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The Child Mental Health Crisis

Childhood mental health issues are on the rise. It will take a village to identify and treat them. Better understanding them is a start.

Do Collisions Make Young Drivers Safer?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 23, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
I have three kids, and over the years, I have seen each of them get a driver’s license and go out on their own. I worried when they took off in their cars.
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Picture Perfect?

Parents often do not intend to relay the message that comes with unwanted photography: it is more important for me to get the right shot of you than to respect your wishes.

Being Parents of a Perfectionist

Being parents of a perfectionist: For some parents it’s a dream, for others a nightmare. For the kids, it trends toward the latter.

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52 Ways to Show I Love You: Making Miracles

Parents, patients and staff at Blythedale Children's Hospital show what love can manifest as they use trust, caring and commitment to transform lives with assistive technology.

A Quantum Leap for Literacy?

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in In One Lifespan
In recent years, technology has emerged that creates new possibilities for storytelling, creativity and creative education. But how do we design pedagogically valuable ebooks?
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

How to Tell When Your Child Has Started Adolescence

Accustomed to parenting a child, it can be hard for parents admit when childhood is over and parenting an adolescent has begun.

The Making of a Mass School Shooter

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story.

Watch Your Language!

"She gave her baby up for adoption." What's wrong with that?

Does Peaceful Parenting Mean Letting Kids Do What They Want?

It's not that peaceful parents aren't "in charge." In fact, they're more in charge than most parents--of their own reactions, and therefore of the mood in their house.

Celebrate Graduation! Booster Shots Advised!

A "booster shot" of self-affirmation at the start of the academic year can have amazing effects on student accomplishment.

You Can Make a Difference

If your child or another child in your life came out as transgender, would you know how to respond? Here are some strategies for ensuring their health and wellbeing.

Be the One

This is not a drill: As right-wing totalitarian governments try to take over the world, it's up to us to do something. Let's grab our capes.

Helping Kids Understand Frightening Events

How adults can help children cope with the Manchester bombing.
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Can Dogs Help Solve Our Childhood Obesity Problem?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 23, 2017 in Animals and Us
What should we make of claims about the impact of dogs on obesity in children and teenagers?

12 Ways to Get Past No

It is possible to say "No" in a way that honors your own truth, while still staying in positive contact with your child.
Mack Hicks

How We Can Help Fix Our Public Schools—Now

In our efforts to send every child to college, we are harming kids from the lower socio-economic class.

Helicopter, Snowplow, and Bubble-Wrap Parenting

Is there a relationship between parents micromanaging their kids and childhood anxiety?

Child Custody in Polyamorous Families Part 5

This fifth and final blog in the series on children in polyamorous families examines the trends in custody of these children, from the best interests standard to recent changes.

Failure Is Unacceptable

Your son sucks at school, but maybe that is not so bad.

Growing Up in a False Reality

Seeking artificial validation not only results in addictive, destructive behaviors, it also displaces the very experiences that would otherwise offer us authentic validation.

Negotiating with Your Teenager

Your child is not your enemy. You have to be willing to negotiate and prepare your own thoughts and reasons for why you say what you do and to share those reasons with your child.

Acknowledging Children's Emotions

Acknowledging anger does not encourage it.

The Rising Tide of Caesarean Births

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in How We Do It
C-sections have been multiplying out of control worldwide. Evidence for side-effects has mounted in tandem, but in the USA at least it seems that the tide may have turned.

Not Always Happy

By The Book Brigade on May 18, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Perfection is alien to child-rearing. And so choosing to adopt a child with Down syndrome seemed natural. After all, we all have something that makes us vulnerable in the world.

When Discipline Worsens Performance in Competitive Sports

Harsh parenting behaviour burdens the child, hindering performance.
Christian Sterk

Hidden Faces

It seems counterintuitive: sadness in the spring as flowers bloom and temperatures rise.

Remember Anna Freud?

By Marty Babits on May 15, 2017 in The Middle Ground
Remember Anna Freud? A new exhibit brings her brilliance alive.

Children in Polyamorous Families Part 4

This blog offers a sneak peek into the ongoing fourth wave of research on children growing up in polyamorous families by focusing on the experiences of young adults.

Let Your Children Enjoy Your Parents

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on May 14, 2017 in Grand Rounds
"Will I ever stop worrying," I asked my Aunt Mary. "Now that you're dad...not really," she answered. "That's the way it works."

Is It Okay To Dislike Young People?

By Nick Luxmoore on May 13, 2017 in Young People Up Close
We pride ourselves on liking young people. So when we inevitably find ourselves disliking some young people, it disturbs our equilibrium. What's going on? How do we move forward?

Naps Help Preschoolers Learn Language

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 12, 2017 in Open Gently
Small children learn words more easily if they get enough sleep.

Psychological Science says Trump is a Four Year Old

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Insight Therapy
It’s quite impossible to watch president Trump and remain unperturbed. But why?

Social Anxiety in Toddlers

Social confidence varies from one child to another, and across time and situations. Parents can help their kids cope with social anxiety, and enjoy social interactions.