Essential Reads

Your Magic Wand for Less Drama, More Love

What if you could create that deep loving connection as your (almost) constant way of being with your child? It would be like giving yourself a magic wand.

The "School Did Nothing to Stop the Bullying" Lie

By Izzy Kalman on August 25, 2016 in Resilience to Bullying
When children like Daniel Fitzpatrick commit suicide because of bullying, parents accuse the schools of having done nothing. They're usually wrong.

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

Professional Misunderstanding of Parental Alienation

Until professionals attain an in-depth understanding of the actual dynamics of parental alienation, cases of severe alienation will continue to be discounted.

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6 Openings for Talking to Kids About Sex and Gender

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on May 19, 2016 in Full Living
We want to be one of the people our kids talk to about sex, sexuality, orientation and gender. Even if it terrifies us.
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The Narcissistic Parent

Narcissistic parents - in this case a mother - can hurt children in many ways. It's a type of abuse that requires a special kind of healing.

Children's Self-Esteem, Confidence and Manual Work

In the past, manual labor such as helping out at home – bringing home groceries, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor – was an integral part of one's upbringing.

Three Things Parents Do About Online Safety: Then & Now

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in Connected
Given how much the Internet has changed, we examine two research studies on parents’ views of their kids’ online safety.

Alexander Owens’ Fight Against Neurofibromatosis

To promote awareness of this tragic disease and to call attention to how it affects children and their families, May has been designated National Neurofibromatosis Month.

Can You Catch Your Kids In a Lie?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 17, 2016 in Open Gently
Some liars are better than others. Don't be sure you know when your child is telling the truth.

Immigration and Family Dysfunction

The children of immigrants to the United States from traditional societies often get double messages about which cultural norms they should follow, creating serious conflicts.

The Struggle to Unlearn Psychology

Many millennials have minimal exposure to extinction situations, because someone constantly reinforced them.

Is That Perfect College Really Worth It?

By Marcia Eckerd Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in People Skills
Are parents and kids missing critical skills for college and life success?

Your Birthday

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
What do you really want from your birthday and other special events? What do your loved ones want from theirs?

How to Talk to Kids About What it Means to be Transgender

By Christia S. Brown Ph.D. on May 14, 2016 in Beyond Pink and Blue
With all of this media attention, kids who are not transgendered may have questions about what this issue is really about. This is a teachable moment.

Incorporating Technology into Family Time

Ways technology can help your relationship with your child.

The Best Medicine for ADHD isn't Necessarily Medicine

By Dan Griffin Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Thoughtful Parenting in Distracted Times
What if the the best medicine for young kids with ADHD isn't medicine after all? New CDC study says try this first.

10 Tips: When You Don't Like Your Teen's Friends

What To Do When You Don't Like Your Child's Friends

How to Have a Fantastic Evening With Your Child

If you think your child gets plenty of attention and she's still acting out, consider that maybe what she needs is a different kind of attention: help with her emotions.

You Snooze, You Win

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 13, 2016 in Home Base
What if you could dramatically improve kids' learning, mental health, and safety by making one small tweak to their schedules? Turns out school start times make a big difference.

Where Is This Generation Headed and How Screwed Are We?

By Mendi Baron on May 12, 2016 in On the Verge
Where are our teens headed? How perspective can shape the future

Resolving the Trauma You Didn't Know You Had

We've all experienced some degree of trauma. How well we cope in our lives today greatly depends on how much we are willing to recognize and make sense of these experiences.

Helping Children Cope With Divorce

Children who handle divorce best are the ones whose parents honor their children’s needs above their own.

New Report: Bullying Is a Serious Public Health Issue

How many children are impacted by bullying?

Generational Boundaries

Generational boundaries are there to insure parents stay in their role of protector and provider so children can grow and learn and never need to be the parent.

How to Handle Your Anger at Your Child

We all enter the parenting relationship wounded in some way from our childhoods, and our kids surface all those wounds.

Is Your Son or Daughter Being Tutored by Amphetamines?

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on May 11, 2016 in Thicken Your Skin
It is becoming common for high school students to use amphetamines to study. Here is what can be done about it.
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Measuring Up

The surprising history of the growth hormone industry

When You're Triggered by Mother's Day

By Anneli Rufus on May 11, 2016 in Stuck
If you've been toxically parented, you'll find yourself conflicted at times like this. You're not alone, and your reluctance to buy flowers is not your fault.

Your Relationship During Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression can take a significant toll on relationships. Her are five ways to stay strong together.

Is Transracial Adoption Harmful to Kids?

Research has found little evidence of harm from being raised in an adoptive family of a different race.

What to Do About Math Anxiety?

By Garth Sundem on May 11, 2016 in Brain Trust
Your brain and surroundings can both cause and cure math anxiety.

Awe and Awareness in Motherhood: An Interview

A hesitant adventurer's search for wonder in the natural world and how she keeps the phenomenal alive in her everyday life.

I Want to Get Along with My Stepmother

What To Do About Tricky Step-family Dynamics