Essential Reads

The Crisis of the Ailing Toxic Mother: Caretake or Run?

By Peg Streep on October 24, 2016 in Tech Support
Much has been written about the "Sandwich" generation-but the daughter of an unloving or abusive mother faces a different, more complicated choice without easy answers...

The Right Dose of Screen Time for Kids

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in The Baby Scientist
On Friday, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their policy on screen time for children under the age of 2 on Friday. Here's what the new policy means for your kids.

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change Education and Work?

A new report titled “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” explores the role of AI in various aspects of society and considers implications for our future.

The Ethics of Sharing Client Stories

How can I use my clients as examples in my teaching, while honoring my clients’ confidentiality and therapeutic experience? What are the ethical limits to telling clients' stories?

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No More Diets... and Other AAP Recommendations

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics warn against dieting and other weight-focused interventions.

When Suicide Hits Home

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 06, 2016 in Cravings
A child's suicide leaves his family with a jumble of emotions mixed with grief. Here's how one mother is trying to cope.

Has Obesity Prevention Led to a New Epidemic?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Are eating disorders the collateral damage in our war against obesity?

Was Telesinia Crispinilla Killed by a Broken Heart?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Annals of the Emotions
Does culture shape the the way we experience emotions such as grief? Here's an example that's 2000 years old and one that shows the grief of a parent that's just like our own.

Protective Features Curb Abuse in Polyamorous Relationships

This blog explores the protective features that can inhibit abuse in polyamorous families like the presence of an observer, outside perspectives, allies, and more resources.

The Value of Homework

By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann MS, LPC on September 05, 2016 in Teen Angst
Sleepless nights, not participating in extracurricular events, and high levels of stress - all of which are attributed to large and daunting amounts of homework.

A Neuroscientist on How to Really Read to Kids

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Neuroparent
Tired of speeding through fairy tales? Do bedtime in a different way tonight.

Memorizing: Faster, Easier, Longer Lasting, and More Fun

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 05, 2016 in Radical Teaching
If you want to remember something more easily, use more senses to construct memory. You'll store duplicates of the information in multiple banks of your brain’s storage system.

Working Too Hard Or Too Little in Your Marriage?

By Stephen J Betchen D.S.W. on September 04, 2016 in Magnetic Partners
Are you really sure you want to balance the responsibility in your marriage?

Is our DNA our Identity?

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Get your DNA tested for fun. But make sure you listen to the family stories that truly define your identity.

How To Lie To Your Parents

By Nancy Darling Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Thinking About Kids
What kinds of behaviors evoke parental prying?

How to Avoid Communication Breakdowns

The wording of educator instructions can have a big impact on students.

My Son Is Sexually Attracted to Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to talk to your son about sexual feelings

Frosh Week Worries: Overprotected Kids Are the Most at Risk

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
There is good research to suggest that children who experience the right amount of stress will do better at college than children of parents who snowplow away problems.

“Lumos Solem”: Breaking Free from a Stress Cycle

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on September 01, 2016 in Self-Reg
How do we break out of a stress cycle? Harry Potter holds some clues. Lumos Solem is actually a pretty good motto for this process.

How to Get the Deepest Rest of All

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in Feeling It
Many of us are tired or burned out, here's how to restore ourselves for good.

Guilt: In This Case, You're Not Responsible!

Are straight parents able to change the sexual orientation of their LGBT kids? Should they feel guilty if they can't?

The Real Narrative of Life

Every story is unique. But the path always leads back to one’s Authentic Being. Love is the sustenance, and authenticity is the fountain of our aliveness.

Dealing With Difficult Teachers

Strategies to put in place before requesting a teacher change.

On an Albert Bandura Quote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in How To Do Life
How work can enhance family life.

On Closing the "Word Gap"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
The 30-million word-gap "cure:" A confusion of correlation with causation?

Remember Your Best Teacher? One 82-Year-Old Does

As students head back to school this year, Bill, an 82-year-old widower, grieves the loss of his wife. What do the two have in common? Teachers.

Reconciling as Parents

Can divorced parents act like parents, not spurned lovers? These women found a way.

Why Are There Mommy Wars but No Daddy Wars?

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on August 29, 2016 in Push Back
Is this really about what's best for children? Is this really about "the science"? Or is this yet another, albeit thoroughly modern, way to control women?

Primary Affects

We have been exploring how our earliest, innate feelings work – Distress, Anger, Fear, Shame, and Dissmell. This month we look at Enjoyment, Shame, Disgust, and Dissmell.

Helping Kids Succeed—Minus the Stress

The secret of high-achievers is NOT tutoring or AP classes

A Is For Aunt

By Susan Hooper on August 28, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
Since 2003, I have lived four miles away from my two nephews. During that time, they grew from boys to young men—and they transformed my life.

Dear Parent, Call Me With Any Concerns About Your Student

By Marcia Morris M.D. on August 28, 2016 in College Wellness
At a time of increasing distress among college students, I want more parents to collaborate in their child’s psychiatric care.

A Marriage for the Kids’ Sake

Kids benefit when their parents co-parent well together (even if their parents are not married).

Response to The School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying Lie

Juxtaposing the emergence of bullying as a contemporary social problem against the emergence of domestic violence as a social problem during the 60s and 70s is instructive.