Essential Reads

Should I Let My Kid Play Football?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
Parents whose kids want to play football should consider the other ways in which their kids might get its benefits without incurring the risk of serious harm.

Boredom and Its Perks

By Dena Kouremetis on February 09, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Sisters Choosing Him for Themselves

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Research shows that women value physical attractiveness more when choosing a partner for themselves than for a sister.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

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Great, Great, Great, Great…Ape Men

Some new books and recent fossil finds spawn these reflections on great apes, cultural transmission and the ways of wise old men. Thanks to Lamarck too.

Cyber Santa vs. The “Real” Deal

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 07, 2015 Singletons
Santa apps promise to keep the magic of St. Nick alive, but can they?

Early Education

This month we conclude our discussion of education with “Education – Part II.” The emphasis is how to enhance education by mobilizing the positive affects.


Educational philosophy and policy have spawned a massive literature and a huge variety of alternative methods. So what does education and educate mean?

Feeling Ready to Snap, Mama?

With the holidays upon us, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and on the brink of losing it. Rather than snap, learn how to take a simple SNAP Break with a bit of mindfulness.

What Really Happens During a Therapy Session

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on December 05, 2015 All Grown Up
Get some answers to a few typical questions—and misconceptions—about what therapy is, and isn’t, and how it works.

Domestic Terrorism will not Stop Abortion

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on December 04, 2015 The Third Wave
Violence and intimidation don't work to prevent abortion, because domestic terrorism doesn't prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Lifestyle Choices Cause Epigenetic Changes to Father’s Sperm

Sperm carries information about a father’s well-being at the time of conception in ways that may influence a baby’s long-term health.

Reading to Preschoolers Falls Short on the Road to Literacy

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 03, 2015 Once Upon a Child
Why reading to preschoolers falls short on the road to literacy.

"If A Teenager is Happy, DON'T Leave it Alone"

Are you being held emotionally hostage? Sometimes the moments of calm are so rare and cherished, that we don't want to risk losing them by bringing up a difficult subject.

Planned Parenthood Attack: Criminal as Terrorist

If not Planned Parenthood, then something else?

Why Do So Many Parents Feel Anxious?

The pressure we put on our kids to succeed may reflect our own economic anxiety.

Developing Co-parenting Plans for the Holidays

Because the added stress of holidays can lead to heightened parental conflict, it is vitally important that parents make a concerted effort to cooperate for their children's sake.

Online Games Show Player Personality And How To Change It

By Garth Sundem on December 02, 2015 Brain Trust
You bring some of your personality into online games...and soon the game may put a bit of itself into your personality.

How the Wealthy are Disadvantaged

By Shimi Kang M.D. on December 01, 2015 The Dolphin Way
Some things only money can buy: better access to education, healthcare, iPhones, and vacations; but what about things you cant buy, such as the foundations of a healthy childhood?

Getting Kids in Pain to School: Tips From the Trenches

The recommended rehab for kids in pain is to send them to school. But how? Some thoughts. Please add your own.

Are Musically Trained Parents Better at Decoding Baby's Cry?

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 What Shapes Film?
Infants cry for many different reasons. Are those who have taken music lessons more 'in tune' with what babies are trying to communicate?

6 Terrible Reasons to Have A Child

By Peg Streep on December 01, 2015 Tech Support
The reasons we decide to become parents can have far-reaching effects on how we interact with our child or children, especially if they remain unexamined and unarticulated.

When Parents Name-call Their Adolescent

When parents get upset with their adolescent, they can be tempted to use hurtful labelling to express their discontent. When this occurs, damage can be done to the relationship.

Reader Roundup 2015

By Sharon Praissman on November 29, 2015 Beyond the Egg Timer
From Law of Attraction to the scientific method, from coping with infertility to finding jeans that actually fit while pregnant with twins, these books will inform, inspire, and entertain you!

The Harmful Hypocrisy Of "The Right To Life" Movement

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 29, 2015 Saving Normal
"Right To Lifers" fight for the premise that all life is sacred when it is in the uterus, but show callous indifference to people once they are born.

Radicalization of Young Muslims

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Stop The Cycle
Radicalization is a growing and terriffying problem from Paris to Canada and around the world. The radicalization process has been well studied by scholars and much is known about it. Publicising what is known can help us put prevention strategies in place. Risk reduction is found in interventions in violent homes and communities, reaching out to disinfranchised youth.

Is Failure the New Black in Parenting?

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Inside Parenting
Telling parents to back off and let their kids fail may sound very hip, but there's a hitch in the daily experience of being a kid. It's called a grade.

How You Can Stop the Next Terrorist

Like most of the world, I felt fearful, angry and initially, powerless, as the news of the terrorism in Paris emerged. I asked myself, what can I do to stop terrorism? What can one person do to stop the madness? The answer came - plenty.

Insight into Extremism and the Terrorist Mentality

What are the psychodynamics behind extremism, absolutism and all insidious forms of polarization? On some level, the answers all relate to human beings’ inherent fear of death and their need for psychological defenses to deny or ease the endemic pain of the human condition.

Does Breastfeeding Boost Intelligence in Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Media Spotlight
Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. A new study shows that that breastfeeding was significantly associated with intelligence at all ages. The link between breastfeeding and intelligence actually rose for children between the ages of seven to sixteen.

Going Home for the Holidays — Tragedy or Comedy?

If a family’s drama can’t be handled or the dysfunction runs too deep or lies too close to the surface, keeping your distance may be the only choice. In other cases, do what you can to show how well you’ve turned out — because of, or in spite of, the family that raised you.

4 Psychological Smartphone Apps Designed to Benefit Behavior

Too little sleep, too much stress, anxiety over getting the kids to school on time, and a fear of flying are common issues that are addressed by these smartphone or tablet apps.

All Electronic Devices Should Be Off at the Table

These are kids for whom it is not unusual to make a quick leap from the first awakening of sexual awareness to the first consummation of sexual experience.

Eating Disorders and Parenting at the Holidays

The holidays can be a triggering time for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder. It can be difficult to maintain (or achieve) a healthy relationship to food at this time of the year. And if you're also a parent, you must manage these challenges as you support and nourish your children. It's no easy task.