Essential Reads

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Ironically and tragically, rather than adapt our educational system to the needs of our modern times we have doubled down on the old system, so it is ...

Baby Names, and What's Really Behind a Parent's Choice

Your name was, in all likelihood, selected by your parents and you, in turn, will select names for the kids you decide to have. Here's what might influence that decision

Parenting a Parent Toward Life’s End

By Julie K. Hersh on April 27, 2016 in Struck By Living
How do you manage end of life care for your parent? There is no handbook but here is one story.

The Benefits and Dangers of Highly Empathic Parenting

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Children of Empathic Parents Thrive. Parents Don't. Here's What You Can Do.

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The Wild Child

By Jeffrey Deitz M.D. on February 24, 2016 Case Conference
What to do about a child who is out of control? Read about a very difficult case with a very good outcome.

Tips for Working Parents

How can the skills you use in your career make you a better parent?

Understanding Youth Violence, Part 2

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 24, 2016 Media Spotlight
What can we really do about youth violence? Learning how to prevent the next Sandy Hook or Columbine shooting means exploring different risk factors and developing real solutions.

5 Ways to Be a Better Friend

How to be a confidante

Rescuing Teens Who Think They’re Invincible

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Destinations to Recovery

4 Myths About How We Live Today

By Peg Streep on February 23, 2016 Tech Support
It will surprise you how many things you think are the norm in America aren't... Take a look and get informed...

From Baby Boomers to Generation Z

From the Great Depression and World War II to technology and startup companies, society has made drastic changes that have shaped the psychology behind these generational eras.

Celebrating Your Child’s Lies

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on February 22, 2016 Naked Truth
By age 4, the large majority of children lie. Although we do not want to encourage lying in our children, there are actually reasons to celebrate your young child's lies.


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 21, 2016 How To Do Life
A short-short story about the tension among fundamentalism, sexuality, & family.

Should Parents Just Say No When It Comes to Drugs & College?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 20, 2016 College Wellness
In answer to the question, should parents just say no? Don’t just say no.

Krista MacKinnon on Families Healing Together

The future of mental health interview series continues with Krista MacKinnon on Families Healing Together

The Movie "Spotlight" Exposes the Power of Denial

By Kate Roberts Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 Savvy Parenting
Are you aware of your tendency to deny the things that are hard to face? The Spotlight Movie shows us how we are all vulnerable to denial.

TBH: A Free Pass for Tween Mean?

A call for ‘TBH’ (aka To be honest) or a request for a ‘rating’ (usually from one to ten) opens kids up to receive derogatory comments and criticism.

Why We Need Children's Museums

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on February 19, 2016 Inside Parenting
Young kids lives are over-scheduled, over-structured and over-supervised. Where else can they roam unattended, explore how they want, and touch and manipulate without critique?

5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Verbal Abuse

By Peg Streep on February 19, 2016 Tech Support
The lasting effects of verbal abuse shouldn't be understated. What science knows and you should too.

What Children Rank as their Top Preferred Summer Activities

Research suggests we should make time for the simpler stuff.

Parenting Teens for Healthy Self-Esteem—Barbie's Role

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on February 18, 2016 Singletons
This new book outlines ways parents can help their daughters develop a positive self image.

How We Live Now: Creatively and Mindfully

By Marty Babits on February 17, 2016 The Middle Ground
Only 20 percent of all US households consist of nuclear families. Bella DePaulo, acclaimed researcher, discusses contemporary living arrangements.

Mommy, I Want to Marry You

Parents should try not to take this personally.

Parents Don't Turn Children Into Criminals

Don't let preconceptions obscure reality.

Preparing the Teen With Autism - What Do Employers Look For?

Instead of focusing on the skills your child or student does not have, look at the top ten attributes employers search for. Your child or student probably has a few of those.

Your 12-Step Program to Become a Recovering Perfectionist

Guess what? You aren't perfect. You never will be. But don't worry, the goal is not perfection. The goal is expanding your heart and creating more love in the world.

Gratitude: Oliver Sacks and Me

By Madelon Sprengnether on February 16, 2016 Minding Memory
On its surface, my life seems utterly different from Sacks’ life. Through my immersion in his work, I have come to view my own life differently.

What to Do When You Can't Get Out of an Argument

The more in “fight or flight” mode someone is during a conflict, the more his/her marital satisfaction will decline (Gottman Institute). Here's how to "table" hot conversations.

Why Lovers Still Need Their Friends

Dyadic withdrawal is when two people fall in love and disappear from friends. Sometimes it's subtle and other times it's quite abrupt. Here's how and why to prevent it.

Why I Fantasize about Divorcing my Amazing Husband

I have to admit to a very unusual fantasy. I fantasize about divorcing my amazing husband, but only so that I can spend more time with him.

Five Qualities to Encourage in Your Kids

Believing in yourself is an important aspect of the development of leadership.

Can You Imagine…Your Kids Being Cooperative?

By Suzanne Gelb PhD JD on February 15, 2016 All Grown Up
Are you at your wits end because your child just won't cooperate? Some simple adjustments to your parenting style can make a big difference.

The Secret to Better Date Nights

A surprising way to keep the romance alive.

The 7 Laws of Lasting Love

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on February 14, 2016 Turning Point
What’s the secret for lasting love? I share 7 secrets I learned while doing conflict resolution work around the world.