Essential Reads

Why Are Little Girls' Halloween Costumes Still So Sexy?

The Hot-and-Sexy trend for girls' Halloween costumes and why it's concerning

WOSPs, Fear, and Unstructured Play

Finding a balance of fear and exploration by allowing more unstructured play.

Does Neurodiversity Whitewash Autism?

Neurodiversity is news now, and some say it glosses over disability. I say no.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

The Therapeutic Power of Miniature Worlds

Recent Posts on Parenting

"Why is Mommy so Sad?"

Within a family, depression is a gift that keeps on giving. Living with a depressed parent alters a child's current experience. Disturbingly, it puts the child at risk for developing anxiety and depression disorders later on, in adolescence and young adulthood. For these reasons, it is extremely important to attend to their adjustment during this stressful time.

How New Research in Psychology is Changing American Homework

By Rebecca Jackson on August 18, 2015 School of Thought
New research is inspiring parents to take a look at the conventional wisdom behind giving children unlimited amounts of time to complete homework assignments. In an interview with Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, she discusses her research and advice for both parents and educators about increasing homework loads in primary school.

Schooled by a Teen YouTuber

We all need a reminder to be more mindful in our communication with those that matter most. Here are 5 simple steps.

Americans are Drinking Less Soda. So What?

Every time we beat the nutrition drum, the more we turn people off. It's time for a different kind of public health messaging based on habits.

Want to Be a Happier New Mom? Try “Hygge”

Guest blogger Jessica Joelle Alexander explains how the Danish concept of Hygge helps women transition to motherhood.

Turn Anger Into A Peaceful Heart

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on August 17, 2015 Your Wise Brain
Fortunately, there's a healthy middle path between tight-lipped self-censoring and boiling-over rage. These three things will help guide you to find peace. 1) Stop Things from Building Up 2) Understand What's Making You Angry 3) Find Key Ways to Turn Anger into Peace

Co-Parent Solutions: A GAL Evaluation

There are myriad solutions to co-parent problems. The following option - a GAL evaluation - is the most efficient solution to significant concerns about co-parent misbehavior.

Do First Amendment Rights Apply to Students in School?

By Peter Gray on August 16, 2015 Freedom to Learn
In this interview, conducted by guest blogger Alex Walker, the founder of Free Student Press, David Krane, explains that student free speech is legally protected by the first amendment, but students must fight for that protection. School officials typically do everything they can to prevent students from knowing about and exercising their constitutional rights.

The Danger of Denying Your Child's Feelings

Swimming in that big river in Egypt called "DE Nial" leaves children feeling misunderstood and alone.

The Collapse of Values and My Local Car Dealership

What an efficient group of employees! Then why do I feel so bad?

Is He The One?

Is he the right person for you? Is she?

Countering "I'm Bored" Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 16, 2015 How To Do Life
When you're bored at work, with a relationship, or have a bored child.

Can Twitter Predict Who Will Develop Postpartum Depression?

Research shows that artificial intelligence can monitor a woman's Twitter feed during pregnancy and predict with 80% accuracy whether she will go on to develop postpartum depression.

The Impact of Divorce: All Children Only Get One Childhood

Navigating a divorce is perhaps one of the most difficult challenges for parents and for kids. Sadly many children are caught in the middle of overt or covert battles and silently suffer in the process. However, divorce may be managed in a civilized and sensitive manner, and may turn out better for all concerned. We offer some guidelines to help prevent untoward hardship.

Target Is Right on Target About the Use of Gender Labels

Target's decision to remove gender labels from toy aisles is important. Research has shown that labeling some toys as for boys and some toys as for girls is actually more important for children's choices than the toy itself. Labels point out to children that there are rules about who can play with what, and this limits the skills and abilities that children develop.

"Eggsploitation: Maggie's Story" and Risks of Egg Retrieval

"Eggsploitation: Maggie's Story" reveals how the fertility industry takes advantage of individuals' altruistic motives in search of profit while the medical risks remain unknown.

The Blessings of a Messy Room

By Allison Carmen on August 14, 2015 The Gift of Maybe
We can feel angry and frustrated when our children do not clean their rooms, put the dishes in the sink or do their other chores. What would happen if we see their mess as a blessing? It could be the key to less emotional suffering and experiencing more joy each day we spend with our children.

5 Tips for Reigniting the Relationship Spark After Kids

In just a little over a year and a half our relationship before baby is becoming a distant memory. I worry that the stress of parenthood, jobs, and other daily demands could bend our relationship into something unrecognizable. Research shows that for a sizeable portion of couples, having a child is hard on the relationship. But it also shows that it doesn’t have to be.

Back to School

Back to school: How to set your kids up for a happy, successful semester. (Best school year ever!)

The Key Role of Intuition in Students’ Decisions

By Tim Elmore on August 13, 2015 Artificial Maturity
I just had a difficult conversation with my son Jonathan. He is an intelligent 23 year old who loves to serve people. Our discussion was hard because it concerned the mismatch with his recent summer job waiting tables at a high-end restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. Even though it involved serving people...

A Mom-tervention

How do you find the courage to resist a bully? My cousin found it when her mother urgently needed protection from her father. They tried to sneak away when he wasn't looking, but the cat escaped and my cousin had to go back and face her Dad. In that moment, she learned to believe in her power to set boundaries. She will enjoy that skill forever.

How to Stop Resenting Your Spouse

Before having kids, my husband and I hardly ever fought. But after my son arrived, we suddenly turned into one of those couples on the Maury Povich show, screaming into each other's face. Unfortunately (but reassuringly), this is normal. Researchers have found that relationship satisfaction takes a dive in the first five years of parenthood.

Play Has Become A Drag for Kids and the Results Aren't Good

More than 70% of kids give up sports by age 13 because it's not fun. High-achieving students are "overloaded and underprepared" before they start college. Squeezing all the joy out of play and learning is not a recipe for success. Embracing parenting practices that put the fun back in childhood will nurture "doers" who will be primed for later self-driven achievement.

9 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Chances For Success

Many new parents may be too busy to realize it, but Tovah Klein of Columbia University argues that “the ages from two to five are crucial for your child’s long-term healthy development and success—for laying the foundation of who they will become over time.” Here are 9 ways to improve your child's chances for success from "the toddler whisperer."

The Intuitive Parent

The Intuitive Parent: Finding your own parent style while tuning in to your child

How Allowing Children to Fail Helps Them Succeed

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 Singletons
In our highly competitive parenting environment how do you learn to back off and let your children stumble, struggle, even fail? Here, why you should and how you can.

Four Signs Your College Student Could Be Abusing Substances

For young adults, the first time away from parental control can be quite a transition, a change in which sometimes too much partying can play a role in poor academic performance.

What Children Experience Going Back to School

School should be as much about the work of mastery as it is about growth, neither one of which comes particularly easily.

Believing in Your Child's Success

As a parent, watching your child struggle at something can be difficult. Seeing him or her fail can be devastating. Optimism allows you, as a parent, to find the positives in struggle and failure.