Chimpanzees and Bonobos Have Surprisingly Different Parenting Styles

Rubin, a baby bonobo, was foraging near his mother Rose in the Congo rain forest when an adult bonobo named Olive snatched some food from Rubin’s tiny hands. Then Olive smacked the baby, hard, in the face and neck—right in front of his mother. Primatologist Rachna Reddy of the University of Utah, who was observing … Read more

Aggression Disorders Are Serious, Stigmatized and Treatable

Roughly every month I receive an e-mail from a parent somewhere in the world asking for help with a child who is violent, angry or aggressive. Some people describe being physically beaten or having their life threatened by their son or daughter. These families may spend thousands of dollars on special schools and treatments. Often … Read more

Black Children Who Speak African American English Are Routinely Misdiagnosed with Speech Disorders

“Dr. Holt, I need you to come listen to one of my second graders. This is one of my best students, but I’m worried I might be overlooking a speech or language disorder—I’m just not sure,” the teacher asked me. I visited her second-grade classroom and listened to the student say, “The mama bird, she … Read more

Losing a Grandparent Hurts Boys at School

Death is not random. Demographers estimate that 75 percent of Americans are expected to live to age 70, meaning that most deaths occur late in life. The death of an older relative, such as a grandparent, is expected. As such, a grandparent’s death is considered part of life and not an event with consequences that … Read more