Essential Reads

Helicopter Parents Aren’t the Problem

When it comes to over-parenting, the true culprits are large-scale social and economic changes that have been underway for centuries.

The Cost of Neglecting Culture in Therapy

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Home Base
Should psychotherapy treatments be adapted to fit clients’ cultural backgrounds? What does "cultural competence" mean and can it help children with conduct disorders?

Inverse Relationship Between GPA and Innovative Orientation

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Ironically and tragically, rather than adapt our educational system to the needs of our modern times we have doubled down on the old system, so it is ...

Baby Names, and What's Really Behind a Parent's Choice

Your name was, in all likelihood, selected by your parents and you, in turn, will select names for the kids you decide to have. Here's what might influence that decision

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Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.

The Cop Visit Taught Me a Lesson

By Tina Traster on May 02, 2016 Against All Odds
With RAD children, the rules don't always apply. Telling Julia to call the police was a joke, but it backfired.

Test Anxiety

While it is normal to feel some dreaded apprehension about taking an exam, test anxiety takes emotions to a whole new extreme.

Digital Age Parenting: Conquering the Cultural Divide

Even the most tech savvy parents still find themselves at a loss, a half a step behind their digital age kids.

12 Simple Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

Want to teach your children to be more mindful? Here's how.

The Gift of Listening to Our Mothers

We may think we our doing our mothers a favor by listening to them, but the gift is ours.

What Is Passion? Part 2

By Lybi Ma on May 02, 2016 Brainstorm
Guest Post by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.

What Thank-Yous Can Do for a Marriage: 4 Stunning Effects

This one "booster shot" helps partners stay happier & more satisfied, stay together longer, and protects from the negative effects of arguments. So why is it so hard to keep up?

Helping Your Adolescent Manage Increased Emotional Intensity

An important avenue of self-management education in adolescence is learning how to manage emotions so that they serve the teenager well, and not badly. Parents can be of help.

Early Maternal Love and Support Boosts Child's Brain Growth

New research suggests that a child's brain is particularly sensitive to maternal love and support during the preschool years. A lack of nurturing can stunt brain development.

How to Get a Great Education for You and Your Child

Choosing the right schools and making the most of them.

Bring It On! 8 Reasons Some Kids Thrive Despite Adversities

A groundbreaking new study has pinpointed 8 factors that promote flourishing in kids who face multiple "adverse childhood experiences."

Does Your Marriage Need Help? Send Out a May Day Call!

Anyone who’s ever pondered the demise of a marriage knows that even when money, time and energy are no object, splitting up a family is a very hard thing to do.You may not have to.

In Celebration of Mothering

Mothering is essential for babies. In fact, we know now more than ever that the child’s body and brain are "the result of mothering and being mothered.”

Reflections and repairs for Mother's Day

Having a difficult mother need not mean that Mother's Day is a washout. Here's how we can use it to shore up our soul.

Helping Your Child Cope With a Death

Sharing information in a supportive way, will lower his anxiety.

For Mother's Day: The Magician in the Kitchen

For my mother, cooking was never a service; it was the deepest, purest act of love.

4 Great Starter Phrases to use When Venting to Your Partner

Simple conversation starters can make all the difference between "dumping" on your partner and securing their support.

Is Your Cell Phone Your Best Friend?

Is your cell phone your best friend? How to avoid becoming the tool of your tools.

Creating Boundaries with Your Adult Child

Are you overwhelmed, stressed out, and racked with guilt in trying to decide how to best help your adult child?

Update On What Happens When You Hit Your Kids

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 Good Thinking
The results are in: 50 years worth of research shows that spanking is ineffective as discipline and detrimental to mental health.

Yes, Your Teen Is Going to College, But Are They Ready?

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 Worry Wise
Kids in college, apart from parent's texts, phone calls and occasional visits, are suddenly set with the task of carrying their own lives on their backs.

The No. 1 Reason You Should Never Be Afraid to Try

New research confirms the proverb, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Unfortunately, a fear of failure is contagious and often passed on from parents to their children.

Hands-Off Parenting For Resilient, Resourceful Children

It can be hard to resist helicopter parenting, but research suggests that less support is the best support. Here is an exploration of the issue and a few suggestions.

How Children Develop Toxic Shame

If we aren't aware of our own tendencies to shame, we won't notice when they get triggered. We'll just act them out onto our children, passing shame down to the next generation.

Why Are Some Neighborhoods Becoming Extremely Homogenized?

American families are facing a new housing crisis that could dramatically impact school-aged children.

Get Teachers to Pay Attention to Your Bright or Gifted Child

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 How To Do Life
All children deserve an appropriate education. Alas, too many bright and gifted kids don't get it. Here are things a parent can suggest to a teacher that require little extra work.

Six Hallmarks of Codependence

Before you label someone as codependent, or identify as codependent, make sure you understand what codependence is.

The Mystery Culprit in the Murfreesboro Arrest Outrage

By Izzy Kalman on April 27, 2016 Resilience to Bullying
The bullying psychology is to blame for the outrageous arrest of ten young children for "doing nothing to stop a fight" in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Is Your Kid's Tattling Making You Crazy?

Somewhere in between the extremes of gratuitous tattling and shame-based cover ups, we must help kids find a tenable middle ground for reaching out to trustworthy adults.