Child Development Essential Reads

The Surprising First Step in Effective Child Discipline

Programs to help parents overcome child defiance don't usually start with star charts or time-outs but rather the surprisingly simple but tricky skill of paying attention.

Boredom and Its Perks

You may never know how creative your kid is until she's bored stiff.

Why It's So Important to Banter With Young Children

Banter, or informal and spontaneous chatting, joking, and storytelling, builds a foundation for knowledge, skills, and relationships.

Children & Funerals: 5 Ways to Support

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 08, 2016 Fixing Families
Children often are frightened by funerals for a variety of reasons. Tips on how to support and talk

How Psychologically Well Adjusted Are Gifted People?

From young to old gifted individuals are psychologically well adjusted.

These Crimes Are Not for Sensitive Ears

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on February 07, 2016 Shadow Boxing
New book in a series about Canadian crimes revives interest in psychopathic child killer from 1950s.

No, There Is No Extra Credit!

Nearly every teacher has heard this gut-wrenching question: “Is there extra credit?” For me, the answer has always been "no!" And here’s why.

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

The Mysterious Connection Between Smell and Our Past

Have you ever caught a whiff of something that transported you back in time, but you could never figure out what point in time it transported you to? There’s a reason for that.

Seriously—Do You Have Someone Else’s Conscience?

The question posed in this post’s title may sound almost nonsensical. How could you possibly be a victim of another’s conscience? Still, ask yourself: Is your super-ego tyrannical?

How Encouraging Kids' Creativity Makes Better Scientists

How do you encourage students to become innovative scientists and engineers? One key, it turns out, is cultivating their talent in arts and sports.

The ADHD Debate: Is the ADHD Diagnosis Helpful or Harmful?

We should shift from treating childhood distraction as a clinical disease, to targeting the best ways to help children maximize their ability to focus.

Kids and Classrooms: Why Environment Matters

As Detroit teachers organize 'sickouts' to protest the condition of their public schools, new research confirms the impact classroom environments have on academic performance.

How Can We Help Syrian Children Resettle in the West?

Child refugees have a tremendous potential to integrate, but their resilience depends on the schools and communities we offer them.

Why No-Nonsense Classrooms Are Less Terrible Than Usual Ones

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 18, 2016 Freedom to Learn
Recently, we've heard of the success of "no-nonsense teaching." Here's what I like about it. It makes no bones about the fact that children are little prisoners who must ....

What to Say When Your Kid Says "I'm Bored"

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 Inside Parenting
How can kids can be bored these days? Simple. They don't get enough free time to know what to do with it. It's a good problem to have. Give them time to solve it on their own.

"I'll Do It Later" – Children's Academic Procrastination

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on January 12, 2016 Don't Delay
Procrastination starts early in life and often centers around homework. Research highlights the role of motivation.

Fables and Facts in Educational Neuroscience

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Memory Medic
Numerous critics have pointed out that neuroscience has not had much impact on education, and worse yet has spawned a series of harmful myths.

Trauma Survivors at Risk for Future Abusive Relationships

When offenders are caregivers, children often blame themselves, and love and abuse can become interconnected.

The Science to End the Baby Care “Mommy Wars”

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 Singletons
Parents face conflicting advice as they make decisions during baby’s first year. Separate the hype from the evidence on these hot button issues.

You Snore, You Lose

By Elaine Reese Ph.D. on December 31, 2015 Tell Me a Story
Does your child snore? Learn more about how snoring can affect your child's success in school.

Why Does “Caveman” Parenting Influence Adult Morality?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 Moral Landscapes
Babies develop dynamically in response to the care they receive, which influences later moral sensibilities too.

The Good Enough Parent Is the Best Parent

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 Freedom to Learn
The best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. "Good enough parents" strive to....

Another Reason Why You Should Not Spank Your Child

Attempting to discourage inappropriate behavior? Spanking is detrimental and ineffective. The reason is that you are conditioning your child to pair morality with violence. And

The Aliens Have Landed!

Many autistics feel like visitors from another planet, and the metaphor is a good one.

The Dual Citizenship of Today's Adolescents

Older adolescents who have grown up since birth as citizens of both offline and online worlds have to keep these twin realities adequately separated, integrated, and balanced.

What It Takes to Be a Bomber Pilot

Of course, it takes a myriad of skills to be a good bomber pilot. Some of these skills can be measured by perceptual tests.

Should Bullying be Made Illegal?

Police Chief Ault authored an ordinance that fines the parents of repeat offenders of bullying. The ordinance, which imposes a $124 fine, turns school disciplinary codes into law.

The Seeds that Give Birth to Terrorism

By Kimberly Key on December 04, 2015 Counseling Keys
In a terrorist-filled society, here are some things to help in understanding its origins and what can possibly be done. Is the future worth it?

When Children Learn About Other's Minds, They Learn to Lie

By Art Markman Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 Ulterior Motives
Lying is a pretty sophisticated behavior. When you lie to someone else, you need to understand that when you tell them something that you know is not true, that they come to believe the false information. That means that you need to understand that their belief and your belief will differ.