child development

The Chess Queens

Chess, one of history's oldest games, is considered a man's game -- but why? Cristen and Caroline examine how the queen piece revolutionized chess and subsequently kicked women players out of the sport.

It's normal for kids to wet the bed, but scientists still don't know exactly why they do. Cristen and Caroline talk Freud, genetics and moisture alarms as they explore the psychology, physiology and neurology of why bedwetting happens.

What's the childhood psychology of stuffed animals and other "transitional objects"? Why do 35 percent of adults still sleep with stuffed animals? Tune in to learn more, including a brief history of the teddy bear and why the stuff possum never caught on.

There are 1.4 million child caregivers in the United States -- but what kinds of caregiving responsibilities do these kids shoulder? Listen in to learn why child caregivers are at a higher risk of asocial behavior, anxiety and depression.

Cristen was homeschooled. What was that like? Why and how do people homeschool their kids? Is homeschooling as effective as traditional schooling? Listen in for the answers to these questions and more in this podcast.

Are imaginary playthings friends or foes for child development? Psychologists have studied imaginary friends since the 1800s, and they've come to some fascinating conclusions. Tune in to learn more about imaginary friends.

Do people without siblings differ from the rest of the human race? Tune in as Caroline and Cristen look at the fiction -- and facts -- surrounding our stereotypes of only children.

Multiple studies indicate that people with sisters seem to be happier than people with brothers -- but what does this mean, and could it be true? Join Molly and Cristen as they explore the relationship between your siblings' gender and your happiness.

This week on Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and I discussed the history of home economics, known today as Family and Consumer Science. We relied heavily on sources from Cornell University, which housed one of the nation's best home ec departments complete with practice apartments and real, live practice babies for students' field research. Cornell began its practice baby program in 1919 with an infant named Dicky Domecon.