Feb 24, 2014 — Izidor Ruckel lived in a Romanian orphanage where children were neglected. Scientists say that lack of attention can damage a child's brain. But Ruckel thinks his adoptive parents' love saved him.
Dec 16, 2013 — Parents of newborns say they're often surprised to see how much bigger their older children suddenly look. Psychologists say that may be because mothers seriously underestimate the height of their youngest children, an error that could lead to more care and attention for them.
Dec 2, 2013 — Teenagers say their parents often don't realize how overwhelmed they feel about school. Psychologists say parents can help children manage their expectations and live a more balanced life, even if it means not racking up as high a GPA as their friends.
Oct 15, 2013 — Random bedtimes have more influence on a child's behavior than going to bed late, a British study finds. That was true at home and at school. Researchers say that failing to hit the hay at the same time every day may mess up circadian rhythms and brain development. Fortunately, the ill effects are reversible.
Sep 20, 2013 — Over the Labor Day weekend, police say, more than 300 teenagers broke into the vacation home of former NFL player Brian Holloway near Albany, N.Y., and held a party. Now Holloway is publicizing the kids' actions and their parents don't like it.
Sep 5, 2013 — Lots of parents yell at their teenagers, but harsh verbal punishment is associated with more bad behavior on the part of the kid. Research shows that yelling is ineffective for changing behavior. A step back and a deep breath may be better options.
Aug 15, 2013 — The first time a child moves away from home can be tough on parents. Commentator Barbara J. King asks whether our closest animal relatives, monkeys and apes, also feel powerful emotions when their offspring leave the nest.
Aug 5, 2013 — Mothers with the "sensitive" version of a gene became more likely to strike or scream at their children during the Great Recession, researchers say. But as a complete economic collapse became less likely, the moms relaxed. Those with the "insensitive" version didn't change their behavior.
Jul 30, 2013 — When a parent finds out he or she has cancer, one of the most difficult conversations to have may be with the children. Two programs in Houston teach children and parents how to deal with the emotions that arise throughout the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Jul 16, 2013 — Many parents consider teenagers' social media lives to be a dark, mysterious void. But parents who are connected to their children on Facebook and Twitter are more likely to have strong ties in real life, a study finds.