Essential Reads

Keeping Track

By Jean Kazez on August 16, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it ethical to use Find-My-iPhone to track your kids?

How to Change Passive Aggressive Behavior

Is a passive aggressive person causing you to feel angry and exhausted? The skill of Benign Confrontation can help you make long-term changes to this destructive dynamic.

Bumper Stickers Can Facilitate Dynamic Social Interactions

By Christopher Bergland on August 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
The tragic events in Charlottesville have left many of us speechless. The only cogent response I have for my 9-year-old daughter is from a "Hate Has No Home Here" bumper sticker.

Who’s to Blame When a Child Dies in High-Conflict Divorce?

By Linda Esposito LCSW on August 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Filicide is the most unimaginable crime perpetrated against children. The very act defies explanation, yet opening up the dialogue may be the only hope for the lives lost.

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Survive Your Difficult Family by Being Smart

Much of what is labeled as individual pathology in adults and children is really the playing out of family stresses and conflicts. Learn what you can do in this eight part series.

Understanding Children’s Best Interests in Divorce

“Shared parenting now has enough evidence...[that] the burden of proof should now fall to those who oppose it rather than those who promote it.”

“Girls Rule!”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in How To Do Life
What your boy is seeing about his sex

Sleep, Genetic Conflict, and Human Longevity

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Non-optimal sleep durations carry a differential cost for males because too little or too much sleep is associated with defective sperm quality and shorter telomere lengths.

Why Your Best Advice Always Backfires

By Adam Price Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
Sometimes the best advice is better left unsaid

First aid for when your toddler doesn’t communicate

Every parent knows the feeling of both joy and anxiety when a baby starts growing up and discovering the world, trying everything and experimenting.

Resilience — A Sustaining Gift for Your Children

Resilience in learning, as in life, provides the capacity to persevere through setbacks, take on challenges, and even risk making mistakes on route to reaching goal achievement.

Good Grandparent Moments

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
Some reminders of things to savor

A Simple Strategy to Help Worried Kids

The more parents say, “It’s fine. Don’t worry!” the more anxious kids demand, “But what if…?” Here's a way to help children use their imagination to manage worries.
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A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Building Relationships

We build our relationships upon the strengths and weaknesses of our parents, as well as our own. An exercise in discovering the challenges and the keys to overcoming them.

What Older Dads Need To Know

Are geeks taking over the world? The sons of older fathers are more geeky, and do better academically in success-predicting academics. The "Geek Index" helps us study geekiness.

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 1

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What might rappers, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?

Making Peace with Your Adult Children

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Complicated Love
Want to enjoy better health as you age? Improving a certain relationship may be the key!

Is There Really a Boy Crisis?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Talking About Men
Some scholars have long stated that we are in the midst of a ‘boy crisis’, manifesting itself in educational under-achievement and poor mental health. But is this the case?
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Can Marriage Survive When Your Child Dies Under Your Watch?

Marriage can survive the tragic loss of a child. Having these tools in place helps.

The Question of ADHD

Is ADHD really biologically based? Genetic? Or a socially constructed disorder? Read on for why we should be careful of what we readily accept as true.
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Why We Share Our Private Stories

By Barb Cohen on June 22, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
How do we find our place in the world? By standing up and telling the stories in which we play the starring role.

Cannabis for Kids: Can Marijuana Treat Childhood Seizures?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on June 21, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Smoking marijuana may not be helpful for seizures, but new research suggests that cannabidiol may be.

Should You Negotiate with Your Child?

Sometimes that means we just have to say no and stick to it. Even when our limit is greeted with tears. But remember, there's no reason to be mean about it.

Part 2: How to Talk with Your Millennial Kids about Love

Young adults want their parents to talk with them about the complexities of romantic relationships. The "Marriage 101" professor shares some questions to help you get started.

Part 1: Your Millennial Wants to Talk with You about Love

A new report from Harvard indicates that millennials long to talk with their parents about romantic relationships. Here's how to get your intergenerational love dialog started.

Why Is ASD Often Associated with Social Anxiety?

"We can say that all, if not most people diagnosed with ASD have remarkable issues with social interactions, however not all people on the spectrum end up with social anxiety."

Collaboration When a Family Has ADHD: Like Parent Like Child

Finding an empathetic, mutual path around ADHD aims families towards a shared goal instead of a battle, while adults build the same skills they’re aiming for in their children.

Enhance?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in How To Do Life
New discoveries are moving us closer to a time when parents could opt to ensure their child have high intelligence. Here's a short-short story that explores an implication.

Sins of the Mothers: Perpetuating Older Feminine Stereotypes

Sometimes it's the little things that count when trying to change things up for future generations of girls.
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Does Your Child Need Growth Hormone?

New guidelines help doctors, parents, and patients decide.

Does Your Child or Teen Have Oppositional Defiant Behavior?

Is your child or teen's defiant behavior maddening? Do consequences only make things worse?

Reflections on a Father's Day Mystery and Its Impact

Why did he run away from the orphanage at 14 and hop freight trains across Canada? What led him to settle into a life that sought security but harbored unfulfilled dreams?

Baby Care: Baselines for Mental Health

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
For most babies, early experiences are undermining their short- and long-term mental (and physical) health.

Baselines for Babies

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 18, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Authoritative (not authoritarian) parenting might be good for children, but it's bad for babies.