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Overcoming the Paralysis of Toxic Shame

How might toxic shame play a role in your anger?

Beyond Recess: Synchronized Play Improves Kids' Cooperation

We all know the elated feeling of swinging side-by-side with someone in synchrony. Now, researchers have identified unexpected benefits of synchronized movement during childhood.

A Simple Trick to Get Your Kid to Stop Whining

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
You can get your child to stop whining if you follow this formula:

How Common Is Childhood Mental Illness?

Think childhood mental illness is rare? Think again.

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Ranking the Last 14 Presidential Marriages

By Stanton Peele on April 22, 2017 in Addiction in Society
The American presidential marriage, from FDR and Eleanor to Barack and Michelle and beyond demonstrate a remarkable range of marital partnerships and intimacy.

Learning How to Tease and Be Teased

By Nick Luxmoore on April 22, 2017 in Young People Up Close
Young people spend hours teasing each other and being teased. Why? Why do they do it? And how do they learn when to stop?

16 Tweets on Relationships

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
Short takes on romantic relationships, friends, parenting, and dogs

What Is the Difference Between Conflict and Bullying?

Gratuitous references to bullying will create a “boy who cried wolf” phenomenon in which adults no longer act with urgency to protect the children who need them most.

Teen Prescription Med Abuse Skyrockets, Parents Clueless

7 warning signs for parents and how to protect kids.

How to Break the Cycle of Shame With Your Child

The more empathic you are as you set the limit, the more your child will accept the limit, and WANT to shift gears to channel his impulses into more acceptable behavior.

Hardiness and Grit

One might argue that any therapy has as an implicit objective to help the individual acquire the characteristics associated with hardiness.

Are You Confusing Love With Something Else?

As parents we want to hold onto the illusion that we can fix or control our children. We cannot fix or control them; it is an illusion.

Does Prince Harry Reveal How To Cope With Loss?

...the counterintuitive finding is that such a profoundly negative experience as losing a parent during childhood, can lead you to feel more gratitude or appreciation for life...

Divorce and Autism: Familiarity, Stability, Consistency

Children with autism thrive on familiarity, stability, and consistency. In divorce, work to maintain your child's relationships in the neighbourhood, school, and family.
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What Makes a Happier Marriage?

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Stepmonster
One writer gleaned marriage advice from around the world.

What New Moms Need to Boost Their Mood and Enjoy Parenting

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A new longitudinal study reveals connections among mothers' basic psychological needs, postpartum depression, and parenting behaviors.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 2

Children in polyamorous families experience unique practical and emotional advantages but no unique disadvantages that are not present in other forms of blended families.

4 Ways to Support Your College-Bound Teen

May 1st is just around the corner, but it's never too late to show your child that they can turn to you.
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When Older Adolescents Want to Form Happier Relationships

Older adolescents may wish for happier relationships than they have known, but can get caught in repeating relationships of the unhappy kind.

Can We Talk About Sex on Campus?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on April 15, 2017 in College Wellness
Sex is one of the toughest topics to talk about with your college-aged children, but also one of the most important.

The Big D

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Raising Parents
How can I help my child survive our divorce?

Zombie Outbreak!? "Spice" and the Synthetic Cannabinoids

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Synthetic cannabinoids in "Spice" products have been responsible for "zombie outbreaks" across the country. Should parents be concerned?

Three Key Considerations in Selecting Your Child’s Therapist

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in Singletons
What’s more important? Managing your child’s behavior or making your child feel safe? Do you know why?

When Your Child Gets Angry: Here's Your Gameplan

Children develop emotional intelligence when we teach them that all their feelings are okay, but they always have a choice about how they act.

Who Killed JonBenet (Part 3): The Grand Jury

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What did the grand jury know about the JonBenet Ramsey case that we don't?

17 Ways to Foster Creativity in a Practical Kid

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on April 09, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Does your child show little interest in the usual arts and crafts? Some kids are most passionate about how the real world works, and can be remarkably creative. You can help.

Empathy and the Jury Selection Process

If "equal justice under law" means what it says, then judges and jurors hearing cases must have evenly distributed empathy.

Why Banning Social Media Is Not the Best Answer for Kids

A head-in-the-sand approach ill prepares kids to deal with the world in which they live and creates a fervor to use social media in sneaky, risky ways.

Can You Divorce Your Family?

New research explains that communication is critical in distancing yourself from family.
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Have Better Conversations With Someone With Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on April 05, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Would you like to have better conversations with someone with hearing loss? These communication best practices can help.

Why Parenthood Often Lowers Well-Being—Especially for Moms

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests that being a parent lowers well-being when it makes it hard to fulfill our fundamental psychological needs. There are ways to reclaim our happiness.

Harvard, Schmarvard

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in How To Do Life
The case against highly selective colleges and graduate schools.

Parent Shaming Stunts Are a Short-Term Solution

By The Research Lab on April 04, 2017 in The Fundamentals
And not a long-term fix for a child's bad behavior. By Esther Calzada, Ph.D.