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When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

At holidays, the focus is on family - some siblings do not get along though

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

Teachers, professors, employers, parents, & students explain students’ problems.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Being Resilient in Times of Threat

Why Are Kids Sexting?

The leading pundits tell us not to worry, just chill. The pundits are wrong.

Recent Posts on Parenting

Radicalization of Young Muslims

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Stop The Cycle
Radicalization is a growing and terriffying problem from Paris to Canada and around the world. The radicalization process has been well studied by scholars and much is known about it. Publicising what is known can help us put prevention strategies in place. Risk reduction is found in interventions in violent homes and communities, reaching out to disinfranchised youth.

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

Buying too many gifts for your kids during the holiday? Here's why you want to stop.

Is Failure the New Black in Parenting?

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 Inside Parenting
Telling parents to back off and let their kids fail may sound very hip, but there's a hitch in the daily experience of being a kid. It's called a grade.

How You Can Stop the Next Terrorist

Like most of the world, I felt fearful, angry and initially, powerless, as the news of the terrorism in Paris emerged. I asked myself, what can I do to stop terrorism? What can one person do to stop the madness? The answer came - plenty.

When Adults Struggle With Their Relationships

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Buddy System
Are sibling relationships getting you down this time of year?

Insight into Extremism and the Terrorist Mentality

What are the psychodynamics behind extremism, absolutism and all insidious forms of polarization? On some level, the answers all relate to human beings’ inherent fear of death and their need for psychological defenses to deny or ease the endemic pain of the human condition.

Does Breastfeeding Boost Intelligence in Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Media Spotlight
Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. A new study shows that that breastfeeding was significantly associated with intelligence at all ages. The link between breastfeeding and intelligence actually rose for children between the ages of seven to sixteen.

Going Home for the Holidays — Tragedy or Comedy?

If a family’s drama can’t be handled or the dysfunction runs too deep or lies too close to the surface, keeping your distance may be the only choice. In other cases, do what you can to show how well you’ve turned out — because of, or in spite of, the family that raised you.

4 Psychological Smartphone Apps Designed to Benefit Behavior

Too little sleep, too much stress, anxiety over getting the kids to school on time, and a fear of flying are common issues that can be relieved from these smartphone or tablet apps.

Causes of Students’ Emotional Fragility: Five Perspectives

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Freedom to Learn
The high and apparently increasing rates of emotional disorders and problems of everyday living among college students have generated great concern on campuses throughout the nation. Here I present a sample of views expressed by K–12 teachers, professors, employers, parents, and students about the sources of students’ emotional and coping difficulties.

All Electronic Devices Should Be Off the Thanksgiving Table

These are kids for whom it is not unusual to make a quick leap from the first awakening of sexual awareness to the first consummation of sexual experience. They haven’t had to wait for anything else--why wait for that?

Eating Disorders and Parenting at the Holidays

The holidays can be a triggering time for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder. It can be difficult to maintain (or achieve) a healthy relationship to food at this time of the year. And if you're also a parent, you must manage these challenges as you support and nourish your children. It's no easy task.

Why and How to Practice Gratitude

Do you find yourself losing sight of what the holidays are all about? Check out these few tips on how to get back to practicing gratitude.

4 Steps to Prevent a Bad Divorce

By Wendy Paris on November 24, 2015 Splitopia
While we've all heard horror stories of expensive, nasty divorces, there are steps we can take to help ensure our own break-up does not follow that model.

9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Singletons
If you are an overly involved or protective parent, you probably feed into your child’s sense of entitlement with realizing it. Here, ways to measure the extent of your child or teen’s “Me, Me, Me” problem and turn the tide of entitlement.

Will Your Child Be Part of the Collateral Damage of Divorce?

Rather than looking at the negative consequences of divorce as fixed, we need to examine the origins of the problem – the so-called pathogenesis – to recognize that these consequences are the results of symptoms acquired over the course of a child’s lifetime.

Want Your Kids to Start Listening to You? Stop Doing This!

A new, healthier way of looking at discipline.

Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?

Whether a parent senses screen-time is having a negative impact on a child or simply feels there's way too much of it, constantly managing electronics use can drive parents crazy. Here are three tips to help parents go from thinking "something needs to change" to taking decisive action.

The Unparented Child

Wrong child/wrong parent: how to heal a mismatch and champion your neglected inner child

Why Are Media Beauty Ideals Toxic for Our Daughters?

It is important for parents to know that there is a direct relationship between the amount of time that girls spend viewing media images and whether or not they will have negative body image. And we know that negative body image is related to many other problems like low self-esteem, depression, excessive dieting, and eating disorders. Some practical strategies to try.

Teaching Tolerance in a Time of Terror

It may seem easy to counteract chaos and unrest resulting from terrorist attacks by pointing fingers at entire groups. We need to be clear about what such stances communicate especially to our children.

Rethinking John B. Watson's Legacy

Should Watson be taught to students as a cautionary tale? In tracing his research, it becomes clear that in addition to ethically questionable studies, Watson was promoting problematic and dangerous assertions regarding child rearing without legitimate support for any of his claims.

Best Interests of the Child: Standards & Parental Alienation

Best Interest of the Child Standards do not protect children from parental alienation.

The Social Side of Touch

By Lydia Denworth on November 19, 2015 Brain Waves
What's in a mother's caress? A set of specialized nerve fibers may help to explain why holding babies builds attachment.

Parental Pressure Takes a Toll on Young Athletes

Emphasizing whether a child wins or loses in a sport harms self-esteem.

The New Date Night: Dinner and...Therapy?

With date nights occurring so rarely, many couples want to take advantage of their limited time together. They may want to talk, but forget how. Therapy can provide a safe, sympathetic and constructive environment where couples can express their wants and needs within a relationship, relieving the expectation to tackle each issue while they are in a more social setting.

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Our country has constantly been on alert of terror threats and many families have to find the best way to talk with their children about potential crisis.

Teen Sexting vs. Child Pornography

The simple truth is teen sexting is relatively common — a fact that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. I mean, weren’t we all teenagers once upon a time, with raging hormones and bad ideas and weird thoughts about what is and isn’t appropriate sexual behavior?

How to Help Our Children Deal With the Terror of Terrorism

For all children, regardless of age, parents must offer support and reassurance in the wake of the terror of terrorism.

Letting Go of Fear of Failure-Part IV

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 17, 2015 The Power of Prime
Fear of failure is about the perceptions that you hold about failure and, for the vast majority of people, those perceptions are entirely disconnected from the reality of their lives. You perceive that bad things will happen if you fail, but the reality is that nothing particularly bad, aside from some disappointment, will likely result from a failure.