She Thinks She’s Hot: Sexual Awareness or Something Else?
It’s not just her clothes you notice. The way she carries herself has also changed. Her walk is now more of a saunter similar to your cat. The way she tosses back her head and laughs, you could swear she seems more like thirty than twelve. Just the other day she seemed to be batting her eyelashes at the college kid across the street when he dropped off a package. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jennifer Powell-Lunder, Psy.D. Tags: Child Development Media Parenting Personality Media Influence on Tweens tween behavior & Sexual Awareness Source Type: news

Simple Solutions Won't Solve Children's Complex Problems
When children have complex needs that require help from both parents and many different service providers (e.g., special education, mental health, child welfare or corrections), no simple solution like a short course on mindfulness or a parenting course is going to be enough to make the child more resilient. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Michael Ungar, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Resilience Therapy anxiety disorder at-risk youth children with complex needs complexity interventions multisystemic therapy service silos systemic thinking treatment for kids Source Type: news

Mentoring Children: How Highly Sensitive Children Can Thrive
Do you have a mentor for your children?read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Maureen D. Healy Tags: Child Development Parenting happiness highly sensitive children intuitive children parneting psychic kids Source Type: news

9 Ways Your Old Programming May Be Holding You Hostage
When I speak of “old programs,” I’m referring to childhood decisions you made to better adapt to a conditionally accepting family. After all, when you’re highly dependent on your caretakers for comfort, guidance, and support, what could be more essential than feeling securely bonded to them? For you certainly can't function autonomously. . . .read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Personality childhood beliefs childhood dependency childhood programming codependence defenseless feeling underserving feeling vulnerable feeling worthless negative programming parental approval parent Source Type: news

Childless by Circumstances
Women without children are marginalized and stigmatized by western society. The irony is that they are often the pillars of our community, mothering in so many ways. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sharon I. Praissman and Emma Williams Tags: Gender Happiness Parenting Source Type: news

What Should We Be Teaching Students?
Imagine a student learning to solve mathematical problems or learning to write an essay in a history class. With time and practice, they are likely to improve—but what are they actually learning? What should we be teaching them? These questions are fundamental to those areas of educational psychology concerned with cognitive processes and instructional design.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: APA Division 15 Tags: Child Development Education Intelligence Parenting cognitive load theory educator instruction learning students teaching Source Type: news

Feeling Stressed? Here's How to "Tweak Your Freak"
Feel better fast with these 5 stepsread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Erica Reischer, Ph.D. Tags: Happiness Health Parenting Stress CBT cognitive behavioral therapy feelings stress reduction Source Type: news

Teaching Our Sons Not to Rape
The class witnessed a clean-cut, handsome boy laughing and bragging about raping a 16 year-old girl. Outraged, a student asked, "What is wrong with this boy's parents?! They must take some of the responsibility" read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kathryn Stamoulis, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Education Parenting Sex rape sexual assault sexual assault victims Source Type: news

Top Ten Favorite Tips to Improve Children’s Memory
This article brings together the strategies I’ve suggested, based on that research, reported by parents and educators to be most helpful. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed. Tags: Child Development Education Memory Parenting Source Type: news

The World's Worst Mom
Parents really don't have to hover as much as they think. A Q&A with the World's Worst Mom, Lenore Skenazy.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lybi Ma Tags: Child Development Health Parenting Self-Help Source Type: news

Has College Become Dangerous for Students?
A great deal of press attention has focused on the problematic and often unethical behavior of college students in recent years. Campus sexual assaults, excessive drinking, and academic cheating scandals have been headline news impacting even our nation’s most elite universities. What can we do to improve college student behavior and maximize good ethical decision making? read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 21, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP Tags: Education Ethics and Morality Health Parenting Stress alcohol abuse college students sexual assaults Source Type: news

The Backlash Against Bullying Prevention
It is important to distinguish between rude, mean, and bullying so that teachers, school administrators, police, youth workers, parents, and kids all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Signe Whitson, L.S.W. Tags: Child Development Education Parenting bully bullying bullying in school bullying prevention bullying prevention in schools stop bullying Source Type: news

