Essential Reads

Should I Let My Kid Play Football?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
Parents whose kids want to play football should consider the other ways in which their kids might get its benefits without incurring the risk of serious harm.

Boredom and Its Perks

By Dena Kouremetis on February 09, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Sisters Choosing Him for Themselves

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 09, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Research shows that women value physical attractiveness more when choosing a partner for themselves than for a sister.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 08, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

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Focus on the Positive…You'll Live Longer!

Are you a parent battling teenage angst? Taking a positive perspective can help.

Thanksgiving Perils for College Students

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Head of the Class
Should you grill college students about their choices (major, minor, intended career, unknown future) while the turkey is being carved? Consider some golden rules of engagement for this often ambivalent holiday.

How to Find a Parental Alienation Expert, Part 3

Who is a true parental alienation expert?

The Mythology of the Helicopter Parent

Are helicopter parents primarily motivated to protect children from the parents’ own aggression?

How to Find a Parental Alienation Expert, Part 2

Mistakes likely to be made by a non-parental alienation expert.

Pregnancy Brain: The Expectant Mom's Guide

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on November 10, 2015 Brain Babble
Does “pregnancy brain” actually exist? There’s no doubt that many changes are happening to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but how do these changes affect (or originate in) the brain?

A.D.H.D. Is Everywhere

By Katherine Ellison on November 09, 2015 Pay Attention
Did you think A.D.H.D. was an American invention? The rest of the world is catching up.

What I'm Reading Now

One of the main reasons I read outside my own narrow areas of individual expertise is to see whether I can reach over the intellectual fences demarcating professional fields and harvest something useful.

How to Help Someone With an Eating Disorder

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 09, 2015 A Hunger Artist
What should you do if you think or know that someone you care about has an eating disorder? What shouldn’t you do? What can you do?

The Aftermath of Sexting

Compromising pictures being leaked can be one of life's most embarrassing moments, especially if you're a teen. Teens who sext often don’t consider the aftermath of sexting.

Show Your Kids How to Love

Just being there isn’t enough. You have to engage with your partner in positive ways and in front of the kids, and every now and then it can help to give each other a big kiss that makes them say, “Oh gross!” If your relationship is a little distant, bring it closer, for them if not for you.

How to Motivate Children Through Purpose

By Kate Roberts Ph.D. on November 08, 2015 Savvy Parenting
Is it difficult to know how to motivate your child to try harder and perform better? An understanding of the why is the key to improving motivation.

What's More Important Than Happiness?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 08, 2015 Living Single
One brilliant person's criteria for the good life and reasons for departing from the single story line about how to live.

'Should I Be a Housewife?'

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 08, 2015 How To Do Life
An excerpt from a career counseling session

How Shall I Handle a Possibly False Narrative of My Life?

What to do when you don't trust your mother's narrative of your life.

4 Ways Altruism Produces Happy and Empowered Children

Behavior problems? Give your kid more to live for.

Surviving Motherhood

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 Media Spotlight
Emotional support from the other people in their lives is often critical in helping mothers cope. This can be especially important for mothers facing special challenges such as being single parents, having children with special needs, or even coping with issues such as postpartum depression. Such support can help mothers maintain their psychological well-being

Want to Raise a Diversity-Savvy Kid? 3 Traps, 2 Solutions

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on November 06, 2015 Full Living
Contrary to popular belief, kids are born with questions about difference. Over-emphasizing sameness only makes them think we are racist.

How to Find a Parental Alienation Expert, Part 1

Not all parental alienation experts are true specialists.

Homo Professoris, Part VI

Please, folks: raise your children to be bold and brave. Not victim-mongering whiny little wussies.

Addiction and Rescue

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on November 05, 2015 A Swim in Denial
In video clip on Facebook a presidential campaigner promises prospective voters in a New Hampshire tavern that he favors treatment for addiction. Within a day or two, more than two million people called attention to the clip. What's the magic?

Sensory Sensitivity Can Strain Parent-Child Relations

Parent awareness alleviates stress, and helps improve relationships.

French Kids DO Have ADHD

By Katherine Ellison on November 04, 2015 Pay Attention
An Internet myth lives on—compounding ADHD stigma

How Master Manipulators View Adult Relationships

Habitually manipulative people are likely to have an anxious-ambivalent, anxious-avoidant, or disorganized attachment style.

The Emotional Challenges of Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

6 ways stay-at-home moms manage the challenges of solitude, repetition, and self doubt.

When Overparenting Goes Too Far

How do we help our kids learn to deal with life if we don't expose them to real life by doing everything for them—getting them on the best teams, doing their homework and shielding them from the inevitable disappointment and randomness of life? Are we really preparing them to be "successful" if they don't know how to tolerate emotional pain, problem solve, and adapt?

Suboxone and Methadone Maintenance Therapy

As a father, my heart belongs to my children. As the owner of an addiction treatment center, my thoughts are with my clients and how to help them return to their families

Mental Health Issues and College-Age Millennials

Are you a stressed-out college kid? Here are a few suggestions to calm your anxious mind.

Sleeping In

Having a hard time getting your Teen up in the mornings? Read on, and get some tips on how to wake your cranky teen.

Getting In the Way of Our Own Old-Age Well-being

How do loss aversion and the above-average effect influence people's decisions about where to spend their later years?