Essential Reads

Do You Overeat? You Might Want to Blame Childhood Stress

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on December 08, 2016 in Critical Decisions
Eating only when you are hungry: That’s a real luxury.

If We Don't Ask, We'll Never Know

By Mitch Prinstein Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in The Modern Teen
After a few minutes with a mental health professional, this is what parents are shocked to learn about their kids

The Effects of Digital Technology on Learning

Does technology interfere with classroom learning?

Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere—malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

More Posts on Child Development

Home for the Holidays

Teens and the holiday season...Understanding perspective can help you have a peaceful holiday season.
Michal Jarmoluk

New Kid in Town

By Stephen Gray Wallace on December 07, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
Changing schools can raise a lot of questions for young people, both social-emotional and logistical. But there are ways to make the transition less stressful.

Excellence Gaps In Education: A Major, But Solvable, Problem

Are talented but disadvantaged students performing lower than their full potential? And if so, what can we do to help them?

How Important Is It to Build a Positive Disability Identity?

How can we encourage a positive disability identity? Here are some suggestions.

Kids and Technology, When and How

In the last decade or so, the media has itself become obsessed with the condemnation of technology and social media.

8 Movies to Watch With Your Teen

Movies are not just entertainment. When characters connect at deep psychological levels, movies can quite literally shape young people’s lives!
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What Parents Have Trouble Admitting About College Admissions

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in Emptying The Nest
Are you becoming overly preoccupied with your high school senior's college plans? Paying close attention to the underlying issues may help you and your child survive and thrive.

Strangers and Danger

Your child's curiosity can bring him to walk away with a stranger.

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
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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.