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

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

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

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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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In the News

Unspoiled Children, No Rod Needed (Wall Street Journal)

How to Say NO at Work (Forbes)

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))

Psychology Today Blog

older-mothersGood News for “Older” Mothers: You May Live Longer

New study finds “older” mothers live longer—to 95+. But, what exactly is “older?” In terms of maternal longevity, the definition of “older” just got younger. Read more

 

world-cup-beware-cravingsSports Fans, Beware of Your Cravings

Is your favorite team losing? Studies show you’re more prone to reach for those fatty chicken wings. But why? Read more

well-kept-secrets-about-fathersSurprising, Well-Kept Secrets About Fathers

Is the inept, relatively irrelevant father stereotype disappearing? Long-held beliefs about the value of fathers are challenged—as they should be—in the new book, “Do Fathers Matter?” The magnitude of a father’s role is far greater than you probably realize or understand. Read more.

 

parents-miss-report-cardsHow Parents Miss the Point of Report Cards

Parents can use a child’s report cards—good or bad—as a motivating tool—a positive roadmap for improvement rather than a source of family conflict and stress. Read more

 

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