Essential Reads

Easing a Child’s Summer to School Transition

School is right around the corner but your child is still sleeping until noon and moving in slow motion. Here are some suggestions to help get them ready for the new year.

To Bribe or Not to Bribe

Reading incentive programs, where students get points or prizes, and sometimes even grades, for reading “fun” books, are a ubiquitous feature of many literacy programs.

Professional Misunderstanding of Parental Alienation

Until professionals attain an in-depth understanding of the actual dynamics of parental alienation, cases of severe alienation will continue to be discounted.

Video Games Stronger Than Morphine: U.S. Military

The Military has discovered that playing video games can be more effective than morphine in treating combat burn veterans—but what is this digital morphine doing to kids' brains?

More Posts on Child Development

Back to School is a Trusting Time

Trust needed for mountain climbing: 100%. Trust needed for most other tasks: a lot less than that.

Response to The School did Nothing to Stop the Bullying Lie

Juxtaposing the emergence of bullying as a contemporary social problem against the emergence of domestic violence as a social problem during the '60's & 70's is instructive.

How Schools (Sometimes) Fail Our Children

By Maureen D Healy on August 26, 2016 in Creative Development
Can your child's school improve in certain areas?

Clear Evidence: Spanking Harms Kids

A large body of research definitively shows that spanking has negative consequences for kids.

Serious Learning Happens at Summer Camp - Without Technology

For those ending a summer at camp, the transition back to home, school and screen time can be infused with lessons from June, July and August.

Divorce an Unreliable Predictor of Aggressiveness

Even amongst a small fraction of children, severe aggression is rare.

Two Minutes to Wapner

"If our son isn't doing what he wants, when he wants, than all bets are off." What to do when the problem is not "disobedience," but cognitive rigidity and anxiety.

Big Pharma and the Question: Is ADHD Real?

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on August 23, 2016 in Child in Mind
Rather than assign blame for the ADHD epidemic, we must look to a new paradigm of mental health that is founded in contemporary developmental science.

Are Teachers Our Most Undervalued Leaders?

By Victor Lipman on August 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Some HR executives like to hire teachers because they have outstanding communication and presentation skills – highly valued in the corporate world.

Politics, Values, and Youth Sports

With the political blitz on “values,” where do sports fit in?

When Your Child Is Diagnosed With ADHD

Back-to-school season is usually a relief. Yet, with 1 in 8 American school children (6.7 million kids in all) ending up with a diagnosis of ADHD, there is some cause for angst.

Becoming Brilliant

By The Book Brigade on August 18, 2016 in The Author Speaks
In the push to make kids smart, you can spend $300 to count every word your kid hears. Or try to teach the fetus in the womb. But the best way is to change how you look at things.

Back to School

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Raising Parents
What can parents do to get children ready to go back to school?

To Parents of Children With Learning and Other Disabilities

In preparation for the school year, parents of children with disabilities should be aware of the resources available to them as well as what their child can expect at school.

What Goes Around Comes Around.... Only Sometimes

A blog post argues that "what goes around comes around" is based on a faulty premise about what parental alienation is.

Understanding Student Needs

Understanding and creating innovative ways to connect with students.

Indoctrinating Children

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
Cartoon movies start anti-male propaganda with the very young.

Celebrating Over One Million Views on Growing Friendships!

Growing Friendships blog on Psychology Today recently reached over one million views! Here's a look back at some favorite posts.

Primary Affects

What science is really intrigued with is how feelings work. For ages, Tomkins and others grappled with the following question: How are there only a few discrete responses?

The High EQ Classroom

By Maureen D Healy on August 11, 2016 in Creative Development
Do you want to teach EQ to your children (at home or the classroom)?

Olympics May Increase Child Prostitution in Rio

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
With the Olympics has come more child sexual exploitation. A new film, in development, is focusing attention on what happens to Brazil's child victims when they grow up.

To the Rescue: The Saddest Toilet in the World

When it comes to toilet training it’s all about control versus lack of control. (Perhaps for the parents as well as the child.)

Boys Will Be Boys

Masculinity is based on the suppression of vulnerability and dependency. It is not only socialization that's the culprit but the problem boys have separating from female mothers

What We Can Learn From Michael Phelps About ADHD

He is the most decorated Olympian athlete of all time. But the road to Rio wasn't an easy path for Phelps or for his parents.

Single Mothers: Psychological Problems for Kids?

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on August 08, 2016 in Singletons
Do children of single mothers have more psychological problems than children raised by two parents?

New Book, Unlatched, Explores Whether Breastfeeding Is Vital

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
There are competing views about breastfeeding, pro and con. Is the con winning? If so, why? In Unlatched, Jennifer Grayson helps readers understand the history and the controversy.

On the Malignant Nature of Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on August 07, 2016 in Evil Deeds
Should presidential candidates be required to undergo a psychological evaluation?

"Hurry up! You'll Be Late for School."

Prepare yourself for the inevitable, stay calm and find creative ways to manage the situation.

5 Ways for Parents to Prevent Back-to-School Meltdowns

Prevent the back-to-school transition from becoming a trip to crazy town.

When Do Kids Get the Time to Play?

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on August 05, 2016 in Grand Rounds
The free-form, all by yourself, made up world of the little kid is super-important and increasingly ignored.