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Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D.
Has parenting made you more forgetful? Emotional? Ever blame it on "mom brain"? Here's the science behind how our brains might change after becoming a parent.
As a parent, it can certainly feel like there are major differences in how you parent one child versus more. Here's what science says about the effects of birth order on children.
The average adult spends nearly 5 hours on a cell phone each day, distracting them from paying attention to their children. Here is some new research on how this affects kids.
Parenting is hard work and can be stressful on a relationship. Recent research suggests that what you might need to feel happier and relieve some of that stress is more free time.
With recent gun violence in the U.S., one of the questions that always comes up is whether violent media promotes violent or aggressive behavior, especially in children.
Overwhelmed by holiday shopping? Science can help provide some helpful recommendations about toys that might promote exploration and learning in your children.
Is your child a picky eater? It turns out that many children are, but here are some useful tips backed by research to help curb the picky eater at your dinner table.
On Halloween, there is no doubt that children everywhere will have their minds on ghosts, goblins, and witches. But when do they learn that these characters aren't real?
Doctors are starting to tout the importance of skin-to-skin contact for newborns. Here's what science says about why touch is so important for babies, and for you.
Do you have a teenager at home? Here's what's special about the teenage years and what makes them so difficult...for both parents and teenagers.
Every interaction with the world can offer children an opportunity to learn. Here's how play, and more specifically, guided play with a parent can encourage learning.
For Father's Day, we describe the science of what makes fathers unique from mothers, and the special role they play in child development.
Doctors tout the benefits of breastfeeding, often using the phrase "Breast is Best." According to research, nursing has benefits, but it can also come at a cost for some moms.
How do we teach our kids to be honest, even if it means admitting to breaking the rules? Research on children's lying behavior might be able to provide us with some helpful hints.
Having a toddler can be quite "terrible" at times. Here's what science says about why toddlers can be such a handful.
Whether it's harmful to sleep train your baby has become a controversial issue for parents. Here's some research suggesting that sleep training might be nothing to lose sleep over.
Because doctors are urging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, many of them are developing flat heads. Here's what research says about what to do.
Some scientists and parents believe it can be harmful to lie to children, but research suggests a child's belief in Santa Claus might be OK after all.
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.
On Friday, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their policy on screen time for children under the age of 2 on Friday. Here's what the new policy means for your kids.
Recent research suggests that contact with some forms of bacteria might promote the development of a healthy immune system.
Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at Rutgers University.