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Autism, Guardianship, Self Determination and Housing

There's a controversy brewing over supported housing for autistic people. Are autistic communities supportive or oppressive? Who decides - autistics or parents?
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A Gift from Mothers to Daughters

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in Beauty Sick
The messages we hear about women and beauty make it hard to have healthy attitudes toward our bodies. But we can make certain those messages stop at our own front door.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Cheerleading

You can cheerlead for a loved one with encouragement, logistical, or material support. In showing love by expressing priorities, you helping them respect and love themselves.

Being Parents of a Perfectionist

Being parents of a perfectionist: For some parents it’s a dream, for others a nightmare. For the kids, it trends toward the latter.

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Help! I Hate My Daughter's Boyfriend!

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Social Lights
How parents can cope with their child’s dating choices

A Parent Aims to Decipher a Teen’s Transgender Declaration

By Tina Traster on March 07, 2017 in Against All Odds
I don’t care how cool LGBTQ is at the moment. At the end of the day, a transgender desire is not welcome news to a parent.

How Children Learn Right from Wrong

When children feel close to their parents, they want to "follow" them. Going against their parents would be going against the most important people in their lives.

The Shadow Side to Being an Asian American Over-Achiever

Guest blogger Nicole Hsiang explores Asian American perfectionism and its consequences.

Prepare Your Child for College by Teaching Resilience

Is your high achieving high school student resilient enough for college?

Call Children’s Private Body Parts What They Are

Children who know the correct names for their genitals feel better about their bodies, and have an important protection against molesters.

The Shy Child

Do not force your child to speak.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Raising a Self-Confident Adolescent

Parents can be confidence builders or confidence breakers. Better the first than the second.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Spring Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on March 05, 2017 in Social Lights
12 suggestions from a college professor

Your Child Just Told You He's Gay. Now What?

How you can respond, without offense but with unconditional love.

Passive Aggressive Notes

An 8-year-old boy replaces aggression with passive-aggression, in response to his mother's attempt to punish him.

The New Committed Relationship: For Parenting, Not Romance

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Living Single
Families have evolved in all sorts of ways. Now there are singles who come together only to raise children. They find romance elsewhere, if they are interested in it at all.

What Is Bulimia Nervosa?

It's been called "the secretive syndrome," and the intense shame can obstruct seeking help.
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Teenagers and Their Quest to Find Themselves

All teens will go off into the big, wide world as they journey to discover who they are. So be aware of where they go and whom they align themselves with.

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is torture for the afflicted person, terrifying for parents, and terribly frustrating for clinicians...

More Than a Tan and T-Shirt From a Florida Trip

By Tina Traster on March 02, 2017 in Against All Odds
By spending time with her grandparents, my daughter gained new insight into her mother, her parents' my relationship, and her relationship with her parents.

Five Ways to Be a Better Parent to Your Child With ADHD

Children with AD/HD have unique needs and present unique challenges for parents. How can you best meet these needs? Read on to learn more.

The World’s Shortest Parenting Course

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
Parenting is hard but requires not perfection but using a few guidelines.

8 Signs Your Elderly Parent Is No Longer Fit To Drive

By Peggy Flannigan Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in The Examination Room
Concerned about your parent and their driving? Check out these tips to discover if it is time for them to give it up.

Divorcing and Coparenting With the Sociopath

There are ways to keep you and your children safe when divorcing a sociopath. Here are 5 things you must do in the face of a personality disordered ex.

Back to Basics

How do we help stressed out teens? The answer doesn’t come from any academician, nor scholarly source. The answer is as simple as going back to the basics.

The Surprising Effects of Parents' Sleep Deprivation

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 25, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sleep deprivation inhibits parents' ability to manage their emotions and reactivity to negative stimuli. It may also interfere with their verbal and nonverbal expressions of joy.
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Is Your Child More Anxious and Worried Since the Election?

By Allison Carmen on February 24, 2017 in The Gift of Maybe
Many parents on both sides of the political aisle have added to their children’s worry and anxiety by not being more careful with their words before and after the election.

Apologizing

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Life After 50
Do you find it difficult to say you're sorry?
Dina Rose

Stop Being a Short-Order Chef: 10 Lessons Kids Need to Learn

Unless you enjoy making multiple meals, it's time to switch strategies. Stop looking for the right food and start teaching the right lessons.

The Charter vs. Public School Fight

By The Research Lab on February 21, 2017 in The Fundamentals
We all lose when we pit one against the other. By Cynthia Franklin, Ph.D.

Why Is It So Difficult to Stop Obsessing About Your Child?

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on February 21, 2017 in Adoption Stories
Do you obsess about your child? Is it wearing you out?

Give Technology — and Yourself — a Rest

By Mark Bertin M.D. on February 21, 2017 in Child Development Central
The brain needs a break to recover from activity just like our bodies do.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Helping Your Adolescent Cope with Significant Loss

Parents can teach their adolescents how to make their way through significant loss when it occurs.

Why Not Circumcise Your Boy? Risk for Autism

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
New research raises new questions.