I’m Dr. Nick Wagner, child psychologist and child development researcher. AMA about parenting during the pandemic and supporting children’s changing needs.
I am Dr. Nick Wagner, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. I research child development and the enduring impact of early experiences, relationships and social environments (i.e., parent-child relationships, peer relationships, school contexts) on children’s social and emotional development. The goal of my work is to produce translatable knowledge to inform the creation and evaluation of methods for supporting children’s healthy emotional and behavioral development.
Ask me anything about:
- How should I talk to my child about the pandemic?
- How is the pandemic impacting my child’s social, emotional and/or cognitive development? What can I do to help?
- What activities should I introduce to my child’s daily routine?
- How can I support social interactions for my child – while staying safe?
- How can I reduce my child’s pandemic-related stress?
- What can I do to make my child less scared and confused during these uncertain times?
- I’m noticing a behavior change in my child during this time – is this normal? What should I do?
- My child is acting out more – how should I handle this?
- Tips for remote learning?
- How can I maintain my own well-being while supporting the needs of my family?
- Do you recommend any alternatives to screen time activities/entertainment that my child can engage in independently?
- How can I balance parenting with my career during this time?
My recent research has been published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Child Development, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Attachment ＆ Human Development, Neuroscience ＆ Biobehavioral Reviews, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, Psychological Medicine, Clinical Psychology Review and more. I am honored to have received early career awards from the Society for Research in Child Development and the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the “Rising Star Award” from the Association for Psychological Science.
Thank you all for a great conversation! I have to log off now, but I will return to try to answer any remaining questions later. You can find me on twitter @nickjameswagner and for more information on our ongoing work, please visit my lab's website at https://www.bu.edu/cdl/baselab/. Thank you!