Essential Reads

A Fresh Look at Millennial Parents, Part 1

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 07, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
What they are feeling and needing in their parenting

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids

Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere—malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

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The One Thing We All Should Do to Become Better Parents

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Compassion Matters
Attachment research shows us that the very best thing we can do for our kids, whether they’re already born or arriving in the future, is to make sense of our own story.

Helping Children Through Transitions

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Between Cultures
7 ways parents can help children navigate the challenges and rewards of mobility.

The Professor's Study Guide for Parents

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Social Lights
Things every college parent should know before midterms.

How Parents Can Make Their Kids Experts in Happiness

Here's how parents can cultivate happiness that lasts.

What If Medicine’s First Principle Were Also Education’s?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If standard schooling were a drug, it would have to come with a lot of warnings, if it were permitted at all. There's no evidence that it works better than a placebo.

Preventing Suicide in Youth: Steps for Parents and Teachers

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide is a serious mental health issue that is often associated with depression. With help suicide is preventable.

Should You Salvage Your Relationship With Mom?

By Peg Streep on September 08, 2016 in Tech Support
The plight of the unloved daughter remains a societal secret, kept under wraps and rarely acknowledged. But many of us don't get our emotional needs met in childhood.

Before You Give Up on Someone...

By Tim David on September 07, 2016 in The Magic of Human Connection
Is "relationship grit" more important than chemistry, connection, or even love?
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Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 2

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 07, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

Stresses & Risks for Transgender Teens

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in Connected
What social stresses might transgender youth face?

Are You Trying too Hard to Be Environmentally Correct?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 07, 2016 in Cravings
How to survive in the age of environmental guilt.

Using Gratitude to Change Your Happiness Set Point

Gratitude doesn't mean you don't take action to change things that aren't working. But you'll do that better from the feeling of goodness that gratitude gives us.

My Child Has Been Referred for Special Ed Testing: Now What?

By Stephen Camarata Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Intuitive Parent
Special education testing can be a bewildering process. Here's what you can do to help your child.

Why Chinese Parents Are Becoming Superior

By Shimi Kang M.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Dolphin Way
China pivots to Dolphin Parenting as we enter into the Year of the Monkey.

Setting up the Family for a Successful School Year

By Shimi Kang M.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Dolphin Way
With the end of summer and start of school, for many parents life can be a juggling act. Here are 3 science-based strategies to stay on track with your family's goals this year!

A Letter to My Teenage Son About Sexual Assault

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Web of Violence
When my children learned about a sexual assault at my daughter's school, it made me realize there were things I wanted to say.

A Letter to My Teenage Daughter About Sexual Assault

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in The Web of Violence
When some sexual assaults were disclosed at my daughter’s school, I wanted to reach out to my daughter and to other students and families.

How Parents (and Governments) Can Fix the Addiction Problem

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in All About Addiction
Many parents want to help solve their children's substance use problems. Approaching it from the "drug war" angle didn't prove useful for the U.S. and it won't work at home.

Starting School Jitters

Starting school is in many ways like starting a new job.

Fear of Sudden Infant Death

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 06, 2016 in Fighting Fear
An example of the treatment of an exaggerated fear—of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Surprisingly, the very quick cure of this fear was followed by a lessening of other fears.

No More Diets... and Other AAP Recommendations

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics warn against dieting and other weight-focused interventions.

When Suicide Hits Home

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 06, 2016 in Cravings
A child's suicide leaves his family with a jumble of emotions mixed with grief. Here's how one mother is trying to cope.

Has Obesity Prevention Led to a New Epidemic?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Are eating disorders the collateral damage in our war against obesity?

Was Telesinia Crispinilla Killed by a Broken Heart?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Annals of the Emotions
Does culture shape the the way we experience emotions such as grief? Here's an example that's 2000 years old and one that shows the grief of a parent that's just like our own.

Protective Features Curb Abuse in Polyamorous Relationships

This blog explores the protective features that can inhibit abuse in polyamorous families like the presence of an observer, outside perspectives, allies, and more resources.

The Value of Homework

By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann MS, LPC on September 05, 2016 in Teen Angst
Sleepless nights, not participating in extracurricular events, and high levels of stress - all of which are attributed to large and daunting amounts of homework.

A Neuroscientist on How to Really Read to Kids

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Neuroparent
Tired of speeding through fairy tales? Do bedtime in a different way tonight.

Memorizing: Faster, Easier, Longer Lasting, and More Fun

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 05, 2016 in Radical Teaching
If you want to remember something more easily, use more senses to construct memory. You'll store duplicates of the information in multiple banks of your brain’s storage system.

Working Too Hard Or Too Little in Your Marriage?

By Stephen J Betchen D.S.W. on September 04, 2016 in Magnetic Partners
Are you really sure you want to balance the responsibility in your marriage?

Is our DNA our Identity?

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Get your DNA tested for fun. But make sure you listen to the family stories that truly define your identity.