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If you want to stay up-to-date on parenting issues, from imaginary friends to empty nest, from problems and questions that affect family size to costs of raising children and stereotypes linked to only children and much more, you’ll want to read Susan Newman’s Psychology Today blog. Below are some examples of what you’ll find. There’s a new post every few weeks — sometimes more often. Be sure to express your opinions in the comment section after each article.

Why People Still “Feel Sorry” for Only Children

How many times have you heard that only children are, among other things, lonely, spoiled, selfish? If you have an only child, you can be sure that someone in your circle thinks this way. Even if no one you know voices his or her opinion out loud, large swaths of the population believe the negative… Read More

The 3 Types of Parents Who Get Bullied by Their Children

The 3 Types of Parents Who Get Bullied by Their Children

Is your child just being difficult—or is she being a bully? Many children display obnoxious or frustrating behavior, like throwing tantrums or talking back. Perhaps your teen straight up refuses your requests. When your child becomes so difficult that he’s impossible to manage, or is verbally abusive, he or she may actually be bulling you… Read More

Will You Be a New Traditional Family?

Will You Be a New Traditional Family?

A question I get a lot is, “Are one-child families normal?” It’s not only normal—it’s a trend. More and more parents are electing to only have one child with cities across America and countries around the world seeing more and more singleton households. Why is this happening? Despite an increase in only children, many harmful… Read More

9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues

9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues

What parent doesn’t want the best for their child? Yet, when children get everything they ask for—the extravagant birthday celebration; the latest toy; a huge pile of holiday gifts; something “Right this minute!”—parents risk encouraging a sense of entitlement. It’s natural to want to indulge them, to be involved and protective, but parents should take… Read More

5 Top Parenting Challenges and How to Deal with Them

5 Top Parenting Challenges and How to Deal with Them

Whining. Talking back. Not listening. Tantrums. Aggression. Most parents deal with these unpleasant behaviors—some more than others. How are parents supposed to cope with actions that often upset them? Rebecca Eanes, who founded the website Positive-Parents.org, polled thousands of parents to see which challenging behaviors irked them the most. She offers advice in a new… Read More

What Great Parents Do: Are You Doing It?

What Great Parents Do: Are You Doing It?

What’s the best kind of parenting style? What’s the right way to discipline a child? What are parents supposed to do when they make a mistake? Are you a good parent? As a parent, you might ask yourself these questions often. Thankfully, others have, too. Seemingly every day, there’s new information that helps parents do… Read More

6 Benefits for Children of “Older Mothers”

6 Benefits for Children of “Older Mothers”

Does it seem to you that there are more “older” women today becoming first-time mothers than in the past? You’d be right—a growing number of first-time mothers are in their 30s, 40s and beyond. In the last two decades, women having babies in their mid-forties or older has increased threefold. At the same time, fewer… Read More

Is Empty Nest a Myth?

Is Empty Nest a Myth?

You saw it coming for eighteen years, and the moment is here: Your child is going off to college. You’ve likely heard of “Empty Nest Syndrome,” wherein a child’s departure for college and adulthood is said to be such an emotional burden that it’s unnerving, uncomfortable, and even painful. This theory also suggests that the… Read More

13 Concerning Signs of Mental Illness in a Child

13 Warning Signs Your Child May Have a Mental Health Issue

Approximately one in five children is afflicted with an emotional or behavioral disorder. As a parent, who has a strong and instinctive need to protect your child from any harm, pinpointing issues in the mental health area can be challenging. With an alarming wound, a rash that doesn’t go away or a broken bone, for… Read More

What It's Like on Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

What It’s Like on Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

Ever wonder what your therapist thinks about you? Therapists: Are you curious about the impression you make on a patient? In a new book exploring both sides of the couch—with essays by 22 patients and 12 therapists—readers can begin to understand the enigma of therapy. The stories are engrossing and fascinating in their honesty and… Read More