Essential Reads

Help Your College Student Combat a Major Danger: Depression

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 25, 2016 in College Wellness
With the right treatment plan, your child can develop the tools to fight her way out of the darkness of depression and into the light of recovery.

This is Your Child's Brain on Video Games

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on September 24, 2016 in Mental Wealth
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": a fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Raising Dyslexic Kids: Self-Awareness and Acceptance

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in From Worrier to Warrior
As parents, educators, caregivers and therapists we must model self-awareness for our children and help them own and accept who they are—whether dyslexic or not.

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We're Splitting Up!

By Nick Luxmoore on July 16, 2016 in Young People Up Close
If adults can't contain their own tendencies to split, then what hope is there for young people?

The Opioid Epidemic and Our Children

The opioid addiction crisis is laying waste to families and communities. Children inevitably become victims. Research on treatment and child protection is just catching up.

The 4 Stages of Unplugging a Child's Brain

By Garth Sundem on July 15, 2016 in Brain Trust
We've all seen research on kids and screen time. Here's what it really looks like to unplug.

Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Peace activist Daisaku Ikeda affirms: when happiness thrives in the lives of parents, it thrives in their children’s lives as well.

Does My Child Have a Psychiatric Disorder?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on July 15, 2016 in Child in Mind
When parents are concerned about their child's emotional wellbeing, we need to protect time and space to listen without pressure to name the problem

4 Parts of a Real Apology

Apology is a relational process that leads to change.
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Breaking Out of the Make-Up-Break-Up Cycle

Are you in a toxic romantic cycle of constantly breaking up, then making up? This might help!

When Someone Won’t Talk About Their Childhood—Why Not?

If someone refuses to talk about their years growing up, you can safely assume that their past was hardly idyllic.

Raising an Unhurried Child in a Hurried World

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 13, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents Interview of David Elkind

Homesickness: A Sign of Weakness or Strength?

Once considered beneficial, attachment to home is now viewed as dysfunctional. Is love of home a disorder? Or is it a foundation for healthy relationships?

Lessons Learned From Auschwitz

Can the lessons learned from Auschwitz help at a time when violence of intolerance continues?

Targeted Parents and Adult Alienated Children

Reconnecting is not the same as restoring the relationship.

My Daughter Won't Let Me Help Her With Her Breakup

Helping your daughter get over a breakup

The Most Important Thing About Bullying Prevention

What is your mantra for bringing an end to bullying—in seven words or less?

The Talk You Must Have Before Your Child Goes to College

Getting your child ready for college doesn’t just mean arranging dorms and paying tuition, it also means having an upfront talk about mental health.

Self-Reg: Self-Regulation vs. Self-Control

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on July 11, 2016 in Self-Reg
So much of the behaviors we see in children today seems inexplicable until we realize that we are dealing with the effects of excessive stress.

Mental Illness, Violence, and Family Homicides

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 11, 2016 in Saving Normal
Mental illness is not responsible for most violent crimes, but is a much bigger factor in the 4000 family homicides that occur each year.

5 Ways Outdoor Learning Optimizes Children's Well-Being

New research has pinpointed five ways that outdoor learning benefits children's overall well-being.

Where We Fail Our Children

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on July 09, 2016 in Shift Happens
Our kids are not prepared for life beyond high school. Is it our fault as parents? The fault of our schools? How can we fix this and give our kids the necessary tools for living?

Smartphones vs. "Smart Parenting" - Part Two

Do you soothe or comfort your child with a digital smartphone or tablet? Here's what you can do instead, and how you can limit your child's use on a digital device.

3 Reasons Why Parents Let Their Kids Bully Them

Do you let your kid push you around? Here's how your childhood set you up to be bullied by your children.

Where Do I Come From?

Follow her questions as a guide and you will not overload her with information.

The Narcissism Epidemic and What We Can Do About It

By Joe Pierre M.D. on July 08, 2016 in Psych Unseen
Is narcissism on the rise? If so, can anything be done to curb it?

Does Social Media Harm Kids?

There is solid evidence that social media networking can have positive benefits for young people.

The Gaslighted Child

By Peg Streep on July 07, 2016 in Tech Support
Our culture is resistant to the idea that some mothers actively undermine their children. That resistance doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

Managing Emotions: Mindfulness, Impulsivity, and Goldilocks

Mindfulness is an affordable substitute for the real thing.

My Therapist Mother Treats Me Like A Patient

How To Survive A Therapist Parent

How Divorce Is Changing for Our Neighbors Up North

By Wendy Paris on July 05, 2016 in Splitopia
New article in Canada's largest newspaper looks at Canadian couples who co-parent cooperatively, celebrate holidays together, and even help out with each other’s laundry.
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School Reform? Let Them Eat Cake!

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on July 04, 2016 in Digital Pandemic
Is force-feeding advanced academics really a good idea?

Guilty of the Sin of Outdoing

Some families are truly happy to have their child outdo them. But others may resent our success.