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.
There’s a Right Way to Potty Train?
Knowing exactly when and how to start toilet training can be stressful, even confusing for you and your child. Focusing on your child’s temperament may help. Read more
“Philomena” Could Be My Friend’s Mother
My friend’s search took place years before the movie was released, but the similarities are striking: Both mothers, from small towns in Limerick, were sent to Sean Ross Abbey, a home for unwed mothers; the same nuns deceived my friend and Philomena in identical ways. Read more
Are You an I-Family or a WE-Family?
Say goodbye to parenting as you may have known it. As children grow, shifting from an “I-family” to a “WE-family” can make your family stronger and more resilient. Read more
Why Parents Stick With What They Know
At the same time China relaxed its one-child mandate a bit, it fined the revered designer of the Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies $1.2 million for having a third child. Fines or no fines, it appears that Chinese couples of childbearing age are likely to stick with what they know. Read more
Justin Bieber—A Parent’s Helper. Really.
When the object of your children’s affection falters, start talking. Here are 4 tips for engaging in conversation with your young children and teenagers. Read more
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