Understanding Child Development

The speedy physical and psychological changes that children undergo from birth through adolescence often leave parents wondering how best to care for them at each stage. PT's experts weigh in on such topics as birth order, gender and the effects of parental behavior on child development.

Recent posts on Child Development

Predicting Criminal Behavior

Here's what history teaches us.

Parenting Effects on Children: What Is Your Parenting Style?

What is your parenting style? Data published in a new research study provides evidence on cultural variations in parenting.

Guns or No Guns for Those With Mental Illness?

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on February 17, 2018 in Stop The Cycle
Another school shooting. What can we do?

How Long Should Mothers Breastfeed?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Media Spotlight
How long should a mother breastfeed and what are some of the positive benefits involved? New research explores the link between breastfeeding duration and maternal sensitivity.

Cognitive Healing from Childhood Abuse

One challenge of recovery from childhood abuse lies in this cognitive dissonance between what an abused child comes to believe as true and the truth of the broader world.
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Mother Anna Young and the House of Prayer

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on February 16, 2018 in The Human Equation
What is it like to grow up in a destructive religious cult? Two children tell it like it was.

What Every Student Knows: Memorable Teachers Change Lives

You don't have to fall in love with the teacher. You could fall in love with the subject and become the teacher.

Talking About Sex And Death And Hatred

By Nick Luxmoore on February 16, 2018 in Young People Up Close
To what extent do sex, death and hatred end up as unmentionable anxieties hidden away inside a young person? How do we understand and how do we respond?
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Facing the Pain of Child Abuse

It can be difficult to allow yourself to experience the pain of childhood abuse but having self-compassion can help.

"The Kind of Kid You Would Expect To...."

Instead of reinforcing these characterizations (where has that have gotten us?), it is important to understand their limitations.

Children Molded by Parents' Early Experiences

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in The Human Beast
Why do children resemble parents? Since Charles Darwin's time, many of the brightest biologists who wrestled with this problem came away feeling bruised.

Overlooking the Fundamentals of the Classroom Experience

By Iben Sandahl on February 15, 2018 in The Danish Way
If we don’t start to acknowledge the necessity of human connectedness our children will lose sight of the importance of meaningful relationships.

Searching for Evidence of the Oedipus Complex

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Talking Apes
A new study finds experimental support for Sigmund Freud’s theory of infantile sexuality.

My Father Was A Gambling Man

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Pop Psych
As younger children play more games with in-game purchases available, debates have begun to arise over whether games with loot boxes should be banned from their hands.

Beating the Odds

What if you come from a crazy family?

What Happens When Children Care for Sick Loved Ones

For children and adolescents, caring for a family member with a chronic illness can be especially taxing.

The Power of Naming

By Susan Rako M.D. on February 13, 2018 in More Light
"Ethnic Cleansing," "Chain Immigration": are we numb to what these sneaky phrases really mean?

Well Being and Trauma

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Addiction in Society
A national guide to addressing trauma, and an assessment of how we are doing.

Your Core Negative Beliefs Are a Lie

The practice of mindfulness is an attempt to identify the core negative beliefs that each of us holds, and then to reject them and challenge them.

How to Use the 'Batman Effect' to Teach Kids Perseverance

Whether you're trying to get your child to do chores, or you want him to finish his math homework, the 'Batman Effect' will help him get it done.

Parents, Cyber-Sex, and Children

By Mark Banschick M.D. on February 12, 2018 in The Intelligent Divorce
Cyber-sex isn't going away, and children are naturally curious about their parents. Something has to give, and sadly, it can be a child's innocence.

How Psychoanalysis Helps

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 11, 2018 in Beyond Freud
Why do people seek a talking treatment?

Alternatives to Punishment and Rewards

By Jon Lasser, Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in School and Family Matters
Punishing my child doesn't work? Here's an alternative.

3 Sweet Ways to Catch Your Kids Being Good

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on February 10, 2018 in Joyful Parenting
Acknowledging your kids' positive behaviors spreads joy, creates warmth, reinforces positive behaviors, and models sweetness.

To Heal a Wounded Heart: Pilar Jennings' Daring Experiment

By Mark Matousek on February 08, 2018 in Ethical Wisdom
When the New York psychotherapist invited her friend, a kindly Tibetan lama, to help her with an especially difficult case, the results were remarkable

Haircuts & Walk-Outs: The Bad Side of Parental Control

By Paula L. White M.A. on February 08, 2018 in Shape Parenting
Do you have a fit when your children's choices go against your wishes? Learn how to build a parent-child bond while having a positive influence on your child's decisions.

Trans Teens Face Discrimination at School—and the DMV

This week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in Alabama for driver’s licenses to reflect individuals' gender identity. Fighting this battle is only one of many for transgender youth.

Teens Are Not Just Risk-Taking Machines

By Elliot T Berkman Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in The Motivated Brain
Adolescents have important developmental work to do. Despite what grownups think, taking needless risks isn't the goal for teens. Being risky is part of exploring the world.

How Do We Deal With Failed Predictions?

By J. P. Gerber, Ph.D. on February 08, 2018 in The Shape of Traits
Do you struggle with the times you fail to predict people's behavior correctly? Maybe the great psychologists can give you some advice.

Psychology of Tryouts: Part II (What Athletes Can Do)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on February 07, 2018 in The Power of Prime
I’m going to offer young athletes some practical tips to help them approach tryouts in a positive way, allowing them to perform their best on the day of the tryout.