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The New Sex Talk: 3 Tips to Get You Started

Times have changed, and so has how we talk to our kids about sex.

The Unexpected Loneliness of New Mothers

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Loneliness might be the last thing new mothers expect to feel, but it is far more common than we realize.

Humility and Sports

Sports can be a school for the virtue of humility, but many aren't allowing this to happen. Fortunately, we can change this, if we are intentional about it.

Why Social Media is NOT Smart for Middle School Kids

Wondering why your middle schooler's social media use has ratcheted up your stress levels? Understanding the brain at this age can help you can take back control.

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Cure the Religion, Not the LGBT Child

Conversion therapy does more harm than good.

Why Choose a Parenting Marriage?

Find out what people trying a Parenting Marriage are hoping for and what they are considering putting it into practice.

Why Do Teens Lie? Part 1

Lying has many shades of gray. Kids are good at it.

Prom and the Afterparty

Beyond the hype of prom, there are dangers that can turn one of the happiest nights into one of the scariest.

Why Family Hurt Is So Painful

Four reasons why family hurt is so painful: Hurtful behavior and messages from family are the most painful compared to those from friends or significant others.
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What Colleges Don’t Tell You

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
There's much you should know before going or sending your child to college.

8 Empowering Ways to Stop Feeling Guilty

Do you feel guilty a lot more than you should? Do you think it's selfish to say "no"? Learn 8 powerful tools to get rid of unnecessary or unwanted guilt.

Stop Enabling Your Adult Child: Revisited

Helping versus enabling a dependent adult child is often an emotionally charged topic. Here are some guiding principles to help.

I Did Not Raise a Narcissist

Will the most powerful man in the world have a negative impact on today's men?

How to Raise a Securely Attached Child

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in In Practice
Simple, practical tips for developing emotional trust.

Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Media Spotlight
While men may find themselves taking on more responsibilities at work and home, women still find themselves doing a disproportionate amount of the domestic chores.
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Sesame Street and Autism: The PG-Rated "Extras"

By Barb Cohen on March 22, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Young children accept any playmate who is not hostile. It is the parents who usually communicate discomfort, caution or pity, and it is the parents who have the most to learn.
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Disability and Strengths: We Need Phase 3!

5 practical strategies to move you into Phase 3, helping you take on a character strengths-based mindset.

Dealing With Feelings

"Minimize affect inhibition... Maximize positive affects… Minimize negative affects.” — Silvan Tomkins

The Emerging Crisis in Critical Thinking

What can parents and teachers do to improve thinking ability?

Does Your Teen Procrastinate?

Can’t get through to your teen on procrastination? Try a different way.

10 Ways to Help Your Daughter Get Over Her Boyfriend

A breakup is like drug withdrawal.

Guilt Me Not

Stop the guilt talk in your head.

Kids Using Smartphones

Monitoring, use, and privacy guidelines for parents.

Kindling Your Child’s Enthusiasm for School

No other generation has had to cope with this ever-increasing fund of information. Improved technology and more information has led to more memorization & less meaningful learning.
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Helping Your Child Deal With College Rejection & Acceptance

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on March 18, 2017 in Off the Couch
College acceptances and rejections are coming in. How parents respond can help or hinder adolescents in the developmental task of transitioning from home to college.

More Proof That Skin-to-Skin Contact Benefits Babies' Brains

Growing evidence suggests that skin-to-skin contact plays a significant role in healthy childhood brain development for all newborns, but especially for babies born prematurely.

Grandparents Affected by Adult Child Divorce

One of the lesser-mentioned advantages of co-parenting after divorce is that it can strengthen children's relationships with both sets of grandparents.

Do You Need a Digital Detox?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association suggests that our relationship with technology and social media can have a major impact on stress and health.

Starting Places for Learning About Good Divorce

By Wendy Paris on March 14, 2017 in Splitopia
From apps to websites to books to classes: my top picks for getting through divorce and managing co-parenting.

6 Ways That Tricks for Falling Asleep Can Backfire

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Chronic sleep problems can be demoralizing. What are the potential downsides of tricks for falling asleep? And what's the best way to beat insomnia?
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Murder Buddies

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Shadow Boxing
Some adolescent friendships go down a dark path, but there are strategies for parents who want to deflect them.

The Cost of Choosing Not to Have Kids: Moral Outrage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on March 12, 2017 in Living Single
Married people who choose not to have kids elicit moral outrage. They are also judged as less fulfilled than married people who do want kids. But what if they were single?

Can Young Children Tell Real Smiles From Fake Smiles?

Recent research suggests that young children can distinguish real from fake smiles. Real smiles indicate honesty and cooperation.

Welcome to the Madness and Mystery of Surprise Egg Videos

By Kevin Bennett on March 11, 2017 in Modern Minds
Children are obsessed with the online sub-culture of surprise egg videos and the micro-universe inhabited by family finger people.