Child Development Essential Reads

Investing More in Young People

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in The Human Beast
Parents invest more in their children than they receive in return, and such paying forward makes adaptive sense.

Can Ketamine Help Suicidal Children?

By Jack Turban MD MHS on December 12, 2017 in Political Minds
Early research suggests that the psychedelic drug ketamine may help suicidal children, but are there risks?
CC0

What to Say to Your Young Athletes Before and After Games

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Nothing you can say to your kids will make them play better. But, unfortunately, you do have the ability to ensure that they don’t play well with what you say to them.

Santa Claus Is No Longer Coming to Town

Should you be sad when your child discovers the truth? A different way of looking at your child's growing mind.

Fears and Consequence in Choosing Open Adoption

If the birth mother is in our lives, won't my child will be confused as to who their "real" parents are?

Kids with These Skills Are Twice as Likely to Go to College

All children have the ability to learn these skills, we just have to teach them. Here are five exercises you should start teaching your kids today.

The Science of Toy Giving

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Receive Graciously

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 10, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Childhood experiences with our caregivers and feelings of guilt, embarrassment, fear, and disappointment can influence the ways in which we receive others' expressions of love.

Do Dogs Respond More Accurately to Words or Gestures?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 30, 2017 in Canine Corner
Voice commands and hand signals are not equally effective when directing a dog's behavior.

How Do I Ask My Grandma to Stop Being So Techy?

Using social media to connect across generations sounds like a good thing, but how do we respond when our good intentions cause embarrassment to our youth?

ADHD and Special Education

Does your child's mental illness get in the way of learning at school? Here are six reasons to consider special education for ADHD, DMDD, or other behavior disorders.

Death In Our Hands?

The internet has become the modern piazza, but at what cost?

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Mistake Getting Along For Giving In

By Andrew Shtulman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Inconceivable
Don’t let the pundits make you feel guilty about breaking bread with your family while refusing to break your commitment to evidence and logic.

Should Kids Be Allowed to Take Mental Health Days?

You wouldn't think twice about letting your child stay home from school for a physical illness like the flu. But should you let him take a mental health day?
Omelchenko/Shutterstock

Relieving Severe Anxiety in Children

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on November 20, 2017 in Brain and Behavior
Behavioral therapy should be combined with medication for childhood anxiety.
Atsurkan/Shutterstock

Will Internet Mechabots Destroy My Toddler’s Mind?

By Anya Kamenetz on November 20, 2017 in The Art of Screen Time
The existence of gross content on YouTube is not proof that children at scale are being traumatized by it.

Our Entomophobic Culture

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
The playfulness of the Itsy Bitsy Spider can’t compete with the image of a frightened Little Miss Muffet. Nursery rhymes and adult stories tell us that insects are terrifying.
'Wikimedia Commons' (cc by 2.0)

Refugee Children Need Our Help

Refugees, including many children, from war-ravaged areas continue to flee. Psychologists can document, call attention to, and address to their trauma.

The Art of Parenting

You have more time to be a good parent today than you will ever have again. Take advantage of your good fortune!

Surviving Mealtimes With a Picky Eater

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in The Baby Scientist
Is your child a picky eater? It turns out that many children are, but here are some useful tips backed by research to help curb the picky eater at your dinner table.

The Essential Narcissism of Parenthood

By Barb Cohen on November 09, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Telling a parent not to be narcissistic is about as useful as telling a child to ignore a candy store’s display window. Parents are wired to see their babies as perfect mirrors.

Starved for Affection: How Childhood Experiences Define Love

By Peg Streep on November 07, 2017 in Tech Support
Our culture tells us to stop whining about childhood and to "move on." But we'll keep repeating the patterns of the past if we can't see them.

Coping with the Long-Term and Late Effects of Cancer

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
There is a need to address quality of life issues, specifically in the area of reproductive health, for young cancer patients.

Stressed Out Parents

Parents, watch your stress. Recent research shows that your anxieties can spill over into your interactions with your children.

A Perilous Journey: The Plight of Unaccompanied Minors

What are the mental health needs of children who become refugees on their own?

On Teenagers, Helplessness, and Anxiety

By Bruce Poulsen Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Reality Play
How does an understanding of normal childhood anxiety help us make sense of anxiety disorders among teenagers?

Music and Chess Do Not Enhance Cognitive Ability

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 28, 2017 in Talking Apes
The notion that certain activities can enhance general cognitive abilities is appealing, but there’s little evidence to support such claims.

The Growth Mindset Works, but Not for Everyone

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
One of the challenges with research in psychology is going from promising lab results to the use of those findings in the world. Here's an example from education.
Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Domain

When Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Is Not Really a “Choice”

When these mostly well-educated women were asked why they were not working though they wished to, by far the most common response was, “I can't get decent childcare."

Has Your Daughter Been Sexually Harassed?

Research shows that sexual harassment is part of everyday life in American middle and high schools. How do we educate and protect young women?