Essential Reads

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Raising Dyslexic Kids: Self-Awareness and Acceptance

By Dan Peters Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in From Worrier to Warrior
As parents, educators, caregivers and therapists we must model self-awareness for our children and help them own and accept who they are—whether dyslexic or not.

12 Things You Missed While You Were on Your Smartphone

Are you stalled in a digital time warp instead of being there for your loved ones?

Kids Learn That Robots Are Not Just Things

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
One of the most complicated tasks children have to perform is learning about the types of objects in their world. Robots are a particularly complicated kind of object.

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Exploring Feelings

We are born with specific innate feelings, which combine with each other and life experiences to form our complex emotional world.

5 Relationship Tips For New Parents

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on June 17, 2016 in Between You and Me
Has the transition to parenthood taken a toll on your relationship? Are you not as close as you used to be? Start fighting back with these five fixes.

Parenting in the Age of Affirmative Consent

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Neuroparent
Since preschool, yes has always meant yes. We just haven't been paying attention.

Turning the Microscope on Feelings

Why do we tend to overlook the importance of feelings in understanding the behavior of human beings?

Russian Adoption Laws Leave Children Warehoused and Unwanted

Restrictive adoption laws raise mental health concerns for Russian orphans.

Why Doesn’t Sharing Come More Naturally?

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on June 16, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
How to gently nudge our youngest children toward generosity

10 Stress-Busting Strategies for Parents

As every parent learns, you can't be a good mom or dad when you're stressed out, no matter how positive your intentions.

The Blessing of a Broken Pretzel

By Dina Rose Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in The Art & Science of Teaching Kids to Eat Right
What can broken pretzels can teach your kids about eating—and about life? Empowerment through the imperfect.
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Bedtime Checklist for Creative, Curious, Imaginative Kids

A child is happier, healthier, easier-going, and more energetic when he gets enough sleep. Here’s a 12-point checklist to ensure even active, curious kids get a good night's sleep.

Dear Fathers: Let's Talk to Our Sons About Toxic Masculinity

Fellow fathers, we've been doing a terrible job in terms of what we teach our kids about masculinity. So terrible, in fact, that we are partly responsible for the Orlando massacre.

Sugar and ADHD: A Bad Mix?

By Larry Maucieri Ph.D., ABPP-CN on June 14, 2016 in The Distracted Couple
Gummy bears or grapes? Why studies disagree on sugar and ADHD.

Parenthood Isn’t Easy on Men’s Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 14, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Fathers—and families as a whole—stand to benefit from a greater understanding of how men experience sleep in relation to parenthood.

The Secret of the Full Cup: Self Care

It IS possible to reduce the stress in our lives so we can slow down and find more joy in parenting on a daily basis.

Why Are Boys Now Less Motivated Than Girls?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Sax on Sex
Why are boys falling behind?
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The Complexity of Parental Questions for Adolescents

When it comes to asking the teenager questions, the intention of the parent can be quite different than the interpretation of the adolescent. So, proceed with care.

Don’t Ignore Kids Who Aren’t Star Athletes

Sport stars usually get lots of attention from their parents. But all children and adolescents need parental attention, love, and support―regardless of their ability.

Honey, I Squished the Kids’ Heads!

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in How We Do It
Around the world, people have tightly bound their babies’ heads to produce distinctive shapes. Extreme cases in South America have spawned wild stories of intervention by aliens.

Why Babies Need Dads Too

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
The brain is shaped by early experience, specifically, the mothering (nurturing responsive care) we receive from mothers and fathers.

Flawed Sleep-Training Study Makes Invalid Claims-in the News

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 12, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
A flagrantly flawed Australian study of infant sleep training recently made national news, misinforming pediatricians and parents who look to authorities for guidance.

Neuroscientists Pinpoint How We Visualize Words When Reading

Neuroscientists have discovered that different brain regions process how we read words. One brain area only sees words as pictures—another brain area sounds out words phonetically.

I Think My Mother Is Paranoid

How to cope with an angry mother.

THE Blog Your Teenager Must Read

As a parent of a teen, you know about the teen risk. Have your teens read this so they understand how their brains are wired and how to avoid their wiring for risk-taking?

Where Our Relationship Patterns Come From

The way we experienced relationships in childhood creates an “internal working model” for how we view relationships throughout our lives.

What It Takes to Be Great Parents

Six do’s and don’ts that will improve your co-parenting skills.

Designer Babies? Not So Fast

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 09, 2016 in Open Gently
Reproductive technologies will lead to "designer babies" bit by bit and seem less strange over time.

Should You Home-School Your Child?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
An internal debate.

When Parental Choices Have Fatal Consequences

Preventable illnesses among children lead to distress and shame in parents.

Could Parenting Impact College Sexual Violence?

How can parents help prevent sexual violence such as in Stanford rape case? A few things make a big difference.

Using Humor to Dissolve Parent-Child Conflicts

By Andrea Fox on June 08, 2016 in Imperfect Mothers
There's nothing funny about a child's melt-down. But infuse a little humor and the conflict just might melt away.

What Our Music Reveals About Us

By Tim Elmore on June 08, 2016 in Artificial Maturity
There is one discovery that is worth talking about here...