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Top 10 Parenting Tips

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in In Control
Parenting is the greatest trip on earth. I wish you the ride of your life.

On the Modern Self

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on August 19, 2017 in More Than Mortal
Writer Will Storr discusses his new book: Selfie.

The 1 Skill College Students Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared for the future, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.

Keeping Track

By Jean Kazez on August 16, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it ethical to use Find-My-iPhone to track your kids?

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Divorced Dads and Their Daughters

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Pop Psych
A new study claims that the relationships between dads and daughters are important for shaping daughters' future sexual behavior. The evidence doesn't seem that clear to me.

Is Being Proud of Your Kids Really about You?

As parents, we can overly connect to our kids and fail to see them as separate people who own their own accomplishments. This leaves kids longing to be seen for who they truly are.

Childrearing Tips for Modern Families

By Kimberly Key on June 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Research reveals what successful families do that increase resilience & functioning in kids--a must-read for any families in crisis or that suffer from addiction

Yes! A Cartoon-loaded Friendship Guide for Kids and Parents

All about making and keeping friends, with lots of liberally illustrated kid-friendly ideas, along with helpful suggestions for parents of kids from six to twelve.

Helping Kids Who Bite

Watch for signs that generally appear before she bites, and move in quickly.

Can't Get Through to Your Child?

As children develop, they naturally want to explore the world and learn for themselves. But they need to know that their parents are available, providing a safe base for them.

Lessons From Summer Camp

By Mendi Baron on June 13, 2017 in On the Verge
Got a teen or young adult on your couch? Want it back? Helping them find a purpose can go a long way.

No Syrup, Just Butter

A Father's Day story about abandonment and healing.
Gretchen Rubin

Some Thoughts on My Daughter’s High School Graduation

By Gretchen Rubin on June 13, 2017 in The Happiness Project
What I want most for my daughter and all these kids is for them to go forth unafraid, strong with love and strong with learning.
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Healthy Children’s Meals Should Be a National Priority

By The Research Lab on June 12, 2017 in The Fundamentals
Providing healthy meals to children is a critical issue, not a partisan issue. By Steven Abrams, M.D.

Why Parents May Sacrifice their Own Children

Under certain circumstances, we have inherited a biological tendency to sacrifice ourselves and our children for our kin or social group. Abraham and Isaac's story is illustrative.

ADHD Summer Reading Challenge

Reading is one of the most crucial activities for children, promoting language development, building knowledge, and setting up academic success, but ADHD can make it hard.
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How Does Parenting Work When the Instruction Manual Fails?

By Barb Cohen on June 12, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Maybe x is the problem, maybe x is part of the problem, or maybe x is irrelevant to the problem. With regard to sewing machines, much like my children, I will never know.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Why Adolescents Lead Double Lives

Adolescents have a private life and a public life, an online life and an offline life, a family life and a friends life. No parent is going to be allowed to know it all.

52 Ways to Show I Love You—Protecting

Outer dangers, inner threats, and accidents invite a loved one to intervene, to show love through protecting.

Why Do People Lie to You?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 10, 2017 in Living Single
What is it about you that tempts other people to tell you lies? Here are the good qualities and your not-so-good qualities that make you a target.

Must My Son Be a Feminist?

Everywhere I look there are examples of how boys are in need of re-shaping.
Stanton Peele: GS on subway home from bar

I'm Sorry If You Can't Drink Alcohol

By Stanton Peele on June 09, 2017 in Addiction in Society
I enjoy my time with my grandson going to the beach, riding the bus, and talking and thinking. These activities are part of living life on earth—along with drinking.

How (and When) to Apologize to Your Child

Apologizing for your own off-track behavior doesn't mean you don't correct your child when necessary. He'll still know who's boss.

That Crucial "Talk" with Daughters about Relationships

Ideal maternal conversations include an unequivocal plea to never let anyone else define you, limit you, or make you feel small.
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Are You the Parent of a Depressed Child or Teenager?

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 07, 2017 in On Call
Are you the parent of a depressed child or teenager? A psychiatrist and a teenager's mother team up to offer recommendations.

Four (Dysfunctional) Things We Do to Avoid Disapproval

To best understand yourself and how you relate to others, you need to consider how, as a child, you might have adapted to your parents’ only partial acceptance of you.

Why Hiding Information Is Harmful to Your Health

Keeping secrets: Why hiding information from your partner can be harmful to your health and your relationship.

2 Minute Ways Couples Can Avoid Drifting Apart After Baby

By consciously pursuing two-minute actions that bond, repair, or boost a relationship, couples can help prevent a "silent drift apart after baby."
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Couples Grieving a Child

Understanding the differences in how men and women grieve.

Understanding Bias, Prejudice, and Violence

If we want to understand bias and prejudice, it might help to understand infant development—feelings and how they work—and evolution.

A Boundary Overstepped

What should a teenage girl should do if her dad has poor boundaries?

Dad Dynamics: The Balancing Act of Modern Fatherhood

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 05, 2017 in Unhooked
Seven things dads can do to raise emotionally healthy children.

Co-Parenting Tips If You Have Asperger's/Autism

I’m currently working with a wonderful father who has Asperger’s, and he’s been doing a wonderful job navigation the co-parenting situation.

The Manchester and London Bridge Attacks: Helping Kids Cope

Helping kids cope with terrorist attacks and weapon violence: Tips and tools.