Parenting Advice

VIDEO: Dr. James Garbarino Talks About the Secret Life of Teenagers and the Lack of Parental Awareness

Watch an exerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. James Garbarino. Dr. James Garbarino talks about a study that reveals how secretive some teenagers can be about themselves. Dr. James Garbarino: In that Secret Life of Teenagers study, we did find that with males also, there were things that parents didn’t know about.  But, in… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. James Garbarino Discusses Promoting Resilience in Boys

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. James Garbarino. Dr. James Garbarino talks about promoting resilience in boys based on their individual characteristics and temperament, and counter-socialization. Dr. James Garbarino: I think if a parent was setting out to instill resilience in a boy, they could think about some of this research on… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. James Garbarino talks about the Parental Influence on a Child’s Sense of Self

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. James Garbarino. Dr. James Garbarino talks about encouraging children to enjoy life through their own accomplishments. Dr. James Garbarino: I think it’s important that parents have a sense that who they are will have some impact on who the children think the children are and what… Read more »

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VIDEO: Dr. James Garbarino Offers Practical and Insightful Guidelines for Parenting

Watch an excerpt from PsychAlive’s exclusive interview with Dr. James Garbarino. Dr. James Garbarino advises tips on raising self-disclosing adolescents. Dr. James Garbarino: Well, I think at one level, there are some preventive things.  There’s some research on adolescents – parents’ awareness of adolescents’ actual experiences.  And the finding naturally was that adolescents who disclose… Read more »

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6 Suggestions for Parents in the Digital Age

Technology – Taming the Tiger Technology is here to stay. Like a tiger, it is fiercely powerful, agile and needs to be handled with care.  Technology has become a staple in our lives, helping us with every thing from keeping track of appointments and paying bills to helping our kids with their homework through quick… Read more »

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The Problem with Overpraising Children

Research has shown that there are positive effects of praising children, but it depends on what kind of praise we’re dishing out. A recent Stanford study of toddlers showed that “praising effort, not talent, leads to greater motivation and more positive attitudes toward challenges” down the road. These findings are consistent with previous research, which has connected… Read more »

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Ambivalent Feelings All Parents Have

Like it or not, all parents have ambivalent feelings toward their children. Child development expert Joyce Catlett talks about where these feelings come from and how we can best deal with them in ourselves without hurting our children.  

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Being a Role Model to Your Children

Child development expert Joyce Catlett discusses how leading our own lives to the fullest positively influences our children.

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Emotional Hunger

While loving our children is healthy, dependency or “emotional hunger” toward our kids can be harmful to their development. Child development expert Joyce Catlett discusses the distinction between hunger versus love and the negative effects of over-relying on our children for our own comfort and happiness.  

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Self-Reflective Approach to Becoming a Better Parent

Becoming a better parent doesn’t only involve our present actions. To truly develop ourselves as parents, it is important to look at our own past . Child development expert Joyce Catlett talks about how making sense of our own childhood experiences can help us to become better parents to our children.

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