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.
I wanted the chickens for the eggs, and to feel closer to nature. It made relative economic sense and fit into my longstanding garden, fishponds, and love of the old fashioned. I didn't expect them to be so darn CUTE.
The creative act of doing science is different than the creative act of making art. In the arts, the prototypic act of creativity is one that throws out old ideas and does something NEW.
Creativity in the sciences is different.
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.