing law enforcement to go after international drug cartels serve those who have an opioid abuse problem now? We can help addicts and reunite families, if we act.

Teen Therapy Without Parental Consent

Should adolescents be able to consent to initial mental health treatment without their parents? On this issue, state laws are all over the place.

It's Not My Fault. The Millennial Answer to Everything!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in Motivate!
When things go awry, parents and leaders often cast blame, yet fail to take accountability for their decisions. Knowing why we shirk responsibility can lead to better outcomes.
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Do You Get Hearing Loss Exhaustion?

By Shari Eberts on August 09, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Does your hearing loss exhaust you? You are not alone.

One Parent Can Do Just As Good a Job As Two, Women Say

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in Living Single
A new national survey finds that women have mostly positive and open-minded views of the many different life paths that people pursue today.

Road and Sideline Rage

What to do if you’re a person or parent subject to misplaced anger and aggression.

How to Mindfully Parent in Real Life

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Moderating
How mindfulness can help get you through the tough parenting moments.

Turning the Page on ADHD

Naturally, change is hard for all kids, and can be harder for those with ADHD. A new school year is the perfect time to pause, reconsider, and set up new routines.
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Motivating Your Adolescent to Exercise

Regular physical exercise is a self-investment that provides many positive personal returns in adolescence.

The Trouble with Teenagers

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Do you have a teenager at home? Here's what's special about the teenage years and what makes them so difficult...for both parents and teenagers.

Cornering a Slippery Child

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
After decades with an inherently slippery child, I was able to distill his many excuses to three. If I could go back, here's how I would have tried to block each of them.
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ABCs or Ps and Qs?

With the new school year quickly approaching, you may be practicing the ABCs and how to count to 20 with your almost-kindergartener, but is this really the key to success?

Why You Didn't Get What You Needed From Narcissistic Parents

The effects of emotional neglect by narcissistic parents are particularly pernicious and difficult to acknowledge, let alone overcome.

Considerations on "The Big Sick"

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in Life After 50
Does Kumail Nanjiani's relationship with his parents ring bells for you?
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The 3 Most Dangerous Topics in Relationships

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 04, 2017 in Fixing Families
Sex, money, and kids—the three power issues in relationships, the ones that cause power struggles and acting out. How to navigate them and use them to help you define your needs.

Five Things You Need to Know About Child Mental Health

Start planning now for your child's transition back to school!

Three Signs Your Teen Needs Therapy

Red flags that demand attention.

The Baby Box Craze

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on August 04, 2017 in Child in Mind
Many states are jumping on the Baby Box bandwagon. To accurately model the Finland Baby Box, programs that promote social connection, such as home visiting, must also be in place.

In the Midst of Hate, Why Not Love?

How did the "summer of love" appear out of a backdrop of war and discontent?

The Runaway Bunny's Mother

The runaway bunny's mother is a role model of unwavering unconditional love

Do We Ever Really Change in Our Adult Children's Eyes?

By Dena Kouremetis on August 02, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Do our grown children ever stop to notice growth in their own parents? Or do their minds settle on an image of us that never truly changes?
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When Kids Hurt: Chronic vs. Acute Pain

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on August 02, 2017 in Thinking About Kids
Treating chronic pain the way we treat pain from an injury makes it harder to heal and more likely that our pain will increase over time.

Covering Up Negative Emotions Doesn’t Work. So What Does?

Common wisdom advises you to avoid, or try to let go of, upsetting feelings. However—and like a lot of self-help advice—such straightforward guidance too often won't work.

Shoe Shaming in the Strictest School in Britain

Merchants’ Academy was called the strictest school in Britain, a tough label for a good school. But Merchants’ may not make it easy for itself by using shame to enforce behavior.

New Trend: No Homework for Elementary Students

By Maureen Healy on August 01, 2017 in Creative Development
Does a homework ban for young children make sense?

How Do We Parent in the Trump Era?

If we want to live in a world of honesty, integrity, respect, concern for others, and so forth then we have to model these values at every opportunity to do so.