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Nature vs Nurture

Baby Girl... Big Sister

Reem Kassis | Posted 08.18.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Two months. That's how long my first-born has before life as she knows it transforms forever. Her baby sister is due in nine weeks and my beautiful Yasmeen will no longer be "the baby." She will become "the big sister."

Nature vs Nuture: Neither and Both

JD Roberto | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
JD Roberto

Sure, we can nag the kids to say please and thank you, we can give them chores and piano lessons. But what can their mom and I really do to make them happier, better human beings?

A Nature vs. Nurture Debate: Where Does Music Taste Originate?

Natalie Kalin | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
Natalie Kalin

Obviously the origin of music taste is a complex and intriguing topic. One of which no hard science exists (none that I have ever heard of anyway). Yet music is a part of all cultures and all people.

5 Ways My Daughter Is Turning Into Her Mother

Meredith Hale | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Indeed, for better or for worse, my daughter has adopted several behaviors from me. Here are five of the ways my daughter is slowly turning into her mom.

Flower Power -- How Your Child Can Blossom Fully

Christopher Phillips | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Orchid children are fragile like the flower. They need lots of TLC from parents or caregivers if they are to blossom. But if and when they do flower, so the traditional belief goes, it is something to behold.

The Parental Blame Game

David Lesser | Posted 10.12.2014 | Parents
David Lesser

When they were born, they were all potential. We couldn't do anything but start screwing them up from day one. So, when we see characteristics in our kids that are reflections of our best selves, it's a big check in the win column.

Parenting: Every Child Is Different

Lindley Pless | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Lindley Pless

When my second daughter Sophie entered the world, I worried that she would spend her life peering out from under the edge of her "larger than life" sister Emma's shadow.

Would it Matter If We Weren't Born Gay?

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Using the idea that our sexuality is due to nature over nurture in order to validate or justify it inherently suggests that there might be something wrong with it. Why does being gay need to be validated or justified?

The Importance of Being Born Black and Gay

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Not knowing what I now know about my personal character as a black, gay man, had my input been requested during the pre-embryonic stage, I probably would have requested that I be born another way. But as the old cliché goes, everything happens for a reason.

Women's Hockey and Hardwiring

Lise Eliot | Posted 04.23.2014 | Sports
Lise Eliot

We used to hear that women aren't physical or competitive or aggressive enough to dedicate themselves to sport. But c'mon, did you see those triumphant Canadians and devastated Americans after their sudden-death overtime?

Adoption and Genetics: Implications for Adoptive Parents

E. Kay Trimberger | Posted 04.01.2014 | Science
E. Kay Trimberger

In 2006 I helped my 25-year-old son Jamal locate his biological families. I was unprepared for the discovery of how much he had in common with his birth parents, which led me to undertake my own search, a quest to understand genetics and how they might impact adoption.

Nature's Blueprint for Raising Confident and Independent Kids

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

I was pained to read a recent cover of NEW YORK magazine: THE PROBLEM WITH TEENAGERS IS THEIR PARENTS. It says to me we are not learning nature's pare...

How to Raise the Perfect Kid: Lessons From Square Watermelons

Debra Carpenter | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Debra Carpenter

I'm not putting my daughter into a square box and I'm not a farmer. I'm just using the influence I already have to help her develop into the woman I know she's capable of being.

We Can Be Disease-Proof!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Without the right skill set, health is elusive. You can't get there from here. The relevant skills are yours for the taking, and with them, you and those you love truly can be to an astonishing degree, disease-proof.

Cavan Sieczkowski

Surprising Factor Could Increase Chances A Man Is Gay | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 09.06.2013 | Gay Voices

Seven years ago a study made headlines for finding that men with older brothers are more likely to be gay. Today the study has resurfaced as researche...

Fountain House Symposium Honors Author Andrew Solomon

Jim Luce | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

New York City has an annual event that educates the public on mental health that I believe is the finest in America. This symposium - and luncheon - ...

Parent Alert: Danger of Kids Heroizing the Alleged Boston Bomber Brothers

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

Comic books, computer games and toys are rife with heroes and villains -- "good" and "evil" characters. But the real-life story of the accused Boston bombing brothers has unleashed potential dangers for young children who may confuse fantasy with this cruel reality.

Lisa Belkin

The Brothers Emanuel Might Have The Answers Every Parent Needs | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents

When the brothers were 6, 2 and 4, they marched unsupervised around the neighborhood, across streets and beneath underpasses. In family arguments, the...

How Our Kids Turn Out Isn't Really Up to Us

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Each child was born with a different temperament, a different passion, a different way of navigating through life. I see traces of myself and my husband in them, but they are their own people.

Why I Feel Like Paul Newman In 'Empire Falls'

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 09.09.2012 | Fifty
Marshall P. Duke

I can't bear catch phrases like "50 is the new 40." I wait patiently for the ultimate "dead is the new alive" tagline stamped across an ad for video screens and Wi-Fi in caskets.

Nurturing Empathy in Children

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

Studies show children are born equipped to be empathic, but these skills take time and practice to develop.

How Science Fiction Hurts Gays

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

While science by itself cannot overcome the deep underlying causes of anti-LGBT prejuidice and discrimination, it can help to combat the myths and old wives tales that underlie so much of homophobia. Thats why it's important to distinguish what is science and what is science fiction.

JOIN THE DEBATE: Are Geniuses Born, Or Made?

Posted 04.04.2012 | Science

Do genes make the genius? Or is it really true that practice is what puts people in Carnegie Hall? Some argue that the the seeds of genius are plan...

Babies Know Physics? What Study Shows

Posted 03.26.2012 | Science

Joseph Castro, LiveScience Staff Writer 01/24/2012 06:22 PM EST LiveScience Infants as young as 2 months old already have basic knowledge of "...

Is God in Our Genes?

Margaret Weinberg | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Margaret Weinberg

If being spiritual can make people healthier and bring them together, then it wouldn't matter if God was in our genes or up in the sky, it would be the act of believing itself that was important.