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Constant Phone Interruptions Affect Toddlers

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that constant phone interruptions can have more serious consequences for parents of toddlers than you might think.

Do Children Even Think About Right and Wrong?

By Rob Henderson on July 26, 2017 in After Service
How do children think about right and wrong? Research overturns old ideas.

The Secret of Raising a Self-Disciplined Child

Our children learn self-control from the limits we set. But -- and this is critical -- only if we set those limits with empathy.

Kids Need to Eat Dirt and Get Dirty

There is good science showing that when children get outdoors and encounter more microbes, their ability to cope with stress is improved for a lifetime.

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The Effect of Stress from Childhood Abuse

Fear, uncertainty, anger, and frustration can be the by-products of abuse that don’t fade but instead build over time. A person in constant stress mode sees danger everywhere.
Oliver Cole

Camp, Interrupted

Indeed, my season at camp had been interrupted halfway to the finish line. I was aggrieved.

Shaming Children

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 25, 2017 in Am I Right?
Schools stigmatize children to get them to pay for school meals. It's psychologically damaging and morally wrong.

When Children Begin to Talk

Language represents a huge developmental leap for a child. Once childre begins to talk, the task turns to teaching them to use words to appropriately express their feelings.

The Joys of Parenting

Is parenting overwhelming? Stuck in a negative rut? A few reminders and some good advice can help.
Suzanne Bouffard

Ready, Set, Go!

Early childhood education is complicated. Here's a roadmap.

The Summer Slump: Do Kids Backslide During Summer Vacation?

Research finds summer learning loss is a real problem. Here's what you can do about it.

How to Nurture Authenticity in Your Children

Parents want their children to lead happy lives, but paradoxically this can lead them to push their children in the wrong directions

Who's The Baby?

By Nick Luxmoore on July 21, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We avoid having to acknowledge our own baby tendencies when someone else unwittingly expresses them for us.

The Uncomfortable Conversation about Online Safety

An online teen suicide challenge continues, despite the arrest of the originator. The conversations you should have with your children about safety online.

Stop the Hovering

As your perception of your grown children has changed, their perception of you should change as well.

A Guide to the Fantasy Bond

Many struggles we face in our current interpersonal relationships arise from a core defense formed in childhood known as the “fantasy bond.”

Is It Narcissism or Sociopathy?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What is the nexus between narcissistic and antisocial personality?

How and Why You Compromise Your Integrity

Your most important possession is your integrity. It’s your trustworthiness, word of honor. Yet at some point you’ve certainly violated this most “sacred” part of yourself. Why?

What's So Bad About Bribing Your Child?

Cooperation is too complicated to be shaped by a simple habit, since it's driven by emotions and how connected your child feels to you at the moment.

Humans Defeat Nature—As Prescribed. Now What?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Sigmund Freud encouraged aggression against Nature, along with other Western scholars. We’ve now reached “biological annihilation” of species all over the earth. Are you happy?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Facebook for Children?

Children believe that Facebook is a protected environment, but are they right?

How Technology Lowers Emotional Intelligence in Kids

Five negative consequences caused by tech dependence.

Should I Answer Every Text My Child Sends?

It may feel good to be the person your child shares everything with, and yet...

Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics

Are your kids obsessed with screen time? Here are steps to curb their addiction.

Lousy Spelling—Why Americans Can’t Read or Think Well

Two decades after the National Reading Panel and the National Early Literacy Panel left out spelling reading scores have plummeted! Spelling is the missing link to literacy!
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Is Your Mother an Exhibitionist Narcissist?

If you have ever wondered if your mother was an Exhibitionist Narcissist, this article may help you decide.
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The Perils of Popularity

Likability is conducive to the establishment of satisfying relationships, personal and professional fulfillment, and good health. But popularity grounded in status can be harmful.

The Feral Child Nicknamed Genie

Genie spent the first 13 years of her life strapped to a potty or a chair in a homemade straightjacket. She was never spoken to but turned out to be highly intelligent.
Eric Maisel

Survive Your Difficult Family By Being Calm

Much of what gets labeled as individual pathology in adults and children is really the playing out of family stresses and conflicts. Learn what you can do in this 8-part series.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

What Is the Point of Adolescence?

It's helpful for parents to know that adolescence is a functional process for their daughter or son, no matter how frustrating it may sometimes feels for the adults.

The Teenage Years: 4 Questions That May Predict Thriving

One factor may matter more than you might expect for kids in their teenage years. A recent study from Brazil and Romania has important implications for American teenagers.

Baby Care: 3 Rs for Raising A Happy Child

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Depression is epidemic and even touches babies. How do early life's 3 Rs: recognition, resonance, and respect, mitigate against depression--for all of us?

The Children of Divorce

Divorce hurts. Dr. Banschick offers a new course to soften the blow on children. And, enable parents to deal effectively with their ex spouse; even the very difficult ex spouse.