She Wants a Baby...He Doesn't

What happens when a couple is divided on family size? Read more

Dethroned: Sharing Mom and Dad With a New Sibling

Parents of only children will likely agree: their singleton rules the roost. So, what happens when a baby is on the way? 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

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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In the News

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)

Time for a Digital Detox? (Daily Parent)

50 Best-Ever Ideas to Make Your Family Closer (Redbook Magazine)

Help Your Child Adjust to a New Sibling (

How to Avoid Raising an Entitled Child (The Mother Company)

Too Old To Be A Dad? (Time Magazine)

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

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Psychology Today Blog

enneagramIs Your Teen an Observer, Asserter, Perfectionist or …?

So often conflicts occur because of a breakdown in communication where one party fails to understand the motives of the other and, in turn, acts in an uncaring or harmful way. Read more

Cardinal Sin of ParentingThe Cardinal Sin of Parenting Teens

When a child is growing up, it’s not uncommon for a parent to act as a second teacher. High school is different. Teenagers need to be weaned off parental guidance, because like it or not, you can’t go to college with them. Read More

How Siblings Teach Each Other...Or Don'tHow Siblings Teach Each Other…Or Not

From braiding hair to playing a sport to solving tricky math equations, siblings can teach each other a lot about the world. In a recent study published in the Journal of Cognition and Development, scientists at Concordia University observed siblings interacting at home to unearth exactly how siblings teach each other. Read More

How to Have the Marriage You WantHow to Have the Marriage You Want

Redefining marriage gives yours a better chance of surviving in our changed society. 74% of newlyweds won’t be surprised if their marriage fails. Here, seven sensible, forward thinking contracts for marital success in established marriages and for couples about to say “I do.” Consider them insurance policies that pay huge dividends. 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



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