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 topics such how to talk so kids will listen, and when to back off and allow them to fail.

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Recent Posts on Child Development

No, There is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

Resetting Chronic Pain Alarms

In When Your Child Hurts, Rachael Coakley provides practical suggestions to parents about the chronic pain of children, one of our nation's most persistent and invisible problems.

Help Take Terror Out of Childhood

By Hal Mathew on February 04, 2016 Unagoraphobic
Children don't have to face fear alone.

Ineffable Olfaction

Have you ever caught a whiff of something that transported you back in time, but you could never figure out what point in time it transported you to? There’s a reason for that.

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

Seriously—Do You Have Someone Else’s Conscience?

The question posed in this post’s title may sound almost nonsensical. How could you possibly be a victim of another’s conscience? Still, ask yourself: Is your super-ego tyrannical?

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

The Failures of "Failure To Launch" Syndrome

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 All About Addiction
When we tell kids they're struggling with "failure to launch" syndrome, we hurt them while saying quite a bit about ourselves.

7 Surprising Insights About How Genius Happens

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on February 01, 2016 Creating in Flow
Genius—the ability to make leaps of innovation—isn't a product only of nature or nurture. Living in a place and time that encourages the flourishing of genius helps too.

The ADHD Debate: Is the ADHD Diagnosis Helpful or Harmful?

We should shift from treating childhood distraction as a clinical disease, to targeting the best ways to help children maximize their ability to focus.

5 Guidelines for Giving Kids Choices

Giving young kids a say builds respect, strengthens bonds, invites cooperation, and capitalizes on kids’ need for power and control. Here are 20 ways to involve kids in choices.

Barriers to Adoption for Same Sex Couples

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 01, 2016 Am I Right?
Children may suffer in families for many reasons but being raised by a gay individual or couple is not, in and of itself, one of them.

Child Art Therapy: How It Works

Art therapy often begs the response—“But it’s just arts and crafts!” Art therapy is not just “arts and crafts" or even its first cousin, the ubiquitous coloring book.

5 Tips for Sleeping Well with Chronic Pain

Is your child with chronic pain not sleeping well? Check out 5 tips to improve your child's sleep.

Avoid Stressful Sleep Training and Get the Sleep You Need

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 31, 2016 Moral Landscapes
Should you condition your baby not to cry or use clever nudges that keep baby secure? There is a way!

Is It Okay to Stay Strictly for the Kids?

Anyone experiencing the pain of wanting out of the marriage but wanting to stay for the kids would welcome a creative alternative to divorce.

Get Back on the Helicopter

By Marcia Morris M.D. on January 30, 2016 College Wellness
Parent involvement in the college years is critical for success. Four-year graduation rates are at an all time low of 39.4%.

Technology and Children’s Health: Tips to Increase Exercise

Physical activity has impacts positive impacts on mental health and physical functioning in children and adolescents.

How to Best Help Your Children to Thrive

Our birth marks the beginning of a lifelong tension between our personal self-expression and the challenge of meeting the demands/wishes of others. We have two choices...

5 Types of Support That Would Complement PPD Screenings

Here are 6 ways we could provide moms with support that would complement universal screenings.

America Needs Full-Day Kindergarten

Here's a message from the heart that shows why all kids need full-day kindergarten.

How to Carve Out Space for Your Child's Unique Strengths

Here are a few ways to pinpoint a child's unique strengths and creatively "make room for them" in a busy day.

No More Sex Until...

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on January 27, 2016 Fighting Fear
A common, although largely ignored, problem for some couples is how to have sex with the children still awake. I offer a solution.

Boy Is Beautiful

Boys are likely to get the message – from school among other places – that there is something inherently wrong with them if they act like most boys have always acted.

Day 10: Tim Carey on Parenting Skills and Family Wellness

The future of mental health interview series continues with Tim Carey on parenting skills and family mental health

What Jeffrey S. Gould Can Teach Us about Misophonia

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Fearless You
Is misophonia affecting someone you love? A new film raises understanding and compassion.

7 Warning Signs That Your Child Might Have Misophonia

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on January 26, 2016 Fearless You
Is your child suffering from selective sound sensitivity?

Day 9: Sharna Olfman on Child Mental Health Controversies

Day 9 of the future of mental health interview series continues with Sharna Olfman on the science and pseudoscience of children's mental health.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.