Essential Reads

Differences Between Self-Directed and Progressive Education

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Self-Directed Education and progressive education both emphasize the education of the whole, unique person, but they differ greatly in how that education is best achieved.

Parental Alienation and Its Repair

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Me in We
Parental alienation and how to recover the parent-child relation.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

Unloved Daughters and the Culture of Shame

By Peg Streep on June 23, 2017 in Tech Support
Shame plays many roles in an unloved daughter's life, especially on the road to recovery when the cultural notion of filial obligation becomes yet another obstacle.

More Posts on Parenting

More Proof That Breastfeeding Benefits Babies' Brains

New state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques confirm the widespread brain benefits of breastfeeding all infants—but especially vulnerable preemies—a mother's own breast milk.

The American College of Pediatricians Is an Anti-LGBT Group

By Jack Turban MD MHS on May 08, 2017 in Political Minds
A small but clever group created a legit-sounding name and spread false reports with the potential to harm LGBT youth.

Can Parenting the Danish Way Be Applied Elsewhere?

How are confidence and well-being developed in Danish kids? These parenting guidelines provide clues.

Why Teens Get High

It’s time teens get the real story about what marijuana can do to their bodies, their brains, and their futures.

The Gene Machine: An Interview with Bonnie Rochman

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on May 06, 2017 in Side Effects
The expanding influence of genomics on our lives.

The Pros and Cons of Youth Sports Aren’t Only Physical

Are sports helping or hurting your child’s emotional well-being?

Portrayal of Mental Illness on Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has sparked debate about depression and suicide prevention.

5 Disastrous Summer Vacation Plans Parents Should Avoid

... and 3 golden rules for successful family getaways.

What's the Best Way to Help Low-Income Mothers?

Coaching from public health nurses helps low-income mothers and their children.

Avoid the Gap Year Mistake

Gap years can be transformational moments that set a course for career and life fulfillment. But, not all gap years achieve this. What gap year students do matters.

When Hiring a Lawyer or Mediator, Buyer Beware

Who is responsible when the public fails to understand the different dispute resolution processes and types of attorneys and mediators available, even after they retain someone?

Not Naughty: 10 Ways Kids Appear to Be Acting Bad But Aren't

Understanding that many kid behaviors that appear to be naughty are normal responses to conditions, stressors, or developmental phases helps parents address them with compassion.

Dreams Aren't Child's Play, or Are They?

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Evolving Minds
Can we ever understand the mystery of dreams? What children's play can reveal about the nature of dreaming.

Children and Food Allergies

By Maureen Healy on May 02, 2017 in Creative Development
Children with Food Allergies: How can you help them?

Why People Still “Feel Sorry” for Only Children

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in Singletons
How many only-child stereotypes can you name?

When Grief Came To Town: A Mother's Tale of Loss and Renewal

By Mark Matousek on May 01, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Cherrie Adams's "annus horribilis" included the deaths of three family members, and the resurrection of a whole new life

Addict Cleans Up, Then Is Shunned by Family

Addiction is in the news again, and everyone wants to believe it's caused mostly by genetics. But a letter to a newspaper advice columnist reveals hidden family dynamics.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 3

This third blog in a series on children in polyamorous families explains how kids deal with disadvantages in polyamorous families.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Communicating About Emotion Between Parent and Adolescent

Because adolescence can be a more abrasive and intense time for parent and teenager, it's important to communicate about emotions well.

Expression Leads to Oppression

Marco Rubio's #expressionNOToppression initiative inherently makes no sense.

Ethical Issues in Treating Childhood Obesity

How do doctors decide when to recommend surgery for a child with obesity?

Sexuality During and After Pregnancy

Expecting a baby? Research shows what changes you can expect with sex and intimacy.

The Benefits of Mother-Daughter Travel

It's not your brother's "father-son camping trip"; it's whatever you and your mother or daughter want to make it!
Jay Blakesberg/earthdaynetwork

Beyond the March for Science: What Now?

By Rachel Pruchno Ph.D. on April 27, 2017 in All in the Family
Children whose parents voted for Trump are as likely to develop asthma and autism as children whose parents voted for Clinton.

4 Steps to Build Self-Discipline and Willpower in Students

By Tim Elmore on April 27, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
There's nothing more common than finding students who are loaded with potential, yet end up severely under-performing. So how do we cultivate willpower and self-discipline in them?

Do Your Children Yank Your Chain?

Just because you've permitted your child to manipulate you in the past doesn't mean you can't start taking charge now. In the long run, you'll be doing him or her a favor.

Stop Saying "Just Relax" to People With Infertility

For women struggling with infertility, "just relax" is perhaps the worst – and most commonly given – unsolicited advice. Here's a guide to how to respond.

It's Not the Glass That's Half Full/Empty; It's the Breast

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on April 25, 2017 in Full Living
We judge others as dispositioned towards negativity or positivity, scarcity or abundance, as a chosen disposition. In truth, that disposition gets set in infancy.

"Get Out": From a White Woman’s Perspective

By Madelon Sprengnether on April 25, 2017 in Minding Memory
“Get Out” not only analyzes our nation’s history of dividing racial reality into either/or categories but also reveals the price we pay socially and culturally for doing so.

Play: A Different Perspective

Much has been studied and written about play, and we would like to consider play from a somewhat different perspective, namely, that of affect theory.