Parental Adjustment to the Adolescent's "Family" of Friends
As adolescents grow to independence, they grow an independent "family" of friends that can seem to compete with the importance of parents and biological family. Although parents can be less of a social priority during the teenage years, however, they remain an ongoing source of historical, current, and future love.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - December 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Happiness Parenting Relationships adolescent family of friends adolescent friends adolescent peer group parental fears of adolescent peers parental fears of teenager ' s peers parents and adolescent s friends pa Source Type: news

Can Reading a Fictional Story Make You More Empathetic?
Neuroscientists have discovered that reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” lights up the same brain regions that would be involved in watching someone else moving—or flying on a broom—in the real world. Reading fiction can make the reader more empathetic by activating the brain regions associated with another person's life experience.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - December 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Christopher Bergland Tags: Child Development Cognition Neuroscience Parenting Source Type: news

Industrial vs Primal Intelligence: What We Are Missing
It’s been a big puzzle as to why hunter-gatherers seem much more intelligently connected to the earth and live in sustainable ways, unlike European and Euro-descendent societies in recent centuries. Childhood intelligence development may play a large role...read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 30, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Creativity Intelligence Parenting American Indian attention hunter-gatherers indigenous people mysticism Native American receptiviity Source Type: news

Talking with Kids about Helping
Although children have the capacity to help others, they often don't. Here are some ways you can encourage them.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 29, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gail Heyman, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Ethics and Morality Parenting Relationships conversations empathy helper helping prosocial behavior questions Source Type: news

Toy shopping tips for parents to promote gender equity
With toy shopping season in high gear, parents should think carefully about toy purchases and the messages they send with their gifts. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 29, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Elizabeth J. Meyer, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Gender Parenting Barbie dolls marketing toys Source Type: news

How to Help Someone Make a Big Decision
Your friend, partner, child feels stuck and can't decide what to do next. Time for you to step up. Some dos and don'ts for helping them find their own solution.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 28, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W. Tags: Creativity Parenting Relationships Stress Source Type: news

Coping With the Holiday Blues
With the holiday season in full swing, many people are spreading good cheer and off to find that perfect gift. Too often we associate the holidays with being magical, childlike, “merry and bright”, but that is simply not the case for many youth. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 27, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C. Tags: Child Development Parenting Self-Help creative journaling how to reduce holiday stress Source Type: news

To Buy or Not to Buy the “Must-Have” Toy or Tech Device?
To buy — or not to buy — the “must-have” toy or tech device? Parents tend to bend over backwards to give children what they request. But, research shows experiences make people happier than possessions.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Susan Newman, Ph.D. Tags: Behavioral Economics Happiness Parenting A. Kumar children journal of personality and social psychology Little Things Long Remembered psychological science Thomas Gilovich. holidays Source Type: news

Seven Ways to Add Sanity in Gift-giving to Children
To buy — or not to buy — the “must-have” toy or tech device? Parents tend to bend over backwards to give children what they request. But, research shows experiences make people happier than possessions.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 26, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Susan Newman, Ph.D. Tags: Behavioral Economics Happiness Parenting A. Kumar children journal of personality and social psychology Little Things Long Remembered psychological science Thomas Gilovich. holidays Source Type: news

Kids in Ferguson Need Superheroes Too
Today in Ferguson, Missouri we see a town that has been devastated by fear and anger. Schools have closed – which makes it unrealistic to expect kids to focus on educational goals. There is no outlet for children and families to discuss their feelings – their fears – or just blow off some pent up steam.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 25, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rebecca Jackson Tags: Education Law and Crime Parenting Children in Ferguson Ferguson Missouri grit Rebecca Jackson The Learning Habit Source Type: news

Stop Enabling Your Addicted Adult Child
Are you at your wit's end with your adult child, who struggles with addiction issues and self-defeating behaviors? Read on for sound strategies to help.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 25, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Parenting Self-Help codependency drugs love Source Type: news

Racism in America: Helping Your Child Be Resilient
Although we have made progress in race relations, racism still exist – however it may be more subtle. These recent incidents in Ferguson and across the country have amplified our daily experiences of discrimination and racism. To help your family, I have suggested the following tips for dealing with racism. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 25, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D. Tags: Law and Crime Parenting Race and Ethnicity Self-Help children civil rights discrimination diversity ethnic stereotypes forensic psychology justice legal system mental health miscroaggressions parents racism social justice Source Type: news

