Only Child Stereotypes: Fact vs. Fiction

Proponents of large or larger families claim your only child will be spoiled, lonely, or selfish or worse. These 7 social stereotypes and others date back to the late 1890s and have no basis in fact and probably never did... Read more

6 Well-Kept Secrets Affecting Family Size

For the last 20+ years I have been researching and writing about family issues. Here are six well-kept family "secrets" that influence family size today. Read more

6 Effective Ways to Compliment—and Motivate—Your Child

What parent doesn’t love to praise his or her children? Yet, parents should be wary of over-the-top, glowing praise. Read more


Parenting expert Susan Newman, Ph.D. specializes in issues impacting your children, family life, and work and personal friendships. Dr. Newman is a social psychologist and author of 15 books who focuses on solutions that enrich and protect those relationships.

Given altered definitions of family and society’s fast pace, new concerns emerge and we need to adapt and adjust to them. As children grow, a parent’s role is constantly being redefined and challenged. These pages are designed to help you respond to your own and your children’s needs and dilemmas.

The site is filled with articles and news reports to keep you up-to-date on research based evidence and the latest thinking. As you look around, you will find information on family size questions, only children, imaginary friends, creating rituals and traditions, coping with empty nest, boomerang children, grandparenting and much more. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please use this contact button to send a request or question.

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In the News

Unspoiled Children, No Rod Needed (Wall Street Journal)

How to Say NO at Work (Forbes)

How to Avoid Raising an Entitled Child (The Mother Company)

Too Old To Be A Dad? (Time Magazine)

When Grandma Can’t Be Bothered (The New York Times)

Are Only Children Bossy, Lonely, Selfish? (20/20 ABC News (Video))

Psychology Today Blog

digital-devices-infantsHow Digital Devices Affect Infants and Toddlers

Parents should ditch the devices; face-to-face interaction trumps tech. Read more

allergic-own-thoughtsAllergic to Your Own Thoughts?

The inclination is to believe that people who spend more time alone such as single people and possibly only children might be better able to sit quietly with only their own thoughts—no distractions. What’s your guess? Read more

older-mothersGood News for “Older” Mothers: You May Live Longer

New study finds “older” mothers live longer—to 95+. But, what exactly is “older?” In terms of maternal longevity, the definition of “older” just got younger. Read more


world-cup-beware-cravingsSports Fans, Beware of Your Cravings

Is your favorite team losing? Studies show you’re more prone to reach for those fatty chicken wings. But why? Read more

well-kept-secrets-about-fathersSurprising, Well-Kept Secrets About Fathers

Is the inept, relatively irrelevant father stereotype disappearing? Long-held beliefs about the value of fathers are challenged—as they should be—in the new book, “Do Fathers Matter?” The magnitude of a father’s role is far greater than you probably realize or understand. Read more.




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