Essential Reads

Should Kids Be Allowed to Take Mental Health Days?

You wouldn't think twice about letting your child stay home from school for a physical illness like the flu. But should you let him take a mental health day?

Ferdinand the Bull Can Teach Your Kids About Their Strengths

The classic story of Ferdinand the Bull is now an animated film. Ferdinand is family-friendly but it can be so much more if you use it to help your kids find their strengths.

Will Internet Mechabots Destroy My Toddler’s Mind?

By Anya Kamenetz on November 20, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
The existence of gross content on YouTube is not proof that children at scale are being traumatized by it.

The Art of Parenting

You have more time to be a good parent today than you will ever have again. Take advantage of your good fortune!

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This Brain Needs Sugar! (Diabetes-2)

By Elizabeth Young on September 05, 2017 in Adaptations
I groan louder because, I begin to know, I need help. I need help badly.

All Autistic Behavior is Not Communication

By Amy S.F. Lutz on September 05, 2017 in Inspectrum
Parents and providers need to recognize when aggression and/or self-injury is driven by biological factors that can be medically treated.

Sexual Assault on Campus

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in Social Lights
Strategies for first year students and parents.
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Falling Out of Love with Your Adolescent

When the magic of parenting a child ends, the different, but equally magical, job of parenting an adolescent begins.

Parents, Please Don't Attend Your Child's Job Interview

A survey reveals that parents are getting more involved in their adult children's careers. And it's doing more harm than good.

Making This Your Child’s Best School Year Yet

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in How To Do Life
“What did you do in school today?” “Nothin.”

Empathy and Morality

By Mark B. Baer, Esq. on September 01, 2017 in Empathy and Relationships
How are your moral judgments impacting human society?

How to Love Unconditionally

What does it actually mean to love someone, especially our kids, unconditionally? Don't fall into the pitfalls of modern times. Here are four ways to be....

Making iGen's Mental Health Issues Disappear

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Do we really need to worry about iGen's mental health? Yes, we do.

Tips for Parents to Help Their Kids Return to School

By Gemima St. Louis Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Mind Matters
What parents should be thinking about as their kids return to school

Change Your Parenting: Get Me Re-Write!

Here's the key. Don't just decide to act differently next time. Instead, reprogram your subconscious, and give yourself a new script for how you want to respond.

6 Relationship Tips You Can Offer Your Grown Daughter

By Dena Kouremetis on August 31, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
We can’t control, nor should we want to control our grown daughters' lives by injecting ourselves into them.

Abusive Teen Dating Relationships

Ten essential questions for youth to ask themselves to determine if they are in a healthy relationship.

More and Less

As mothers enter the last decades of their lives, their roles with middle-aged daughters often shift and change in complicated ways.

How to Spot a Cyber Bullying Victim Before It Is Too Late

When it comes to bullying behavior, toxic texting is the new fistfight at the bike racks. Yet unlike an after school sucker punch, online bullying can be deadly.

Think You're a Bad Parent?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
The work of parenting is even harder when we're constantly telling ourselves we're doing it wrong. Moms and dads can use the tools of CBT to fix overly critical thoughts.

If suicides are going up, can bullying be going down?

By Izzy Kalman on August 30, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
A highly publicized study finds that bullying is going down, while other research shows that youth suicide is dramatically escalating - how are the contradictory findings possible?

Language Development

We have been exploring the enigma of language — its power in helping us understand one another, and the mischief caused by misinterpretations.

My Child a Bully? Never! Well Maybe…

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on August 28, 2017 in Raising Parents
How can a parent help their child when he is bullying others? A few suggestions to get to the heart of the problem.

Raising an UnTrump

By Alfie Kohn on August 28, 2017 in The Homework Myth
Paradoxically, the Narcissist-in-Chief offers a useful framework for parenting since he's exactly the kind of person we hope our children will grow up not to resemble.

Treating Nazis: Analytic Considerations on Hate

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 28, 2017 in Full Living
Hate is a normal part of the human condition. What separates us from those in hate groups is we had a childhood that helped us learn how to manage our feelings.

The Value of Pre-school

the preschool experience should help her to feels good about herself and enjoy going to school.

The Burden of Happiness

By Adam Price Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in The Unmotivated Teen
Wanting your child to be happy may be bad for his emotional health

Teaching Kids the Difference Between Prejudice and Respect

By Azmaira H. Maker Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Helping Kids Cope
Help your children cope with going back to school in tumultuous times.

Back to School: Packing Your Emotional Backpack

Witnessing the pain of our children—the shutting down and withdrawal—may reawaken feeling-traps of our own, and cause us to respond in disproportionate ways.

Will Our Grown Kids Ever Get Along?

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Between the Lines
Will they ever outgrow sibling rivalry? Before it's over your dead body, there's still something you can do to help them help you when you need it.

Spoiling a Child

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on August 24, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Whether a child grows up to be spoiled—or not—will have considerable effect on his life.

Debunking 10 Common Concussion Myths

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on August 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
You may be aware of concussions, but is your understanding based on fact or fiction?

When Your Toddler Hits You: A Script

But Sam isn't laughing because he's enjoying her pain. He's so upset that he can't cry. His laugh is letting off the tension of his upset feelings.

For Anyone Building an Online Practice

By John Kim, LMFT on August 24, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
What if your parents were right and all this falls apart?