Articles of Interest
The New York Times, July 21, 2020
Children are incorporating COVID-19 into pretend play.
The New York Times, June 15, 2020
Playing with peers has important developmental benefits, and doctors worry that children are missing out on them now.
TIME, May 27, 2020
Unusual numbers of children and teenagers living in COVID-19 hotspots like Lombardy, Italy and New York City have developed an inflammatory condition (officially called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C) that looks a lot like Kawasaki disease.
The New York Times, May 21, 2020
Volume is not the only measure to consider. Duration also contributes to damage to our kids’ ears.
The New York Times, May 18, 2020
Boredom and stress are two big contributors to emotional eating, and children have a lot of both right now.
The New York Times, May 4, 2020
Children are not the focus of the pandemic. But pediatricians are worried for children and families, for now and for the future.
CNN, January 16, 2020
Taking away screens and reading to our children during the formative years of birth to age 5 boosts brain development. We all know that’s true, but now science can convince us with startling images.
The New York Times, January 6, 2020
Experts urge early identification and referral for treatment, even if a formal diagnosis has not been confirmed.
The New York Times, January 6, 2020
Suicide is now their second-leading cause of death.
The New York Times, January 3, 2020
A new program lets students customize their meals, participate in taste tests and brainstorm ways to redesign their school cafeterias.
The New York Times, December 18, 2019
Drinking, cigarette smoking and the use of hard drugs all declined, according to a new federal survey of high school and middle school students.
The New York Times, December 2, 2019
Too often, suicide attempts and deaths by suicide, especially among the young, become family secrets that are not investigated and dealt with in ways that might protect others from a similar fate.
The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2019
CEO of century-old youth organization discusses girlhood in age of Instagram, meddling parents and ‘Thin Mints.’
The Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2019
A new study suggests that a parent’s presence can give young people the confidence they need to take on challenges.
The New York Times, October 22, 2019
The latest research suggests it’s not far-fetched at all — especially when you consider all the societal and cultural factors that make today’s games so attractive.
The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2019
Recent research shows the brain’s rewards regions activate when males crave videogames, girls face more depression when overusing social media.
The Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2019
The risky behavior of teenagers has parallels in otters, gazelles, eagles and other animals, and helps them to survive as adults.
The Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2019
Adolescents are more prone to take risks but also more likely to be altruistic—and the two qualities are related.
The New York Times, August 12, 2019
The approach, stress and rigidity that often accompanies modern lesson plans may cause young children to feel frustrated or disengaged.
The New York Times, July 11, 2019
Narrate what’s happening. Repeat back what your kids say to you. Try to be neutral.
The New York Times, June 24, 2019
Operating before birth can minimize nerve damage caused by severe defects in tissue around the spinal column.
The New York Times, June 16, 2019
More than half of the fathers in a national poll reported being criticized about their parenting decisions.
The New York Times, June 12, 2019
Breast-fed milk may nourish a baby’s microbiome in ways that bottled breast milk can’t.
BBC News, June 12, 2019
Past child development research often ignored fathers. But new studies are finding that non-maternal caregivers play a crucial role in children’s behavior, happiness, even cognitive skills.
The New York Times, April 24, 2019
In a new set of guidelines, the World Health Organization said that infants under 1 year old should not be exposed to electronic screens and that children between the ages of 2 and 4 should not have more than one hour of “sedentary screen time” each day.
The Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2019
Just because it’s hard for your kids to put down the game controllers doesn’t mean they’re addicts. Here’s what happens in their brains the second after the game shuts off.
The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2019
Decades of scare tactics haven’t worked. What’s effective is clear information about risks and alternative ways to relieve stress.
The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 2019
People in their 20s and 30s seek mental-health help more often, and they are changing the nature of treatment.
The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2019
Humor that leads to groans and eye rolls may still help build stronger relationships between parents and children.
NPR, February 25, 2019
Research suggests the more of your childhood that is spent surrounded by green spaces, the lower your risk of developing mental illness in adulthood, whether in the city or the country.
The New York Times, February 7, 2019
Hard work and discipline help girls outperform boys in class, but that advantage disappears in the work force. Is school the problem?
The New York Times, February 2, 2019
Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.
Inside Philanthropy, January 31, 2019
Philanthropies funding education are increasingly talking about social and emotional learning and other approaches that take the “whole child” into account.
The Wall Street Journal, January 30, 2019
Parents fear that adolescents are prone to rebellion and moodiness, but research shows that expecting bad behavior can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The New York Times, January 28, 2019
The body’s microbial community may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in dementia, autism and other disorders.
The Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2019
Parents have fretted over children’s diets at least since the Victorian era, but mealtime fussiness is worse today. Blame snacking, unwholesome foods aimed at the young and contradictory signals from adults.
The Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2019
With a growing shortage of mental-health professionals for children and adolescents, more health-care providers are turning to technology.
The New York Times, January 7, 2019
If the face a teenager presents to the world is marred by prominent lesions of acne, the ordinary stresses of adolescence can be that much more difficult to weather.
The Wall Street Journal, December 24, 2018
We all have our assumptions about what works—here’s what the data really tells us about ways we can improve intelligence.
The New York Times, December 15, 2018
Some people are just genetically tougher. But you can train your brain to better handle stress.
The New York Times, December 4, 2018
Despite a low unemployment rate, many young adults lack job prospects that mesh with their idealized vision of the post-college world.
The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2018
Research from around the world suggests younger children are more likely to get the diagnosis when they’re compared with older peers.
The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2018
New research shows that rejection has a deeper impact than previously thought on children, but parents can steer them toward resilience.
The New York Times, October 15, 2018
A new statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics tries to guide doctors and dispel myths about growing up with gender identity questions.
The Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2018
A difficult conversation has become even more complex. But dads should persist. Here’s how.
The New York Times, October 1, 2018
Anxiety disorders, the most common mental health problems in children and adolescents, often go untreated while children suffer, even though there are effective treatments available, according to a new report on anxiety in children and adolescents from the Child Mind Institute in New York.
The New York Times, September 19, 2018
Stretching beyond familiar limits doesn’t always feel good, but growing and learning — the keys to school and much of life — can’t happen any other way.
NPR, September 17, 2018
A new study confirms that adverse childhood experiences are universal, yet highlights some disparities among socioeconomic groups. People with low-income and educational attainment, people of color and people who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual had significantly higher chance of having experienced adversity in childhood.
The New York Times, September 14, 2018
In a new poll, girls say they feel empowered, except when it comes to being judged on how they look. Boys still feel they have to be strong, athletic and stoic.
The New York Times, September 7, 2018
Relax: The digital age is not wrecking your kid’s brain.
The New York Times, August 20, 2018
The relative importance of nature and nurture has been debated for centuries, and has had strong — and sometimes misguided — influences on public policy.
Smithsonian, July 26, 2018
As sperm traverse the male reproductive system, they jettison and acquire non-genetic cargo that fundamentally alters sperm before ejaculation. These modifications not only communicate the father’s current state of wellbeing, but can also have drastic consequences on the viability of future offspring.
The New York Times, July 24, 2018
A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms.
The New York Times, July 9, 2018
How infants’ brains respond to touch may indicate their understanding of their bodies, researchers say.
The Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2018
They may be small, but they have big emotions: techniques to help children master their feelings.
The New York Times, June 17, 2018
On Monday, “gaming disorder” will appear in a new draft of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, the highly regarded compendium of medical conditions. Concerns about the influence of video games are dovetailing with increasing scrutiny over the harmful aspects of technology, as consumers look for ways to scale back consumption of social media and online entertainment.