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20 Ways Not to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter - Then How to Fix Things

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teenage girls are sensitive to the way people in authority talk to them, especially their mothers. They are easily wounded, feel criticized, and vulnerable when they sense or get outright disapproval. However, mothers are only trying to shape them up to be young women and don't understand their sensitive narcissism.

8 Foolproof Ways To Sabotage Good Parenting

Lisa Cavallaro | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Lisa Cavallaro

Having productive conversations with kids on their "non-breath-of-fresh-air days" is no easy feat. But it's doable.

6 Times Black Kids Faced Discrimination In School

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.27.2015 | Black Voices

The video of a South Carolina school officer flinging a young black girl out of her desk and across a classroom shows how black children are v...

Parenting Without Punishment: What's the Hitch?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.26.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Another mother and I had a surprising conversation about a year ago. That is, it was surprising to her. While we were chatting mother to mother she shared how she had just discovered the idea of understanding her children instead of punishing them.

6 Ways To Discipline Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We can all agree that it is easier to to discipline little kids than it is to discipline teens, right? I think that I can hear a collective yes in the background.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Must End the Barbaric Practice of Solitary Confinement

Bill Blum | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime
Bill Blum

Before Harris departs Sacramento and climbs another rung on the ladder to success and power in Washington, I have one urgent message for her: Settle the class-action lawsuit of Ashker v. Brown, which challenges the state's solitary confinement practices at the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison.

Messy Toddler to Cluttered Teen: Meanings That Lurk Underneath the Mess

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Whatever kind of person you are, believe it or not, your messy child is not trying to be disobedient. They're not out to get you or tire your organized soul. Their messes have a wide range of possible meanings. Take a gander at a few.

To All the Governors Out There, Follow the President's Lead on Clemency

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

To all the governors out there, follow the president's lead. Start robustly using your executive clemency powers to reduce your state's prison population. Release those non-violent offenders who don't need to be serving their entire natural lives in prison.

The Road to Failure

Amber Kane | Posted 07.10.2015 | Education
Amber Kane

Discipline in the school system is much like it is in the world, it's about punishment, not rehabilitation.

Is a Death Sentence Really a Death Sentence?

Amanda Glassman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Amanda Glassman

As we struggle to delineate the upper limits of the United States justice system, ideas of human rights and financial concerns render the situation much more complex than ancient forms of punishment and torture. The trial and conviction of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brings this conflict to the forefront.

You Tele-Conferenced Me in Prison: Once a Cold Heart, Always a Cold Heart

Lee C. Camp | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

It is painful to hear true confession, often accompanied by grief and shame, to lay before others one's worst deeds.

When the Punishment No Longer Fits the Crime: Cook County and Illinois Seeking Solutions to Broken Criminal-justice System

Hilary Gowins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Offenders are being locked away -- sometimes for months -- for petty crimes, often for what Smith referred to as "crimes of survival." Those who commit repeat offenses are not being rehabilitated; they are simply being kept at bay under lock and key.

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity

John Feffer | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Is ISIS medieval? However much ISIS is committed to returning the world to the seventh century, their atrocities have a more complicated genealogy that stretches from the beheadings of the Middle Ages through the tortures of 18th-century France all the way up to the present day.

Should Parents Be Charged For Their Children's Obesity?

Diana Grycan | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Diana Grycan

As a mother and grandmother, I have found that punishing rarely accomplishes what we want. I believe that this is true for all people, young and old.

Healing the Criminal Justice System

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.31.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

What we're doing isn't working, justice-wise, order-wise, sanity-wise. The state of Illinois is bankrupt and yet its jails are full to bursting, at a cost, per occupant, equal to or greater than the cost of luxury suites at its ritziest hotels.

Kids, Trauma, and Adult Jail

Marcos Barbery | Posted 03.28.2015 | Crime
Marcos Barbery

In the adult system, resource-poor kids are sitting ducks for prosecutors, who are notorious for overcharging the indigent. The adult jail conditions are so dire they place additional pressure on kids to give up and plead guilty to jacked charges.

Two Strikes and You're Out (But Only If You're Black)

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.16.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

According to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, black students are more than three times as likely as white students to be suspended or expelled from school. Surprisingly, there has been little scientific study of the psychological processes underlying this discipline gap.

Why I Am Opposed to the Carrying Out of Capital Punishment in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Human rights activists should not be deterred by the seemingly large public support for the carrying out of capital punishment. The only way to counter this is for intellectuals and society leaders to take a public stand for what is right.

23 Reasons Why Dachshunds Are the Undisputed Champions of Dogshaming

BarkPost | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green

There's a reason why a Dachshund kicked off the now widespread trend of Dogshaming. Why? Because Doxies are mutherpuppin' mischievous, naughty-minded dogs. And I will back this statement up 100% because I am the proud pup parent of a little weenie devil.

I Won't Be Coming Home for Christmas: The Christmas Experience in Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.05.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While it doesn't even come close to mom's egg and sausage Christmas brunch, I try to pick up a few seasonal items in my prison's commissary. Is it depressing? Yes. Does it hurt? Yes. But it is all that I have.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Restorative Justice and the Rebirth of Chicago

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

RJ is about repairing harm, not punishing wrongdoers and, in the process, saddling them with a lifelong identity as criminals. It's also about telling the truth, and building relationships with truth as the bedrock. It's about connecting.

Domestication and a Very Cute Puppy

Zach Dean | Posted 01.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Zach Dean

There is a new puppy in my life: Liberty Dean (#totesadorbs, #errrmyghad, #there's-a-new-dog-in-town). She goes by Libby for short and she pees on t...

When it Comes to Corporal Punishment, Just Don't Do It

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

Desired behaviors are more likely to be learned by kids as worthwhile in their own right, not adopted under threat of harm.

Punishment Or Child Abuse?

The New York Times | Posted 09.18.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — The indictment last week of the N.F.L. player Adrian Peterson by a Texas grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child has set...