development

Making Play a Habit

Pediatricians stress the importance of spontaneous play for children. Behavioral scientists understand the power of routine and predictability for busy parents. Where’s the middle ground?

The Praise Paradox

Does praise actually raise children’s self-esteem and motivation? Research shows that it depends on how we phrase our praise.

Poverty and the Developing Brain

People love “Rags to Riches” stories—those sanguine tales in which someone who grew up in poverty manages to become extremely wealthy and professionally successful.