Understanding Child Development

The speedy physical and psychological changes that children undergo from birth through adolescence often leave parents wondering how best to care for them at each stage. PT's experts weigh in on such topics as birth order, gender and the effects of parental behavior on child development.

Recent posts on Child Development

Easy Ways to Teach Kids About Emotions in Daily Life

Observing what your child and other people are feeling, and commenting on it in a nonjudgmental way, teaches children to identify emotions in themselves and others.

Why Your Child’s Lies May Be a Sign of Intelligence

By Tracy P Alloway Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Keep It in Mind
Why your child’s lies may be a sign of intelligence - how working memory can boost lying in children

The Psychology of Child Torture

What is the common nature of these horrific acts—and the people behind them?

The Promotion of Resilience and the Demise of Anti-Bullyism

By Izzy Kalman on January 18, 2018 in Resilience to Bullying
Let Grow is a new organization comprised of leading intellectuals that will promote resilience and self-reliance, while turning the tide against anti-bullyism.

Are You Freaking Out About the Pre-K Lottery?

Finding a preschool spot is stressful. Here are some considerations to keep in mind and keep you sane.

Big Little Lies

By Stephen Gray Wallace on January 17, 2018 in Decisions Teens Make
Despite uniformity among children, teens, and adults about the importance of honesty, it often seems in short supply.

The Most Important Sex Education Lesson of All: Consent

By Adam Price Ph.D. on January 17, 2018 in The Unmotivated Teen
How to teach boys when no means no and when yes means no.

Teens and Dangerous Levels of Cell Phone Use

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Nurturing Resilience
If we’re going to prevent children putting themselves at risk for mental disorders, parents and communities are going to have to impose some rules and take a lesson from Iceland.

5 Key Skills of a School-Based Bullying Prevention Program

To change the culture of bullying in our schools, we must move beyond the rote punishments and move toward skill-building.

MLK and Michael Phelps: What's the Recipe for Success?

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 16, 2018 in Shape Parenting
No matter the field—academics, athletics, the arts or activism—some children in varied pursuits grow up to be adults who excel. Here's how parents help to make that happen.

Why We Need to Address Mean Girl Behavior Early and Often

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on January 16, 2018 in Worry-Free Kids
Do mean girls leaving a lasting impact?
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Meet Your Family's Future at a Family Meeting

By Brad E Sachs Ph.D. on January 16, 2018 in Emptying The Nest
Even when children approach adulthood, reflecting on your family's past and present lays the the groundwork for a richer and more satisfying family future—for both generations

Does Your Child Lie?

Understanding why kids fib gives parents better tools for guidance.
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"I Hate My Mother"

An Authoritarian Wound Questionnaire respondent explains her relationship with her authoritarian mother.

Healing From a Toxic Childhood? The Two Words You Need Most

By Peg Streep on January 16, 2018 in Tech Support
The culture thinks that persisting is hard and requires grit while quitting is easy. The truth may surprise you, especially when it comes to toxic relationships.

The Seeds of Perfection

The similarities between seedless watermelon and our quest for perfection online.

Life as a Bilingual II

The blog "Life as a bilingual" is more than seven years old and has been consulted by a large number of visitors. We look back on this wonderful adventure.

Mothers, Eating Disorders, and Histories of Trauma

Advice and reflections for mothers with a history of trauma and an eating disorder. What is an attempt to be corrected or avoided gets repeated.
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In Sports, Giving Up Means Giving Up on Yourself

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 14, 2018 in The Power of Prime
The pet peeve that gets me the most is when, in practice or competition, athletes give up at the smallest mistake or failure. When they do, they automatically lose.

Calling Trump Childish Shows How We Disrespect Children

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on January 14, 2018 in Freedom to Learn
We've taken long strides toward moving beyond the negative stereotyping of many groups. Let's now stop stereotyping children negatively, too.

For Richer or Poorer: Kids Version

What is the status of the American dream in the minds of children? Do they have a sense of their place on the economic ladder? Do they see the rungs as easy or hard to climb?

The Vital Role Mentors Play in a Student’s Growth

By Tim Elmore on January 11, 2018 in Artificial Maturity
Life change does not occur without life exchange.

The Type of Praise You Give Matters

By Art Markman Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Ulterior Motives
There are many different kinds of praise that you can give a child. Not all of them have the same impact. Some may even be negative.
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The Coolest Monkey in the Jungle: Children, Pain, and Shame

By Paula L. White M.A. on January 10, 2018 in Shape Parenting
Worried about the impact of negative stereotypes on your child? These three concrete strategies can help.

Can Dogs Suffer From ADHD?

Dogs and human children share a number of mental characteristics and predispositions including the possibility of ADHD.

A Review of HBO's "Big Little Lies"

The HBO hit, "Big Little Lies," shows us all that domestic violence between parents affects our children, even if your child is never personally abused.

How and Why to Diagnose Psychopathic Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Evil Deeds
When are mental disorders defined and diagnosed by the suffering inflicted on others?

Violent Media and Aggressive Behavior in Children

By Vanessa LoBue, Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in The Baby Scientist
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.
Carl Pickhardt Ph. D.

Adolescence and Freedom of Choice

Ending adolescence and now assuming independent self-management responsibility, the young person painfully discovers the costs that come with freedom of choice.

Pediatricians Have the Power to Improve Moms' Mental Health

New research shows that pediatricians have the potential to vastly improve the mental health of women and families.