Essential Reads

Younger Kids Are More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Relatively young children in a classroom (with birthdays in September-December) are more likely to be misdiagnosed with ADHD.

The Reality of Whiteness

Why are some white people so reluctant to acknowledge racism and white privilege? Opening minds and hearts to the need for more progress.

10 Ways to Deal with Mom-Shaming

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Singletons
A new poll finds a majority of moms feel judged. Learn how to handle criticism and have confidence in your parenting decisions.

Believing in Ghosts, Goblins, and the Candy Witch

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
On Halloween, there is no doubt that children everywhere will have their minds on ghosts, goblins, and witches. But when do they learn that these characters aren't real?

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Back to School: Packing Your Emotional Backpack

Witnessing the pain of our children—the shutting down and withdrawal—may reawaken feeling-traps of our own, and cause us to respond in disproportionate ways.

Will Our Grown Kids Ever Get Along?

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Between the Lines
Will they ever outgrow sibling rivalry? Before it's over your dead body, there's still something you can do to help them help you when you need it.

Spoiling a Child

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on August 24, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Whether a child grows up to be spoiled—or not—will have considerable effect on his life.

Debunking 10 Common Concussion Myths

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on August 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
You may be aware of concussions, but is your understanding based on fact or fiction?

When Your Toddler Hits You: A Script

But Sam isn't laughing because he's enjoying her pain. He's so upset that he can't cry. His laugh is letting off the tension of his upset feelings.
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For Anyone Building an Online Practice

By John Kim, LMFT on August 24, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
What if your parents were right and all this falls apart?

Letter to an Incoming Student

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Two psychology professors reflect on what students can do to succeed this new school year.

A Mindful Meditation on the Mysteries of Life, for Children

Even very young children can worry about death, birth, and change. And So It Goes is a delightful illustrated book for children who have questions about the mysteries of life.

Brothers and Sisters

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in The Hero Within
Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us.
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Inflection Points

“Growing up doesn’t have to be so much a straight line as a series of advances and retreats.” That sentiment mirrors the unsteady footing of personal development.

How to Help Kids Who Struggle Socially

What can you do to teach young people the skills they need to make healthy friendships and connect with positive peers?

Parenting a Child with Mental Illness

When your child is diagnosed with mental illness, it can be isolating. Parenting guides don't talk about it. Stigma silences our families. Don't worry, though. You're not alone.

Do Parents Give Their Children "the Gift of Life"?

By Jean Kazez on August 23, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
It's poetic to speak of "the gift of life" but does it make any sense?

Five Reasons You Have to Stop Excusing Verbal Abuse

By Peg Streep on August 23, 2017 in Tech Support
It took widely publicized teen suicides to open our eyes to the fact that bullying wasn't a normal passage in childhood. When will the culture do the same for verbal abuse?
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Are You Self-Sacrificing?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in I'm Only Human
Self-sacrifice doesn’t always involve sacrificing your own individual self. We also self-sacrifice when we give up what matters the most to us—which might not be our own self.

A Back to School Stress-Management Toolkit for Teens

This time of year involves transition. Whether it's adjusting to high school, the new academic semester, or going off to college, teens need new coping tools to de-stress!

Why I Won't Let My Son Buy A Fitbit--Even With His Own Money

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in One More Bite
How physical activity tracking devices may be dangerous to your health!

Ninja Parenting

By Bruce Grierson on August 22, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
The Parenting Dilemma: are you a tennis player or a rock climber?

We're Raising a Generation of Wimpy Kids

The ultimate goal of parenting should be to work yourself out of a job. But studies show most young adults feel they lack the emotional skills they need to face life's challenges.

On Children...

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Rethinking Men
Children today are not what they used to be, even 50 years ago – because times and societies have changed, but then it was never very clear what they were anyway...

Mom? Dad? Can I Have Lunch with a Nazi?

If your child asked if it was okay to have lunch with a stranger who is a Nazi or KKK, chances are you would say “No.” So, is your child at risk for exposure to a hate group?

Top 10 Concerns Parents Have for Their Own Kids (and Others)

By Christopher Bergland on August 21, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Bullying/cyberbullying, internet safety, racial inequities, and school violence top parents' list of concerns for their children's well-being, according to a new 2017 report.

What If Your Parents Were Just Not That Into You?

What if your parents were just not that into you? The lifelong effects of childhood neglect.
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Saying Goodbye? 5 Ideas for Emotionally Healthy Farewells

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on August 21, 2017 in Off the Couch
Whether you’re saying goodbye to a child, a pet, or a house, to a marriage or partnership, or to a loved one who is dying, farewells can be painful. How can you make them easier?
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The Story of Adolescence

Sometimes it helps parents to remember that every teenager is acting out the same age-old story, just in her or his individual way.

Mind the Gap

When those who fall outside of the dominant culture are judged because they fall outside of the dominant culture, are they given an equal opportunity?

Discussing the News With Your Children

In this rough week for our nation, many parents are left wondering how to talk to their children about what they are seeing in the news. Here are some tips.

25 Simple Self-Care Tools for Parents

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Many parents are exhausted and overworked. These ideas offer ways to engage in self-care, renew your energy, tune into feelings, and strengthen relationships in 10 minutes or less.

On Your Adolescents Getting Up in the Morning

It's hard for adolescents to get up in the morning, especially if they suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. What tips can we get from published research?