Child Development Essential Reads

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Finding the "Why" of a Special-Needs Child's Behavior

By Barb Cohen on February 23, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Behavior is a form of communication, and more often than not, especially in young children, it is not communicating a desire to be non-compliant or troublesome.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

Adolescence: Your Parenting Work Is Not Over Yet

A parent’s job changes at a child’s adolescence. Be available while letting go. Argue. Laugh. Love the person your child really is, underneath all the identities they’re trying on.

When Children Lie

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Research into how effective adults are in detecting deception in children have turned up some surprising findings.

Motor Skills, Movement, and Math Performance Are Intertwined

By Christopher Bergland on February 10, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There is growing evidence that children who are physically active do better in school. A new study found that kids who move their bodies while learning math get higher test scores.

Margaret Mead and the Great Samoan Nurture Hoax

Margaret Mead’s claim that nurture prevailed over nature in Samoan childhood and adolescence has been shown to be completely fictitious.

Finding Some Middle Ground in the War on Sleep Training

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Whether it's harmful to sleep train your baby has become a controversial issue for parents. Here's some research suggesting that sleep training might be nothing to lose sleep over.

How Learning Theory Can Help STEM Educators

By APA Division 15 on February 06, 2017 in PsychEd
Is traditional lecture-style teaching the best technique for large science courses? Student-centered learning techniques provide alternatives to lecturing.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Teaching the Early Adolescent About Freedom

Adolescence are concerned with getting freedom to grow -- freedom from from old restraints and freedom for new opportunity. Parents need to speak to both concerns.

Managing Playdates

You can ease their separation by giving them some advance notice.

Boys Will Be Boys—Even If Raised Believed to Be Girls

Boys born seeming to be girls and socialised as such revert to male after puberty in ~90% of cases, providing an acid test of nature versus nurture.

Beyond 50 Shades Darker: Debunking Popular Myths About BDSM

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Standard Deviations
With the upcoming release of "Fifty Shades Darker," groundbreaking new research challenges stereotypes about BDSM participants portrayed in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.

Childrearing Beliefs Were Best Predictor of Trump Support

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on February 01, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
By assessing the mindset of Trump's earliest supporters, this political scientist predicted that Trump would do far better in the election than most at that time believed.

Self-Compassion, Growth Mindset, and the Benefits of Failure

By Christopher Bergland on January 30, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A groundswell of new research reaffirms the importance of believing that intelligence is never fixed, practicing self-compassion, and embracing the hidden benefits of failure.
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Is It Possible For Parents to Care Too Much?

Is It Possible For Parents To Care Too Much? Children need to find their own voice. By Eli Hillman, LCSW

When Will Smart Girls Believe They're Smart?

By Jen Kim on January 30, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
The war on women's intelligence starts earlier than we thought.

The Importance of Reducing Stress During Pregnancy

How is prenatal stress affecting you and your developing baby? Simple stress reduction skills can make a difference.

Childhood Roots of Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Can you tell if a child is a budding narcissist? Warning signs that self-worth is getting dangerous.
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When You and Your Child Need Some First Aid Fast

When you're hurt, or scared, you naturally want to lash out. But your child is not the enemy, no matter what she did.

Twins: Individual Identities and Common Bonds

By Nancy L. Segal Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in Twofold
Does a close twin relationship take away from individual identity?

Do You Have Empathy for People Who Don't? Should You?

Liking empathic individuals is easy. They’re caring and listen sympathetically. But appreciating, and getting along with, individuals without empathy can be really challenging.

Supporting Bilingual Children With Special Education Needs

Despite what has been maintained for too long, children with developmental disabilities can indeed become bilingual, or remain bilingual if they have grown up with two languages.

The Effects of Digital Technology on Reading

What kind of materials are better read in print than on a screen?

Why We Need Forgiveness Education

By Robert Enright, Ph.D. on January 15, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
How can we survive, as adults, the cruelty of others when we never have been introduced to forgiveness as children?

Opposite Genetic Profiles of Autism vs. Schizophrenia

Although both autism and schizophrenia feature symptomatic communication difficulties, genetic profiling reveals them to be opposites as proposed by the diametric model.

No, the Mercury in Vaccines Does Not Cause Autism

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on January 12, 2017 in Brain Babble
There is no evidence to suggest that the vaccine preservative thimerosal is dangerous, nor that young children's bodies "can't handle" current recommended immunization schedules.
eric maisel

How Parents Can Help Their Children Without Psychiatric Meds

Are parents being served by the current "mental disorder labeling and medicating" model? Join experts from around the world as we look at alternative models and helping strategies.

Immigration and the Pursuit of Happiness

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on January 09, 2017 in The Truisms of Wellness
As the immigrant population continues to grow, we must strike a balance between securing U.S. citizens and considering repercussions of mass deportation on children.

My Baby's Head Is Flat (And So Is Yours)

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on January 09, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Because doctors are urging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, many of them are developing flat heads. Here's what research says about what to do.
Dora Calott Wang

Separate and Unequal

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on January 07, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
How can we make America a more equal and prosperous society for our kids?