Spread the Word: Feb 4 is Global School Play Day
The Bedley brothers (Tim and Scott), who are both teachers in California, have started a movement, and it seems to be taking off. They have declared Feb. 4, 2015, to be the first annual Global School Play Day. Let's do everything we can to support it!read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Peter Gray Tags: Child Development Creativity Education Happiness Parenting Global School Play Day Source Type: news

After The Affair...What?
Before attempting reconciliation after an affair is revealed, each partner should describe the relationship they'd like to have. If they can't agree on what they would like, there's little to reconcile.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marty Klein, PhD Tags: Parenting Relationships Self-Help Sex affairs betrayal cyber infidelity monogamy reconciliation trust Source Type: news

7 Things to Stop Saying to Your Teen Immediately
If you are frustrated by your teenagers, then it might be because you’re saying the wrong things to them. Phrases that may have worked when they were children aren’t working now. Here’s a list of seven things you should stop saying to your teen immediately.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 20, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tim David Tags: Parenting Source Type: news

How Many Teens are Actually Sexting?
The majority of U.S. teens send text messages, but what about sexually suggestive texts? Several national studies show that "sexting" among teens is not as commonplace as reported by media headlines.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Michele Ybarra, MPH, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Media Parenting Social Life Source Type: news

Living on Thin Ice
You can enjoy your work if it produces reinforcement, but you can’t be replenished by it if you’re situation-conscious on the job.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D. Tags: Parenting Race and Ethnicity Therapy Work Source Type: news

Limits of Natural and Logical Consequences in Parenting
For a child, the natural rules of the universe and the rules set by his parents present with consequences for any decisions he makes. This is because children need their parents to survive. As a result, parents are the environment that children adapt to.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ugo Uche Tags: Child Development Parenting addiction addiction in teens discipline natural and logical consequences technology video games Source Type: news

How to Have a Well-Behaved Child, Part 3
Self-regulation, especially in childhood, is not learned well from consequences or punishment. The threat of punishment has its place, but it is a small part of learning discipline and self-control.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Relationships Resilience Source Type: news

Older Adolescents and Mindful Alcohol and Marijuana Use
When parents know from the adolescent's past use of alcohol and/or marijuana that some degree of recreational substance use is likely to continue when living away from home, they can offer possible guide lines for mindful use the young person might be open to consider. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Education Health Parenting adolescent alcohol use adolescent marijuana use adolescent substance use advising about substance use functional substance use mindful substance use moderate substance use substance use ch Source Type: news

My Mother Is Holding Me Hostage
What To Do When Mother Belittles Daughterread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D. Tags: Parenting Relationships agoraphobia anxiety brainwashing children dating daughters divorce Grandparents hostage loneliness marriage mothers paranoia pstchology separation anxiety siblings Source Type: news

How to Stop Having Disagreements That Ruin Your Day
Why do we shout at someone we love even though we know it will make things worse? Or trample on people's sentences in a work meeting when we set out to listen? The answer lies in having mindful rather than mindless conversations. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 18, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rob Kendall Tags: Happiness Parenting Relationships Self-Help argument choice difficult conversations joy mindfulness Source Type: news

For Smarter, Happier, Healthier Kids, Keep Moving!
Children who are physically active do better than others on virtually all developmental measures. They’re not only healthier, stronger, and more resilient to illness, but they’re also happier, more confident, more academically successful, and more creative than others. They sleep better, feel better about themselves, and become healthier adults.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dona Matthews, Ph.D. Tags: Happiness Health Neuroscience Parenting academic achievement accuracy activity attention cocus concentration confidence creativity exercise Finland Fitness Memory reaction time recess self-esteem sleep Source Type: news

When Mental Illness Enters The Family
My TEDx talk, whose link is in this blog, offers four messages for families with a loved one with a mental illness. I hope you will view this talk, which offers practical advice and hope.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 17, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Relationships Resilience Source Type: news

