Boosting iron absorption: A guide to for the science-minded

foods rich in iron, like spinach, tofu, lentils, seeds, dried apricots, broccoli; also oranges for better absorption

Mothers and their young children are at elevated risk for iron deficiency. Can we solve the problem by eating lots of iron-rich foods? Yes, but success also depends on the bioavailability of dietary iron. Learn what influences iron absorption, and how you can improve your iron status by making smarter dietary choices.

Health benefits of religion: Are religious kids better off?

© 2021 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Studies link religion with health benefits, but that doesn’t mean that being religious makes us healthy. What’s more likely is that religion is one of many ways that people can find social and emotional support, and discover a sense of meaning and purpose.  For decades, we’ve heard about studies Read More »

Bedwetting in scientific perspective: Debunking destructive myths

child sleeping bed at night

© 2010 – 2021 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Myths about bedwetting? There are several, and they aren’t helpful. Ever heard the claim that kids wet the bed out of laziness? Or that kids require counseling — talking therapy — in order to break the “habit?” Or how about the idea that wetting the Read More »

Iron rich foods: How to improve children’s iron status through diet

assortment of iron rich foods, including fish, beans, seeds, nuts, vegetables

If your child has been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, it makes sense to examine his or her diet. But boosting iron levels isn’t just a matter of eating iron rich foods. Some foods contain iron, but they also contain compounds that decrease the body’s ability to absorb iron. For instance, many grains, legumes, and Read More »

Want to make kids happy? Help them experience the warm glow of giving.

toddler, viewed from behind, concealing a gift of flowers for mother

© 2020 Gwen Dewar, all rights reserved Are little kids intrinsically selfish? Many people assume so. But scientific research suggests otherwise. Like adults, children experience the warm glow of giving. And it’s a motivating force for good. Psychologists call it “the warm glow of giving,” and it’s a well-documented phenomenon among adults. In fact, neuroscientists Read More »

Parenting stress: 12 evidence-based tips for making life better

monkeys - infant macaque sitting on, and embracing, its mother

© 2016 – 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Parenting stress puts a strain on the whole family — sapping patience, damaging relationships, eroding well-being.  What can we do about it? Here are some suggestions inspired by the latest research.  1. Need social support? Reach out — even if it’s just a phone call Read More »

Not actually angry: Black children and boys more frequently misjudged

© 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Race and gender biases can make us perceive anger where none exists. They also lead many adults to perceive Black children as less “childlike” — less innocent and vulnerable.  How many “behavior problems” are caused by adults getting it wrong? Picture this. You are sitting in a Read More »