Santa Lies and Other Reindeer Games

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Families and Peers, General Psychology, Human Development, Interpersonal Attraction Close Relationships, Moral Development, Social Psychology.

Description: Okay, at the risk of once more convincing people that academics have particular talents for taking all the mystery and fun out of life, let me ask you to consider the important question of whether parents should continue to lie to their young children about the reality of good old Santa Claus. Even if… Read more »

Does Bad Hiding = Ego-centrism in Preschoolers?

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Cognitive Development: Piagetian and Vygotskian Approaches, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Human Development, The Self.

Description: Have you ever watched young preschool children play hiding games? When my children were younger and we were out for a walk through the neighbourhood we would occasionally take turns running a little bit ahead, “hiding” behind a tree and then “surprising” the other person as they caught up to the tree. What was… Read more »

Is “Everything Will Be OK” Good Advice for Anxious Children?

Posted by & filed under Anxiety OC PTSD, Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Early Social and Emotional development, Families and Peers, Health Psychology, Human Development, Intervention: Children Adolescents, Intervention: Children and Adolescents.

Description: Imagine that a small child that you know is telling you that they feel anxious about some situation or upcoming event. Think about what you might say to them. If one of the things that you might say to them involve some version of telling them not to worry because everything will be okay… Read more »

Apologies Restore Social Relations but not Feelings in Children

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Human Development, Social Cognition, Social Perception, Social Psychology.

Description: You accidentally bump into a stranger as you walk down the street and what do you do? You apologize, in fact you both might apologize. Social psychology researchers tell us adults do this not so much to repair feelings as to ensure ongoing general positive social harmony. What would your prediction be about how… Read more »

Now Another thing You Can Blame on your Mother

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Description: Read these articles describing and discussing the findings of a recent study on the epigenesist of childhood obesity and linking it to maternal and grand-maternal activity patterns (or the lack thereof) during their adolescences. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 30, 2014 Links:     Lead article – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/studying-obesity-through-maternal-health-before-and-during-pregnancy/article21834086/ Comment on Article- http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/flipping-a-non-motherly-gesture-at-sexist-science/article21833778/ Earlier… Read more »

Frances Kelsey: Canadian Who Blocked Thalidomide from Approval for Use in the United States

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Disorders of Childhood, Disorders of Childhood, Physical Development: Birth, Motor Skills, and Growth, Physiology, Prenatal Development, Uncategorized.

Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 24, 2014 Links: Video: http://bcove.me/q1bb3zon Article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadian-doctor-averted-disaster-by-keeping-thalidomide-out-of-the-us/article21721337/ The drug Thalidomide, which was found to be a powerful teratogen, was approved for use in Canada in the 1960’s largely on the strength of it already having been approved for use in the UK, other commonwealth countries and Germany. It… Read more »

Canada’s Thalidomide Babies are Aging, Struggling and Looking for Support

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Description: Read the article describing the long term developmental effects on Canadians whose Mothers were given the drug Thalidomide to treat insomnia and nausea early in their pregnancies (in the 1960’s). Source: The Globe and Mail Date: November 21, 2014 Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-aftermath-of-thalidomide/article21689771/ Thalidomide is a textbook teratogen. Prescribed as a sleeping pill or an anti-nausea… Read more »