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

Early retiree says reading these 8 books helped him save $1 million: ‘I wasn’t born into money’

1. “The Millionaire Next Door: Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy” By Dr. Thomas Stanley The late Thomas Stanley collected years of data about millionaire lifestyles. He found that they don’t all inherit their wealth or own mansions. Instead, they live modestly while accumulating their wealth. This book was originally published in 1996, but the basic … Read more

3 tips for rejecting someone with kindness, from a Harvard-trained psychologist—avoidance ‘might hurt them worse’

If you’re dodging calls, unenthusiastically hearting texts, or feel a general sense of dread when a person’s name pops up on your phone, it might be time to pull the plug on that relationship.  And while no one likes to be rejected, there are ways to cut the chord that are less inflammatory than others.  … Read more

How to use the 5 stages of change to break your bad habits, from the author of ‘The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control’

If you resolved to form a new habit — or break a bad one — this year, it’s likely you’ve already abandoned the task.  And it makes sense: habit-forming is hard and every time you slip up it feels like a personal failure.  You’re also setting yourself up for failure, says Katherine Morgan Schafler, a … Read more

This positive psychology theory will help you learn from your mistakes: ‘Punishment doesn’t work’

If you’re a perfectionist, that might mean you can be pretty hard on yourself. A mistake at work, for example, could result is some pretty negative self-talk or actions, like depriving yourself of a snack later that day. In other words, you’re punishing yourself. But self-punishment doesn’t encourage growth, says Katherine Morgan Schafler, a psychotherapist … Read more