The Book of NO -- An Amazon Bestseller

Dr. Newman's highly praised "The Book of NO" was featured as #1 on Amazon Bestseller Lists in Self-Esteem, Parenting, and... 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

Empty Nest: Who is Needier — Parent or Child?

Come September, college freshmen settle into dorm rooms and college life, leaving parents sad, nervous, and protective. But why do some struggle more than Read more

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


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

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

5 Dangers of Social Media to Discuss with Your Kids (Care)

Are You Ready for a Baby? (Self)

What Being An Only Child Says About You, According to Science (Bustle)

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

Little Things Long Remembered (Huffington Post)

Unspoiled Children, No Rod Needed (Wall Street Journal)

How to Say NO at Work (Forbes)

Too Old To Be A Dad? (Time Magazine)

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Psychology Today Blog

Why Smartphones at the Playground Are a Dumb Idea

Texting, snapping photos, checking email—smartphones at the playground are as ubiquitous as strollers these days. But a new study finds cell phone use leaves parents and caregivers far more distracted than they realize or want to be. Should you be worried?

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Laundry Basket_0Who Shares Better? Same-Sex or Different-Sex Couples?

For most heterosexual couples, the partner with the fatter paycheck does less on the home front. Not so in same-sex couples. Those of us in traditional marriages and partnerships can learn a lot from “modern families”… and feel happier and less burdened. Read More

How Allowing Children to Fail Helps Them Succeed

In our highly competitive parenting environment how do you learn to back off and let your children stumble, struggle, even fail? Here, why you should and how you can. Read More

 Should I Keep My Firstborn an Only ChildShould I Keep My Firstborn an Only Child?

For a period of time, firstborns are only children. Their education and achievement levels are noteworthy. In a new study, “Sibling Configurations, Educational Aspiration and Attainment,” Feifei Bu of Essex University found that “firstborn children (whether male or female) have higher aspirations and that these aspirations play a significant role in determining later levels of attainment.” Read More

Want a Memorable Life?  Take a Vacation.

Time off from work provides some not-so-obvious benefits—from improved sleep and sex life to stronger family bonds and reduced risk of dying from a heart attack. Read More




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