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

By Gillian Ragsdale Ph.D.
Why modern parents are not waving but drowning.

Real World 101 for Teens

By Joanne Broder Sumerson Ph.D.
What the seven essential behaviors to prepare them to be the brightest stars?

Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Kids

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Words can change your kid's brain. Learn to use the right ones.

Having a Baby: Like Climbing Mount Everest

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D.
Planning for the challenges of baby parenting like a mountain climber

The Borderline/Narcissistic Mother

By Mark Banschick M.D.
Brutal Womb vs. Baron Womb

Children Change When They Feel Connected and Understood

By Kate Roberts Ph.D.
New Year’s resolutions remind us that change is very difficult for children.

Happy Children Make Happy Adults

By Stephanie Sarkis Ph.D.
Does being a happy kid guarantee a happy adulthood?

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

By Susan Heitler Ph.D.
Have you been a silent bystander? Would you speak up for the child?

Can our Children Become Smarter by Eating Healthier?

By Katherine Eskovitz
Empower children to develop their own plan to become healthy eaters.

Teens Online and Sexual “Predators”

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D.
Are online sexual predators a threat?

A Facebook Profile for Your Toddler. Really?

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D.
Thinking twice about this increasingly common practice.

Kids Are Not As Wise As You Think

By Loretta G. Breuning Ph.D.
Deferring to kids' whims is not the way to a peaceful home.

Are Children a Source of Misery or Joy?

By Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
Are parents more or less happy than non-parents? Research provides an answer.

You're Closer to Your Parents Than You Realize

By Rod Judkins M.A., RCA
Fascinating photographs reveal the striking genetic similarities between parents

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

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Are the children of single parents doomed to a lesser life?

Is free play essential for learning?

By Marilyn Wedge Ph.D.
The importance of recess, play, and physical education

Get Angry to Get Happy

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T.
Anger can blow up your relationships, if you don't know where it's coming from.

Adolescence Disorder

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

Five More Minutes in the Bathtub?

By Seth Slater M.F.A.
What delaying now might mean in 15 years

What Happy Teenagers Do Differently

By Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D.
When risk, challenge, and emotional stimulation lead to positive outcomes.

Exploring theBonds Between Fathers and Daughters

By Lynne Griffin R.N., M.Ed.
What novels can teach us

No Joy and No Fun

By Elana Premack Sandler L.C.S.W., M.P.H
What if being a mother is harder than you expected?

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

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C.
Young children have difficulty identifying certain emotions in dogs.

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

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D.
Not all countries share American understandings of teen sexuality