Dr. Laura Markham
Hometown: New York, NY United States
Occupation: Clinical Psychologist
About Dr. Laura MarkhamLaura Markham, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist trained at Columbia University in New York. She’s held many challenging jobs (she started and ran a weekly newspaper chain), but thinks raising children is the hardest, and most rewarding, work anyone can do.
Dr. Laura Markham's InterestsChildren and Families, Psychology, Being Human, Meditation, Yoga
Dr. Laura Markham's Blogs
Does your child's rubber ducky have phthlates?
Did you know that many toys have phthalates in them? Hundreds of independent studies published in respectable, peer-reviewed scientific journals over the past forty years have linked phthalate exposure to serious health effects in children, including reduced testosterone levels, lowered sperm counts, early puberty in girls, and genital defects in baby boys. And yet many soft plastic or vinyl toys,...
The Baby Borrowers
The babies won't remember the experience, so it won't hurt them." So goes the justification for NBC's new reality series, "The Baby Borrowers," in which babies and toddlers are sold by their parents to be mishandled by teenagers for days at a time. What year is this? We now have almost a century of research showing that babies and toddlers are impacted for life by early separations, which, by definition,...
When is tough love torture?
Did you know that residential treatment programs for teens are big business? It's a massive industry that includes hundreds of poorly-regulated programs around the country. A terrifying expose in MotherJones Magazine by Maia Szalavitz poses the question: -"When Is Tough Love Torture?" - Says Szalavitz, describing testimony at recent congressional hearings : - "A young man who testified ... described...
Birth Order Debunked
I recently wrote on my <url removed> blog about the new birth order study that's causing all the fuss. The short version is: Researchers think they've proven that first borns have higher IQs, and parents are worried about their later-born kids. I say, reading to them makes up the difference and then some. Not to mention that breastfeeding has more impact than birth order on IQ. Click here...
Children's TV Watching Linked to Early Puberty
A new report analysing 35 different scientific studies of the effect of television on the viewer has identified 15 negative physical and psychological effects associated with watching television. While television has long been blamed for the rise in childhood obesity and diminished reading among children, this study, authored by Dr. Aric Sigman, suggests even more serious consequences for children...
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