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

Imaginary Friends: Should Parents Worry?

Lisa's four-year-old daughter Hannah mentioned her new friend Betsy. Lisa assumed Betsy was one of Hannah's pre-school classmates until Hannah asked if Betsy could have dinner with them. "But she's not here," her mother said. "Yes, she is," Hannah insisted. "She lives here." Read more

Are You Too Much of a Yes-Parent?

Take the test. Maybe it's time to change. 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.

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In the News

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

facebook-post-dislikeFacebook Posts That Could Put Your Kid in Jail

Teens love “talking trash” on social media. Their “harmless” social media rants can turn costly or criminal. Parents can protect their adolescents by enforcing these surprisingly common sense rules. Read more

parent-grandparent-conflicts“Grandma Said I Could!” Solving Parent-Grandparent Conflicts

Grandparents can be a pivotal source of love and support in your child’s development, yet at times their caring can feel like intruding. Here, eight ways to build trust and manage differences to benefit everyone. Read more


april-deprill-burger-king-babyBurger King Baby’s Search: A Challenge to Adoption Practices.

Just hours old, the Burger King Baby was left wrapped in a red sweater on the restaurant’s bathroom floor. Then 27 years later she uses Facebook to find her birth mother. Will Internet searches bring an end to closed adoptions? Read more

evict-childs-imaginary-friendShould You “Evict” Your Child’s Imaginary Friend?

Unsure of whether or not to “play along” with your child’s imaginary friend? Here are ways fantasy companions can benefit children. Read more


grandmas-recipeFilling the Holes Left By Absent Grandparents

Millions of women will bear children who will have fewer years—or none—getting to know their grandparents. And, their parents will be parentless, leaving gaping holes way beyond the ones in their hearts. Here’s how to fill them. Read more


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