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How Do Children Become Narcissists?

Have you ever wondered what type of childhood experiences lead people to develop Narcissistic disorders? Here are some common scenarios that lead children to become Narcissistic.
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The Child Mental Health Crisis

Childhood mental health issues are on the rise. It will take a village to identify and treat them. Better understanding them is a start.

18 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The more love, the better. But love can often blind you to differences that need to be worked out before the wedding. Here are some unexpected things to think about.

Free Health Insurance Makes Kids Resilient

In the debate over health insurance, we’re forgetting that research proves that children with access to health care out-perform children with none.

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Where Does It Hurt?

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
The wounds in our life are so often related to severed belonging. Healing is possible, and begins with the question: Where does it hurt?

Life with a Mentally Ill Parent

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Modern Teen
A riveting new book chronicles one woman's experiences with a mentally-ill parent, and offers remarkable inspiration for coping as an adult

Acceptance: What Does It Mean?

Do you accept or tolerate your LGBT child? Lean the difference so you can resolve the conflict.

The Most Important 5 Minutes You Can Spend to Stop Bullying

Young people don’t care if we have all of the right words or if we sometimes give “out-there” advice.  What they do care about is that we genuinely care about them.

Collective Stories in Families Teach Us About Ourselves

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Stories of Our Lives
Collective family storytelling helps parents and adolescents learn about each other and themselves

Paranoia: From Parenting to Politics

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in The Me in We
How paranoia in American parenting fuels paranoia in politics.
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Incubating a Political Conscience

By Barb Cohen on February 01, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Figuring out when asserting yourself reflects courage and when it reflects imprudence takes, for many of us, a lifetime.

How to Survive Your Beloved Adolescent

Being a parent is the hardest job you ever love...and research shows that it's hardest during adolescence. Very few people offer good advice. So here is my master plan for you:

Pregnancy Changes the Brain for the Better

By Lydia Denworth on January 31, 2017 in Brain Waves
Feeling forgetful in pregnancy? Your brain is changing, but in ways that will help in motherhood.

The Curious Human

Interest is crucial to our learning, exploratory activities, and creativity. But what happens when this feeling of interest or curiosity is squashed…

5 Ways to be a Pro-Life Feminist

By Joanne Bagshaw Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Third Wave
How to reduce rates of abortion according to research.

God Has Nothing to Do With Morality

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Secular Life
The relationship between God and morality is much more problematic than most people realize.

7 Exercises That Reduce Stress Better Than "Trying to Relax"

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Sometimes willing yourself out of a stress cycle just doesn't work. Here's what can.

Why a Child’s Social-Emotional Skills are So Important

Here are 5 ways you can promote these abilities in children.

Building Resilience: How to Shift Mental Gears

Stress itself can be defined as the perception something is more than we can handle. That may sound like the most clichéd advice ever – but is a foundation of resilience research.

Achieving Happiness by Helping Others

When we help others we feel happy. There is a relationship between our well-being and giving our time, money or other resources to a cause that we are passionate about.

Raising Children With Love or Dynamite?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Every animal has a nest that optimizes the development of the young. Humans have an intensive nest and without it they miss their potential and can become vicious. Welcome to now.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Choosing

Conscious awareness of choices we make, our motivation, and processes we use can enhance trust, stability and longevity in a close relationship. Consequences of decisions matter.

When Binary Thinking Is Involved, Polarization Follows

Don't allow a need for certainty where none exists hijack your rationality.

5 Simple Yet Powerful Ways to Get Kids to Cooperate

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Parents have to move kids through tasks like chores, potty, teeth-brushing, etc. Here are 5 tools to strengthen cooperation, reduce resistance, and promote bonding along the way.

The Brutal Truth About 6 Types of "Quiet" Verbal Abuse

By Peg Streep on January 27, 2017 in Tech Support
Most people associate verbal abuse with yelling and shouting and while that's sometimes true, it isn't always. Quiet abuse may actually do more damage.
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Chubby, Chunky, Heavy, Big

Many parents are watching their children getting bigger and bigger and wonder, when do I say something? How do I help them when I can’t even help myself?

To Be Asian or to Be American

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 26, 2017 in Minority Report
What does it mean to be Asian or American? For those of us living in America from Asian ancestry, we are technically and practically both yet some in society want us to choose...

The Effects of ‘Helicopter Parenting’

Being an involved parent is usually a positive thing... unless you become TOO involved.

Ending Sexual Abuse of Our Children

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 24, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
While we still don’t know much about how to prevent child sexual abuse, there are things families and communities are doing to keep our kids safe and avoid a lifetime of problems.
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Abraham Lincoln Tops List of Famous Jewish Swimmers!

By Barb Cohen on January 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
"Famous people with autism" lists are not created primarily to motivate our children. They exist to motivate us adults to adjust our own beliefs about autism.

Children & Activism in 2017: Parents Help Kids Do it Right

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 23, 2017 in Shape Parenting
Are you already tired of all the politics in 2017? Have less talk and more action by awakening the activist in your child.

6 Reasons People Lie When They Don’t Need To

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Pathological liars actually have a reason to their rhyme, though it may seem irrational to the rest of us.

Why Relationships Scare Us

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Compassion Matters
Some people are afraid of being tied down, while others are terrified of being alone. Whatever our fears may be, they have roots in our past that we must understand to overcome.

How to Get Your Parents Out of Your Head

The voices you heard growing up can play a role in your negative self-talk. Take these four steps to shift them into something more positive.