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.

Recent posts on Child Development

Strangers and Danger

Your child's curiosity can bring him to walk away with a stranger.

This Is What Happens When Kids Get Enough Exercise

The evidence is crystal clear: Physical activity is great for kids.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

Amish Asthma Rates Offer Clues to Preventing Mental Illness

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New evidence that healthy bodies promote healthy minds

Sedentary Lifestyle May Undermine Boys’ Academic Performance

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
The combination of excessive sedentary time and limited physical activity is linked to lower odds of young boys' success in elementary school.

Overprotective Parenting and Symbolic Rejection

The problem with helicoptering is that, like being physically absent as a parent, being hyper-present can harm children.

Vanishing Grandmothers and the Decline of Empathy

Find out why empathy is declining, why grandmothers matter, and why disappearing cultures can show us a unique recipe to nurture compassionate children and happy people.

Circle of Support: A Message for Teens About Friendship

We all need friends to help us get through life’s good and bad times.

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.

The Power of Curiosity

Might one consider eliciting the child's interests, rather than imposing interests upon the child?
K. Ramsland

Boys Dressed as Girls Who Became Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers recall being dressed as girls when young, despite being male. It might have had a negative impact.

To Punish or to Teach?

How we handle mistakes can make a difference.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Worrisome Transition to High School

Worry can increase anxiety, but it can also spare a lot of harm.

Power Imbalance During Divorce

Divorce may lead parents to forfeit their leadership roles and empower children inappropriately for their age, resulting in damaging consequences.

Understanding Your Child’s Spiritual Life

By Kate Adams Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Child's Play
How well do you understand your child's inner life?

How Early Can We Identify a Psychopath in the Making?

New research suggests just how early in life the psychopath’s traits can be spotted.

Further Thoughts About Abuse Causing Criminality

A further look at the conventional wisdom

Parenting Matters, Especially for “Difficult” Kids

By David Rettew M.D. on November 25, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
No pressure, but a new study indicates that parenting behaviors matter most for temperamentally challenging kids.
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Happy Holiday Parenting

By Yamalis Diaz Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Parenting Challenges 101
Nothing dampens holiday joy like tantrums, arguments, and a bad case of “I want." Use these strategies to manage challenging child behavior over the holidays.

Why Gratitude Matters

By Maureen D Healy on November 23, 2016 in Creative Development
Do you want to feel more grateful?

The Psychology of Animal Torture

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in In Excess
Why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on a defenseless animal?

The Truth About Lying

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on November 22, 2016 in Self-Reg
Lying is the quintessential example of misbehaviour, but confabulating is a stress behaviour.

10 Ways to Meet New People – A Message for Teens

When it comes to communication, few of us have a natural knack, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to be effective in expressing ourselves with others.

For Christmas, I Gave My Child An Empty Box

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
This Black Friday, avoid the mall. Instead, give your child gifts this Christmas that build real creativity and are good for them, physically and intellectually.
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Kids Can Thrive with Gay Parents

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Adopting Reason
New evidence reaffirms that children have equal chance to thrive in families with gay and straight parents.

Universal Children’s Day Compels Us to Look Into a Mirror

By Rita Watson MPH on November 20, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
If we look at reports from the American Psychological Association and the Children’s Defense Fund, it appears we are failing our children.
K. Ramsland

Power Assertive Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers are motivated by anger and the need to harm those they think have wronged them. Todd Kohlhepp appears to be in this category.

Family Stories as a Way to Give Thanks

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Family stories bring families together, and really, isn’t that what we all hope to be thankful for?

The “Do You Know?” 20 Questions About Family Stories

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
The "Do You Know..?" questions are one way to tell family stories and begin a tradition of sharing more.

To Stop Bullying in Children, Show Them How to Get Along

How do we help our children and youth stop bullying? Act as you want them to act.