Autism, Purkinje Cells, and the Cerebellum Are Intertwined
A November 24, 2014 study from the University of Chicago Medical Center identified that Purkinje cells in the cerebellum are linked to motor skill deficits in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 25, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Christopher Bergland Tags: Autism Child Development Neuroscience Parenting Source Type: news

The Marital Selection Minefield Part One
What happens if your parents disapprove of who you've chosen to spend your life with? Or, maybe, even worse, what if your parents try to set you up with someone that you don't find appealing? How can parents and their children learn to agree about something so important? Research into this thorny issue yields surprising answers. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D. Tags: Evolutionary Psychology Parenting Relationships Social Life Parental investment Source Type: news

Emotional Detachment When Parenting Adolescents
When parents can model emotional detachment with their adolescent, the adolescent can learn by example to do the same with themread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Happiness Parenting Relationships adolescent emotion attribution of feelings detachment parenting emotional detachment emotional enmeshment Emotional intensity emotional responsibility emotional sensitivity managi Source Type: news

Violence as Social Incompetence
Violence is a form of social incompetence, in that it usually fails to achieve its goals, sometimes inflicts more damage on the victim than was intended, and often brings about serious negative consequences for the aggressor. The child abuse case involving football player Adrian Peterson is used to illustrate these points. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stephen Greenspan, Ph.D. Tags: Parenting Personality child abuse foolishness violence Source Type: news

Did Time Stop For You?
Join me as I visit with Maureen and her infant, Fawn, whose lives illustrate the power of fully engaging with each other and show us the core of living a flourishing life.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Judith Coche, Ph.D., ABPP Tags: Happiness Parenting Personality Relationships Source Type: news

Meaningful Conversations with Your Kids
Although as parents we talk to our kids all the time, it can be challenging to have conversations about things that really matter.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gail Heyman, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Relationships children conversation starters conversations emotions values Source Type: news

Young Children and Screens: 10 Guidelines
The reality is that many young children are watching TV and using interactive screens. All parents care about what's best for their children. Here are 10 guidelines for thoughtful parents to balance child development and technology.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 23, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marcia Eckerd, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Education Media Parenting good parenting infants and young children preschool children screens toddlers TV Source Type: news

Murder Mentors
Another conviction of a teenager for a horrific crime attributed to copycatting a fictional character should inspire more active intervention in fan obsessions.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 23, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Law and Crime Media Parenting Dexter media influence murder murder mentors Slenderman violent media violent role models Source Type: news

More Questions About the Inner Critic
Our inner critic voice developed in childhood, but we can learn to be in charge of how it affects our lives today.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Margalis Fjelstad, Ph.D., LMFT Tags: Child Development Parenting Relationships Stress Inner critic vs. self esteem Source Type: news

Parenting During the Holidays After Divorce: Naughty or Nice
The holidays can be a rough time for divorced families. These tips will help you avoid the naughty list and successfully co-parent through the holiday season by doing what's best for the kids.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Angie Hallier Tags: Child Development Happiness Parenting Relationships children co-parenting divorce family holiday tips holidays kids marriage Source Type: news

I Reject Your Fantasy and Substitute My Own
A new doll purports to help girls stop focusing on their bodies. It accomplishes this exclusively by getting girls to focus on its body.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jesse Marczyk Tags: Child Development Evolutionary Psychology Happiness Parenting Source Type: news

Four Steps to Raise Your Defiant Child's EQ
It's been said that IQ gets you hired, and EQ (emotional intelligence) gets you promoted. EQ measures qualities like awareness of your own feelings, listening skills and the ability to empathize with others. Realizing the importance of these qualities, here are four ways to nurture them in children.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 21, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D. Tags: Parenting children emotional intelligence Source Type: news

To Stay Grateful Put Your Mouth Where the Meaning Is
To stay grateful this holiday season and beyond, express thanks like this!read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Giacomo Bono, Ph.D. Tags: Happiness Parenting Relationships Self-Help communication gratitude positive psychology social relationships thank you Source Type: news