Top Five Angry Cartoon Characters
Meet some of the hottest tempered animated characters on television. Each one of these characters has a unique and distinct way of reacting to anger. Some are volatile and others just simply pitch a fit of rage. Regardless of their anger style they all have one thing in common: they could all use some anger management skills. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 16, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C. Tags: Parenting Personality Self-Help anger management angry cartoon characters Source Type: news

Parenting Kids with Challenges
Why Elizabeth Corsale, MFT, feels it's a great honor to work with the parents of kids with learning and attention differences, and that she's lucky to learn so much from them about how to keep going in the face of extremely challenging circumstances. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Samantha Smithstein, Psy.D. Tags: Child Development Education Parenting Resilience ADD ADHD attention differences learning differences resiliency trauma Source Type: news

A Look at Effects of Stimulant Treatment on ADHD
Researchers are working to better understand long-term effects of ADHD medication on the brain.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Joe Magliano, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Cognition Neuroscience Parenting ADHD behaviors associated with ADHD effects on brain Leslie Matuszewich medication adhd Mercedes McWaters NIU northern illinois university stimulants ttention Deficit Hyperactivi Source Type: news

When You’re Gone: Deployment Effects On Parenting
Deployed soldiers and their families often face great emotional strain when they are forced to separate.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robert T. Muller, Ph.D. Tags: Parenting Stress Source Type: news

Manifesto 15: Triggering the Education Revolution
On January 1, 2015, John Moravec, a philosopher of education and world traveler, sent out a manifesto about the future of education. It has caught on and spread far more rapidly than he could have imagined it might. Within days, it was read by people in 84 countries and translated into seven languages (with more translations on the way). Read it here and send it on!read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 15, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Peter Gray Tags: Child Development Education Ethics and Morality Parenting Philosophy education revolution educational innovation manifesto Source Type: news

Parenting Skills Depend on the Child
The first concern in any system of parenting skills should be a list of the child’s needs.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Therapy Source Type: news

How Children Use Information About Why Things Work
When children are about 3-years-old, one of the big things they need to do is to learn about the huge variety of objects in the world around them. Not only does this learning help them to make sense of the world, but is crucial for children to learn the labels we use for different objects so that they can talk about those objects again in the future. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Art Markman, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Amy Booth causal information children cognitive development labels learning word learning Source Type: news

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children’s Connection to Nature
Children love the Earth. They really do hug trees. Kids care in the purest and sweetest way for birds, flowers, plants, and animals. Help your children develop a deep connection to nature that can result is a commitment to and sense of stewardship for the future health of our planet.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jim Taylor, Ph.D. Tags: Environment Parenting child development children earth green nature parents trees Source Type: news

Dads Can’t Have It Both Ways… Can They?
Times really have changed as men have become more involved at home but to what extent does this involvement really imply that traditional notions of what it means to be a good father are a thing of the past?read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jamie Ladge, Ph.D. Tags: Gender Parenting Work Source Type: news

Helping Girls Cope with Bullying and Frenemies
Adults often struggle with the question of, "Should I intervene in a child's friendship problems?" We waver between wanting to protect young people from the pain of broken friendships and believing that bullying is an inevitable rite of passage. The bottom line is this; no child should have to find her way through painful conflict all alone. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Signe Whitson, L.S.W. Tags: Child Development Parenting Relationships Self-Help bullying in schools bullying prevention frenemy how to stop bullying Relational Aggression social aggression Source Type: news

"Growing Differences" between Parent and Adolescent
It's growing differences between parent and teenager that allows adolescence to grow them apart, as it is meant to do.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Evolutionary Psychology Parenting Relationships attachment to detachment parenting differentiation encompassing differences growing apart growing independence growing individuality growing up loss of parent/child co Source Type: news

Cyberbullying
As bullying has moved from the school bus to the social network, new challenges, including a worrisome link with suicidality, have emerged. A non-sensationalistic, evidence-based approach is needed to confront what has become a clear public health problem. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Elias Aboujaoude, M.D. Tags: Law and Crime Media Parenting Social Life Source Type: news

