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?

More Posts on Child Development

This Is What Happens When Kids Get Enough Exercise

The evidence is crystal clear: Physical activity is great for kids.

New Fun Ways to Share Art with Kids

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Creating in Flow
Most kids love to fool around with diverse art materials. Go a step further by helping them appreciate great art while encouraging their own creativity. It's surprisingly easy.

Sedentary Lifestyle May Undermine Boys’ Academic Performance

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
The combination of excessive sedentary time and limited physical activity is linked to lower odds of young boys' success in elementary school.

Overprotective Parenting and Symbolic Rejection

The problem with helicoptering is that, like being physically absent as a parent, being hyper-present can harm children.

Vanishing Grandmothers and the Decline of Empathy

Find out why empathy is declining, why grandmothers matter, and why disappearing cultures can show us a unique recipe to nurture compassionate children and happy people.

Circle of Support: A Message for Teens About Friendship

We all need friends to help us get through life’s good and bad times.

The Power of Curiosity

Might one consider eliciting the child's interests, rather than imposing interests upon the child?
K. Ramsland

Boys Dressed as Girls Who Became Serial Killers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Shadow Boxing
Some serial killers recall being dressed as girls when young, despite being male. It might have had a negative impact.

To Punish or to Teach?

How we handle mistakes can make a difference.

Power Imbalance During Divorce

Divorce may lead parents to forfeit their leadership roles and empower children inappropriately for their age, resulting in damaging consequences.

Further Thoughts About Abuse Causing Criminality

A further look at the conventional wisdom
Pixabay

Happy Holiday Parenting

By Yamalis Diaz Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Parenting Challenges 101
Nothing dampens holiday joy like tantrums, arguments, and a bad case of “I want." Use these strategies to manage challenging child behavior over the holidays.

Why Gratitude Matters

By Maureen D Healy on November 23, 2016 in Creative Development
Do you want to feel more grateful?

The Psychology of Animal Torture

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in In Excess
Why would anyone want to deliberately inflict pain on a defenseless animal?

10 Ways to Meet New People – A Message for Teens

When it comes to communication, few of us have a natural knack, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to be effective in expressing ourselves with others.

For Christmas, I Gave My Child An Empty Box

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on November 21, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
This Black Friday, avoid the mall. Instead, give your child gifts this Christmas that build real creativity and are good for them, physically and intellectually.

Universal Children’s Day Compels Us to Look Into a Mirror

By Rita Watson MPH on November 20, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
If we look at reports from the American Psychological Association and the Children’s Defense Fund, it appears we are failing our children.

Family Stories as a Way to Give Thanks

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Family stories bring families together, and really, isn’t that what we all hope to be thankful for?

The “Do You Know?” 20 Questions About Family Stories

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on November 19, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
The "Do You Know..?" questions are one way to tell family stories and begin a tradition of sharing more.

To Stop Bullying in Children, Show Them How to Get Along

How do we help our children and youth stop bullying? Act as you want them to act.

How Does Brain Symmetry Influence the Workings of Your Mind?

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Is symmetry between the 'left brain-right brain' a good thing? It depends. New research suggests that a blend of symmetry and asymmetry between various brain regions may be ideal.

Day Care Is Much More Than Babysitting

By Jann Gumbiner Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in The Teenage Mind
Quality day care fosters cognitive, physical, and social development. Day care is more than babysitting, much more.

Big Mistake: Small Kids Left to Their Own Devices

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on November 16, 2016 in The Fallible Mind
Screens blot out the lived-in world of people and things, increasingly leading to narcissism, reduced empathy, and low self-esteem.
Dina Rose/itsnotaboutnutrition.com

21 Things to Say to Kids Instead of "Just Try It"

Asking children to "take one bite" easily creates the habit of rejection. They'll take a bite, but they aren't really open to the experience. A new strategy can open kids up.

Post-Election Blues

Anxiety and depression among teens are on the rise after the election. How to help them cope.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

When Becoming Step Parent to an Adolescent

The attached, young child is more likely to accept and bond with a step parent, than the adolescent who is detaching and differentiating for more independence and individuality.

Sleep Train a Baby?—Don’t!

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
There’s no question about it--babies need to be physically with caregivers. Here are a series of questions I received recently about babies and sleep training from a set of parents

Why school climate matters with a President Trump

Incidents of biased harassment are on the rise. What this mean for parents and educators and what you can do.

Election Aftermath: A Teaching Moment for Our Children

The future is truly in the hands of our children; our response to them should be one of hope and encouragement. We must empower them to have a voice.
Mack Hicks/ Tampa

Let Them Eat Cake, Part 2: Just Change Social Class?

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Digital Pandemic
If kids from the lower social class want career education and (heavens!) vocational school, let them have it. Maybe they would like a job, too.