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

How to Discuss Sex With Your Children

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 16, 2017 in All About Sex
Child and teen sex education resources contain misinformation and emphasize procreation over pleasure. Here's how to correct them.

Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Does your child with ADHD constantly put himself down? ADHD, anxiety, and negativity commonly go together. As parents, we have to figure out how to battle negative self-talk.

Eliminate Unruly Spectator Behavior From Youth Sports

It’s as American as apple pie to boo and criticize judgments made by referees and umpires. But such behavior has no place in youth sports.

Believing in Ghosts, Goblins, and the Candy Witch

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
On Halloween, there is no doubt that children everywhere will have their minds on ghosts, goblins, and witches. But when do they learn that these characters aren't real?
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and the Use of Parental Worry

Not fun to do, and often given a bad name, worry can be constructive for both parent and adolescent to do.

Time to Put Your Childhood Demons Behind You?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 15, 2017 in Fixing Families
Everyone has baggage from the past that haunts or handicaps them in some way. The 3 common sources and ways to finally put these demons to rest

Choose Joy for Your Child

What does compassion for yourself and your child look like?

The Boarding School Girls

By The Book Brigade on October 13, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Going off to boarding school at age 12 might be challenging enough. For two girls sent to school in an alien culture, it shaped their entire identity—and molded many strengths.

Unraveling the Teenage Mind

Adolescence can be a mystifying time for everyone. This new book can help.

Why Anxiety Is Inevitable and Necessary

By Nick Luxmoore on October 12, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We rush to diagnose rather than listen, panicking when things don't go according to plan. Anxiety is normal and needs to be understood.

It's Up to Her from Here

By Tina Traster on October 12, 2017 in Against All Odds
We've been her safety net from day one. But now it's time for our adopted daughter to experience the joy of success and the despair of failure without intervention

Self-Soothing Skills Learned in Childhood

Here are some curious childhood stress relievers that will help you identify your own. Your early habits are pathways in your brain that you can build onto today.

Did You Get the Parental Guidance You Needed Growing Up?

As a child, did you frequently feel behind the curve—or eight-ball? If so, what was that like for you? And why do you think it was such a struggle for you to blend in with others?

The Privilege and Peril of Being Grandparents to Toddlers

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on October 11, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Here are five things that grandparents should keep in mind about today’s parent-child relationship.

Understanding Children's Emotional Needs

Avoid criticism, for instance, telling your child,“You’re kicking the ball all wrong.”

Emotion-Coaching When Your Child is Upset

Most of the time, when kids (and adults) feel their emotions are understood and accepted, the feelings lose their charge and begin to dissipate.
Photo by Tracy Thomas on Unsplash

Fine, Take My Phone—at Least Grandma Understands Me

Is it possible that grandparents understand and empathize with their grandkids’ use of devices more than parents?

Very Young Male Syndrome

Perceiving life as short has many outcomes associated with it. Being male and having gotten stitches at some point are among them. Evolutionary psychology tells us why.

3 Key Parenting Tips when Children See Horrific Events on TV

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 07, 2017 in The Older Dad
Are your children anxious from the media coverage of horrific events? Here are tips to identify their anxiety and help them cope with their fears.

How Do Bedroom Digital Devices Affect Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Media Spotlight
The American Academy of Pediatrics has long warned against children having televisions or video-game consoles in their bedrooms. New research bears out this warning.

Do Children Really Need Psychiatric Medication?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Suffer the Children
Mental illness can be fatal. But in some cases, so can psychiatric medications.
eric maisel

Your Child's Mind Space

Learn how healthy indwelling and dynamic self-regulation can help your child improve his or her intellectual functioning and emotional well-being.

Nature Versus Nurture: Where We Are in 2017

A lot has changed in our understanding of the timeless nature-nurture debate. Find out where we are now.

When Your Child Needs Psychiatric Medication

It is important to understand the real issues related to children and psychiatric medications.
Thalia R. Goldstein

Drama Games Help Kids Gain Emotional Control

Dramatic pretend play games may be causally implicated in young children's emotional control, as found in a recent random control trial.

Nonparental Daycare: What The Research Tells Us

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in Insight Therapy
Most American children will experience nonparental care. America has yet to adequately address the implications of this reality.

Life Out of Balance? Put Yourself Back on the List

The only way to keep your cup full in the constant vortex of parenting is to tend to yourself even while you tend to your child.

How Alienation Manifests in the Public Education System

Research examines dimensions of alienation in the lives of youth.

All-Female "Lord of the Flies" Remake

How would a Muslim girl, a transgender boy, a girl suffering from autism (and, of course, a female 'Piggy') influence dynamics in an all-female Lord of the Flies remake?

Senseless Killing and the Need to Know Why

By Carrie Barron M.D. on October 04, 2017 in The Creativity Cure
Thoughts and research regarding the motivation for cruel, senseless crimes.