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Helping Kids Who Grieve During the Holidays

By David Rettew M.D. on December 15, 2017 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
For many kids, the joys of the season are mixed with feelings of loss. Here are a few thoughts aimed to help those dealing with grief during the holiday.

Why Keaton's Viral Video Will Intensify the Bullying Problem

By Izzy Kalman on December 15, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
The intention of Keaton Jones' bullying video was to reduce bullying, but it will have the opposite effect: The bullying epidemic will likely intensify.

New Study Underscores Why Fewer Toys Is the Better Option

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Singletons
Parents may be giving their young children too many toys. In terms of development and creativity, less is more. Here's why.
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How to Tell if Your Child Has a Problem With Screens

By Anya Kamenetz on December 14, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
These questions, from a study just released, may help you determine if your child has a problem.

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How Can We Fix the Conflict Between Work and Family?

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in Moderating
How do we repair work-family conflict? We first need to get the diagnosis right.

My Mother Tries to Control My College Life

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in The Teen Doctor
I need help dealing with my controlling mother.

How to Respond Effectively to a Young Person's Anger

"Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry."

Is It Possible to Be a Father and a Man at the Same Time?

A recent study examines fathers' anxieties about masculinity and parenting.

Seven Words to Help Your Dependent, Stuck Adult Child

At an impasse with a dependent, stalled out adult child? Try saying these seven words before you say anything else.

How to Raise Mentally Strong Kids in Today's World

Mentally strong kids turn into resilient adults who are equipped to tackle whatever life throws their way. Here's how you can help your child build mental muscle.

Early Adolescence and the Fear of Change

Although parents sometimes feel critical of adolescent changes, they should also be admiring: Separating from childhood and starting to grow takes a lot of courage.

“Dad, I Think I Have ADHD”

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 17, 2017 in College Wellness
The accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of ADHD are critical because ADHD, if left untreated, can lead to poor school performance, driving mishaps, and substance abuse.
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When Trust Is Gone, What Can You Do?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on September 17, 2017 in Off the Couch
We live in a time when everyone is talking about trust and no one seems to be feeling much of it. Here's what you can do when you no longer trust.
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Self-Critical? Time to Lighten Up on Yourself

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 16, 2017 in Fixing Families
Self-criticism can erode your self-esteem, keep you constantly anxious, sap you of any of life's rewards. Time to calm those scolding voices.

Changes in Coverage Threaten Mental Health Parity

Children with mental illness require regular monitoring and behavior management. Now, insurance companies and legislation threaten equitable access to mental health treatment.

Mindful Interactions in the Digital Age

Are you striving to bring balance and stillness of mind to your online interactions? Awareness, reflection, and intentionality can make it possible.

Millennial Men, Women and Casual Sex

Millennial men may not be hooking up as much as we think they are, but their attitudes towards women suggest a deeper problem

Being Hard on Yourself Doesn't Make You a Better Parent

What we can do is make the commitment to increase our ratio of good parenting moments, and keep working at it, day after day.

Teaching Children to Be Honorable

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 13, 2017 in Memory Medic
Children are biologically wired to behave falsely. Where do they learn moral values and respect for truth?
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Your Two Choices: Presented to You Every Moment of Your Life

Are your habits taking you down the wrong road?

Why Grown Kids "Ghost" a Parent's Wedding

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Between the Lines
Senior romance can destabilize family relationships, especially when late-life re-partnering triggers loyalty conflicts and passive-aggressive behavior by grown kids.
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How You Might be Enabling Your Adult Child's Inertia

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Emptying The Nest
Does your young adult seem unwilling to overcome obstacles? Perhaps your generosity is getting in the way.

Understanding School Refusal

With the school year officially upon us, many families may be facing heightened anxiety of their children related to school. There are ways that parents can help.

When Grandparents Raise Their Grandchildren

This phenomenon leads to a complex set of issues and outcomes for grandparents and the children for whom they care.

College, 2017 to 2018

The arrival of the smartphone has changed every aspect of teenage life, from social interactions to mental health. It's time for colleges to change their approach as well.

Roadblocks to Intimacy and Trust III: The Passive Parent

By Joan Cusack Handler Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Of Art and Science
The impact of early childhood relationships on the establishment of intimacy in adulthood.

Therapy for Borderline Personality: Why It Takes So Long

By David M. Allen M.D. on September 08, 2017 in A Matter of Personality
Understandable mistrust of the therapist, along with fear, shame and complex interactions with family members, make psychotherapy with BPD patients very complicated.

Traumatic Deliveries

By Sharon Praissman Fisher on September 07, 2017 in Beyond the Egg Timer
Having a baby can simultaneously be the best and worst day of your life. When routine deliveries go south, PTSD symptoms can emerge.

When to Push a Child

By Stuart Shanker Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in Self-Reg
Self-Reg helps us to understand when and why perseverance turns into something vastly different, with far from salutary effects.

Is Your Mother Narcissistic or Controlling?

By Peg Streep on September 06, 2017 in Tech Support
It's true that children whose emotional needs weren't met by their mothers share common ground, but there are still important differences that affect individual development.

Psychological Problems: Are They Your Parent's Fault?

There's no such thing as a perfect childhood. And while some of your struggles may have helped you grow stronger, others may have left long-lasting emotional scars.

What's the Difference Between Bullying and Teasing?

Is your child the victim of bullying? Parents and kids can develop plans together to outwit the bullies.
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Children Need to Be Taught to Protect Their Hearing

By Shari Eberts on September 06, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Children are more at risk from noise-induced hearing loss than ever before. We need to teach them how to protect their hearing before it is too late.

Sexual Assault on Campus, Part 2

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Social Lights
More strategies for students and parents.