Night vision

Q. Who sees better in the dark? Boys or girls? A. I’m sorry that there really isn’t a definitive answer mainly because the research done in this area doesn’t look specifically at gender differences in night vision. As far as differences in eyes go, we know that more males are subject to color blindness, or … Read more

Why do boys fight?

Q. All my little boy wants to do when he has a friend over is fight with him. I have told him that if he can’t play nicely with the other boy, that he can’t have his friend over. My son says they are not fighting, they are wrestling. What can I do? A. What … Read more

How important is reading to children

Q. Is reading to children all that important? I provide books on tape and they listen to the TV and the radio. Why do they need me to read to them? A. It is very clear that the single most important thing that parents can do to prepare their children for school is to read … Read more

boys and sleep

Q. My little boy is such a wild man at the end of the day. Once he is ready for bed, we have been letting him watch a little TV to settle him down. He is quiet, but he doesn’t get sleepy and we have a battle getting him to bed. What is going on? … Read more

Girls and noise

Q. My daughter complains that her father yells at her. I think he does speak a bit loudly, but he claims to be baffled by her response. A. Because males don’t hear sounds as soft or as high as females can hear, males tend to speak a bit more loudly than females. You may have … Read more

My son doesn’t seem to hear me half the time.

Q. My son doesn’t seem to hear me half the time. I end up yelling at him to get him to pay attention. We had his hearing tested and he does not have any problems. What can I do to get him to listen to me? A. Boys’ ears are actually constructed slightly differently than … Read more