Child Development Essential Reads

Amish Asthma Rates Offer Clues to Preventing Mental Illness

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New evidence that healthy bodies promote healthy minds

How Parents Raise Children to Fit In

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is a lot of skepticism about whether parents truly affect their children. Comparing kids in different societies finds links between parenting and outcomes.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Worrisome Transition to High School

Worry can increase anxiety, but it can also spare a lot of harm.

Understanding Your Child’s Spiritual Life

By Kate Adams Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Child's Play
How well do you understand your child's inner life?

How Early Can We Identify a Psychopath in the Making?

New research suggests just how early in life the psychopath’s traits can be spotted.

Parenting Matters, Especially for “Difficult” Kids

By David Rettew M.D. on November 25, 2016 in ABCs of Child Psychiatry
No pressure, but a new study indicates that parenting behaviors matter most for temperamentally challenging kids.

The Truth About Lying

By Stuart Shanker DPhil on November 22, 2016 in Self-Reg
Lying is the quintessential example of misbehaviour, but confabulating is a stress behaviour.

Kids Can Thrive with Gay Parents

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Adopting Reason
New evidence reaffirms that children have equal chance to thrive in families with gay and straight parents.
K. Ramsland

Power Assertive Murder

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers are motivated by anger and the need to harm those they think have wronged them. Todd Kohlhepp appears to be in this category.

Failure to Launch Now Threatens the U.S. Economy

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Benign Neglect
The failure to launch syndrome begins in infancy.

Early-Life Environment Influences Brain Growth and Behavior

Two recent studies demonstrate that environment influences brain growth and emotional behavior in children and adolescents.

7 Ways to Accommodate Dyslexics in Regular Classrooms

Every regular classroom can make better accommodations for dyslexics and or children who may be at risk.

The Secret to Youth Moral Development

Ever wonder how teens develop moral lives? How they learn to think critically and believe in their abilities to change the world? Adults provide the scaffolding!

Adolescence: A Continuum of Growth

Is your teen stressing you out? Understanding what they are going through can help.

The Long Legacy of Childhood Verbal Abuse

By Peg Streep on November 14, 2016 in Tech Support
Research confirms that childhood psychological abuse does lasting, significant damage.

How Hamilton, Ross, and Resilient Children are Alike

Turmoil in politics can be stressful. We look at examples of how people have moved ahead despite major challenges.
By Rambler0 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Do Tomboys Grow Up To Be Lesbian?

It is more the addition of masculinity rather than a deletion of femininity that distinguishes tomboy from non-tomboy girls.

Unexpected News Media: Child-Based Election Discussions

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on November 09, 2016 in Screen Time
Aren't sure how to talk about the elections results with young children? New media processing themes may help.

Are There Gender Differences in Telling Family Stories?

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Everyone in the family shares in the telling, but mothers provide the glue that pieces what everyone else remembers into a coherent story that creates a shared history.

Exercise During Pregnancy May Benefit Kids' Long-Term Health

By Christopher Bergland on November 07, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Staying physically active during pregnancy may benefit the long-term health of a mother's offspring, according to new research on mice.

Helping Kids Help Themselves During Cold and Flu Season

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in The Baby Scientist
Kids are notorious for spreading germs. New research suggests that even preschoolers can learn behaviors to keep themselves healthy, if they're told why those behaviors are useful.

10 Ways to Spot Someone With Little Prince Syndrome

Little Princes and Princesses are grown men or women who act like they are selfish children, narcissistic teenagers, or irresponsible young adults.

Feelings Of Abandonment Versus An "I-Thou" Relationship

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on November 01, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Is this the most important discovery in psychology? In an “I-Thou” relationship, the vagus nerve slows the heart rate and calms, by activating the parasympathetic nervous system.

Should We Wait for Our Kids to Graduate Before We Divorce?

By Wendy Paris on November 01, 2016 in Splitopia
Many parents worry that they're divorcing at the worst possible age for their children, but other factors that are largely under our control matter more to a child's well-being.

Superficial and Sexual Stereotypes

By Shimi Kang M.D. on November 01, 2016 in The Dolphin Way
How can we close the gap on gender? Media-literacy, now more than ever, is the key.
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AAP Media Guidelines Miss the Point

The American Academy of Pediatrics has new media use guidelines—but they still treat tech like it’s something avoid. The real goal is what we need to do to raise healthy kids.

The Culture of Childhood: We’ve Almost Destroyed It

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
Here are the lessons that children learn best in interactions with other children, away from adults. If we want our children to become adults, we must preserve childhood culture.

Trust for Children of Divorce

Trust is part of developmental learning. Divorce jeopardizes children's trust and brings child confidence in others to a screeching halt. Here's how to recalibrate this?

Children's Dreams and Nightmares

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Recurring nightmares in early childhood need to be treated as they may portend later behavioral problems

The Price of a High

Children are especially vulnerable when a parent is addicted. The current opioid epidemic makes it imperative that we hear children's voices and understand their felt experience.