Essential Reads

A Fresh Look at Millennial Parents, Part 1

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on December 07, 2016 in Once Upon a Child
What they are feeling and needing in their parenting

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids

Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere—malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

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From Client to Counselor

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 09, 2016 in Minority Report
I grew up in a traditional Chinese immigrant household which stressed the virtues of collectivism, harmony, and honor. In a way, my upbringing shaped my sex addiction.
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A Parent’s Guide to Educationese

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 09, 2016 in How To Do Life
Today's jargon explained, and educational practices critiqued.

Home for the Holidays

Teens and the holiday season...Understanding perspective can help you have a peaceful holiday season.
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Loss of a Child

Eight ways to help a grieving parent.

How to Improve Your Sex Life After Having Kids

By Erica Reischer Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in What Great Parents Do
Recent research has promising news for parents who wish their sex life were more like it was before kids.

8 Ways for Parents To Build More Joy in 15 Minutes or Less

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that 15-minute bursts of focused time can help parents build more joy, strengthen their relationships, and recharge their batteries.
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New Kid in Town

By Stephen Gray Wallace on December 07, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
Changing schools can raise a lot of questions for young people, both social-emotional and logistical. But there are ways to make the transition less stressful.

Single Moms and Holiday Stress

Are you a single mom who dreads the holidays? You have the power to enjoy the season.

A Holiday Miracle to Try at Home

At this time of year, there is magic in the air, as well as stress and worries. Here are five ways to let your heart be light.

Kids and Technology, When and How

In the last decade or so, the media has itself become obsessed with the condemnation of technology and social media.

8 Movies to Watch With Your Teen

Movies are not just entertainment. When characters connect at deep psychological levels, movies can quite literally shape young people’s lives!
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What Parents Have Trouble Admitting About College Admissions

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Emptying The Nest
Are you becoming overly preoccupied with your high school senior's college plans? Paying close attention to the underlying issues may help you and your child survive and thrive.

When Autism Parents Are Hesitant to Share the Diagnosis

By Darren Sush Psy.D., BCBA-D on December 05, 2016 in All the Pieces
How inappropriate speculation related to Donald Trump’s son, highlights the concerns of many parents of children with autism about how and when to share their child’s diagnosis.

Special-Needs Parenting and the Lowerarchy: Part Two

By Barb Cohen on December 04, 2016 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The lowerarchy is more than a boundary; it is an edifice of alternating comfort and despair, always at the expense of other people and their children.

Love and Separation Throughout the Life Cycle

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Life After 50
Do you wish your adult children needed you more?

Strangers and Danger

Your child's curiosity can bring him to walk away with a stranger.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

When Your Child Snarls at You, Could You Just Offer Love?

No, you’re not teaching your child that she can get away with being rude. You’re teaching her that you’re a safe haven and she never needs or wants to lash out at you like that.

Celebrating Your Child's ADHD Gifts

By Dena Kouremetis on December 01, 2016 in The Unedited Offspring
Distractibility, disorganization, impulsivity. These are things the ADHD child learns to navigate, making them uniquely positioned to succeed as adults in many instances....

Use Holidays to Boost Your Relationship, Not Stress It Out

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Here are some research-based ways people can not just protect a partnership from holiday stress, but also use the holidays to make it even stronger.

Where Does Happiness Come from, Mommy?

Here are 7 ideas for helping your child find more smiles and laughter in their life, and experience year-round the happiness, wonder, and magic we associate with this time of year.

Overprotective Parenting and Symbolic Rejection

The problem with helicoptering is that, like being physically absent as a parent, being hyper-present can harm children.

Failure to Launch Syndrome

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Healing and Growing
There are many "causes," but one real reason stands out to explain today's epidemic of young adults who remain stuck in life.

Post-Election Stress: Tips for Easing Children’s Anxiety

With the influx of social media, it is inevitable that children and adults will be exposed to political topics over the next few weeks. Here are some times for talking with kids.

Vanishing Grandmothers and the Decline of Empathy

Find out why empathy is declining, why grandmothers matter, and why disappearing cultures can show us a unique recipe to nurture compassionate children and happy people.

Good Divorce Weekend: The No-Spending Spree

By Wendy Paris on November 29, 2016 in Splitopia
Not shopping for Black Friday deals, or Saturday or Sunday specials, made this holiday weekend special for my family.

An Experiment: Your Child, Thriving, in 30 Days.

When you see what's getting in the way for your child, you can give her the support she needs to feel, and act, better.

Feeling Shame About Shame

Is it shame or guilt you're feeling about having an LGBT child? Learn the difference so you can resolve the conflict.

Circle of Support: A Message for Teens About Friendship

We all need friends to help us get through life’s good and bad times.

Is My Son Being Abused By His Girlfriend?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when you don't like your child's partner