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How Parents Prolong the "Terrible Twos" Into Adolescence

Mental health professionals label as mental disorders child misbehavior that is created by certain parenting practices that have increased in incidence over the last few decades.

Fatherhood Plummets Testosterone.... Maybe

Dads beware: Does fatherhood impact your hormones?

Yes, Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
Overprotective parenting may cause more than just stunted psychological development; it may actually be bad for children's health.

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.

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Encouraging Independence in Young Children

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on June 28, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
Moving away from neediness and toward confident autonomy in the school-age years.

Messing Up Literacy in Texas

Find out why reading scores have plummeted in Texas and across the nation and what can be done to improve literacy education.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Conducting Conflict with Your Adolescent

The curriculum of family life teaches the adolescent how to manage significant relationships. Learning how to conduct conflict constructively is one important skill for later on.
Joyce Klein, Photographer/Don Greif Copyright owner

Good Enough Parents Are the Best Parents

Good enough parents are the best parents. There’s an obsession in our culture with perfection. By Don Greif, Ph.D.

Pain, Ambiguous Loss and Acceptance

Acceptance can be learning to accept that pain, right now, is reality, while simultaneously fighting for a better future.

Why Time-Outs Need a Time Out

In using time-outs parents unintentionally convey that they are unable to contain or tolerate their own feelings.

How to Get Children to Eat Vegetables

Many parents struggle with getting their children to eat vegetables, but the solution may be simpler than you think!

Clark Kent Syndrome: When Boys Are Social Media Supermen

There is a disturbing trend that seems to be whispered about in the hallways of schools.

4 Ways to Build Resilience (All Kids Are Not the Same)

We’re told resilience can be built in all children with the same tools: Mindfulness, self-esteem, a positive caring relationship. Research tells us something different.

Why You Should Never Call Your Picky Eater a "Picky Eater"

Parents know not to call their child, "The Dumb One." But Picky Eater? When identity shapes eating behavior, thoughts become reality.

It Didn't Start With You: The Mystery of Inherited Trauma

By Mark Matousek on June 23, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
How do we inherit family traumas? What tools can we use to work with painful experiences that did not begin with us? Family Constellations pioneer Mark Wolynn explains.

Raising Empathic Kids

Michele Borba's new book "Unselfie" offers practical ways to help kids learn to care about others.

6 Ways to Talk with Your Kids About Money

Children learn about money and how to handle it, wisely or not, from watching and listening to their parents.

Three Key Father Parenting Jobs, Analytically Speaking

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on June 21, 2016 in Full Living
Psychoanalytic theory has a lot to say about the role of mothers in early infant psychological development. Less familiar is the roles fathers play in their childrens' developement

When to Sweat the Small Stuff

Want to end bullying? Talking about kindness isn’t the same thing as being kind.

Please, Please (Don't) See Me!

By Nick Luxmoore on June 18, 2016 in Young People Up Close
We must be seen by other people to know that we exist and are worth something. But what about the young people who can't bear to be seen?

Earning Father's Day

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Here are 10 things dads can do to be great dads.

How to Survive Father's Day Without a Father

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 17, 2016 in Social Lights
Five ways to deal with a fatherless Father's Day.

Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love

For these kids, the human/dog bond really does lead to hope and healing.

Pack Leadership for Your Family

You know you can go to Super Nanny for parenting advice, but The Dog Whisperer also can help you become a pack leader for your family!

ADHD: Are We Helping or Harming With Current Medications?

There are no smart drugs that increase intelligence. Many children show uneven or lower IQ scores and Learning disabilities whose optimal remediation is education and academic.

Exploring Feelings

We are born with specific innate feelings, which combine with each other and life experiences to form our complex emotional world.

5 Relationship Tips For New Parents

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on June 17, 2016 in Between You and Me
Has the transition to parenthood taken a toll on your relationship? Are you not as close as you used to be? Start fighting back with these five fixes.

Parenting in the Age of Affirmative Consent

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Neuroparent
Since preschool, yes has always meant yes. We just haven't been paying attention.

Turning the Microscope on Feelings

Why do we tend to overlook the importance of feelings in understanding the behavior of human beings?

Russian Adoption Laws Leave Children Warehoused and Unwanted

Restrictive adoption laws raise mental health concerns for Russian orphans.

Why Doesn’t Sharing Come More Naturally?

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on June 16, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
How to gently nudge our youngest children toward generosity

10 Stress-Busting Strategies for Parents

As every parent learns, you can't be a good mom or dad when you're stressed out, no matter how positive your intentions.

The Blessing of a Broken Pretzel

What can broken pretzels can teach your kids about eating—and about life? Empowerment through the imperfect.
Woodley Wonderworks, via Creative Commons

Bedtime Checklist for Creative, Curious, Imaginative Kids

A child is happier, healthier, easier-going, and more energetic when he gets enough sleep. Here’s a 12-point checklist to ensure even active, curious kids get a good night's sleep.