Essential Reads

Parental Alienation and Its Repair

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in The Me in We
Parental alienation and how to recover the parent-child relation.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

Unloved Daughters and the Culture of Shame

By Peg Streep on June 23, 2017 in Tech Support
Shame plays many roles in an unloved daughter's life, especially on the road to recovery when the cultural notion of filial obligation becomes yet another obstacle.

Four Reasons Why People Become Empaths: Trauma to Genetics

Why do people become empaths? As a psychiatrist and an empath, I’ve seen that there are four main factors that can contribute to heightening one's sensitivities.

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Harvard, Schmarvard

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in How To Do Life
The case against highly selective colleges and graduate schools.

Parent Shaming Stunts Are a Short-Term Solution

By The Research Lab on April 04, 2017 in The Fundamentals
And not a long-term fix for a child's bad behavior. By Esther Calzada, Ph.D.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 1

This blog begins a series on children in polyamorous families with a look at their age-dependent experiences and three reasons they appear to be in great shape.

My Three-Year-Old Failed an Academic Test: Should I worry?

In the early years, ‘school’ should be playful exploration, confidence-building, social development, emotional self-regulation, and play-based skill mastery. NOT drill and grill.

10 Ways to Protect the Brain from Daily Screen Time

You may have heard that screen-time can wreak havoc on children's nervous systems. But aside from restricting technology, what can parents do to buffer against overstimulation?

A Mindful Approach to Supporting Bereaved Parents

Supporting grieving parents can be supremely challenging. Here are some simple ways to boost your effectiveness and feelings of confidence as you do this important work.

When Your Child Says, “Nobody Likes Me!”

Practical ways to help when your child is feeling friendless.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Why Prevention Is Important

Facts and resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

How To Talk With Your Kids About President Trump's Behavior

No matter where you stand on politics and policy, behavior is behavior, and talking to kids about poor behavior is never easy. Here are some tips on how to start.

4 Reasons Why Bad Marriages Are Worse for Kids Than Divorce

Staying in a toxic marriage can cause more damage than good. Here's how:

What Our Kids Need From Us Most

By Alexandra Solomon Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in Loving Bravely
At the heart of every relationship is the same core desire. We want to matter. Try this simple "little p presence" practice which gives your kids what they need most.

What to Do if Your Child Feels in Competition With Your Work

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., JD on March 30, 2017 in All Grown Up
Is your child feeling in competition with your work? It can be possible to have a satisfying, meaningful career and be an attentive, loving parent. Try these universal guidelines.

Giftedness: A Curse or a Blessing?

Children who show early signs of intellectual giftedness can face life challenges that are often overlooked, misunderstood or dismissed.

Cure the Religion, Not the LGBT Child

Conversion therapy does more harm than good.

Why Choose a Parenting Marriage?

Find out what people trying a Parenting Marriage are hoping for and what they are considering putting it into practice.

Why Do Teens Lie? Part 1

Lying has many shades of gray. Kids are good at it.

Prom and the Afterparty

Beyond the hype of prom, there are dangers that can turn one of the happiest nights into one of the scariest.

Why Family Hurt Is So Painful

Four reasons why family hurt is so painful: Hurtful behavior and messages from family are the most painful compared to those from friends or significant others.
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What Colleges Don’t Tell You

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
There's much you should know before going or sending your child to college.

8 Empowering Ways to Stop Feeling Guilty

Do you feel guilty a lot more than you should? Do you think it's selfish to say "no"? Learn 8 powerful tools to get rid of unnecessary or unwanted guilt.

Stop Enabling Your Adult Child: Revisited

Helping versus enabling a dependent adult child is often an emotionally charged topic. Here are some guiding principles to help.

I Did Not Raise a Narcissist

By Kathryn Smerling Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in More Than Therapy
Will the most powerful man in the world have a negative impact on today's men?

How to Raise a Securely Attached Child

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in In Practice
Simple, practical tips for developing emotional trust.

Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Media Spotlight
While men may find themselves taking on more responsibilities at work and home, women still find themselves doing a disproportionate amount of the domestic chores.
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Sesame Street and Autism: The PG-Rated "Extras"

By Barb Cohen on March 22, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Young children accept any playmate who is not hostile. It is the parents who usually communicate discomfort, caution or pity, and it is the parents who have the most to learn.
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Disability and Strengths: We Need Phase 3!

5 practical strategies to move you into Phase 3, helping you take on a character strengths-based mindset.

Dealing With Feelings

"Minimize affect inhibition... Maximize positive affects… Minimize negative affects.” — Silvan Tomkins

The Emerging Crisis in Critical Thinking

By Stephen Camarata Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in The Intuitive Parent
What can parents and teachers do to improve thinking ability?

Does Your Teen Procrastinate?

Can’t get through to your teen on procrastination? Try a different way.