Articles about the anthropology, psychology, and evolution of family life by Gwen Dewar
If you’re looking for evidence-based information about parenting, you can browse my site by selecting one of the topics on the menu bar on the far left. You can also try using this site’s search engine.
But some of my parenting articles are hard to find. That’s because they’re about quirky subjects, like Santa Claus, that don’t fit into any major category in my index, or because I simply haven’t had time to index them yet. There are also articles I’ve written for other websites.
Note: In July 2018, BabyCenter stopped hosting most of its old blog posts, including mine. As a result, many of the links below (to BabyCenter) have been removed. I may make the material available in another format.
So here is a sampler of these odds and ends–miscellaneous articles that you might otherwise overlook.
Biology and evolution
• Moms have always needed childcare help
• When “daycare” was run by kids
• Does morning sickness protect the fetus?
• Why don’t humans eat their placentas?
• Neanderthal tooth offers clues about breastfeeding
• Partible paternity in the Amazon
• Snobby monkeys and mean moms
• Happy faces trigger endocanniboids…if you have the right genes
• Harry Potter makes you smarter: How magic unleashes creativity
• Be permissive, raise a scientist (editorial)
• Were kids smarter a century ago?
Happiness and quality of life
• Can meaningful happiness reprogram your child’s DNA?
• Money thoughts make parenting less meaningful
• Do kids need risky play?
• Can too much tidiness inhibit creativity?
• Contagious yawning: Can little kids “catch” other people’s yawns?
• Stressful, unsupportive mates can shorten your life
• Too young for high-intensity sports and injuries?
• Low vitamin D levels trigger early puberty in girls?
Mistakes in the media
• Sperm, promiscuity, and bad blogs
• Claims about “inborn” math ability are bogus