When little Jacob touched the President's hair, he learned something important - someone like me can change the world. Before we act and before we aspire, we need to know both that something can be done and that it can be done by some like us.
When our family talks about 'model railroader syndrome,' we're talking about someone who sees a completed project in their mind so clearly that they don't actually have to build it. Now there's a new study out that may tell us more about why this is such an easy trap to fall into.
Boredom can be a sign that you've never learned what you like to do or how to make that happen. Or a sign of rebellion. Or a symptom of a childhood spent too well entertained. Which is it for your kids?
Teens' risky behavior and dumb choices drive parents crazy. But teens respond better to advice if you talk to the reward part of their brain, rather to the punishment part. Here's how a scientific paper changed my parenting for the better.
Facebook is like a sexually transmitted disease, in that your risk is proportional to that of your highest risk 'friend'. And just like sexually transmitted diseases, there are things you can do to protect yourself. A 'How To' primer.
Thinking About Kids is a place to explore thoughts about families, kids, parenting, and the wonderful puzzle that is scientific psychology. Unlike my other professional writings, I use this blog to ponder about life in general and science in particular from my perspectives as developmental researcher, as a mother, as a wife, as a citizen, and as a statistics teacher. These are my own thoughts and do not reflect the positions of my department or institution.