When a Child Dies and Another Is Born: A Response
The term 'replacement child' causes a stir.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 20, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Judy L. Mandel Tags: Parenting Psychiatry replacement child subsequent child when a child dies Source Type: news

Top 10 Stress Busters for Teens
Today’s youth pack a lot into their busy schedule. Is it any wonder why approximately 10% of the adolescent population have an anxiety disorder? Stress can play a toll on a teens mental and physical health. And with semester coming to an end, tis the season of studying, projects, and exams. All of those things combined lead to more stress! read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C. Tags: Child Development Parenting Stress teen stress reduction Source Type: news

Parenting High-Functioning Teens Around Drinking and Drugs
Many parents have questions and concerns about their teenager’s alcohol and drug usage, including how best to set limits and rules within the household.These issues may become concealed and more complicated when these individuals are high-functioning—in that they are performing well in school,engaged in extra-curricular activities,socialize with friends and appear healthy.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC Tags: Addiction Parenting alcohol drinking drugs parenting teenagers tennagers Source Type: news

3 Ways to Stop Offensive People From Offending You
A sneak preview of an entertaining new TV show based on psychological scienceread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Adam Grant, Ph.D. Tags: Behavioral Economics Happiness Parenting Social Life Source Type: news

How to Stop Annoying Behaviors and Handle Offensive People
A sneak preview of an entertaining new TV show based on psychological scienceread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 19, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Adam Grant, Ph.D. Tags: Behavioral Economics Happiness Parenting Social Life Source Type: news

Who Says That Coffee Is Bad For You?
While most of us wouldn’t think of giving our kids a double espresso alongside their yogurt and banana for breakfast, it turns out that many people’s preconceptions about the negative effects of caffeine may be based more on fiction than on fact.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dennis Rosen, M.D. Tags: Parenting Sleep caffeine coffee preconceptions stigma Source Type: news

Finding the Wonder in the Ordinary
Parents can help kids find their own particular kind of genius by encouraging their sense of wonder in the ordinary. You may or may not want your child to be a genius—an exceedingly rare and extraordinarily high achiever in a field—but you can help him develop his intelligence, creativity, and talents, by ensuring he has enough time for unstructured play and daydreaming.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dona Matthews, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Creativity Intelligence Parenting curiosity daydreaming effort free play genius ordinary patience persistence reflection wonder Source Type: news

Leading Wild Horses: Why Parents and Schools Must Unite
Like wild horses, parents and teachers can be head-strong in their positions. Can they work together to benefit child development by changing their perceptions of education? read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Education Parenting leadership parent-teacher parents schools systems theory Source Type: news

Cool Kids
Being popular may be losing popularityread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S.Ed. Tags: Child Development Parenting Source Type: news

The One Thing Parents Don’t Need to Stress About
What are your fondest childhood memories? Many parents go above and beyond to provide memorable experiences for their children—from pricey vacations to elaborate themed birthday parties. A new study says there’s more power in the mundane.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Susan Newman, Ph.D. Tags: Behavioral Economics Memory Parenting harvard business school memories of childhood psychological sciences Source Type: news

How to Get Your Kids to Listen the First Time
Feeling ignored by your kids? Try these 7 steps to teach your kids to listen to you the first time, without yelling or naggingread more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 18, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Erica Reischer, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Procrastination Relationships communications skills habits ignoring raising kids Source Type: news

Malala’s Nobel Prize and the Question of Children’s Rights
Lack of respect for children is revealed in the language used by the Nobel Committee in their award of this year's Peace Prize. It's also revealed in the United Nation's Declaration of the Rights of the Child. read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Peter Gray Tags: Child Development Education Ethics and Morality Happiness Parenting children ' s rights educational freedom malala nobel peace prize Source Type: news

The Family of Schizophrenia
This article examines devastion that emerges within the family constellation as a conquence of the schizophrenic diagnosis of one of its family members. It should be noted that the newly diagnosed will experience raging fear and grief as a result of this diagnosis. Both the family and the schizophrenic may view each other as unrecognizable, and this reflects extreme loss.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ann Olson, Psy.D. Tags: Parenting Personality Philosophy Source Type: news

