“I Should But I Won't”

Young children know way more about sharing than you may think. As parents, we teach them that “sharing is caring,” but new studies indicate that it might not be their playmates that they’re “caring” about. 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

Why We Brag About Our Kids

Modesty is in short supply when it comes to our offspring be they 5 or 45-years-old. 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.

Follow Dr. Newman on Twitter, Facebook and check out her blog at Psychology Today.

In the News

Unspoiled Children, No Rod Needed (Wall Street Journal)

How to Say NO at Work (Forbes)

Brothers and Sisters and Nobody: The Science Behind Growing Up (Medical Daily)

Time for a Digital Detox? (Daily Parent)

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

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))

Read more

Psychology Today Blog

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

A GPS for Your Child with ADD/ADHD

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

167075-17194610 Tips for Surmounting In-Law Difficulties

No matter how much you love them, in-laws tend to be a mixed blessing, a complex new relationship that you need to forge in adult life.  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

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



For more posts, click here.