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Susan Newman Ph.D.
Here’s why not only working mothers, but also fathers need more time off to care for their newborn children.
A new study suggests that during COVID-19, adolescent alcohol and cannabis use has increased. Here's why some young people end up on a dangerous path.
A new study suggests ways to keep virus from spreading on campus.
COVID-19 has added another layer of complexity to an already difficult and life altering question: How many children to have.
When we call children "shy," "lonely," or "selfish," we're often surprisingly incorrect. Why?
Two doctors clarify the science of COVID-19 in a free children’s book.
Who has a tougher time being quarantined: only children or kids with siblings? Why what you believe may be incorrect.
Tween friendships are tricky, inevitably hitting snags. Use these insights and approaches to safeguard your tweens’ peer relationships during the pandemic and long after.
There are surprising differences in how disasters like hurricanes and terrorist attacks affect families. Here's what could happen in yours after the coronavirus pandemic.
Shared beliefs about boys’ and girls’ reading abilities are gendered, and, in fact, stereotypes. A new study reveals how they affect children's reading and academic outcomes.
What parents need to know about children’s make-believe pals and the many roles they play.
The difference in mothers’ and fathers’ well-being and happiness exists from babyhood into adolescence. Here’s why and in what ways.
Adult only children take the long view on the benefits and drawbacks of growing up solo.
Studies suggest Millennials can wait to have babies. Here's evidence to answer common family planning questions.
Parents can combat the many distractions that keep your child from reading. Here are proven ways to raise a reader, be she a toddler or reluctant teen.
Not using your parental leave is a “crying shame.” Here's why dads don't take full advantage of their paternal leaves—even though the benefits to mom, dad, and baby are so great.
In Japan and South Korea women openly reject marriage, broadcasting their pledge to a “live-alone life.” Would you have a wedding celebration without a groom?
Rarely does a parent want a son or daughter to quit a pursuit. But, the decision-making process matters more than persistence and grit. Here’s why.
Why subscribing to outdated norms of masculinity is problematic parenting.
An updated "Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls," supports the new, unique challenges today's girls face. You'll be surprised how much has changed in 25 years.
Most parents assume siblings will be positive additions to a family and are then shocked by the number of clashes.
Being a less stressed, exhausted mom is within reach. Here's how to rewire your brain to recognize triggers, ditch perfection, and find joy.
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.
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.