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Diagnosing Autism in the Pandemic

The New York Times, March 1, 2021

Autism spectrum disorder is often suspected when young children stand out as being different from their peers. That can be much harder in this isolated time.

How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

The New York Times, February 6, 2021

Even when rates of suicidal ideation increase, there are ways to keep kids safe.

How Society Has Turned Its Back on Mothers

The New York Times, February 4, 2021

Burnout among parents, in particular mothers, has been a defining principle of the global pandemic.

Guiding gender-atypical kids through puberty

CNN, January 19, 2021

The author examines how puberty changes the rules of gender, and how the force of gender norms and stereotypes bear down, even on kids who might have been immune to them before.

Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers

The New York Times, January 16, 2021

“There will be a period of epic withdrawal,” warned one addiction specialist, once schools, activities and social life return to normal.

Should You Worry About Your Kid’s Pandemic Weight Gain?

The New York Times, January 15, 2021

Think of body changes as something to be curious about, not a problem to be solved.

The Psychology Behind Sibling Rivalry

The New York Times, January 13, 2021

You can’t avoid fighting. You can only hope to contain it.

So You Think Your Kid Needs a Covid Test

The New York Times, January 13, 2021

Here’s everything you need to know about when to get it and what to expect.

It’s Not Just Adults Who Are Stressed. Kids Are, Too.

The New York Times, Noember 3, 2020

Identifying your child’s emotional and behavioral reactions to stress is crucial, experts say, especially when anxieties are high.

Sometimes It’s Not Just Shyness

The New York Times, September 28, 2020

Selective mutism is a common anxiety condition whereby kids who are normally chatty at home clam up around outsiders or at school.

Mind Games: The Conservation Test

The New York Times, September 21, 2020

The brain test you want your kid to fail.

Why Boys Might Be Weathering the Pandemic Better Than Girls

The Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2020

Videogame-playing has soared during the Covid-19 pandemic, fueled largely by boys who socialize while they play—but how much is too much?

How to Handle Separation Anxiety Meltdowns in Kids

The New York Times, August 20, 2020

The pandemic has made some children even more worried about leaving the sides of parents and caregivers.

When Things Aren’t OK With a Child’s Mental Health

The New York Times, August 10, 2020

Everyone is stressed and anxious now. We have to find and help the children who are hurting most.

Coronavirus Turmoil Raises Depression Risks in Young Adults

The Wall Street Journal, August 10, 2020

Social isolation and vanished opportunities caused by COVID-19 bring a mental-health toll for those on the cusp of careers and adulthood.

When Playtime and the Coronavirus Collide

The New York Times, July 21, 2020

Children are incorporating COVID-19 into pretend play.

The Toll That Isolation Takes on Kids During the Coronavirus Era

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.

The Hunt to Understand COVID-19’s Connection to Kawasaki Disease

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.

How to Protect Kids’ Ears From Constant Headphone Use

The New York Times, May 21, 2020

Volume is not the only measure to consider. Duration also contributes to damage to our kids’ ears.

Emotional Eating in Quarantined Kids

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.

What’s Scaring the Pediatricians

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.

This is your child’s brain on books: Scans show benefit of reading vs. screen time

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.

Early Treatment for Autism Is Critical, New Report Says

The New York Times, January 6, 2020

Experts urge early identification and referral for treatment, even if a formal diagnosis has not been confirmed.

Why Are Young Americans Killing Themselves?

The New York Times, January 6, 2020

Suicide is now their second-leading cause of death.

What if Children Ran the School Lunchroom?

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.

Teen Marijuana Vaping Soars, Displacing Other Habits

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 Crisis in Youth Suicide

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.

Meet the Rocket Scientist Propelling Girl Scouts Into Digital Age

The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2019

CEO of century-old youth organization discusses girlhood in age of Instagram, meddling parents and ‘Thin Mints.’

Parents Need to Help Their Children Take Risks

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.

Can You Really Be Addicted to Video Games?

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.

Girls vs. Boys: Brain Differences Might Explain Tech Behaviors

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.

Adolescents Go Wild—And Not Just Humans

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.

Teenage Rebels with a Cause

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.

Early Education Is More Demanding Than Ever, and Experts Have Concerns

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.

For Sibling Battles, Be a Sportscaster, Not a Referee

The New York Times, July 11, 2019

Narrate what’s happening. Repeat back what your kids say to you. Try to be neutral.

A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet

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 Damage of Dad-Shaming

The New York Times, June 16, 2019

More than half of the fathers in a national poll reported being criticized about their parenting decisions.

Breast Milk Is Teeming With Bacteria — That’s Good for the Baby

The New York Times, June 12, 2019

Breast-fed milk may nourish a baby’s microbiome in ways that bottled breast milk can’t.

The Secret of Being a Good Father

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.

W.H.O. Says Limited or No Screen Time for Children Under 5

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.

Why Videogames Trigger the Nightly Meltdown—and How to Help Your Child Cope

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.

Teens Need the Truth About Drugs

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.

Millennials Are the Therapy Generation

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.

What Can Science Tell Us About Dad Jokes?

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.

Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

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.

Why Girls Beat Boys at School and Lose to Them at the Office

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?

Let Children Get Bored Again

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 the Growing Push for Social and Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

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.

Don’t Think the Worst About Your Teenager

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.

Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying.

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 Making of the Picky Eater

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 Psychiatrist Can See Your Child Now, Virtually

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.

Managing Teenage Acne

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.