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The 3 Biggest Parenting Myths (VIDEO)

Posted February 25, 2011 | 09:14:00 (EST)

Why do so many parenting books come to such opposing conclusions? I am convinced it is because most don't have a robust-enough scientific filter. Just try to find a consensus from parenting experts about how to get your baby to sleep through the night. I can't imagine anything more frustrating...

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Discipline Advice: A Magic Trick for Getting Kids to Follow Rules

Posted February 17, 2011 | 10:42:00 (EST)

Let's say little Aaron has been punished for a moral infraction -- stealing a pencil from classmate Jimmy -- just before a test. The punishment was subtractive in nature -- Aaron would have no dessert that night. But Aaron was not just punished and left alone.

He was also...

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Breast-Feeding Debate Closed? Brain Science Weighs In

Posted January 26, 2011 | 10:11:00 (EST)

I remember meeting up with an old friend who had just become a mother. Baby in tow, we entered a restaurant. She immediately insisted on sitting at a private booth, and after five minutes, I discovered why. Mom knew that her baby would soon be hungry. When he was, she...

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Kids Lie Every 90 Minutes -- And That's a Good Thing (VIDEO)

Posted January 15, 2011 | 12:06:00 (EST)

Kids are bad at lying, at least at first. In the magical fairy dust of the childhood mind, kids initially have a hard time distinguishing reality from fancy, which you can see in their eagerness to engage in imaginative play.

They also perceive their parents to be essentially omniscient,...

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Babies Pick Up On More Than You'd Think (VIDEO)

Posted December 14, 2010 | 08:52:00 (EST)

At first blush, babies seem mostly preoccupied with more mundane biological processes, like eating and pooping and spitting up all over your shirt. This fooled a lot of researchers into believing that babies weren't thinking about anything at all. Scientists coined the term "tabula rasa" -- blank slate -- to...

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'Parentese': Can Speaking To Your Baby This Way Make Her Smarter? (VIDEO)

Posted December 2, 2010 | 08:51:00 (EST)

For the longest time, we couldn't figure out the words coming from our nine-month-old son Josh.

Whenever he took a car ride, he would start saying the word "dah," repeating it over and over again as we strapped him into his car seat, "Dah dah dah, goo, dah dah,...

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How Much TV Should Kids Be Allowed To Watch? (VIDEO)

Posted November 18, 2010 | 08:22:00 (EST)

The issue of kids' exposure to TV doesn't throw off as many sparks as it used to. There is general agreement that a child's exposure to television of any type should be limited. There is also general agreement that we are completely ignoring this advice. I remember as a kid...

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How A Pair Of Cookies Can Help Predict Your Child's SAT Scores (VIDEO)

Posted November 7, 2010 | 11:56:00 (EST)

A healthy, well-adjusted preschooler sits down at a table in front of a giant, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. It's not a kitchen table -- it's Walter Mischel's Stanford lab during the late 1960s. The smell is heavenly.

"You see this cookie?" Mischel says. "You can eat it right...

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Why You Shouldn't Praise Your Child's Intelligence (VIDEO)

Posted October 29, 2010 | 10:23:00 (EST)

Does your child give up easily? It could be because of a common parenting mistake.

Ethan's parents constantly told him how brainy he was. The wiry son of a highly educated professor in Seattle, Ethan was indeed smart. Every time he sailed through a test, his parents would say, "You're...

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The Science of Raising a Brilliant Baby (VIDEO)

Posted October 19, 2010 | 09:23:00 (EST)

Parents need facts, not just advice, about raising their children. Too bad those facts are difficult to find in the ever-growing mountain of parenting books. And blogs. And message boards, and podcasts, and mothers-in-law, and every relative who's ever had a child. There's plenty of information out there. It's just...

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