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A Moment in Time for Teens

Another mass shooting, but this time youth are leading the charge for change. Here's what we as parents and youth advocates must do.

Protecting Your Child From Sexual Abuse

After the Nassar case: How and when to talk to kids about sexual abuse.

Our Uncomfortable Relationship With a Connected History

By Isaiah Pickens Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Revolutionary Thoughts
During a month we reflect on the history of African Americans, how do we harness the difficult truths of America's past for healing? The psychology of connection may guide us.

The Real Problem With “Toxic Masculinity”

In today's culture, there is great deal of anxiety around gender roles and their relationship to biology. Toxic masculinity may be a problem, but not in the way you think.

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How to Talk to Your Children About Food in a Healthy Manner

The goal is a positive, open-minded approach, while giving kids options to choose their own food and to learn the nutritious value of what they eat.
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7 Key Messages to Send to Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 04, 2018 in The Power of Prime
Your goal is to send these seven essential messages to your children early and often so that the messages become the healthy foundation for their athletic lives.

You Don’t Really Want to Get Better

Of course psychotherapy clients want relief from their symptoms. Yet, they are reluctant to change the defenses that would allow them to overcome their psychological maladies.

Ronan Farrow: Man on a Mission

By Joan Ullman M.A. on January 03, 2018 in Uncharted Customs
Often the first word many people learn to speak is `Daddy,' . But this young prodigy grew up with a daddy who was a baddie `- dubbed by all at home a `no goodie' sex harasser. `

Giving Girls the Attention They Deserve

By Dena Kouremetis on January 03, 2018 in The Unedited Offspring
"Differences in the extra attention given to boys are due in part to the fact that boys simply tend to demand more attention, while girls tend to be quieter and more reticent."

Why Are Fathers so Angry at Sons?

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on January 03, 2018 in Healing and Growing
Being a dad involves a lot of self-discipline. When sons show none, a father's unhelpful anger is only too natural.

"Is That Your Child?" Stories of White Moms of Biracial Kids

By Tiffany McLain LMFT on January 03, 2018 in Living Between Worlds
When Leah walked into a hardware store with her infant, she didn't expect that her maternity would be questioned, but for white mothers of biracial kids, society pulls no punches.

The Right Kind of Praise May Boost Academic Performance

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Singletons
Do you use person praise or process praise with your children? The distinction is important.

Home for the Holidays

By Kailey Hockridge, MA, EdM on January 02, 2018 in Finding Forward
Have a college student home for the holidays? It may be worth exploring what this break means for them.

(The Modern) Mother's Little Helper

Stressed out? There is help for anxiety.

Finding Success in Your Second Semester

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on January 02, 2018 in Social Lights
10 tips for college students and their parents.

A Case Study on Punishment

When you were punished as a child, did it work? Or did you just strategize how to get away with your behavior the next time?

Calming Upset People Fast with EAR

Statements that show Empathy, Attention and/or Respect can go a long way to connecting with anyone anywhere. It just takes practice to do it well.

8 Things Kids Can Say and Do to Stop Bullying

Are the skills of kindness and empathy any match for aggression and bullying?

Your Cat Is Bored!

If your cat had thumbs, would he be twiddling them with boredom? A few ideas can go a long way.

Why Your Child is Not One of Your 2017 Accomplishments

By Paula L. White M.A. on December 31, 2017 in Shape Parenting
Trying to tally up your accomplishments for 2017? Great! Just leave your kids out of it!

When and How to Say No to Kids

Here are seven situations when you may need to say no to your kids and some suggestions for how to do it.

Teen Slang

For decades teens have been notorious for having a unique vocabulary. Oftentimes, they cleverly create words, and other times they recycle words and give them a whole new meaning.

Mothers and Daughters and "Lady Bird"

By Susan Hooper on December 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
I graduated from high school decades ago. Why then does so much about the heroine of the film "Lady Bird"—a high school senior at war with her mother—seem so familiar to me?

What Can We Learn From A Year of Cyberbullying?

By Sue Scheff on December 30, 2017 in Shame Nation
After a year of cyberbullying and online shaming, how can we make 2018 a kinder and more compassionate cyber-place?

"At Least I'm Not as Bad as My Mother (or Father)"

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 30, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
The ends may not justify the means, but neither do the means justify the ends.

Don't Ask, They'll Tell

It's not a good idea to ask your child about their sexual orientation. Let them take the lead.

5 Great Ways to Respond to Kids' Whining

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 29, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
While it's easy to react to whining, deemed "the most annoying sound in the world," with frustration or anger, research provides insight into some of the most effective responses.

How Your Brain Finds Meaning in Life Experiences

New brain research links storytelling to the development of meaning. Why should parents and teachers be particularly interested?

The Borderline Dad

By Mark Banschick M.D. on December 28, 2017 in The Intelligent Divorce
Borderline fathers can act out in destructive ways. And divorce can make it worse.

Stop Making Resolutions that Leave You Disappointed

Tired of beating yourself up for falling short of your goals? In 2108, make a resolution to be firm but loving parent to yourself.

Winner of Survivor Sparks Conversation about PTSD

PTSD doesn’t only affect the soldier, but also has profound effects on the victim’s family. Treatment often focuses on three main behaviors.

Bonding Is Essential for Every Infant

Forty percent of all newborns do not adequately bond with their caregivers, partly because a third of parents do not know how to form a meaningful attachment with an infant.

Estrangement Distress: The Unwelcome Holiday Present

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Presence of Mind
The holidays bring heartache to parents estranged from their adult children. New research sheds light on the factors leading to estrangement and what we can do to cope.

The Kindest Gift Is Acceptance

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on December 24, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
How are our expectations reducing our ease in life? Sometimes the kindest gift we can give to ourselves and others is acceptance.