Seeing The Bigger Picture: Life Maybe Better Than You Think
Some of us tend to hyper-focus on the things that are bothering us. If we can find a way to stop looking just for the faults, we may also find what is wonderful and glorious. This is beyond being an optimist instead of a pessimist. It is seeing life in its entirety and realizing Maybe our lives are better than we think!read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Allison Carmen Tags: Happiness Parenting Self-Help Spirituality anxiety inspiration stress Source Type: news

Prenatal Screening and the AMA Mom
Comprehensive prenatal testing is offered to women of all ages. It is important to understand what information it actually offers and how that will guide your pregnancy. This is particularly important for the over 35 mom who may feel more pressure to do it. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sharon I. Praissman and Emma Williams Tags: Parenting Source Type: news

Circumcision’s Psychological Damage
The CDC’s new recommendations for genital cutting of boys of all ages ignored the research on psychological harm. We review the evidence.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. Tags: Health Parenting Psychiatry Stress adolescent circumcision centers for disease control and prevention cdc child circumcision HIV infant circumcision male genital cutting male genital mutilation psychological harm Source Type: news

Talking with Kids about Fairness
In societies around the world, fairness is one of most fundamental moral principles. Parents can promote this value by talking to children about what it means to be fair and by helping them think about what they can do to promote fairness.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gail Heyman, Ph.D. Tags: Parenting Source Type: news

I Am Mama Watch Me....Clean
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is to help them explore and develop their unique talents, and support them when they—undoubtedly—try to resist being who they are at their essence. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 10, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Andrea Fox Tags: Parenting Source Type: news

The Vengeful Divorce
How wanting to get even can ruin you and your divorce.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 9, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Angie Hallier Tags: Parenting Relationships divorce Source Type: news

School Reform: Looking in all the Wrong Places
A fresh look at school reform must recognize student differences, reassess high stakes testing, open up career studies, and challange the myth that all students should attend college.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Mack R. Hicks, Ph.D. Tags: Cognition Education Intelligence Parenting career opportunity college admission School reform selection Source Type: news

A Holiday Tradition With My Children Had to End, Here's Why
A long tradition of decorating, and then taking down, the Christmas tree with my children began when we still an in-tact family, and continued beyond, when I was a single parent. Eventually our accompanying rituals drew less interest from them, as they grew. A humorous confrontation with that helped me accept the reality of change and transition throughout life.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Douglas LaBier, Ph.D. Tags: Parenting Relationships Resilience Self-Help children leaving home Christmas Source Type: news

In the Human Brain, Dogs and Children Are Equally Lovable
MRI data explores how human mothers respond to their own children and to their family dog. The similarities are remarkable.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stanley Coren, Ph.D., F.R.S.C. Tags: Animal Behavior Cognition Evolutionary Psychology Parenting activate affection affiliation amygdala area attraction babies baby blood bond brain brain-behavior canine canines center chemical child children colla Source Type: news

Parents' Role in Helping Kids Apply to College
An internal debate that explores parents’ dilemmas.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marty Nemko, Ph.D. Tags: Education Parenting applying to college Source Type: news

Young Children Are Curious
It is very important to be patient with your child. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 7, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Meri Wallace, LCSW Tags: Child Development Parenting Source Type: news

Everything You Need To Know, You Learn From Siblings
There are many basic social situations that happen early in life with siblings that can offer a training ground for working on social and emotional development. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Avidan Milevsky, Ph.D. Tags: Parenting Relationships fighting parents siblings Source Type: news

Don’t Spank Me!
“A study in 20 American cities, published in the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2013, found that young children in homes with little or no spanking showed swifter cognitive development than their peers. Other studies find that children in physically punitive schools perform worse.”read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Elizabeth Wagele Tags: Child Development Parenting cognitive development in children drug an alxohol use spanking Source Type: news

Protect (All) Your Boys from Early Trauma
It sounds like a conspiracy. The government is about to officially sanction intentional harming of infants. They want medical personnel to pressure parents to accept infant, child, even teen circumcision. Not only is the move based on faulty data and reasoning, it is unethical.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - January 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Ethics and Morality Health Parenting AIDS circumcision HIV infant circumcision stds Source Type: news