The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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Robyn Koslowitz Ph.D.
Feeling down as a parent? You may not be clinically depressed—you may be experiencing parental burnout.
Journaling can help kids build resilience. Now is the perfect time to start.
Playground play provides more benefits than exercise. It can supercharge a child's emotional and psychological development in four surprising ways.
New research shows that socially anxious people have more empathic accuracy, but this does not translate into better social performance.
In an entertaining new book, Benjamin Hardy makes a good case for the transformational capacity of the human spirit.
Anxious children have brains that send stronger signals from the "fear center" of the brain to the "decision-making area." This has implications for therapy and parenting.
Research has confirmed what parents knew: Kids really are "born that way."
Do you think talking to kids about death will make them more anxious? Research shows the exact opposite.
Wondering why any kid would ever coronaparty? The answer might lie in how they were taught to think about and handle uncomfortable emotions.
Do you want to ensure healthy emotional coping during the teenage years? Decades of research support using emotion socialization techniques.
Parenting neurodiverse children is challenging in the best of times! Use this five-step survival guide for neurodiverse parenting challenges during the corona-crisis.
Do you have a loved one with OCD? Is it sometimes hard to empathize? Guess what? It's now easier to know what living like this feels like.
The corona crisis is the time to teach kids the Kindness Game. This game can end the sibling wars, enhance intersubjectivity skills, and teach kids to undo their negativity biases.
Are you missing something crucial? Contrary to popular belief, we may not be able to tell if a toddler is "overtired." Instead, poor sleep leads to other, less noticeable problems.
Ever wonder what it's like to treat pediatric OCD in a world that has suddenly gone germaphobic? Lessons learned from one little microbiologist in the making.
The number one question parents ask me is "how do you get kids to open up?" Use these 3 tips from child therapy to set yourself up for conversational success with your child.
Play is serious business. It is the building block of many neurodevelopmental capacities. Here are 4 key criteria to consider when choosing games and toys.
Feeling burned out as a parent? You're not alone, and what you are feeling is real. There is hope! New research demonstrates two promising intervention paths for parental burnout.
Switch your focus to praise rather than reprimands. Research demonstrates the praise to reprimand ratio is correlated with on-task behavior.
Parent and toddler brains "sync up" during play, and this is a driver of prefrontal cortex development. Want your kid to develop social skills? Play attention, and start early!
New research on the imagery rescripting technique sheds light on social anxiety disorder.
Forced politeness in childhood—"Thanks! That's just what I wanted!"—can undermine self-control. Let's teach children to internally express, rather than suppress, their emotions.
We've been approaching the problem of childhood obesity all wrong. In our effort to avoid eating disorders, we've accidentally fostered disordered eating. Here's a better plan.
We all know what a flashback is. How about a "flash-forward"? It's a frequently overlooked aspect of anxiety and a worry trigger. This has important implications for parenting.
It feels great to go viral with a cute potty pic, but is it fair? Consider these things before posting on social media.
Have you made—and broken—parenting resolutions in the past? That's inevitable. Instead, make feeder decisions that set you up for success. Here's how.
Does going home drive you a little crazy? Worried that people who were insensitive to you will hurt your kids? Learn to steer a conversation and navigate past hurtful comments.
Did you grow up with adverse childhood experiences? You can give your kids a healthy childhood, even if yours wasn't. Here's what you need to know.
"Bully" is a reductionist term. It doesn't capture the nuance of bullying interactions. Instead of zero-tolerance policies, let's educate kids about how to handle big emotions.
"Bully" and "victim" may be an artificial dichotomy. Rather than crafting zero-tolerance policies, we should teach self-regulation to children.
Robyn Koslowitz, Ph.D., is a licensed school psychologist and clinical psychologist and educational director of the Targeted Parenting Institute.