Essential Reads

10 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Adolescent

The challenge of parenting a teenager is staying connected as you grow apart

How I'm Using Science to Help My Daughter Keep Liking Math

Priming studies show uphill battle for girls and math, and how to help

The Grass Moment

We Need to Help Kids Become "Reflective Rebels"

Are Babies Contagious?

Why parenthood spreads through social networks.

Recent Posts on Parenting

Is Your Adult Child Having A Mental Health Crisis?

By Melissa Deuter M.D. on April 06, 2015 in The In-Between
Many young adults with stress induced mental health symptoms can benefit from learning simple coping skills, like time management or self-soothing. The presence of mental health symptoms does not have to mean disability.

7 Signs of People With Integrity

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on April 06, 2015 in Insight Is 20/20
Some very basic signs of integrity are dreadfully rare - see my reference to physicians - but the good news about integrity is that we're not born with or without it, so we can change how much integrity we show in everyday life. Check out these seven examples of integrity and ask yourself how often you see these signs in everyday life.

An Open Letter to Parents Who Let Their Kids Drink at Home

What To Do About Letting Your Teens Drink At Home

The Science and Tools to Put Baby on a Wellness Path

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 06, 2015 in Singletons
Baby holds his breath; baby loses hair; baby cries for hours. What to do? A new book has answers to reduce parental anxiety and give baby the best beginning to optimize your child’s first crucial 18 months.

Can Healthy Living Reduce Cancer Risk? (Part Two of Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 06, 2015 in Media Spotlight
According to available statistics, roughly fourteen million people worldwide were newly diagnosed with cancer in 2012 alone. That same year saw about eight million cancer deaths. How many of those deaths might have been prevented using available medical knowledge about cancer risks? And how many more cancer deaths can we expect over the next three decades?

Adolescence and Making Parents Proud

While the attached child tends to be happy to make parents proud, the detached adolescent can be more ambivalent about being a source of parental pride.

Weighing In... Should Schools Assess Body Mass Index (BMI)?

A second grade girl brings home a letter from her school revealing her BMI scores taken in September 2014 and March 2015. Her scores didn't fall within the "healthy range". So puzzled by the letter, the little girl she got off the bus and asked the troubling question, "Does this mean I’m fat?"

Biased? Yes, against the tide and FOR baby’s needs

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on April 05, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
Someone recently remarked that I was biased... Yes, I am biased FOR babies. I am out of sync with biases that lead people to think letting babies scream is a good thing. Not!

8 Tips to Help Your Distractible Child Succeed

Learn these eight ways to coach your distractible child to success.

Three Ways To Stop Yelling at Your Kids

Well intended parents lose sight of the emotional damage their children experience from yelling. Here are three ways to break out of the parent yelling trap.

Just Say No!

Many people find themselves agreeing to do something when they don't really want to. It may be that in some areas of your life you find it difficult to say no. Why is this?

Public School Problems Are Solved, Almost!

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on April 04, 2015 in Digital Pandemic
When all children are treated the same, all children lose. We need to overcome two damaging myths: that all children are pretty much the same and that all children should go to college.

If I Talk to a Therapist Will I Stop Speaking to My Parents?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on April 04, 2015 in Off the Couch
A young man walked into my office for his first therapy session. “If I start talking to you, am I going to end up not talking to my parents?” he asked.

What Are the Most Important 10 Years of Your Life?

By Steven Mintz Ph.D. on April 04, 2015 in The Prime of Life
The ten years from eighteen to twenty-eight are the pivotal decade in a person’s life.

Alzheimer's Discordance and Family Discord

There is usually a significant difference between how the person with the disease sees (or doesn’t see) the symptoms of the disease, and how the care partner sees them. This “discordance” is one of the most distressing and difficult challenges care partners face in trying to cope with the illness.

The Paradox of Self-Pity

Everybody knows someone who's steeped in the language of self-pity. All they talk about is how rough they have it. They constantly seek sympathy, to the point where they turn others off. But contrary to what they're putting out there, such people usually have no real sympathy for themselves.

Getting Testy About All Those Tests?

Is your school district testing too much or too little?

Should We Call it Postpartum Depression?

For reasons that are both straightforward and extremely complex, I just think the terminology should be different.

Andreas Lubitz Desperately Needed Help

Germanwings' pilot Andreas Lubitz was depressed and needed help.

Will Love Conquer Addiction?

Addiction is a complex disorder that includes neuropsychological changes, biochemical disruption, and interpersonal chaos.

I Am A Bad Daughter

How To Be A Good Daughter

Gestational Age and Learning Disabilities

Should preterm children receive learning support early in their school career?

The Shared Joy of Holiday Cooking

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on April 02, 2015 in A Million Meals
A holiday meal has the benefit of allowing you to cook for an occasion that has two rare qualities—time and respect—built in.

The True Heart of Money

By Michael F. Kay on April 02, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Money might be the target of your desire. The reason you work, get out of bed in the morning, maybe even the driving force behind the endless hours you devote to its creation.

6 Things Dieticians Need to Know—and Then Pass on to Parents

Talking up health abdicates "tasty" to junk. Six hidden reasons kids won't eat their veggies.

The "Silver Tsunami"

By Sheila Weinstein on April 02, 2015 in What Do I Do Now?
Choosing how and where we age.

How Can We React Less to the Stress in Our Lives?

By Allison Carmen on April 02, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
As our minds get consumed with stressful thoughts at home or work, this is the moment when we are most in danger of overreacting to situations like our children not listening, a disagreement with a co-worker or a difficult client. Here is a tool to help you show up with more ease, patience and kindness in all of your daily interactions.

The Attractiveness of Personality Traits

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 02, 2015 in A Sideways View
Some traits are more attractive than others. But there are downsides to all extreme scorers. Is there a downside to being a sociable extravert or a highly agreeable person?

Is Technology Disempowering Us?

How to live (sanely) with technology should be mindfully chosen by human grownups, not left up to our children, or worse, our devices to decide.

The Flynn Effect as Adaptive Change

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 01, 2015 in The Human Beast
All living creatures can change to fit in with their environment. Some of that flexibility is due to gene selection but a lot is developmental. The Flynn effect of rising IQ in developed countries is an enrichment effect of modern life. It arises due to the adaptive response of our brain to the increased challenges it faces.