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The world of only children
Susan Newman Ph.D.
Girls, from age 10 through college, are experiencing more crippling stress, anxiety, and depression than ever. Here's actionable advice for guiding your daughter through it.
More than a movement, #MeToo is a powerful entry point for discussing key principles with young and adolescent boys. Here are 14 lessons for your sons.
From phone addiction to Fortnite, how parents can raise wise tech users and prevent them from serious digital missteps.
How do you prevent your fears from being absorbed by your children?
"With the exception of boxing, I can't think of another sport that’s all about bashing your own brain.” New studies confirm parents' fears as football loses its glamour and players.
For parents of only children, a most troubling notion is to compare having a singleton to child abuse. Stereotypes fuel misconceptions.
Why it’s unlikely you can change someone’s opinion about political preferences, dog breeds, or childhood vaccinations—even in the face of facts.
Key lessons in how to avoid failing your adolescent children. A new YA for parents to read and pass on to their teenagers who flounder or don't feel good enough at times.
Studies show that drug problems are more likely among early adolescent users.
Issues to worry about when children hit the teen years, and how to determine and address realistic concerns and manage your anxiety.
What every college-bound student needs: strategies and insights to get a leg up emotionally and be better able to cope with the unknowns and stumbling blocks of college life.
In the parenting balancing act between work and family life, are mothers or fathers more content with their dual roles and why?
Parenting has become a competitive sport. Social comparison among parent-friends triggers our feelings of envy and anxiety. Friendships easily become fragile and frayed.
Get ready. Your college student or new graduate is coming home and parents need to adopt a whole new approach—one that looks to the future, not the past.
Called childish and immature—late bloomers—millennials are setting their own timetables for marriage and having babies. Will society’s attitudes catch up?
“What is sex?” “What’s sexy?” How to answer children’s tough questions and build strong bonds.
You may be conscientious about limiting your children’s tablet and cellphone use. What about watching television? New study links early TV exposure to unhealthy adolescent habits.
Problem solving is an overlooked, science-backed way to stop peer cruelty and reduce bullying.
Where do you draw the line between indulgent and helpful in-laws? Would you reject meals delivered five times a week?
Parents have the power (and the tools) to stop the widespread and insidious “Mean Girl” trend.
Do you use person praise or process praise with your children? The distinction is important.
Parents may be giving their young children too many toys. In terms of development and creativity, less is more. Here's why.
At what point do you get to be the grown-up? Adult children can change holiday traditions and family plans without reverting back to past mommy-daddy child roles.
A new poll finds a majority of moms feel judged. Learn how to handle criticism and have confidence in your parenting decisions.
America’s children, and parents, are not tapping into a healthy and vital learning reservoir. Here are some Scandinavian parenting tips you'll want to consider adopting.
How to get the stress related to your children under control and keep sane and calm during the parenting journey
A new study suggests only children are more creative, but less agreeable. Why parents shouldn’t jump to conclusions.
How many only-child stereotypes can you name?
What’s more important? Managing your child’s behavior or making your child feel safe? Do you know why?
Ever wonder what your therapist is thinking? Or what your patient is not telling?
Susan Newman, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and author. Her latest book is The Book of No: 365 Ways to Say it and Mean it—and Stop People-Pleasing Forever.
Singletons and the singular issues that affect family life and parenting no matter how many children you have or may have in the future.