25 Days of Little Things

How are you and your family making this holiday season extra memorable? Read more

How to Bring Extra Love to the Holidays

The holidays are a fine time to reconnect with your family. Read more

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

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)

6 Ways to Get Thru the Holidays Without a Spoiled Child (Care.com)

Help Your Child Adjust to a New Sibling (Mom.me)

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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Children with attention or learning issues are often called “stupid, lazy, or undisciplined.” What they are is undiagnosed. Understood.org has changed all that by offering online guidance for parents of the one in five children with learning and attention problems. Read More


To Buy or Not to Buy?To Buy or Not to Buy the “Must-Have” Toy or Tech Device?

To buy — or not to buy — the “must-have” toy or tech device? Parents tend to bend over backwards to give children what they request. But, research shows experiences make people happier than possessions. Read More

Teddy BearThe One Thing Parents Don’t Need to Stress About

What are your fondest childhood memories? Many parents go above and beyond to provide memorable experiences for their children—from pricey vacations to elaborate themed birthday parties. A new study says there’s more power in the mundane. Read More

is-your-doctor-inIs Your Doctor Really “In” Anymore?

I had reason to look online at my electronic medical records recently. The errors were shocking and misleading. Have you checked yours or asked how you can review them? Read More

Female hand holding computer mouse.Jiggly Thighs, Six-Pack Abs and “Mediagirls”

Learn how to help your preteen and teen daughters fight a media culture that sends young girls the message that what matters most about them is their sex appeal. Read More






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