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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Quoted in the News

Your Ultimate Guide To Saying “No” To People You Can’t Say “No” To (Fast Company)

Just the One? The Misconceptions of the Only Child (The Guardian)

Here’s Proof Only Children Aren’t Actually Spoiled Brats (Huffington Post)

Unspoiled Children, No Rod Needed (Wall Street Journal)

How to Say NO to Your Kids: Teaching Children About Money (GO Banking Rates)

The Only Child: Perceptions Don’t Have Much to Do with Reality (Seattle Times)

Little Things Long Remembered (Huffington Post)

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

How Many Kids Should You Have? The Great Debate (Yahoo! Parenting)

Too Old To Be A Dad? (Time Magazine)

How to Say NO at Work (Forbes)

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Psychology Today Blog

9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues

If you are an overly involved or protective parent, you likely feed into your child’s sense of entitlement with realizing. Here, ways to measure the extent of your child or teen’s “Me, Me, Me” problem and turn the tide of entitlement. Read More

Does Your Birth Order Actually Matter?

Personal experience often trumps scientific facts: We expect the oldest to be responsible, the middle child to rebel. New proof shows birth order isn’t as influential as we think in determining adult personality or intelligence. Are you confusing birth order with age difference? Read More

UK One Child CroppedWill You Be a New Traditional Family?

In Seattle, nearly 47 percent of households with children are one-child families. Within a few years, half of UK families will be one-child families. Why are more people choosing the single-child family? Will only child stereotypes finally disappear? Read More

How Standardized Testing Harms Your Child’s Education

In some districts, nearly a month of school time is devoted to preparing for standardized tests. Is it worth the modest gains? Read More

The 3 Types of Parents Who Get Bullied by Their Children…and some expert advice on breaking the cycle

Mindfulness is not a word often associated with parenting. Neither is self-mastery. But without either it’s impossible to have a healthy relationship with your child. Parents committed to working on themselves rarely fall victim to continued bullying by their children. Read More

Avoiding ADHD’s Wide Net: One Parent, One Child at a Time

The number of children diagnosed with ADHD is staggering and growing. Before you accept an ADHD diagnosis (and stimulant medication), as a parent it is your responsibility to consider what else might be causing your child’s difficult behaviors.
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