Essential Reads

The Science of Toy Giving

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.

My Parents Cheated. Does That Mean I Will Cheat?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 08, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Infidelity is of constant interest, especially during the holidays when intimacy reigns. New research sheds light on how our parents' behavior affects our relationship decisions.

Are You Working Together?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Minor differences in parenting style are okay. But children get confused when there are major differences. Here are five ways to work effectively and get the best possible results.

Managing Three Work Groups

Three groups to manage in your organization — fika, work groups, and teams.

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Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust VIII: Parenthood? Not Sure?

The Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust series explores the impact of early relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood. VIII discusses the decision to parent or not.
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Misdirection

By Stephen Gray Wallace on October 25, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
Many young people thrive in college environments: new relationships, challenges and independence. Others find the shift to college a mixed blessing or even a downright disaster.

3 Ways Parent Shaming Takes a Toll on Kids

The fear of being shamed has changed the way we're raising the next generation—and it's not for the better.
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Pragmatics: The Ultimate Buzzkill

By Mendi Baron on October 23, 2017 in On the Verge
Hate being the one to point out the obvious or push things along? Get your teen or young adult moving in the right direction with a culture shift!
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The Secret Suffering

If you are a parent of a sexual assault victim and not sure what to do, here are some ideas that could be helpful in your journey.

Are You Self-Nurturing?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 in Your Wise Brain
Stress builds up over time, so it's important to do small things throughout the day to keep the stress meter in the "green zone." There are many ways to lower stress.

New Classroom Trend: Flexible Seating

By Maureen Healy on October 23, 2017 in Creative Development
Would flexible seating help your child learn?

Practice Empathic Parenting to Help Cultivate Healthy Anger

Being mindful to be an empathic parent can be extremely challenging. Doing so can powerfully impact how you and your child manage anger.

Lawyers Shouldn’t Tell Us How to Raise Our Kids

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 22, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
Lawyers look only at immediate risk of harm, not the secondary harm that results from not letting children do what they need to do to grow up healthy.

Candy, Costumes, and Scares. Oh My!

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on October 21, 2017 in Presence of Mind
What's behind people's love for Halloween and wild Halloween behavior?

Brainy and Bored: Why Whiz Kids Require Special Attention

By Dena Kouremetis on October 19, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Gifted kids need just as much guidance as everyone else.

What to Do When Your Kid Talks Back

When kids express irritability towards us, often called "back talk," they're trying to tell us something and if we don't listen, they just escalate.

Why October Is the Busy Season for Bullying

It's no coincidence that National Bullying Prevention month falls at the time of year when kids have sized each other up and staked out their new place in the peer pecking order.
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Solve the Halloween Problem Now With One Miracle Lesson

This miracle lesson will change your life, change your children's lives and will make Halloween and the rest of the eating season seem less daunting.

Fathering in the Quiet Moments

How can fathers create meaningful relationships with their children? A few simple tasks can go a long way.

The Male Legacy of "Me Too"

By Mathis Kennington Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Meaningful Change
A boy’s first rite of passage isn’t the loss of his virginity or the first time he gets into a fight. A boy’s first true rite of passage is how he responds to sexual violence.

Don't Lose What You Have to What You Have Lost

By Lucy C Hone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Resilient Grieving
While research shows the benefits of focusing on the good, gratitude is rarely spoken of during bereavement. Time for a change, says Lucy Hone.

Is Society Progressing in Its Response to Autism?

By Barb Cohen on October 16, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The television producer suggested that my daughter skip class the day of filming. She has too much to say and too little control over when she says it.

How to Discuss Sex With Your Children

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 16, 2017 in All About Sex
Child and teen sex education resources contain misinformation and emphasize procreation over pleasure. Here's how to correct them.

What Is Your Role in Your Relationship?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Compassion Matters
Couples get into trouble when one person takes the role of a parent, and the other the role of a child. Breaking down this dynamic can reveal how it's hurting our relationship.

Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Does your child with ADHD constantly put himself down? ADHD, anxiety, and negativity commonly go together. As parents, we have to figure out how to battle negative self-talk.

Eliminate Unruly Spectator Behavior From Youth Sports

It’s as American as apple pie to boo and criticize judgments made by referees and umpires. But such behavior has no place in youth sports.

ADHD Kills Motivation

By Adam Price Ph.D. on October 15, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
ADHD may kill motivation but I will show you how to provide life support using the most powerful tool you have: the parent-child relationship.

Over Half of Bisexual Youth Don't Have Family Support

What can straight parents do to support their bisexual children?

Parenting Strategies for Risky Situations

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
All parents will probably need to take a chance and give their child more freedom than they might be ready for.

What Parents, Grown Kids Mean By "Independent" Is Different

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Between the Lines
Can your kids be adults even if they're not wholly independent? And is that still a valid endpoint to maturity? Interdependence may be an idea whose time—and place—has come.

What Is Fairness?

In parental alienation cases, a presumption of equal blame can be unfair.

The Talk

By Tina Traster on October 12, 2017 in Against All Odds
Weinstein, Trump, and Cosby have brought sexual abuse to the fore. How do parents of gender-fluid children address this issue?