Successful parents just need to be ‘good enough,’ these child psychologists say: Here’s what that means

When Lauren B. Quetsch and Tim Cavell were batting around potential titles for their recently released book, Quetsch suggested “I Love My Kids, But ….” Both Quetsch and Cavell are psychology professors at the University of Arkansas who specialize in child psychology. The title was written off as “too negative,” Quetsch said, and they eventually … Read more

Child psychologist: The 6 most ‘extraordinary’ types of kids—and how parents can raise them to be successful

Every parent is capable of raising happy, healthy and emotionally grounded kids. But many struggle along the way. In my two decades of experience as a child psychologist, I’ve found that when parents aren’t attuned to their child’s temperament and unique traits, they fail to honor and celebrate their kid’s authentic self. There are six … Read more

Biden’s budget pushes to renew bigger child tax credit payments for families

Parents and children participate in a demonstration organized by the ParentsTogether Foundation in support of the child tax credit portion of the Build Back Better bill outside of the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 13, 2021. Sarah Silbiger | Bloomberg | Getty Images President Joe Biden’s proposed budget for fiscal 2024 includes a host of proposals … Read more

Companies enhance benefits to help employees balance their work and caregiving demands

Sinem Buber is a labor economist at ZipRecruiter. She’s reviewed the data on how lack of affordable care options is impacting the U.S. labor force. She’s seen 1.2 million fewer women show up in the workforce data since the pandemic started, in part due to child care issues. And as the mother of two boys, … Read more

Michelle Obama is ‘on the other side of parenting’—here’s what she’s learned

Michelle Obama loves being in 50s. On her new podcast The Light Podcast, the former First Lady talked with Today Show host Hoda Kotb about why she is enjoying this phase of her life so much.  “I didn’t feel like I came into my own until I was in my 50s,” Obama, who is 58, … Read more

Parenting experts: 12 signs your kid has a ‘highly sensitive’ brain—and why neuroscientists say it’s an ‘advantage’

Without meaning to, parents can have a way of making children feel as if something is wrong with them. As parenting researchers, we’ve seen this happen often with highly sensitive kids. Many parents see sensitivity as a bad trait — that it makes us look overwhelmed, passive, or even weak — and discourage it with … Read more

A child psychologist shares 5 signs you’ve raised a ‘highly spoiled’ kid—and how parents can ‘undo’ it

Are you raising a highly spoiled kid? The first step is to identify the signs of a spoiled child. Here are the most common red flags: Not taking “no” for an answer: Your kid expects to get things their way and usually does. In fact, they’re the ones constantly telling you “no.” Being more into … Read more

I raised 2 successful CEOs and a doctor. Here’s my No. 1 problem with ‘helicopter parenting’—and why it doesn’t work

A lot of parents today think the best way to educate kids is to be in total control. This is the foundation of “helicopter parenting,” a very involved parenting style in which kids have little or no control of their daily activities. Studies have indicated that kids with helicopter parents who have high expectations for … Read more