Essential Reads

Why So Many Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 26, 2016 in Living Single
For the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than with a spouse or partner. One of the most interesting reasons for this is rarely mentioned.

The Infant “Crying It Out” Debate: Chapter 615

A new Australian study looks at two different infant sleep interventions and whether they work or cause damage.

Can You See Yourself as Good Only by Seeing Yourself as Bad?

All children need—and desperately—to establish a secure bond with their caretakers. After all, absent such a vital connection, how can they not feel anxious and apprehensive?
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5 Top Parenting Challenges and How to Deal with Them

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 24, 2016 in Singletons
Tweaking how you respond to tantrums or aggression, whining or back talk can put an end to power struggles and create loving, lasting bonds with your children.

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Brilliant Way to Combat Loneliness on Playgrounds?

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in What Shapes Film?
What do you do when you have nobody to play with? The Buddy Bench offers a seat to companionship.

Finding Professional Help for Victims of Bullying

Sadly, parents might need to decide whether they should drain college savings accounts in order to get their child the professional help they need to get through high school.

The Unique Impact of Dads

Dads often report feeling undervalued, yet research shows their influence offers unique, long-term developmental benefits.

Screen Time & Externalizing Behaviors

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in Screen Time
At times, children get upset when screen time is taken away. We can’t say this causes all externalizing behavior problems, but it can call for concern.

Cyberbullying: What Parents Need to Know

Cyberbullying involves using electronic communication to intimidate and harass someone. Because it's so public and so easily spread, it can be devastating.

The Childlike Wonder of Zach Gill

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 31, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Zach Gill explains how he embraces creativity in parenting.

How to Protect Kids From a Borderline/Narcissistic Parent

By Randi Kreger on March 30, 2016 in Stop Walking on Eggshells
If you're co-parenting with a high conflict narcissistic/borderline parent, you have a responsibility to minimize the damage emotional abuse can do. This series will show you how.

Parental Alienation and Three False Dichotomies

False dichotomies encourage black and white thinking that can get in the way of finding creative solutions and finding peace of mind.

Getting Your Lying Teen to Level With You

Nothing can be more infuriating than a lying teenager. Here's what to do...

7 Ways to Get Kids to Leave a Place They Don't Want to Leave

Getting kids to leave a place they love is no easy task. These ideas will make the transition home much smoother.

How to Not Pass Along Our "Stuff" to Our Children

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on March 30, 2016 in In Flux
We go through life dealing with our own anxieties, neuroses, issues, and problems.What happens when we don't fully deal with our own issues? Do our children "inherit" them from us?

Teen Sexting in Perspective

Is sexting really "the new normal" among teens? Here's what research says plus some practical ideas for parents.

Why Breakups Hit Some People Harder than Others

Certain people have the tendency to suffer from romantic loss more than others, and research suggests that this might have something to do with our attachment style.

Victimology: The New Way to Play the Blame Game

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on March 29, 2016 in Memory Medic
The need to walk on eggshells in social interactions makes us isolate ourselves into enclaves of like-minded people.
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Should I Tell My Daughter She's an Introvert?

By Sophia Dembling on March 28, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Talking to teenagers can be tricky, so try providing information and letting them figure it out themselves.

The Personality Disordered Co-Parent and "The System" Part 3

How the "system" can help those who must co-parent with a personalty disordered person.

The Personality Disordered Co-Parent and "The System" Part 2

Trying to coparent with a personality disordered person is a challenge and the system needs to help, not hurt.

I Am Done With My Mother

How to deal with ambivalence toward parents

Personality Disordered Co-Parents and "The System", Part 1

Co-parenting with a disordered ex is difficult and requires assistance from people who often seem clueless.

Teaching Children Tolerance

As you teach your child tolerance, you will help create a better world for generations to come.

How to Stop Disrespecting Your Children

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on March 27, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
Over decades, psychotherapist Alice Miller published details about child abuse. How do parents become self-aware (of what seems normal to them) and stop mistreating their children?

Early Relationships: The Fourth Vital Sign

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on March 27, 2016 in Child in Mind
When a baby is born, taking time to listen to parent and child together should be a top priority.

The Gene No Family Wants to Sing About: Huntington's Disease

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on March 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Woody Guthrie died of the terrible genetic disorder Huntington’s Disease when little was known about it.Today fertilization technology can save the children of HD gene carriers.

“Mom, I’m Having a Panic Attack”

By Marcia Morris M.D. on March 26, 2016 in College Wellness
As a parent, you can help your college student contain, manage and reduce anxiety.

Dennis Embry on the Children's Mental Health Network

The future of mental health interview series continues with Dennis Embry on the Children's Mental Health Network

Barbie’s New Body

Mattell’s iconic Barbie doll now comes in multiple body types. But have they done enough?

5 Ways to Bring More Intimacy into Your Life

More than personal successes or riches, people who are the happiest and physically healthiest in old age are those who maintain close relationships. Here are 5 ways to start.

What Children of Narcissists Sometimes Do

As counterintuitive as it may feel in the narcissistic dynamic (especially with a parent), focus on the self is key to healing.

Daydreaming: Not a Useless Waste of Time

Worried that your child or student daydreams too much? New research shows that mind wandering improves self-awareness, boosts creativity, and is essential to human flourishing.

Couples Need This Even More Than Love

Couples who stay in love and go the distance have this working in their favor.