It’s high time we put the most enduring myths about human behavior to bed, and see the mind—and the world—as it is.
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How to raise happily productive kids
Dona Matthews Ph.D.
Provide healthy options, and let your child decide what, when, and how much to eat. That way, you'll be happy, and they’ll get the nutrition their growing bodies and brains need.
Are you authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, or neglectful? Here's a quiz to help you decide, and a discussion of why and how to be a more authoritative parent.
Kids who do chores end up happier, better adjusted, and more successful than others. Here are 16 ideas for encouraging your child to do household chores.
A young child who stutters can be forgiven for tantrums. Here are some ideas for helping your child manage stuttering, deal with frustration, and prevent the risk of tantrums.
Divorce is usually painful for children. When parents proceed with respect and care, however, kids usually rebound with resilience.
Set the stage for a successful change in your family’s structure by being strong, loving, and confident when you tell your child about what’s happening next.
Time outdoors improves your child’s health, happiness, attention, creativity, and well-being. Here are 20 ways to breathe fresh air into your daily life.
Technology has many benefits, as long as it is well chosen and wisely used. Out of balance, it can distract children from healthy interests, increasing their stress and anxiety.
In Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges, Mona Delahooke shares clinical experience to illuminate solutions.
Whether you and your family members are highly sensitive orchids, or dandelions who can thrive anywhere, this book is a good read and has some useful and thought-provoking ideas.
Highly sensitive children need help managing intense feelings. Affirm their sensitivity as a strength, acknowledge their problem, don’t get mad, and help them consider solutions.
You can transform your experience of raising a child with a difficult temperament—and the child’s problematic behavior—by changing the way you think about the child.
Thinking of your difficult child as “spirited” helps you provide the unconditional positive regard your child needs to grow into the remarkable person they can be.
Fortnite is a wildly popular videogame where the objective is to kill everyone else on the island. Parents are right to worry, but banning the game is not the only option.
Understanding the Holocaust—its social, economic, and political contexts—can help a child develop empathy, social engagement, and resilience.
What can parents do to support their kids' developing intelligence? How is that different--harder, easier, better, worse--for parents over forty? Some surprisingly simple answers.
Brain science is yielding practical findings for wise parenting. Be loving and patient: it’s not fair or useful to punish foolish behavior that results from a brain in progress.
Sleep is when your child’s body and brain repair damage from today and get ready for a happy, energetic, productive tomorrow. You can help ensure your kids get the sleep they need.
Twelve reasons play is essential to children’s healthy development, and twelve ways parents can ensure their kids are getting the play experiences they need.
A five-step plan for turning around your child’s natural tendency to blame other people and situations for their own mistakes.
How can you support your child's mental health in an era of increased stress? Seven suggestions for increasing children's coping and resilience.
You can help your child change a habit of negativity into a positive attitude that leads to resourcefulness and resilience.
Brain research findings show the best way to respond to annoying or foolish behavior is by treating it as a learning opportunity for you and your child.
From 11-14, everything is volatile and many parents worry. Is your child just experiencing a painful but normal transition into adulthood? Or not? How can you support resilience?
Anger, punishment, and consequences just make bad behavior worse. By being fully present to your child’s feelings—no matter what they are—you can help them do better next time.
Some kids are born calmer, and some more difficult, but behavior is not all hard-wired. How parents react to their kids’ temperament has an impact on their attitudes and behavior.
Parents who believe that integrity matters, and want their children to be honest and trustworthy, have an uphill battle in this era of “alternative facts.”
It can be alarming when a young child expresses concerns about death, but such worries are common. Here's how to respond.
A holiday collection of 25 simple ideas for being mindful, so you can feel the joy of the season, spend less, share fully in your child's enthusiasm, and reduce your stress.
Negativity can be a healthy assertion of individuality. Here are 12 ideas to support young kids’ developing independence while moving them toward a more cooperative attitude.