Little Things Long Remembered

Just out in a new edition! A bestseller in the 1990s, this book is updated for today’s time-strapped families. Hundreds of ideas for treasured Read more

7 Tricks (and Treats) for a Memorable Halloween

Making your children part of happy Halloween celebrations fuels feelings of closeness for all family members. 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

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


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))

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Psychology Today Blog

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When company health benefits cover egg freezing, is it a magnanimous gesture? Manipulation? Or a step in the right direction toward improved family work-life policy? Read More

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Intense focus on success can turn children off rather than motivate them to succeed. A new reality show highlights extreme behavior akin to often criticized parenting styles in South Korea and China. How extreme is too extreme? Read More

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Devices have become a centerpiece in modern families. Are they interfering with how children and teens develop? Test your savvy. Read More

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Are you a family of tech-enthusiasts? Technology should enrich family life — not rule it. Here are important guidelines your family needs to thrive. Read more

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Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson believes in punitively disciplining his children. And, some believe that is perfectly fine given Peterson’s reasoning. Sixty-five percent of Americans approve of spanking children. Read more



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