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Helping diagnosed children find their superpowers
Robyn Koslowitz Ph.D.
"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.
Parenting by lying may be efficient in the short term, but is deleterious. Try "radical honesty" instead.
Ever lie to your child? Most parents have! Here's how to tell the difference between benign lies and potentially harmful ones.
Who hasn't been tempted to lie to their kids? "No, honey, I'm not eating candy. Go back to bed!" But the short-term efficiency may come with long-term consequences.
Does your neurodiverse child find holiday parties overwhelming? Use the TARGET System to come up with a holiday party plan. Let's turn holiday challenges into holiday successes!
Does your neurodiverse child sometimes come across as narcissistic? Look at his behavior as being stuck in an anxiety tunnel, not trapped in a mirror.
If your child is neurodiverse, she's at risk for narcissistic abuse in the workplace. Use the acronym NARC to help her learn the red flags of a potentially narcissistic employer.
Anxious? Try sleep. New research shows a direct causal link between restricted deep sleep and anxiety. Parents, take note.
Is your child under-sleeping? Nearly half of U.S. kids don't sleep enough, and this interferes with their ability to flourish. Here's a 10-step plan to help foster good sleep habits.
Chronic "undersleeping" affects more than 50% of U.S. kids, and this interferes with all aspects of development. If your kid is one of them, here's what to do.
Do you feel like a bad mother? New research suggests that stereotyping leads to maternal guilt. Guilt is a key factor in parental burnout. Here's what we can do.
Are you upset about your child's diagnosis? Do you think it boxes him in? View it as a road map to his superpower, and watch him soar.
Self-Care. Do we even know what it is? We think we're engaging in self-care when we're really engaging in self-maintenance. We need both. Here's how to know the difference.
Do you experience parental burnout? Do you sometimes feel distant from your kids? Research demonstrates why this happens, and what to do about it.
Feeling burned out as a parent? You're not alone. New research demonstrates parental burnout is more dangerous and prevalent than ever. We can combat parent burnout. Here's how.
New research shows we can help our kids install that "off" button, using mindfulness training.
Fight childhood obesity with emotional education. A new study demonstrates adding emotional health to nutrition education is more effective. WW, if you want to help, take notice!
Do you feel like your Challenging Child has more obstacles to overcome than other children? Does she get lost in the "maze" of her problems? Help her achieve her goals!
“Why should I bribe my child to behave? He's supposed to!” Well, yes. And adults are supposed to show up to work, but would you, without your paycheck? Rewards are not bribes.
Are you walking on eggshells because your kid is so unpredictable? Create some order out of the chaos with Antecedent Analysis.
Do you feel erratic when parenting your child? Are you unsure when to be firm and when to give in? Do you have Parental Self-Doubt Syndrome? You need a unified parenting theory.
Are you parenting a diagnosed child? He's not a problem, he's a superhero in disguise. Teach him the skills to help him access his inner superhero, and watch him soar.
Robyn Koslowitz, Ph.D., is a licensed school psychologist and clinical psychologist and educational director of the Targeted Parenting Institute.