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.
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Psychology Today Blog
Should 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
Are You Strong Enough to Unplug for 24 Hours?
I admit that the idea of disconnecting makes me nervous. I feel as if I am almost always connected by one device or another and that seems necessary. What happens when you unplug for a whole day and are not at the mercy of your “screens”?
Time to Rethink How Children Play
The immersion of children and parents into the digital world is disarming. You may have a toddler who has a fit when you take away his electronic device. I gave up trying to have conversations with my 11-year-old nephew because he is glued to a game and, at most, I get single word responses. Read More
8 Tips to Ease Parental Anxiety
It’s natural for parents to worry, but so many parents have cornered the market on anxiety—often unrealistically. In many cases anxiety paralyzes both parent and child, making children fearful and stifling their curiosity and development. Read More
The 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
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