Essential Reads

How Parents Prolong the "Terrible Twos" Into Adolescence

Mental health professionals label as mental disorders child misbehavior that is created by certain parenting practices that have increased in incidence over the last few decades.

Fatherhood Plummets Testosterone.... Maybe

Dads beware: Does fatherhood impact your hormones?

Yes, Overprotective Parenting Harms Kids

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on August 28, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
Overprotective parenting may cause more than just stunted psychological development; it may actually be bad for children's health.

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.

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Dear Fathers: Let's Talk to Our Sons About Toxic Masculinity

Fellow fathers, we've been doing a terrible job in terms of what we teach our kids about masculinity. So terrible, in fact, that we are partly responsible for the Orlando massacre.

Sugar and ADHD: A Bad Mix?

Gummy bears or grapes? Why studies disagree on sugar and ADHD.

Parenthood Isn’t Easy on Men’s Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Fathers—and families as a whole—stand to benefit from a greater understanding of how men experience sleep in relation to parenthood.

The Secret of the Full Cup: Self Care

It IS possible to reduce the stress in our lives so we can slow down and find more joy in parenting on a daily basis.

Why Are Boys Now Less Motivated Than Girls?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Sax on Sex
Why are boys falling behind?
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The Complexity of Parental Questions for Adolescents

When it comes to asking the teenager questions, the intention of the parent can be quite different than the interpretation of the adolescent. So, proceed with care.

Don’t Ignore Kids Who Aren’t Star Athletes

Sport stars usually get lots of attention from their parents. But all children and adolescents need parental attention, love, and support―regardless of their ability.

Honey, I Squished the Kids’ Heads!

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Around the world, people have tightly bound their babies’ heads to produce distinctive shapes. Extreme cases in South America have spawned wild stories of intervention by aliens.

Why Babies Need Dads Too

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
The brain is shaped by early experience, specifically, the mothering (nurturing responsive care) we receive from mothers and fathers.

Flawed Sleep-Training Study Makes Invalid Claims-in the News

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
A flagrantly flawed Australian study of infant sleep training recently made national news, misinforming pediatricians and parents who look to authorities for guidance.

Neuroscientists Pinpoint How We Visualize Words When Reading

Neuroscientists have discovered that different brain regions process how we read words. One brain area only sees words as pictures—another brain area sounds out words phonetically.

I Think My Mother Is Paranoid

How to cope with an angry mother.

THE Blog Your Teenager Must Read

As a parent of a teen, you know about the teen risk. Have your teens read this so they understand how their brains are wired and how to avoid their wiring for risk-taking?

Where Our Relationship Patterns Come From

The way we experienced relationships in childhood creates an “internal working model” for how we view relationships throughout our lives.

What It Takes to Be Great Parents

Six do’s and don’ts that will improve your co-parenting skills.

Designer Babies? Not So Fast

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 09, 2016 in Open Gently
Reproductive technologies will lead to "designer babies" bit by bit and seem less strange over time.

Should You Home-School Your Child?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
An internal debate.

When Parental Choices Have Fatal Consequences

Preventable illnesses among children lead to distress and shame in parents.

Could Parenting Impact College Sexual Violence?

How can parents help prevent sexual violence such as in Stanford rape case? A few things make a big difference.

Using Humor to Dissolve Parent-Child Conflicts

By Andrea Fox on June 08, 2016 in Imperfect Mothers
There's nothing funny about a child's melt-down. But infuse a little humor and the conflict just might melt away.

What Our Music Reveals About Us

By Tim Elmore on June 08, 2016 in Artificial Maturity
There is one discovery that is worth talking about here...

What Every Child Needs to Be Happy and Successful

In a new book by Dr. Michele Borba, empathy takes center stage among social-emotional skills, playing a surprising role in predicting kids' success and well-being.

Baby Sign, Anxiety, and Snake Oil

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on June 07, 2016 in Statistical Life
Baby sign does lots of things, but unfortunately few of them appear to be about improving your child's life. It's worth taking a look at the evidence.

Mid 21st Century Birthers

By 2050 more than 50% of pregnancies in the US may well start in laboratories rather than in bedrooms or the back seats of cars. A new book addresses the implications.

Fathers and Sons

Parents need to be aware of the potential harm that could come from beliefs that the fathers’ role is to make men out of his sons.

16 Ways to Breathe, Mama, Breathe This Summer

Summer is a perfect time to bring more mindfulness into your life. Here are some simple ways to savor the season while keeping cool, calm, and collected with kids.

“Mom, I Feel Fat"

By Marcia Morris M.D. on June 05, 2016 in College Wellness
The National Eating Disorders Association shows that over a 13-year period, eating disorders increased from 7.9 to 25% for males and 23.4% to 32.6% for females.

An Extra Shot of Logic to the Teen Incident at Starbucks

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 05, 2016 in Social Lights
Rethinking Michelle Icard’s note to the teen girls at Starbucks.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Mothers

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on June 05, 2016 in Push Back
Why do we have more compassion for a gorilla than for a mother hoping to give her child the happiness of a day at the zoo?

Travel with Your Kids for Creativity’s Sake

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on June 04, 2016 in Neuroparent
Worried about your child's creativity? A trip to another country may be the way to go.