Essential Reads

The "School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying" Lie

By Izzy Kalman on August 25, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
When children like Daniel Fitzpatrick commit suicide because of bullying, parents accuse the schools of having done nothing. They're usually wrong.

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

Professional Misunderstanding of Parental Alienation

Until professionals attain an in-depth understanding of the actual dynamics of parental alienation, cases of severe alienation will continue to be discounted.

Screenagers and Technology Use

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in In Excess
There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

More Posts on Parenting

Making New Parenthood a Group Responsibility

The struggles a new mom faces should not be hers alone to bear or be supported through. How to make the transition to parenthood a collective responsibility.

The Effect of Birth Order on Children

Parents can make a huge difference in helping their child in each position to feel equally loved.

Autism and Neuroscience: A Public Health Perspective

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 31, 2016 in Child in Mind
Children with autism have signals that are difficult to read, leading to patterns of miscommunication. Listening carefully to all infants and parents offers the path to prevention.

Five Qualities Every College Graduate Needs to Cultivate

It's time to focus as much on college seniors and graduates as we do on first year students and retention.

What You Need to Know if Your Child or Teen Has OCD

Children and teens with OCD must learn to tolerate and overcome their own emotional distress.

New Brain Maps Capture Parenting Behavior in Vivid Snapshots

A revolutionary neuroimaging technique was introduced this week. The new brain maps create vivid snapshots that illustrate how various "parental regions" of the brain operate.

Kids Are What You Eat: Grab a Whisk & An App

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on May 28, 2016 in Screen Time
Families are searching for healthy meals that require minimal prep time. They may benefit from the following recommendations to adjust “attitudes” related to food.

As My Kids Graduate, I Do Too

My kids have graduated high school, which means I've been handed a pink slip for the best job I've ever had.

Home Schooling Your Nearly-Grown Child

Does your high schooler dread going to school every day? There is an alternative, but it's a gut-wrenching decision...

When You and Your Child Are Stuck in a Bad Pattern

But children (and adults!) naturally rebel against force, so you can't actually control anyone except yourself. That's why change needs to start with us.

Learning to Relate

Learning how to relate is extremely complex—more so when, very early in life, a child’s parents aren’t effective caregivers.

When Should Kids Start Kindergarten?

Is it better for kids to delay kindergarten a year? Find out what the evidence says.

Parental Alienation and the Bystander Effect

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act."

Using Design Psychology to Feel at Home in Divorce

By Wendy Paris on May 24, 2016 in Splitopia
Using colors and images that remind you of your positive past can help you feel more at home, after divorce, and support your vision of your future life.

Why Are More Young Girls Killing Themselves?

Suicide rates have tripled among 10 to 14 year old girls during the last 15 years. What is going on? Several possible factors underlie this disturbing trend.

Pomp and Uncertain Circumstances

Your baby is graduating...are you ready?

Are You a Breast or Are You a Mother?

Who needs a mother, a living, breathing human being, with wants and needs of her own, when we can have a milk-producing breast instead?

Modern Lives are Weird!

By Richard Bailey Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Smart Moves
Inactivity is the new normal, and there is a serious price to be paid for this change. For the first time in recorded history, children have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

The Marriage Narrative: Will We Look Back in Shame?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in Living Single
Social scientists and journalists are perpetuating a misleading narrative about the superiority of people who get married. Years from now, will we look back in shame?

3 Mistakes Parents Make by NOT Considering Boarding School

When your kid's in danger, you may have to take drastic steps. Boarding school can be a new beginning.

Parenting From Behind Bars

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 20, 2016 in Home Base
A staggering number of children have parents in prison - and they're six times more likely to end up in jail themselves. How can we help?

The Myth of Multitasking

By Laura Choate Ed.D., LPC on May 20, 2016 in Girls, Women, and Wellness
Do you and your children multitask your way through the day? Here's why it might not be the best strategy for your family.

Monogamy Is Not "Natural" For Human Beings

By E E Smith on May 20, 2016 in Not Born Yesterday
If the idea of mating for life went out with the so-called sexual revolution of the 1960's, and books like Open Marriage, why has monogamy become a hot button issue, so to speak?

5 Ways to Help Kids After a Disaster

As natural disasters like the wildfires in Fort McMurray increase in frequency, there are 5 simple things we can do to help children avoid the trauma of being forcibly displaced.

For Kids with Pain, Attending School Can Help

By Rachael Coakley Ph.D. on May 19, 2016 in When Your Child Hurts
Too many days at home can lead to worsening chronic pain. Helping kids find ways to be successful in school, even when pain may persist, is essential.

The Baby Effect: Are You Ready?

Some couples survive the transition to parenthood better than others. Here's what the research says about first-time parents.

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD in Children

CDC recommends that professionals refer parents of young children with ADHD for behavior therapy before prescribing medication.

6 Openings for Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 19, 2016 in Full Living
We want to be one of the people our kids talk to about sex, sexuality, orientation and gender. Even if it terrifies us.
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The Narcissistic Parent

Narcissistic parents - in this case a mother - can hurt children in many ways. It's a type of abuse that requires a special kind of healing.