Essential Reads

What's Wrong With Needing to Be the Best

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 in Compassion Matters
People who experience pressure or false praise from their parents may feel that if they can just be special or perfect in some way, they will get the love they never felt.

The Myth of the Glowing New Mother

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in Home Base
Postpartum depression is real. Does it come from a mismatch between modern society and the demands of motherhood?

The Surprising First Step in Effective Child Discipline

By David Rettew M.D. on February 11, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
Programs to help parents overcome child defiance don't usually start with star charts or time-outs but rather the surprisingly simple but tricky skill of paying attention.

Should I Let My Kid Play Football?

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
Parents whose kids want to play football should consider the other ways in which their kids might get its benefits without incurring the risk of serious harm.

More Posts on Parenting

Two Words You May Regret: “Get Out”

Kicking your teen out of the house can have long term irreversible consequences. Is that a risk worth taking? Because once you close that door the damage is done.

The 7 Things Everyone Should Know About Fatherhood

The unearthing of what I consider to be key learnings or essential truths regarding fatherhood.

The Best Way to Protect Teens from Dangerous Apps

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 13, 2016 Off the Couch
Pat was worried. Her thirteen year old had been planning to send a picture of herself to her new boyfriend. In her underwear. Sexting at thirteen. What can a responsible parent do?

Working it Out... at Home

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on February 13, 2016 Screen Time
Working out and working from home? Feel it is impossible with kids around? Here are some screen time recommendations that may help.

The Procrastinator

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 13, 2016 How To Do Life
A short-short story based on my procrastinating clients.

Are You Dating Your Mom or Dad?

By Jean Kim M.D. on February 12, 2016 Culture Shrink
People often don't realize how strongly the relationship to their first love, their parent, affects their future romantic relationships.

A Sports Dad’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Great Day

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 The Power of Prime
We don’t live life in retrospect. If we could look into the future and know how our decisions will turn out, life would be easy…and quite uninteresting.

The Awkward Years

Posturing, apathy, newly-found ways to express their angst; why does it have to be so difficult to get through our kids' teenage years?

Facing Senilicide

By Deborah King on February 12, 2016 Mining the Headlines
How will you be treated at the end of your life? The way you treated your own parents?

Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa Wants You to Step Up

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 12, 2016 Brick by Brick
Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels and longtime radio host, gives a message to all: step up and get involved.

The Secret to Stopping the Teen 'Tude

It's not so much about ridding ourselves of the universal teen 'tude as it is about staying in control of ours when faced with it.

Dolphin Parenting: A Cure for Tiger Moms and Jellyfish Dads

By Shimi Kang M.D. on February 11, 2016 The Dolphin Way
Why dolphin parenting is the answer for 2016!

Teen Asks: Am I an Introvert?

By Sophia Dembling on February 11, 2016 The Introvert's Corner
A teen wonders if she' s naturally introverted or if she's an extrovert who's lost her edge.

Lori Sylvester on Residential Treatment for Adolescent Girls

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lori Sylvester on residential treatment for adolescent girls.

Teens and Sex

Afraid to discuss "the birds and the bees" with your teen? Here are a few tips.

10 Ways to Love the One You're With

The kids who thrive are the ones who FEEL loved, accepted and cherished for exactly who they are.

Even Nutrition Savvy Kids Choose Cookies Not Fruit. Why?

Nutrition education program enables kids to identify—and say they prefer— healthier snacks. But what happens when kids are offered a snack of either cookies or grapes?

What Einstein Knew About Parenting

Thanks, Einstein, for the theory of relativity and this other stuff too.

Negotiating Incompatible Differences with Your Adolescent

Incompatibilities between parent and child increase with adolescence, so it behooves parents to recognize the kind of difference in play and handle it with sensitivity.

Worshipping Ancestors, Resenting Parents

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 07, 2016 Overcoming Pain
In fact, one in two Chinese-American adults experience symptoms of depression and anxiety as a result of caring for elderly parents, according to a report on filial piety.

Claudia Gold on The Silenced Child

the future of mental health interview series continues with Claudia Gold on The Silenced Child.

Why You Should Cuddle Your Kids: Adult Health and Morality

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood?

Hey CDC, You Forgot About Dads!

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Home Base
It's important to protect infants from alcohol exposure. But it's not the sole responsibility of women.

Is Our Childhood Really to Blame for Everything?

In which the author explains why looking at your childhood issues is the responsible thing to do for yourself and those who love you.

Turning “Inside Out” inside out.

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Benign Neglect
Should we take comfort from the blockbuster film Inside Out or is it a prophesy of bad things to come?

How Parents Can Avoid Mood Matching

Here are a few ways to avoid “mood matching” when your little one is having a tough time.

Does Your College Student Need Financial First Aid?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 06, 2016 College Wellness
College student debt tops 1.2 trillion dollars.

What Can We Do to Prepare Youths with Autism for Employment?

Preparing a child or student with autism for life as a productive adult? Planning ahead and teaching life skills needed for employment are two important steps.

Whose Money Is It Anyway?

When it comes to discussing the topics of inheritance and finances, it's never too early to start this important conversation.

Resetting Chronic Pain Alarms

In When Your Child Hurts, Rachael Coakley provides practical suggestions to parents about the chronic pain of children, one of our nation's most persistent and invisible problems.