Parental Misconceptions

Parental Misconceptions

From a toddler's height to a teen's work ethic to an adult child's marriage, a range of studies shows that moms and dads may be among the worst judges of their kids. But there are deeply adaptive rasons for parents' enduring misperceptions.

Stranger Danger: Real Risks vs Ancient Terrors

Why modern parents are not waving but drowning.

Real World 101 for Teens

What the seven essential behaviors to prepare them to be the brightest stars?

Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Kids

Words can change your kid's brain. Learn to use the right ones.

Having a Baby: Like Climbing Mount Everest

Planning for the challenges of baby parenting like a mountain climber

The Borderline/Narcissistic Mother

Brutal Womb vs. Baron Womb

Children Change When They Feel Connected and Understood

New Year’s resolutions remind us that change is very difficult for children.

Happy Children Make Happy Adults

Does being a happy kid guarantee a happy adulthood?

Verbal Abuse of Children: What Can You Do About It?

Have you been a silent bystander? Would you speak up for the child?

Can our Children Become Smarter by Eating Healthier?

Empower children to develop their own plan to become healthy eaters.

Teens Online and Sexual “Predators”

Are online sexual predators a threat?

A Facebook Profile for Your Toddler. Really?

Thinking twice about this increasingly common practice.

Kids Are Not As Wise As You Think

Deferring to kids' whims is not the way to a peaceful home.

Are Children a Source of Misery or Joy?

Are parents more or less happy than non-parents? Research provides an answer.

You're Closer to Your Parents Than You Realize

Fascinating photographs reveal the striking genetic similarities between parents

A Child of a Single Parent Asks, Why the Hurtful Digs?

Are the children of single parents doomed to a lesser life?

Is free play essential for learning?

The importance of recess, play, and physical education

Get Angry to Get Happy

Anger can blow up your relationships, if you don't know where it's coming from.

Adolescence Disorder

Guess what? Our lives are just a series of diseases.

Five More Minutes in the Bathtub?

What delaying now might mean in 15 years

What Happy Teenagers Do Differently

When risk, challenge, and emotional stimulation lead to positive outcomes.

No Joy and No Fun

What if being a mother is harder than you expected?

How Well Can Children Interpret a Dog's Emotional State?

Young children have difficulty identifying certain emotions in dogs.

More Teen Sex at Home and Fewer Pregnancies: Here’s Where It Happens

Not all countries share American understandings of teen sexuality