Essential Reads

The Psychology of Child Torture

What is the common nature of these horrific acts—and the people behind them?

MLK and Michael Phelps: What's the Recipe for Success?

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 16, 2018 in Shape Parenting
No matter the field—academics, athletics, the arts or activism—some children in varied pursuits grow up to be adults who excel. Here's how parents help to make that happen.

Why We Need to Address Mean Girl Behavior Early and Often

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on January 16, 2018 in Worry-Free Kids
Do mean girls leaving a lasting impact?
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Meet Your Family's Future at a Family Meeting

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Emptying The Nest
Even when children approach adulthood, reflecting on your family's past and present lays the the groundwork for a richer and more satisfying family future—for both generations

More Posts on Child Development

Easy ways to teach kids about emotions in daily life

Observing what your child and other people are feeling, and commenting on it in a nonjudgmental, accepting way, teaches children to identify emotions in themselves and others.

Why your child’s lies may be a sign of intelligence

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Keep It in Mind
Why your child’s lies may be a sign of intelligence - how working memory can boost lying in children

The Promotion of Resilience and the Demise of Anti-Bullyism

By Izzy Kalman on January 18, 2018 in Resilience to Bullying
Let Grow is a new organization comprised of leading intellectuals that will promote resilience and self-reliance while turning the tide against antibullyism.

Are You Freaking Out About the Pre-K Lottery?

Finding a preschool spot is stressful. Here are some considerations to keep in mind and keep you sane.

Big Little Lies

By Stephen Gray Wallace on January 17, 2018 in Decisions Teens Make
Despite uniformity among children, teens, and adults about the importance of honesty, it often seems in short supply.

The Most Important Sex Education Lesson of All: Consent

By Adam Price Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Unmotivated Teen
How to teach boys when no means no and when yes means no.

Teens and Dangerous Levels of Cell Phone Use

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Nurturing Resilience
If we’re going to prevent children putting themselves at risk for mental disorders, parents and communities are going to have to impose some rules and take a lesson from Iceland.

5 Key Skills of a School-Based Bullying Prevention Program

To change the culture of bullying in our schools, we must move beyond the rote punishments and move toward skill-building.
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"I Hate My Mother"

An Authoritarian Wound Questionnaire respondent explains her relationship with her authoritarian mother.

The Seeds of Perfection

The similarities between seedless watermelon and our quest for perfection online.

Life as a Bilingual II

The blog "Life as a bilingual" is more than seven years old and has been consulted by a large number of visitors. We look back on this wonderful adventure.

Mothers, Eating Disorders, and Histories of Trauma

Advice and reflections for mothers with a history of trauma and an eating disorder. What is an attempt to be corrected or avoided gets repeated.
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In Sports, Giving Up Means Giving Up on Yourself

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 14, 2018 in The Power of Prime
The pet peeve that gets me the most is when, in practice or competition, athletes give up at the smallest mistake or failure. When they do, they automatically lose.

Calling Trump Childish Shows How We Disrespect Children

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 14, 2018 in Freedom to Learn
We've taken long strides toward moving beyond the negative stereotyping of many groups. Let's now stop stereotyping children negatively, too.

For Richer or Poorer: Kids Version

What is the status of the American dream in the minds of children? Do they have a sense of their place on the economic ladder? Do they see the rungs as easy or hard to climb?

The Vital Role Mentors Play in a Student’s Growth

By Tim Elmore on January 11, 2018 in Artificial Maturity
Life change does not occur without life exchange.

The Type of Praise You Give Matters

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Ulterior Motives
There are many different kinds of praise that you can give a child. Not all of them have the same impact. Some may even be negative.
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The Coolest Monkey in the Jungle: Children, Pain, and Shame

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 10, 2018 in Shape Parenting
Worried about the impact of negative stereotypes on your child? These three concrete strategies can help.

Can Dogs Suffer From ADHD?

Dogs and human children share a number of mental characteristics and predispositions including the possibility of ADHD.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and Freedom of Choice

Ending adolescence and now assuming independent self-management responsibility, the young person painfully discovers the costs that come with freedom of choice.

Pediatricians Have the Power to Improve Moms' Mental Health

New research shows that pediatricians have the potential to vastly improve the mental health of women and families.

4 Things Every Parent Should Stop Doing Right Now

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 08, 2018 in Shape Parenting
Do you want to make life better for your kids? Stop doing these 4 things today.

Teaching Children Self-Control

Your child's major motivation will be to win your love and approval.

Why Young People Need Their Aggression

By Nick Luxmoore on January 07, 2018 in Young People Up Close
Instead of always giving in or always trying to crush it, we have to understand aggression as essentially defensive, as a kind of anxiety, a kind of panic.

Attachment Style, Adult Well-Being, and Childhood Trauma

Research spanning decades looks at how maltreatment of children plays out in adulthood.

Why Do Horses Help Us Heal?

Have you ever wondered why horses are used in therapy?

Combating Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports

Children of all races, ethnicities, cultures, and economic backgrounds are vulnerable to sexual abuse.

Why Early Experience Matters: Famous Scholars Know

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Moral Landscapes
We know what humans need in early life to develop well, and the effects of early experience are no longer a mystery.

The Animals and Us Year In Review

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Animals and Us
From the Furry Fandom to the Great Pet British Massacre, its been a good year for Animals and Us.

How to Talk to Your Children About Food in a Healthy Manner

The goal is a positive, open-minded approach, while giving kids options to choose their own food and to learn the nutritious value of what they eat.