avatar Helping Your Child Succeed In School VII: Limit Screen Time Posted by Dr. Iektje Stephens
Sep 16, 2012

Now that school has started again, I thought I’d revisit my blog series about things parents can do to help their child be successful in school. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the advice to limit “screen time.” It is not just TV watching anymore, but we also have video games, smart phones,  …Read More


avatar Helping Your Child Succeed In School VI: A Growth Mindset Posted by Dr. Iektje Stephens
Apr 17, 2011

So, what does it take for a child to be successful at something like math or learning a language? Does it take talent? Research shows that there are certainly individual differences in predisposition for learning certain skills, but that this talent doesn’t get us very far. What really matters is putting in hours of hard  …Read More


avatar Later School Start Times Leads to Better Academic Achievement Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
Jul 12, 2010

A recent article in the Scientific American reviewed research about effects of school start time on academic achievement. It probably comes as no surprise to parents of teens, that starting in adolescence, children have “delayed sleep phase” where they start sleep later and sleep later in the morning.  In addition, for optimal functioning, teenagers should  …Read More


avatar Gender Differences in Math Achievement Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
Jul 8, 2010

A recent article in the Monitor on Psychology  entitled Math Plus Culture Equal Gender Gap?  reviewed  the research on gender and math achievement.  Gender differences in mathematics has been one of the most debated and lively topics in education psychology.  Given the popularity of this topic, a large body of research has been conducted that  …Read More


avatar Should Kids Be Paid For Good Grades? Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
May 7, 2010

I distinctly remember sitting in my first undergraduate educational psychology class and the professor putting forth the question, “should parents provide financial incentives for earning good grades” to spark interest. For the remaining 45 minutes of the lecture, the professor described how paying children for grades was a bad idea because it resulted in children  …Read More


avatar Are All Forms of Praise Created Equal? Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
Mar 1, 2010

Most parenting advice resources highlight the importance of praising your child. Upon further investigation, however, it appears as if not all praise is created equal. Below I briefly summarize and evaluate different types of praise. 1. Evaluative Praise vs. Acknowledgement Praise • Evaluative praise provides a comment on the child’s desired/appropriate behavior that includes a  …Read More


avatar Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Compassion? Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
Dec 17, 2009

A recent article titled “More Compassion, Less Competition” by Richard Davidson presents the benefits of having a broader definition of education that focuses not only on academic growth but also overall emotional well being. Specifically, he argues that focusing heavily on competition and passing tests has resulted in teachers and students discriminating against those who  …Read More