Essential Reads

What’s Happening to College Students Today?

I have a sad story to tell you...

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

3 Kinds of Kids Parents Should Never Reward with Gifts

When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

At holidays, the focus is on family - some siblings do not get along though

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

Teachers, professors, employers, parents, & students explain students’ problems.

Recent Posts on Parenting

Binge Drinking

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 16, 2015 A Sideways View
Alcohol consumption and addiction is the result of many psychological and social factors. Why do some young people manage moderate and healthy alcohol consumption while others binge drink regularly endangering their own and others health?

Parenting Teens 101

Got Angst? If you are one of those brave souls out there Parenting a Teenager, this blog is for you!

A New Way of Parenting that May Change Your Family

Dr. Shefali Tsabary's groundbreaking book offers a new take on parenting that will change the way you look at your children and your children look at you.

Postpartum Depression: From Blame to Responsibility

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on October 15, 2015 Child in Mind
When we point to the negative effects of postpartum depression on child development, parents may be overwhelmed with guilt. "I'm guilty" can also mean "I'm responsible." Framed in light of responsibility, parents may instead feel empowered.

The Playground is Dangerous, But the Soccer Field Isn't?

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on October 15, 2015 Inside Parenting
Parents may seem overprotective about play, but they aren't about sports. So are parents really risk aversive, or are they making decisions about potential benefits of activities?

Where Did Colleges Go Wrong?

By Hara Estroff Marano on October 14, 2015 Nation of Wimps
'Puppy days' and trigger warnings exemplify how colleges are increasingly in the business of infantilizing students rather than developing them.

Sam and His Tiger

Nearly everyone carries a tiger.

Bernie Sanders, Trudeau and Trump: Will More Youth Now Vote?

The youth would vote more if we presented them with progressive, genuine choices. Young people would also appreciate proportional representation, electronic voting, and other changes to the electoral process that make it easier for them to participate.

Bang, Bang, You're Alive

By Bernard L. De Koven on October 14, 2015 On Having Fun
Playing dead they learn how long death really is. Shooting toy guns, they begin to understand the ultimate fiction of power.

Authentic Kindness in Work and in Life

By John Sean Doyle on October 13, 2015 Luminous Things
As I watched my child struggle, I was pulling my hair out searching for a way to take this research into happiness and meaning and goodness and find ways to use it in the tough spots in life.

Mom Dating 101

The introvert/socially anxious/exhausted/shy mom's guide to making new friends.

Cleanup on Aisle 9 at 35,000 Feet: Children and Happiness

Studies show that having a baby, especially the first baby, can be hard on marital happiness. Of course, the story is much more complex than that. But is the happiness of the couple the only type of happiness that matters most to you in life? Maybe there is something else that matters in life that is more about family happiness than just couple happiness.

Teaching for Career and Life Success

“Success is not about your resources,” says Tony Robbins. “It’s about how resourceful you are with what you have.” How do we teach students to become resourceful—to use knowledge to achieve their goals?

Understanding Covert Incest: An Interview with Kenneth Adams

Over the years, my psychotherapeutic work has been heavily influenced by several groundbreaking clinicians, one of whom is Dr. Kenneth Adams. I recently had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Adams about his pioneering work, and I am happy to share excerpts of our conversation with you here.

Is the American Academy of Pediatrics Copping Out on Screens

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on October 13, 2015 The Power of Prime
Increasing the limits allowed for kids’ screen time or not offering time limits at all, either of which seem to be directions that the AAP is considering, flies in face of the fact that kids these days are already way out of balance in their use of technology.

Here's How to Finally Love Math With Your Child

By Garth Sundem on October 13, 2015 Brain Trust
How do the words, "The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another" make you feel? A study in the journal Science shows that if you can create the same feeling with your child about math, his or her skills will blossom.

Shattered Families: The Three Stages of Suffering

By Stephen Seager M.D. on October 12, 2015 BrainTalk
The Family Trauma of Mental Illness

The Psychology of Immigration

Birman provided a broad overview of immigration today and spoke of the contribution psychology can make in understanding processes of acculturation and developing appropriate mental health and educational interventions.

Rx: Take One Dog as Needed

One of the most exciting areas where the "healing dog" is making a difference is for pediatric patients. Here's a look at the latest findings from research on animal-assisted therapies and activities with dogs in hospitals.

Are Difficult Sibling Relationships Worth the Struggle?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 Singletons
Some sibling disagreement is healthy even as it taxes parents’ patience, but some can be enduringly divisive no matter how hard a parent works to ensure brothers and sisters are friends for life. How brothers rectified their lifelong disputes.

Sometimes I Give in to my Kid, and I Am OK With That

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on October 12, 2015 Full Living
While we mostly agree as parents that consistency is a key to successful compliance from our kids, letting them sway us to break our rules and/or change our minds has its benefits as well.

Establishing a Family Constitution

Families need a similar governing set of rules to create a sense of calm and tranquility in the home. So gather the founding members of your family for a convention and start crafting a family constitution.

Coming Out and Taking In

As righteous, thrilling, and important as coming out is--and it is!--it is equally important to take in. Taking in is when we recognize the potential others see in us and let ourselves make meaning out of it.

Is Excessive Screen Time Slowly Undermining Our Resilience?

What is the long-term cost of excessive screen time on our individual and collective well-being?

Survive the Nightmare of Weeknight Cooking

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on October 09, 2015 A Million Meals
We have more food options than any previous generation of parents, but if you give your child take-out, pre-packaged or processed food every day, you are at risk of having your Good Parenting card revoked. Changing a few things about your routine and attitude can make a big improvement in how you feel about that dreadful parade of family meals stretching past the horizon.

The Motherhood Constellation

Does motherhood change how a woman views the world?

Don't Make Me Tell You Again: Getting Kids to Listen

Having to constantly remind your kids to do something is the ongoing frustration of many parents. Here's how to make it stop.

Be Slick, Do Less, Get More

The irony of caregiving and caretaking is that the worst form of rip-off is doesn't occur when we give too much—what's better than a well-nursed grudge or a blast of righteous indignation? Actually, though, the real shakedown comes from having our own contributions refused.