Essential Reads

Dogs Avoid People Who Are Not Cooperative with Their Owners

Dogs don't like people who are unhelpful or uncooperative to their loved ones

Humor, Screens & Children

Understanding a child's humor as stages is applicable to their programming.

Do You Have Trouble With Intimacy? If So, You're Not Alone

Measuring your or your partner's tolerance for closeness

9 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Chances For Success

A conversation with the toddler whisperer, Tovah Klein

Recent Posts on Child Development

Tips for Parents to Increase Physical Activity in Children

According to research, physical activity plays an important role on academic achievement in children and adolescents. As a parent, your child is dependent on you to guide their healthy habits to cope with life. Here are a few tips to help increase physical activity in youth.

Engendering Psychology and Psychotherapy

What happens in psychotherapy when gender is given proper attention? So-called aberrant disorders are replaced with STDs-socially transmitted disorders.

Child Proofing versus Tool Using

By David F Lancy Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Benign Neglect
We may be “protecting” children from valuable experiences.

Why Are Today’s College Students So Emotionally Fragile?

Brain research reveals why controlling parents stunt their children's growth.

Top 10 Best Parenting Sayings

By Maureen D Healy on August 26, 2015 in Creative Development
Are you empowering your kids?

More Thoughts on the Wound with No Name—First Aid

There are rarely any quick fixes when the wounds are deep, especially from early childhood and/or in combination with being highly sensitive. But what might help, right now?

Mathematical Woes

For many youth math can be a fearful and an intimidating subject. Unfortunately, the struggle with math can occur at an early age, and unless it's appropriately addressed the fear can travel well into adulthood.

Dogs Avoid People Who Are Not Cooperative with Their Owners

New data shows that dogs, like young human children, continually watch the social interactions going on around them and use information from what they observe to decide who to avoid in the future.

Making New Friends at School

By Kyle D. Pruett M.D. on August 25, 2015 in Once Upon a Child
One friend can’t be expected to match a child’s friendship needs at all levels, so they may have one friend that is mostly companionship, another for intimacy and another for silly games. So that’s the nature side of making new friends; what of the nurture side?

Why America Can’t Read

Advanced research in cognitive science including brain scan science is demonstrating that explicit spelling instruction may be the missing link to reading success in America where sixty-five percent of fourth graders read below proficiency levels.

Online Activities of Youth who Engage in Self-Harm Behaviors

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Connected
In our new infographic, we explore what young people who engage in self-harm behavior do online. Compared to youth who do not engage in self-harm, youth with self-harm behaviors use the Internet in different ways.

Princess Culture: What Is It All About?

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Evolving Minds
Despite all efforts to empower little girls with more gender neutral or less commercial preoccupations, many little girls insist on buying and wearing clothing and accessories that are very pink, princess oriented and very much a part of consumer culture. What is this all about?

When Should Your Young Athlete Specialize?

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in The Power of Prime
This question torments every parent who wants to support their children’s efforts as they pursue their own personal greatness in a sport. If you want your kids to stay healthy, stay motivated, and perform better, the experts and the research say that multisport participation is the way to go. But the messages from our culture tell parents something very different.

8 Simple Truths About Raising Happy, Successful Kids

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on August 24, 2015 in All Grown Up
Parenting doesn't have to be “mysterious” or “complicated." As I’ve found through my work as a psychologist, coach, and family law attorney, supporting families over the past 28 years — raising awesome kids comes down to some “simple truths.” Live these “simple truths” as consistently as you can, and you — and your kids — are likely to be on the right track.

One Reason Being a Perfectionist Isn’t All Bad

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? New research identifies how various forms of perfectionism can have a bright side and a dark side.

Thank You For Not Sharing

By Nick Luxmoore on August 22, 2015 in Young People Up Close
Young people have to learn that there are degrees of privacy, that not sharing is normal.

4 Things Pixar's Inside Out Can Teach Parents About Emotions

By Tamar Chansky Ph.D on August 21, 2015 in Worry Wise
Every time we see tears in our children's eyes our inner control panel goes through the same process —we want to body dive sadness and get it off our kids — fast. I would say that this lesson to not fear our children's sadness is the one that we have to relearn just about every time we see tears. I don't want my kids to be sad.

Should You Divorce Your Mother?

By Peg Streep on August 20, 2015 in Tech Support
Some personal choices make us profoundly uncomfortable, and chief among them is the decision to end contact with a parent. Should we be tolerant and understanding instead? Taking an informed look....

Breaking Research on the Risks of E-Cigarettes

By Rubin Khoddam on August 20, 2015 in The Addiction Connection
With the rising popularity of e-cigarettes and recent proposals to adjust regulation of e-cigatrettes, it's important to understand the risks associated with e-cigarette use, particularly in adolescence. A recent article published in the Journal of American Medical Association is the first study to examine how e-cigarette users may be at greater risk for smoking.

Can Musical Training Help Overcome Dyslexia?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 19, 2015 in Talking Apes
Underlying dyslexia is an auditory processing disorder. Intense music training can remedy the disorder, but by then the “dyslexia” label may have already stuck.

Food, Water, Shelter

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on August 18, 2015 in Minority Report
Food, water, and shelter are considered the essentials for survival in the wilderness. But some Asians believe this same mentality can work in raising children (i.e. give their children food, provisions like clothes and a college fund) will suffice. To even consider the child's emotional world is viewed as an anathema to their Asian culture and tradition of stoicism...

Humor, Screens & Children

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Screen Time
A sense of humor can lend itself as a protective factor for troubled or uncertain situations one may have through life’s journey. Included in this piece are some ways to think about humor development as applied to current children’s television programming from birth to elementary school years.

"Why is Mommy so Sad?"

By Martha Manning on August 18, 2015 in Living With Depression
Within a family, depression is a gift that keeps on giving. Living with a depressed parent alters a child's current experience. Disturbingly, it puts the child at risk for developing anxiety and depression disorders later on, in adolescence and young adulthood. For these reasons, it is extremely important to attend to their adjustment during this stressful time.

How New Research in Psychology is Changing American Homework

By Rebecca Jackson on August 18, 2015 in School of Thought
New research is inspiring parents to take a look at the conventional wisdom behind giving children unlimited amounts of time to complete homework assignments. In an interview with Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, she discusses her research and advice for both parents and educators about increasing homework loads in primary school.

Do You Have Trouble With Intimacy? If So, You're Not Alone

By Peg Streep on August 18, 2015 in Tech Support
What constitutes emotional closeness? Well, it all depends on your needs, desire, and capacity. Looking at matches and mismatches in friendship and love and why intimacy can be so darn elusive.

Hot Bread and Butter - the game

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 18, 2015 in On Having Fun
Sometimes kids games are pure theater. Here's one that captures the drama of becoming adult.

Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Murder?

Psychologist Tobias Greitemeyer from the University of Innsbruck, Austria, one of the world's leading authorities on the link between violent video games and real world aggression, has just published results from a new study entitled, 'Intense acts of violence during video game play make daily life aggression appear innocuous: a new mechanism'.

Americans are Drinking Less Soda. So What?

Every time we beat the nutrition drum, the more we turn people off. It's time for a different kind of public health messaging based on habits.

Co-Parent Solutions: A GAL Evaluation

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on August 17, 2015 in Co-Parent Problems
There are myriad solutions to co-parent problems. The following option - a GAL evaluation - is the most efficient solution to significant concerns about co-parent misbehavior.

Believing Is Seeing

You probably think that you can see with your own two eyes what is right in front of you. Wrong! Your brain has learned to invent most of it and to fill in the blind and blank spots