Essential Reads

Creating eBooks for Children - Let's Do It Together!

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Story books for children have a long history and are universally valued by children and parents. Digital stories for children offer new ways to share stories and advance literacy.

The Top Five Gifts of Pokemon Go to Parents

"Thanks Pokemon Go for giving my kids a modern version of a 1970s summer!”

Feathering the Empty Nest

By Ann Smith on July 25, 2016 in Healthy Connections
Couples who were able to maintain their connection through the child rearing years will have a smoother transition into empty nest years.

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When You and Your Child Are Stuck in a Bad Pattern

But children (and adults!) naturally rebel against force, so you can't actually control anyone except yourself. That's why change needs to start with us.

Learning to Relate

Learning how to relate is extremely complex—more so when, very early in life, a child’s parents aren’t effective caregivers.

When Should Kids Start Kindergarten?

Is it better for kids to delay kindergarten a year? Find out what the evidence says.

Parental Alienation and the Bystander Effect

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

Using Design Psychology to Feel at Home in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on May 24, 2016 in Splitopia
Using colors and images that remind you of your positive past can help you feel more at home, after divorce, and support your vision of your future life.

Why Are More Young Girls Killing Themselves?

Suicide rates have tripled among 10 to 14 year old girls during the last 15 years. What is going on? Several possible factors underlie this disturbing trend.

Pomp and Uncertain Circumstances

Your baby is graduating...are you ready?

Are You a Breast or Are You a Mother?

Who needs a mother, a living, breathing human being, with wants and needs of her own, when we can have a milk-producing breast instead?

Modern Lives are Weird!

By Richard Bailey Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Smart Moves
Inactivity is the new normal, and there is a serious price to be paid for this change. For the first time in recorded history, children have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

The Marriage Narrative: Will We Look Back in Shame?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Living Single
Social scientists and journalists are perpetuating a misleading narrative about the superiority of people who get married. Years from now, will we look back in shame?

3 Mistakes Parents Make by NOT Considering Boarding School

When your kid's in danger, you may have to take drastic steps. Boarding school can be a new beginning.

Parenting From Behind Bars

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Home Base
A staggering number of children have parents in prison - and they're six times more likely to end up in jail themselves. How can we help?

The Myth of Multitasking

Do you and your children multitask your way through the day? Here's why it might not be the best strategy for your family.

Monogamy Is Not "Natural" For Human Beings

By E E Smith on May 20, 2016 in Not Born Yesterday
If the idea of mating for life went out with the so-called sexual revolution of the 1960's, and books like Open Marriage, why has monogamy become a hot button issue, so to speak?

5 Ways to Help Kids After a Disaster

As natural disasters like the wildfires in Fort McMurray increase in frequency, there are 5 simple things we can do to help children avoid the trauma of being forcibly displaced.

For Kids with Pain, Attending School Can Help

Too many days at home can lead to worsening chronic pain. Helping kids find ways to be successful in school, even when pain may persist, is essential.

The Baby Effect: Are You Ready?

Some couples survive the transition to parenthood better than others. Here's what the research says about first-time parents.

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD in Children

CDC recommends that professionals refer parents of young children with ADHD for behavior therapy before prescribing medication.

6 Openings for Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 19, 2016 in Full Living
We want to be one of the people our kids talk to about sex, sexuality, orientation and gender. Even if it terrifies us.
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The Narcissistic Parent

Narcissistic parents - in this case a mother - can hurt children in many ways. It's a type of abuse that requires a special kind of healing.

Children's Self-Esteem, Confidence and Manual Work

In the past, manual labor such as helping out at home – bringing home groceries, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor – was an integral part of one's upbringing.

Three Things Parents Do About Online Safety: Then & Now

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in Connected
Given how much the Internet has changed, we examine two research studies on parents’ views of their kids’ online safety.

Alexander Owens’ Fight Against Neurofibromatosis

To promote awareness of this tragic disease and to call attention to how it affects children and their families, May has been designated National Neurofibromatosis Month.

Can You Catch Your Kids In a Lie?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 17, 2016 in Open Gently
Some liars are better than others. Don't be sure you know when your child is telling the truth.

Immigration and Family Dysfunction

The children of immigrants to the United States from traditional societies often get double messages about which cultural norms they should follow, creating serious conflicts.

The Struggle to Unlearn Psychology

Many millennials have minimal exposure to extinction situations, because someone constantly reinforced them.

Is That Perfect College Really Worth It?

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in People Skills
Are parents and kids missing critical skills for college and life success?

Your Birthday

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
What do you really want from your birthday and other special events? What do your loved ones want from theirs?

How to Talk to Kids About What it Means to be Transgender

With all of this media attention, kids who are not transgendered may have questions about what this issue is really about. This is a teachable moment.