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Never Too Late

May/June 2015
A son reconstructs his story of his mother.

Editor's Note

Growing Up In an Age of Distraction: Is There a Crisis of Pseudo-Connection in Today’s Families?

September/October 2014
Has the time come to consider whether the profound changes in our economy, technology, and culture over these last couple of decades have opened up a breach in the very experience of intimate connection in middle-class families around the world? And if so, what can we as therapists do about it?
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The Rise of the Two-Dimensional Parent

Are Therapists Seeing a New Kind of Attachment?

September/October 2014
We used to think that disordered attachment was the result of early parental neglect or abuse. But today, has a paradoxical mix of parental overinvolvement and inattention led to a social epidemic of pseudo-attachment?
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Bubble-Wrapping Our Children

The Perils of Overprotective Parenting

September/October 2014
We've become so focused on keeping children safe that we exaggerate the dangers they face despite the fact that they’ve never been safer. Still, no amount of statistical reports can get parents to stop hovering over their child. What’s a therapist to do?

Case Study

Rush to Judgment: Beware of the ADHD diagnosis

May/June 2014

Part of the epidemic of misdiagnosed ADHD in young children today results from a failure to understand how trauma often leads to difficulty learning in school.

Bookmarks

Testing the Bond: What's family without shared identity?

March/April 2013

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

In an encyclopedic new book, Andrew Solomon explores how parents and children forge emotional bonds with one another in the presence of sometimes vast inborn differences.

Taming The Wild Things

Helping Anxious Kids and Their Parents

January/February 2013
In this age of helicopter parents and protective child professionals, we can often recreate a potent anxiety- reinforcing system around children that not only rewards anxiety, but encourages it to grow and take over even more of the child’s life.

Family Matters

Dilemmas of the “Haveitall” Mom: A Young Mother Struggles with a New Identity

January/February 2013
A young woman confronts the myths and dilemmas of motherhood.

Family Matters

"Tweenitis": Mastering the art of ‘gruntology’

May/June 2012
The father of an 11-year-old struggles to master the language of gruntology.

Family Matters

Recovering Together: An Ailing Mother Comes to the Aid of Her Son

March/April 2012
An ailing mother and son help each other find their way back to health.
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