Parents Cut Off by Adult Children: Clueless?
A recent spat of letters to advice columnists were written by parents who have been cut off by their adult children, and who complain that they have done little or nothing to deserve having been treated in such a manner. Once the full story about the estrangement starts to come out, however, it usually becomes apparent that they really do know better.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: David M. Allen, M.D. Tags: Parenting Personality Relationships adult children Amy Dickenson Annie ' s Mailbox cut offs denial distancing invalidation Source Type: news

10 Gems of Wisdom for Life on Earth
If there were a few kernels of wisdom you think a parent should pass on to his kid, what would they be? Here is my original list of ten gems of wisdom for my young son, but I think they apply to you and me, as well. Let me know if I've missed something.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Douglas T. Kenrick, Ph.D. Tags: Ethics and Morality Evolutionary Psychology Happiness Parenting advice friendship positive psychology relationships self-discipline wisdom work Source Type: news

Gems of Wisdom for Life on Earth, Part 2
If there were a few kernels of wisdom you think a parent should pass on to his kid, what would they be? Here is my original list of ten gems of wisdom for my young son, but I think they apply to you and me, as well. Let me know if I've missed something.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Douglas T. Kenrick, Ph.D. Tags: Ethics and Morality Evolutionary Psychology Happiness Parenting advice friendship positive psychology relationships self-discipline wisdom work Source Type: news

Ten Kid-Friendly Rules for Texting With Respect and Dignity
There isn’t a simple one-age-fits-all guideline for texting and social media use, but parents can teach kids how to use technology in safe, dignified, respectful ways.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Signe Whitson, L.S.W. Tags: Education Parenting Self-Help Social Life bully bullying bullying prevention cyberbullying parental control for social media texting Source Type: news

Plank as Parenting Metaphor
When as parents we have the strength to "hang in there" through difficult moments, we may be rewarded with new levels of growth, development, and connection.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Claudia M. Gold, M.D. Tags: Child Development Parenting Source Type: news

Who Is Responsible for Your Teenager's Behavior?
Yes, a teenager is responsible for his actions. But he is still learning, and learns from taking responsibility. He still needs his parents’ vigilance, guidance, boundaries and love, so that he does not go too far astray, as well as being well-enough raised from the very beginning. So in that sense we have responsibility, too.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Robert Berezin, M.D. Tags: Child Development Ethics and Morality Evolutionary Psychology Parenting Personality Source Type: news

Between Parent and Adolescent: How Meaning Can Matter
To the extent you can, say what you mean and show what you mean. Meaning matters.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Happiness Parenting Relationships act with consideration acts of courtesy keeping word mean what you say mean your word meaning meaning in communication meaning of actions meaning of promise meaning of words p Source Type: news

Between Parent and Adolescent How Meaning Can Matter
To the extent you can, say what you mean and show what you mean. Meaning matters.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 17, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. Tags: Child Development Happiness Parenting Relationships act with consideration acts of courtesy keeping word mean what you say mean your word meaning meaning in communication meaning of actions meaning of promise meaning of words p Source Type: news

Genetic Testing for Kids With Mental Health Disorders?
If medical professionals are going to treat your heart disease, or your teen's bipolar disorder, with medications that won’t help and may even hurt, then they're not doing the job they signed up for. That's where genotyping can help.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 16, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Deborah Vlock, Ph.D. Tags: Health Parenting genotyping metabolism pharmacology Source Type: news

Is Defiance a Medical Condition?
Is the current "mental disorder" labeling system fair to our children?read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 16, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Eric R. Maisel, Ph.D. Tags: Ethics and Morality Parenting Psychiatry Therapy ADHD dsm mental disorders of childhood oppositional defiant disorder Source Type: news

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Kids
One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is in demonstrating a happy marriage. More than anything else we can do for them, this example supports and encourages the possibility of creating such a relationship in their own lives.read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Linda and Charlie Bloom, Tags: Happiness Parenting Relationships Self-Help affection care children issues marriage Neglect parents primary Source Type: news

Our First Birthday
One year into blogging, Sharon reflects on what we have learned and our progress offering factual and helpful information to women over 35 who are trying to conceive. We also have a special announcement! read more (Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center)
Source: Psychology Today Parenting Center - November 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Sharon I. Praissman and Emma Williams Tags: Happiness Health Parenting Source Type: news