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My Child Won't Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

It is important that we remember that children want to succeed and feel good. When they are avoiding or refusing to go to school (their job), it means something isn't right for them and it is our job as parents and educators to figure it out.

The Argument for Putting Down the Phone

David Wygant | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Wygant

Be more present with the kids. It will impact their future. How many of you check your phone during traffic times or sneak a look or text something? These are the things you're teaching your kids. These are the habits they're forming.

Teens Have Fewer Friends, But They're Less Lonely Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.29.2014 | Science

Much has been written in recent years about how personal electronics and social networking services seem to be isolating us more and more from each ot...

Surviving a High School Reunion

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
Lita Smith-Mines

I thought I'd share a few coping mechanisms that worked for me, transforming a fright night into a pleasant party (if you're a social butterfly or an accomplished salesperson, these suggestions probably seem like second nature to you).

5 Steps to Get You From Shy to Sociable

Susie Wolbe | Posted 11.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

You want to make a change, but don't know how to do it. You want to reach out and expand your social circle, but are worried about the comments from the people you're typically around and can't begin to imagine how to get started anyway.

What Happens When Kids Go Cold Turkey from Their Screens for 5 Days?

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Does all this time staring at screens, which may take time away from looking at faces, change the nature of what we learn about the social world?

Autism In Our Family

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

He alone makes me a better mother than I thought I would ever have to be. Every point he makes, I see his side -- and I pray he understands that I'm ALWAYS on his team.

8 Ways to Amp Up Your Personality

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

When you are solely focused on building a career, everything else can seem inconsequential. Building new relationships, while maintaining existing ones, is an important part of your business success. How do your social skills measure up?

5 Tips to Be a Social Badass

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 09.26.2014 | Business
Kevin Kleitches

People have a tendency to be so wrapped up in themselves. This kind of egocentricity is natural, but it won't help you stand out. Make someone feel good about themselves today and give them a thoughtful compliment.

Making Art? Getting Healthy? There Are Kids' Apps for That -- and More

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

There's a seemingly endless supply of apps for practicing math, vocabulary, grammar and other traditional school subjects. But you may be surprised to know what else kids can learn.

The Only Advice You'll Need To Start Meditating

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

Meditation isn't a one-size-fits-all kinda thing. I always recommend that you start somewhat loose. Commit without overcommitting or feeling like to you have to force it.

Why Successful People Understand Different Personalities

Gil Laroya | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Gil Laroya

You can make your job more successful and enjoyable if you take the time to understand your coworkers. Being on everyone's radar as the guy who works with people and leverages their skills, instead of the guy who pushes and shoves people, will make you the superstar in any organization.

Reversed Leadership: How to Manage Your Boss

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D.

If you dislike your boss and help him move up in the organization, you will solve two problems: first, you will make your boss like you; second, you will no longer have him as a boss, but his support will be even more instrumental than ever.

Reading Study Highlights Big Advantage Of Highbrow Literature

| Kelly Servick | Posted 10.06.2013 | Science

Fifty Shades of Grey may be a fun read, but it’s not going to help you probe the minds of others the way War and Peace might. That’s the conclusio...

The Hardest Part Of Helping My Daughter With Her Recess Problem

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Ahh, yes. Recess. Also known as the jungle. It is the bane of every neurotic parent's existence, the nagging worry in the pit of a school's stomach, the dreaded and longed-for unstructured play time.

Anti-Bully? Sure -- But What About Pro-Friend?

Carlin Flora | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Carlin Flora

It only takes one. Just one friend, that is, to reduce a child's chances of being bullied, and, if he is bullied, of developing depression as a result.

In Defense of Parents: A Child Therapist's Dissent

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Here are the essential elements of a balanced, supportive approach to raising successful and caring children. It is not either/or. We can encourage our children's self-expression and also teach them self-restraint.

What Is the Best (e.g. Most Efficient) Way To Spend Time With Someone?

Quora | Posted 01.28.2013 | GPS for the Soul

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Leo Polovets, Early LinkedIn engineer, ex-Googler, currently an engineer at Factual This was...

How Turkey Day Flexibility Can Lead to Success in Life

Jennifer Maffett | Posted 01.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Maffett

As much as we look forward to sharing the bounty at our holiday tables with friends and family each year, some parts of the long weekend can be a little trying.

We Can All Help

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 01.13.2013 | New York
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

There are many ways in which children, both typically developing and those with special needs, can help when times are tough. Simultaneously, parents and educators should jump on these opportunities to teach functional skills.

8 Life Skills Everyone Needs To Know

Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

By Leigh Newman What are the unexpected, underdiscussed tricks to living life to the fullest? Columnist Leigh Newman weighs in. ...

James Bond, Tootsie, and Don Draper: Reinventing the American Male

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Russell C. Smith

Too much time in front of a computer screen robs boys from developing the social and physical interaction skills required to relate to people in general, and women in particular.

A New MCAT and a New Focus for Future Doctors

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 04.29.2012 | College
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

For a profession focused on caring for people, it's a wonder that so little attention is paid to empathy, compassion, or communication skills in the selection of future doctors.

Why It Bugs Me When People Say: "I Must Have A.D.D.!"

Lori Day | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home
Lori Day

There seems to be an outbreak of self-diagnosed A.D.D. among individuals who simply have no manners. What is going on? Do I need to put Ritalin in my tic-tac dispenser and offer it to the afflicted?

Rich Less Likely To Be Attuned To Others' Suffering, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.22.2011 | Business

Social psychologists are making an argument that Occupy Wall Street protesters have been saying for months: Many rich people just aren't in the habit ...