Child Development Essential Reads

Do Collisions Make Young Drivers Safer?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 23, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
I have three kids, and over the years, I have seen each of them get a driver’s license and go out on their own. I worried when they took off in their cars.
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Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.

Being Parents of a Perfectionist

Being parents of a perfectionist: For some parents it’s a dream, for others a nightmare. For the kids, it trends toward the latter.

The Radical Notion of Returning to Handwriting

Need to remember something or learn something new? Write it by hand.
Suniya Luthar

Mothering Mothers

Just as children need to receive unconditional acceptance, so do their mothers, who are charged with providing it continually and across a period of decades.
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Optimal Sleep Times for Children and Adolescents

Want to know how much sleep your teenager needs?
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Are You a Good Enough Mother?

By Barb Cohen on May 11, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
All parents commit missteps, but the fact is that ours seem more consequential. Is being good, good enough?

The Trophy Child

By Peg Streep on May 10, 2017 in Tech Support
One of the most cherished myths about motherhood is that mothers love each child equally. Research comes up with a very different answer. A close look at why favoritism matters.

The Gift and the Sacrifice of Breastfeeding

Doctors tout the benefits of breastfeeding, often using the phrase "Breast is Best." According to research, nursing has benefits, but it can also come at a cost for some moms.

Perfect Parenting? Give It Up

What's one secret to good parenting? Give up on perfection.

The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies

By Lydia Denworth on May 05, 2017 in Brain Waves
Think babies just chew books? Even if they can't talk, they get a lot out of reading.

Is The Digital Age Inhabited by Stone-Age People?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 02, 2017 in The Human Beast
Pessimists cite our reptilian brain as the source of random acts of violence. Even optimists brood darkly about the inner caveman who indulges in road rage.

Hundreds of Psychology Studies are Wrong

By neglecting genetic influences on behaviour, numerous psychologists have confounded their own research.

Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxieties build upon one another, becoming the gateway to bipolar, schizophrenia, and all adult mental disorders.

Will Trump’s Immigration Policies Create Child Terrorists?

By Jack Turban MD MHS on April 25, 2017 in Political Minds
Research suggests that policies and rhetoric targeting Muslim majority nations may backfire by creating child terrorists.

Intelligence, Education, Personality, and Social Mobility

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in In One Lifespan
What predicts upward social mobility? We identified four important factors—education, intelligence, higher openness and lower neuroticism.

Beyond Recess: Synchronized Play Improves Kids' Cooperation

We all know the elated feeling of swinging side-by-side with someone in synchrony. Now, researchers have identified unexpected benefits of synchronized movement during childhood.

A Simple Trick to Get Your Kid to Stop Whining

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
You can get your child to stop whining if you follow this formula:

How Common Is Childhood Mental Illness?

Think childhood mental illness is rare? Think again.
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What Is Your Teen Hearing About Sex and Pregnancy?

By Guest Blogger on April 14, 2017 in The Guest Room
Families describe a complicated social world filled with strict rules, inconsistencies, silence, gossip, control by adults, and pushback from teens.

Disorganized Attachment: Fears That Go Unanswered

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in The Me in We
How disorganized attachment in infancy impacts emotional and social development.

Wealth, Poverty, and the Brain: A Q&A With Kimberly Noble

Are poorer children deprived of opportunities for healthy cognitive development? How can we improve these conditions? Kimberly Noble, MD, Ph.D., offers some insight.
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It’s Time to Talk

If we don’t take the time to talk with—and really understand—our teens, how can we expect to know much about the choices they face and the decisions they make?

On Raising an Honest Child

How do we teach our kids to be honest, even if it means admitting to breaking the rules? Research on children's lying behavior might be able to provide us with some helpful hints.

Encouraging Young Children to Participate in School

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on April 07, 2017 in Once Upon a Child
Class participation is more than just a check-off box on the progress form.

Your Brain on Text

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 04, 2017 in The Human Beast
Athletes look different from non athletes. Similarly, the brains of literate people are different from those who do not read.

Kids Can't Learn Time Management Without Time to Manage

By Richard Rende Ph.D. on April 03, 2017 in Inside Education
Want students to utilize time management skills? Then stop taking away their right to access to downtime so they can put the tools they are learning into practice.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and Braving the Displeasure of Parents

Parents tends to find the adolescent more displeasing than the child because the teenager is now pushing for more room to grow in ways they may disapprove and find disappointing.

Starting School Later Is Not Enough

Are later school start times enough to ensure that children and adolescents get sufficient sleep?
Jennifer Bliss, PsyD, LCSW

How and When to Discuss Adoption With Your Child

Are you ready for your child's questions about their adoption? Having confidence and pride in the story of how you became a family is essential to a child's healthy development.