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Top Ten Parenting Tips

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on August 20, 2017 in In Control
Parenting is the greatest trip on earth. I wish you the ride of your life.

On the Modern Self

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on August 19, 2017 in More Than Mortal
Writer Will Storr discusses his new book: Selfie.

The 1 Skill College Students Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared for the future, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.

Keeping Track

By Jean Kazez on August 16, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it ethical to use Find-My-iPhone to track your kids?

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A Hierarchy of Dog Needs: Abraham Maslow Meets the Mutts

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Linda Michaels' force-free training, adapted from Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, stresses gentle care and treatment, rewards, and choice. Being nice to your dog is key.

Why Shaming Doesn't Work

Many people consider shaming an acceptable way of changing behavior. Is shaming effective? Research reveals that shame is a complex emotion.

13 Things Parents Should Know About 13 Reasons Why

Although 13 Reasons Why is a show about high school students, parents should be tuning in before allowing kids to watch the program.

Banish These Bad Ideas About Dyslexia

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 31, 2017 in Open Gently
Dyslexia isn't a vision or behavior problem and can't be cured with bone broth. But your child can flourish.

Improve Your Summer by Teaching Kids to Say "Thanks"

Teaching kids to say "thank you" makes the drudgery of keeping together a house full of kids a lot more bearable.

A Child's Illness, a Mother's Anguish

By Amy Tuteur M.D. on May 30, 2017 in Push Back
Bibi, age eleven, has a chemical imbalance of the brain called “bipolar.”

Dangers in Child Sex-tech Communications

Are you aware of developing communication technologies that your kids may engage that involving sexual content? Have you addressed with them strategies to avoid such exchanges?
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When Parenting Becomes a Spectator Sport

By Barb Cohen on May 29, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The strongest parents absorb the professionals' good advice, ignore the useless commentary, and treat themselves with compassion. But most of us are not among the strongest.

Authoritarianism Comes with a Huge Price

Empathy is the key to conflict resolution and lack of empathy is the source of great conflict.

"13 Reasons Why:" Psychological Costs for Vulnerable Kids

This binge-able series is wildly successful with teens, but they may also find it unexpectedly evocative, disturbing, and misleading.

For Parents: High School Students Facing Year-End Burnout

Is your exhausted, stressed-out high school student crumbling at the end of the school year? These tips will help you provide the practical support your child needs.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Making Miracles

Parents, patients and staff at Blythedale Children's Hospital show what love can manifest as they use trust, caring and commitment to transform lives with assistive technology.
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How to Tell When Your Child Has Started Adolescence

Accustomed to parenting a child, it can be hard for parents admit when childhood is over and parenting an adolescent has begun.

Behave Yourself: Moral Behavior and Conformity

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Feeling Smart
Should we induce our kids to conform?

Is Your Child an Empath? Tips for Raising Empathic Children

Empath children are precious beings. No matter where your child is on this spectrum, he or she would benefit from being taught to honor his or her specific sensitivities.

Straight Life Cycle/Queer Life

A psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional milestones as a gay man.

How to Get the Family You Deserve

Creating the family you deserve and want.

Watch Your Language!

"She gave her baby up for adoption." What's wrong with that?

Does Peaceful Parenting Mean Letting Kids Do What They Want?

It's not that peaceful parents aren't "in charge." In fact, they're more in charge than most parents--of their own reactions, and therefore of the mood in their house.

You Can Make a Difference

If your child or another child in your life came out as transgender, would you know how to respond? Here are some strategies for ensuring their health and wellbeing.
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Help! My College Student Is Coming Back Home!

College students coming home aren't used to being told what to do. Conflicts can arise if expectations aren't discussed. Mutual respect is the key to a harmonious home.

How to Get Your Alienating Ex Out of Your Head

What does it mean when your ex is saying bad things about you inside your own head?

Born Both: Intersex and Happy

By Ariel Gore on May 24, 2017 in Women and Happiness
"I want parents to know that intersex kids can decide who they are for themselves and have that turn out beautifully."

Helping Kids Understand Frightening Events

How adults can help children cope with the Manchester bombing.

12 Ways to Get Past No

It is possible to say "No" in a way that honors your own truth, while still staying in positive contact with your child.

Helicopter, Snowplow, and Bubble-Wrap Parenting

Is there a relationship between parents micromanaging their kids and childhood anxiety?

How to Talk With Kids About the Ariana Grande Concert Attack

Parents of young Ariana Grande fans are facing the sickening question of how to talk to their kids about the explosion at her recent concert in Manchester. Here are 5 tips.

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.