LAURIE HOLLMAN, PH.D.

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Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and author who does psychotherapy with infants and parents, children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hollman's new book: Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child's Behavior is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Familius.com. She writes about infant, child and adolescent development, mental health, Parental Intelligence, and a broad range of parenting topics.

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Do you wonder what to do when your child has some puzzling, even distressing behaviors? Do you wonder why he acts the

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This is a weekly series about successful women who participate in the workforce in a range of ways building their careers while

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Three and even two-year-olds use the word “think.” But we have to consider carefully what the child means when he uses the

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Lying relates to the idea of what children believe, a topic parents are always interested in understanding. Only if you understand it,

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Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior by Moms Magazine’s Columnist, Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.       EXCERPT: Do you

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Blended families can take a long time to work in a harmonious way as the years go by. As children age and

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Parents can often feel like their failing when they see the choices their kids make. But when you learn to engage your

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How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work

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Have you ever desired to find meaning in your child’s behavior? Do you often feel frustrated or stuck in your attempts to

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How do women measure success? Is it by mothering and having a career? How do they carry out both forms of work

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The next time you talk to your teen, notice how often he or you share your attention with your smart phone. How

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Should You Pay Kids for Grades?  Yes or No? Sometimes parents think of kids school work as their job. This is true.

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Parents who try very hard to be good listeners when their kids’ behaviors scare them deserve a lot of credit. These are

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Gossip is communication. If your teenager off-handedly tells you a remnant of something going on, tune in! “Hey, Lindsay just got a

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When kids are asked, “How was school today?” or “How was your day today?” some kids don’t answer at all or gratuitously

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The parent-child relationship is one of the most important aspects of helping your child battle OCD. OCD  sufferers with a supportive parent,

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Some people are very private with their cell phone passwords. Other people wish they didn’t even have to have one. I’m not

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In our society, there seems to be an idealization of the extroverted, gregarious socialite. We seem to believe that this type of

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Long experienced psychoanalyst and author of “Unlocking Parental Intelligence,” Laurie Hollman, PhD, says to praise kids with Parental Intelligence. According to Hollman,

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Parenting the socially uneasy child is more complicated than labeling your child as shy. It may just be your child’s temperament or

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Understanding the minds of children and their development is critical for parents with Parental Intelligence. At age 3 kids are ego-centric and

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How do you help your children and teens think for themselves, stay true to their nature, and go at their own pace?

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The other day I was visiting a preschool and talking with a parent whose adorable six-year-old was wearing a pirate mask and

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It’s so common to see little three and four-year-olds telling their peers and adults what to do with such ferocity you wonder

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Parents observe their kids nervous energy or quiet aloneness before school starts because these kids are thinking about their worries about starting

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As school begins again and parents’ schedules get complicated, mothers and fathers put on a cheerful face as they get their kids set

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There are many reasons families move from one home to another. The most delightful is when the family can afford a larger

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Before children start formal schooling, even pre-school, they are learning all the time. Think of how toddlers learn. You don’t have to

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Research reported in the New York Times stated that when parents have shifting schedules at work it affects the stability of their children.

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I was on line at Starbucks behind a gawky tall boy with unwashed, scrawny, dark hair, a beak-like nose, black glasses, stooped

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How do we measure emotional well-being? It’s what we all want for our children. As parents what should we look for to

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Teachers warn parents to keep up some reading, math, and science during the summer, so kids are fresh to learn in September.

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I prefer selective eating to describe what parents call “picky eating” because the latter suggests the child is demonstrating poor behavior that

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Some households are noisy and full of roughhousing. Others are quiet and easy going. If the first household has been aggressive for

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Sometimes mothers and children of all ages seem to get at odds with each other. Maybe one or the other feels slighted

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Children grow up in all different economic and emotional environments. They generally know the world they live in and don’t always know

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Many children and teenagers are diagnosed with ADHD. Parents are familiar with the list of symptoms and often get professionals to help

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How do teens think about love? Are there different kinds of love? This is a subject that is on teenagers minds and

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Each mother has a different motherhood. There are no prescriptions or judgments, yet we feel there are. Expectant Mothers When some mothers

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A mother recently told me how easy-going and quiet her baby had been all during his first year. He slept well, cooed

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There are many research findings about babies before they learn to speak that have to do with moral behavior, infant-mother attachment, language,

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We carry our phones like they are arms and legs, never to be apart from them. Then we take pictures of home

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Parents frequently complain that they don’t feel respected by their children beginning at about age 2 and climbing high into the teens.

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Child development experts have believed for many decades that when a mother does the worrying, children are able to take on the

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Children understand being happy without putting it in words. As parents we can learn and relearn about being happy by observing them,

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One of the joys of being a parent is to read to your child. We begin with picture books and slowly move

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Eighteen-year-olds like to be considered a young adults, but it’s more accurate to call them a late adolescent. While their physical growth

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Puberty lasts for several years and can cause tumult or be an accepted part of growing up. The way kids react depend

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It’s hard to fathom that your twelve-year-old or fifteen-year-old will reach their 18th year when you’re coping with the day to day. But

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The usual sixteen and seventeen-year-old is very active. They want to text to their friends all day, go out visiting, participate in