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Finding the "Why" of a Special-Needs Child's Behavior

By Barb Cohen on February 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Behavior is a form of communication, and more often than not, especially in young children, it is not communicating a desire to be non-compliant or troublesome.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

When Your Teenager's "In Love"

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on February 13, 2017 in Grand Rounds
Why do you think we call first love a crush?

The Working Parent and Too Much Choice

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moderating
For working parents blessed to have choices, the pressure to decide whether to prioritize one role over another feels never-ending. Learning to choose skillfully can help.

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Social Challenges of Middle School

So many adolescent changes unfold in middle school, most young people find it an emotionally challenging experience.

Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 08, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Parental toughness toward babies is celebrated as “not spoiling the baby” and not making boys into "sissies." A review of neurobiological research shows these are fallacies.
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Her Lost Year

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

The Film Lion Provides Insights into Adoptive Relationships

By E. Kay Trimberger Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in Adoption Diaries
Comparing the film Lion with the memoir on which it is based, provides insights into how the relationships between adoptive and birth families can extend our ideas of family.

4 Powerful Ways to "Set the Vision" for Your Family's Day

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
How parents set the tone helps determine if their families will see the day as a disaster or a delight.

8 Ways Parents Can Stop Beating Themselves Up

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Many parents beat themselves up over near-universal issues that are usually not their fault. Research suggests ways for parents to get good at mustering self-compassion.
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Mentoring Kids in Distress

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

My Mom and the Legacy of America's Mom, Florence Henderson

By Ethan Gilsdorf on January 06, 2017 in Geek Pride
Carol Brady, perhaps you set the standard a little too high for mothers like mine in the 1970s.

Parent Moments

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in From Worrier to Warrior
Parenthood is forever and parenting is forever changing.
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ADHD as a Fictitious Disease

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

How Pushover Parents Raise Bullies

Without intervention, children who bully their parents will continue to have temper tantrums and blame others, even in adulthood.

Toddler Tantrums: Hitting, Kicking, Scratching, and Biting

Welcome your toddler’s aggression as an opportunity to fine-tune your parenting, and to teach your little one something about emotional intelligence.
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Cure Your Child With Food

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

Loveys, Stuffed Animals, and Pets

Ever wondered about the significance of a child's stuffed animal or blanket? And the qualities that make up this relationship? Ever had one yourself?

Obese Parents Put Babies at Risk

How parental weight can affect children's health and development.
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For Parents of Creative Children

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

An Open Letter to Parents Struggling With Discipline

By Linda Esposito LCSW on January 04, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Do you feel like the only time your kids pay attention is when you yell and get angry? Answering questions about your own childhood can help you restore rules and order at home.

Build Yourself a Divorce Survival Kit

By Wendy Paris on January 03, 2017 in Splitopia
The immediate period of separation can feel like a natural disaster. Prepare a tool kit to stay afloat.

My Divorced Father Is Dating & I Am Jealous

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
Handling Jealousy About A Parent's Dating
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Partners in Resilience

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

Is There Too Much Anger in Your Family? How Can You Respond?

Abuse of family members can be emotional (too much anger), verbal (telling others what to do, criticizing, blame, name-calling, swearing) or physical. How can you stop it?
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Diagnoses as Descriptions of Behavior

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.
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Why Parents Should Ask Questions

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

An Open Letter to Parents From a College Psychiatrist

By Georgia Ede MD on December 31, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Why do so many college students experience emotional distress before going home for break? Some tips for parents can help ease the pain.

Pressure to Succeed in Middle School

A new study shows that middle schoolers who think their parents value achievement over kindness are worse off psychologically and academically. How do we encourage healthy values?

Conversation Skills for Kids

Understanding and practicing some simple formulas can help your child manage common conversations and feel comfortable talking with others.

The Case Against Zero Tolerance in Schools

A recent study shows that a brief intervention encouraging teachers to respond with empathy to misbehaving students was able to reduce middle school suspension rates by half.
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Where is the Actual Science

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

Autism and Screen Time: Special Brains, Special Risks

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on December 31, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Is your gut telling you that your child with autism has too much screen time? Here are 11 reasons why ASD kids are more vulnerable to screen time effects, including addiction.

Intergenerational Epigenetics and You

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on December 30, 2016 in Pop Psych
Inheriting your grandfather's behavior is unlikely.