Essential Reads

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

ADHD: A Bundle of Deplorable Problems Masked in Plain View?

ADHD: a performance deficit---significant difficulties implementing academic skills, not specifically learning them. Is ADHD over-diagnosed and stimulant drugs over-prescribed?

Facts and Fiction About the So-Called “Summer Slide”

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Perhaps we should call it the summer ladder rather than slide. Children gain skills--especially in mathematical reasoning--in summer faster than during the school year.
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Timing Matters in the Effects of Neglect on Development

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on July 18, 2017 in Adopting Reason
How much can stable, nurturing homes help children overcome the effects of severe early neglect?

More Posts on Child Development

How to Nurture Authenticity in Your Children

Parents want their children to lead happy lives, but paradoxically this can lead them to push their children in the wrong directions

Who's The Baby?

By Nick Luxmoore on July 21, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We avoid having to acknowledge our own baby tendencies when someone else unwittingly expresses them for us.

The Uncomfortable Conversation about Online Safety

An online teen suicide challenge continues, despite the arrest of the originator. The conversations you should have with your children about safety online.

Stop the Hovering

As your perception of your grown children has changed, their perception of you should change as well.

A Guide to the Fantasy Bond

Many struggles we face in our current interpersonal relationships arise from a core defense formed in childhood known as the “fantasy bond.”

Is It Narcissism or Sociopathy?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in Evil Deeds
What is the nexus between narcissistic and antisocial personality?

How and Why You Compromise Your Integrity

Your most important possession is your integrity. It’s your trustworthiness, word of honor. Yet at some point you’ve certainly violated this most “sacred” part of yourself. Why?

What's So Bad About Bribing Your Child?

Cooperation is too complicated to be shaped by a simple habit, since it's driven by emotions and how connected your child feels to you at the moment.

Humans Defeat Nature—As Prescribed. Now What?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Sigmund Freud encouraged aggression against Nature, along with other Western scholars. We’ve now reached “biological annihilation” of species all over the earth. Are you happy?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Facebook for Children?

Children believe that Facebook is a protected environment, but are they right?

How Technology Lowers Emotional Intelligence in Kids

Five negative consequences caused by tech dependence.

Should I Answer Every Text My Child Sends?

It may feel good to be the person your child shares everything with, and yet...

Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics

Are your kids obsessed with screen time? Here are steps to curb their addiction.

Lousy Spelling—Why Americans Can’t Read or Think Well

Two decades after the National Reading Panel and the National Early Literacy Panel left out spelling reading scores have plummeted! Spelling is the missing link to literacy!
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Is Your Mother an Exhibitionist Narcissist?

If you have ever wondered if your mother was an Exhibitionist Narcissist, this article may help you decide.
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The Perils of Popularity

Likability is conducive to the establishment of satisfying relationships, personal and professional fulfillment, and good health. But popularity grounded in status can be harmful.

The Feral Child Nicknamed Genie

Genie spent the first 13 years of her life strapped to a potty or a chair in a homemade straightjacket. She was never spoken to but turned out to be highly intelligent.
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Survive Your Difficult Family By Being Calm

Much of what gets labeled as individual pathology in adults and children is really the playing out of family stresses and conflicts. Learn what you can do in this 8-part series.
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What Is the Point of Adolescence?

It's helpful for parents to know that adolescence is a functional process for their daughter or son, no matter how frustrating it may sometimes feels for the adults.

The Teenage Years: 4 Questions That May Predict Thriving

One factor may matter more than you might expect for kids in their teenage years. A recent study from Brazil and Romania has important implications for American teenagers.

Baby Care: 3 Rs for Raising A Happy Child

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Depression is epidemic and even touches babies. How do early life's 3 Rs: recognition, resonance, and respect, mitigate against depression--for all of us?

The Children of Divorce

Divorce hurts. Dr. Banschick offers a new course to soften the blow on children. And, enable parents to deal effectively with their ex spouse; even the very difficult ex spouse.

How Strong Is Children's Attachment to Their Pets?

By Zazie Todd Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Fellow Creatures
The friendship and caring behaviors children show toward their pet are linked to attachment to the pet.

Is Your Smartphone Really Giving You Head Lice?

New technologies are dangerous things. They encourage fear and alarm, especially if they're smartphones or tablets. It used to be like that with reading, too. But look at it now.
An excellent book to help children understand death and dying.

Helping Kids Cope with an Expected Loss

Tips and tools to help children cope with an expected loss

It's up to Her from Here

By Tina Traster on July 06, 2017 in Against All Odds
We've been her safety net from day one. But now it's time for our adopted daughter to experience the joy of success and the despair of failure without intervention

The Five Things Every College Freshman Needs to Hear

Know a student heading to college this fall? These are the key messages they'll need for personal, social, and academic success.

Your Personal Independence Day

It's Independence Day! Time to declare your own freedom from (psychological) bondage

Only in America: 33 Percent Is a "Passing" Grade in Math!

The need for honesty and accountability in our schools

The Evolving Evidence on Obesity in Children

You have, no doubt, heard the statistics about youth and obesity. New research shows what we can do about it.