Essential Reads

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?
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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.
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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.

More Posts on Child Development

What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied

Encourage your school to develop anti-bullying programs.

How to Help Teens Cope with Cyberbullying

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on November 21, 2017 in Worry-Free Kids
Worried about teens and cyberbullying? You're not alone.
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Thanksgiving: Why Happy is More Important than Healthy

You've been inundated with advice on how to make Thanksgiving healthy. Do what you want but don't try to make your kids eat differently than they desire. Here's why.
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No Place For Any Feelings

By Elizabeth Young on November 21, 2017 in Adaptations
"I can see you're a good girl, and that you'll work hard," she says, and her affirmation makes me sure that I am and I will, without question.

When Bilinguals Borrow from One Language to Another

By Francois Grosjean Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Life as a Bilingual
Many bilinguals borrow words from different languages. Dr. Shana Poplack, an expert on this phenomenon and the author of "Borrowing," tells us how this takes place.

Who Is Distracted by a Girl Wearing Skintight Leggings?

By Leonard Sax M.D., Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Sax on Sex
Who is distracted by a teenage girl wearing skintight leggings? Maybe the girl is.
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How a Parent's Darkness Can Light the Child's Way

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Emptying The Nest
Are you having difficulty understanding your young adult's struggles? Some thoughtful reflection may result in better understanding, both of your child and yourself.

Beyond Reality: Pretend Play Matters

By Brittany N Thompson on November 18, 2017 in Socioemotional Success
What is pretend play? How does pretend contribute to social skill development? What does all of this mean for everyday contexts and interactions for young children?

Walking in Natural Environments Nourishes Parent-Child Bonds

By Christopher Bergland on November 18, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending time together in nature increases family cohesion, according to a new study.

Six Elements Of Self-Care In Adults With Childhood Trauma

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on November 18, 2017 in ExperiMentations
From childhood to our relationship with ourselves, carrying a negative or empty sense of self makes it learning self-love seem like an impossible bootstrap. Yet it can happen...

College Students and Thanksgiving Break

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Social Lights
Tips for enjoying the holidays with your adult children.

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child?

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Towards Recovery
Spanking a child is about the parent not the child. The child will learn more from positive correction than physical manipulation.

Parental Alienation: What Is the Solution?

The only effective means to combat and eliminate parental alienation is to address it by means of a multi-faceted approach that involves fundamental changes to the divorce system.

Did You Hear? A Story About Gossip

By The Book Brigade on November 16, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Children are using social media and texts to spread malicious gossip online. It causes the targets tremendous anxiety and depression.

Wild, Fun-loving, and Free

Childhood anxiety is largely learned, not innate. If we can teach our children to be anxious, it means we can teach them not to be anxious.

Magical Thinking and Unloved Daughters: Childhood and Beyond

By Peg Streep on November 13, 2017 in Tech Support
What helps you escape from an unhappy childhood—the power of your imagination–may get in the way of your recovery in adulthood.

Transitioning to Middle School

By Janet Hicks Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Raising Parents
Why is my sixth grade child behaving differently toward me?

Parenting Strategies Are Largely Ineffective

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 13, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
5 Ideas: Will parents use them? 1. Childhood is not all preamble.
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Adolescence and Conflicts between Constancy and Change

The art of parenting an adolescent is knowing the difference between what needs to change and what needs to stay the same.

Education’s Future: What Will Replace K-12 and College?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
Our expensive, time-wasting, anxiety-producing system of education is an immense failure. In a rational world, what would replace it? Here is my answer to that question.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

You Just Got Dumped – Nice Timing, Right?

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Attention Training
These 5 energy changers can help heal your broken heart.

Your Primal Wound: What Happened in Childhood?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Psychosynthesis considers a human life to move toward self-realization but many get detoured by their primal woundedness. How does that happen?

A 12-Year-Old Is Watching Porn

By Nick Luxmoore on November 11, 2017 in Young People Up Close
If, realistically, we have little control over children watching porn, how do we help them understand what they're watching so that they're not damaged when it comes to real life?

Talking to Children About Their Birthparents

Can you tell me about them?.........How to handle difficult questions and address sensitive issues.
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Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful

Is Psychology Responsible for the Unabomber?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in The Human Beast
According to the documentary “Manhunt," unethical research by Henry Murray motivated terrorism.

Empowering Your Anxious Tween

Anxiety is a beast that can be contained, if not completely slain.

What to Do About Cyberbullying

The body of evidence on teens and social media finds that cyber-bullying is a serious problem. As a society, what can we do?

Five Ways to Ensure Long-Term Retention of Spelling Words

Building word permanency in the brain is a gift to a child for a lifetime of reading and writing.