Category: Parenting

The Verdict Is In — The case for attachment theory

While many schools of psychotherapy have held that our early experiences with our caretakers have a powerful impact on our adult functioning, there have been plenty of hard-nosed academics and researchers who’ve remained unconvinced. Back in 1968, psychologist Walter Mischel

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Online Companion Course for Brainstorm

It’s here: An Online Companion Course for Brainstorm

Online Companion Course for Brainstorm We asked, and you answered — our first “companion course” is for Dan’s New York Times best-seller Brainstorm! This course is titled Brainstorm Intensive: A Practical Understanding for Keeping the Adolescent Brain in Mind. It is now available for pre-registration and

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you said what about time outs?

You Said WHAT About Time-Outs?!

We recently wrote an article for TIME Magazine online where we discussed time-outs as a discipline strategy. We’ve received a great deal of positive feedback on the piece, and some criticism as well. We’re excited that people are thinking and talking about

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mind emotion and the spectrum of autism

Mind, Emotion, and the Spectrum of Autism

Last month was Autism Awareness month and I’m writing today to remind us that autism continues to be a compelling global issue that consumes the tireless efforts of families and professionals throughout the year. In our human family, there are many ways

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how to bring presence into our modern digitized world

How to Bring Presence Into Our Modern, Digitized World

For the past few years, I’ve attended an interactive conference called Wisdom 2.0, an annual event that encourages the ongoing conversation about how to bring more mindful awareness and compassion to our modern-day, digital world. At the most recent gathering in

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The Self is Not Defined by the Boundaries of Our Skin

The Self is Not Defined by the Boundaries of Our Skin

Recently, I’ve spoken at several conferences around the country about mindfulness in adolescents, attachment in families, and bringing more awareness and compassion to our digital lives.  One comment in particular that I made at each of these speaking engagements seemed to garner

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The ESSENCE of Adolescence

The ESSENCE of Adolescence

Our modern culture encourages deeply pervasive myths about adolescence.  Those myths we hear casually in repetition—that teens are driven mad by “raging hormones,” that as people they are “just immature and need to grow up,” or that their “undeveloped prefrontal cortex makes

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