Essential Reads

Should Your Child Take a Gap Year?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 04, 2016 in How To Do Life
Malia Obama is bringing attention to a wise option for many kids. For yours?

The Secret of Secondary Infertility

Secondary infertility comes with a unique set of challenges that few understand.
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Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.

Digital Age Parenting: Conquering the Cultural Divide

Even the most tech savvy parents still find themselves at a loss, a half a step behind their digital age kids.

More Posts on Parenting

How to Protect Kids From a Borderline/Narcissistic Parent

If you're co-parenting with a high conflict narcissistic/borderline parent, you have a responsibility to minimize the damage emotional abuse can do. This series will show you how.

Parental Alienation and Three False Dichotomies

False dichotomies encourage black and white thinking that can get in the way of finding creative solutions and finding peace of mind.

Getting Your Lying Teen to Level With You

Nothing can be more infuriating than a lying teenager. Here's what to do...

7 Ways to Get Kids to Leave a Place They Don't Want to Leave

Getting kids to leave a place they love is no easy task. These ideas will make the transition home much smoother.

How to Not Pass Along Our "Stuff" to Our Children

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on March 30, 2016 In Flux
We go through life dealing with our own anxieties, neuroses, issues, and problems.What happens when we don't fully deal with our own issues? Do our children "inherit" them from us?

Teen Sexting in Perspective

Is sexting really "the new normal" among teens? Here's what research says plus some practical ideas for parents.

Why Breakups Hit Some People Harder than Others

Certain people have the tendency to suffer from romantic loss more than others, and research suggests that this might have something to do with our attachment style.

Victimology: The New Way to Play the Blame Game

The need to walk on eggshells in social interactions makes us isolate ourselves into enclaves of like-minded people.

Should I Tell My Daughter She's an Introvert?

Talking to teenagers can be tricky, so try providing information and letting them figure it out themselves.

The Personality Disordered Co-Parent and "The System" Part 3

How the "system" can help those who must co-parent with a personalty disordered person.

The Personality Disordered Co-Parent and "The System" Part 2

Trying to coparent with a personality disordered person is a challenge and the system needs to help, not hurt.

I Am Done With My Mother

How to deal with ambivalence toward parents

Personality Disordered Co-Parents and "The System", Part 1

Co-parenting with a disordered ex is difficult and requires assistance from people who often seem clueless.

Teaching Children Tolerance

As you teach your child tolerance, you will help create a better world for generations to come.

How to Stop Disrespecting Your Children

Over decades, psychotherapist Alice Miller published details about child abuse. How do parents become self-aware (of what seems normal to them) and stop mistreating their children?

Early Relationships: The Fourth Vital Sign

When a baby is born, taking time to listen to parent and child together should be a top priority.

The Gene No Family Wants to Sing About: Huntington's Disease

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on March 26, 2016 Trouble in Mind
Woody Guthrie died of the terrible genetic disorder Huntington’s Disease when little was known about it.Today fertilization technology can save the children of HD gene carriers.

“Mom, I’m Having a Panic Attack”

As a parent, you can help your college student contain, manage and reduce anxiety.

Dennis Embry on the Children's Mental Health Network

The future of mental health interview series continues with Dennis Embry on the Children's Mental Health Network

Barbie’s New Body

Mattell’s iconic Barbie doll now comes in multiple body types. But have they done enough?

5 Ways to Bring More Intimacy into Your Life

More than personal successes or riches, people who are the happiest and physically healthiest in old age are those who maintain close relationships. Here are 5 ways to start.

What Children of Narcissists Sometimes Do

As counterintuitive as it may feel in the narcissistic dynamic (especially with a parent), focus on the self is key to healing.

Daydreaming: Not a Useless Waste of Time

Worried that your child or student daydreams too much? New research shows that mind wandering improves self-awareness, boosts creativity, and is essential to human flourishing.

Couples Need This Even More Than Love

Couples who stay in love and go the distance have this working in their favor.

Psychoanalysis as Core Training

When a person has a strong core, you’ll see it in how they live their lives: with more patience, tolerance, self-control, courage, creativity, openness, and love.

Are Adopted Children at Risk for Abuse?

While lurid media reports stoke anti-adoption sentiments, evidence indicates that adoption protects rather than endangers children.

My Brain Made Me Do It! Neuroscience for Kids Who Need It

Connecting stress management strategies with age-appropriate brain science can offer a pathway of insight and self-regulation for children.

Restricting Screens: Why Your Child WON'T Get Left Behind

When it comes to limiting screen-time based on tolerability, parents needn't worry whether keeping the child from electronics now will put them at a disadvantage later.

How About a Mother-Friendly Breastfeeding Initiative?

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on March 22, 2016 Push Back
There's nothing friendly about ignoring the individual needs of mothers and babies to promote a specific feeding choice.

Spring Cleaning For Your Life, Part 1

By Suzanne Gelb PhD JD on March 22, 2016 All Grown Up
Need to create a more peaceful, productive family dynamic at home? Check out this spring cleaning checklist for parents.