Attachment and Terrorism

Understanding Terrorism
Suzanne Zeedyk discusses the link between childhood trauma and terrorism.


Free-Range Kids

How can we be the home of the brave when we’re too scared to let our kids go out and become smart, successful, resilient, resourceful and independent by doing what we all did at their age? Playing.


Equating Physical and Mental Illness

Is It Useful or Accurate
Perhaps rather than equating mental illness with physical illness, we need to recognize that all suffering has some emotional basis, and that relationships are central to all healing.


Being a Single Parent

Grieving the Loss
One parent's reflections on the journey as a single-parent family: rich and satisfying.


Laughing at Your Children

Empathy, Compassion, Respect
Suzanne Zeedyk examines the impact of "funny" videos on a baby’s developing sense of self.


The Conflation of Psychopathy With Autism

The Myth of the Autistic Shooter
The wish to hurt others is tied not to autism but to psychopathy.


The Children's View

• Worm's Eye View of Divorce
Ever wonder how it looks? Here's one version.


Children & Technology

• Children Use 4-5 x Recommended Amount of Technology
Infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day.


Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act

Minnesota's UDPCVA
This legislation addresses parenting complications faced by divorced and separated service members when they deploy.


Today is Mothers' Day

• Tell Her You Are Grateful
For families who are struggling with custody issues, Mothers' Day (and Fathers' Day) can bring up conflicted feelings. Today focus on this: that mother helped you bring your beloved child into the world. That child carries half of that mother within every cell of their being. For that you are very grateful.


Meritocratic Affection

Love & Merit by David Brooks
Affection intermingled with the desire to help children achieve worldly success can morph into conditional love.


Realistic Dolls Are the Best Fantasy

Dolly "Make-Unders"
A Tasmanian scientist plays with dolls and turns them into someone you might know.


The Teenage Brain

Good Science Translated into Good Parenting
Frances Jensen writes A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.


Great Parenting Advice

For Real Mothers
“Don’t kill them. You’ll want to, but don’t.” They stop giggling and never ask me for parenting advice again.


Early Childhood Mental Health

• Helping Young Children
“Early childhood mental health consultant” evokes an image of a toddler on a couch talking to a therapist. In fact, the work focuses on helping adults to create healthy environments.


Relationship in Therapy

Facilitating Parent and Child Reunion
Child mental health is about relationships, as is therapy. Happy Valentine's Day.


Early Puberty in Girls

Sugary Drinks & Stress Contribute
Drinking more sodas and households with high levels of conflict leads to early maturation.


Setting Everyday Rules & Limits

Mr. Roger's Advice
Discipline is a teaching-learning kind of relationship that helps children grow into healthy adults.


Redefining Mental Illness

A New Approach
New approaches recognize that mental illnesses are complex individual responses, not  sharp, clear categories defining those who are sick and those who were well.


The Talking Cure

How Parents Can Make the Difference
Talking––a lot–– to impoverished preschoolers helps bridge the achievement gap. It's free and it's effective.


Traumatized Children

Psychiatric Drugs for Children in Foster Care
The first line treatment not another medication. It is to understand, to listen to the child, and to ask, ‘what’s going on, why are you feeling this way?’


No More

Speaking Out About Domestic Violence
NFL players join with NOMORE.org to start a conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault with friends and loved ones.