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Child Development

Every Kid Needs a Family

Patrick McCarthy | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Patrick McCarthy

By definition, the young people who come into our child welfare systems already have suffered the trauma of family disruption. Without family, children are ill equipped to beat the odds stacked against them. Every kid needs a family, and every kid deserves one.

Parents and Psychotherapists: Some Common Denominators

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Like Judy Collins singing, "I've looked at both sides now," I can tell you that practicing psychotherapy is far easier than parenting. Therapists a...

Some Things Aren't Permanent

David Vienna | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
David Vienna

Boone, someday you'll float away from me. And I will cry heavy, racking sobs because you're out there in the big wide world and I won't want you to get hurt. I won't want you to be alone.

Obsession With Confined Space

Marwa Azab | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marwa Azab

Why are we so fascinated with walls? Tall, thick and soundproof? For the longest time, isolation has been a method of shunning a person who has tran...

How Birth Order Affects Your Personality

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.15.2015 | Science

Only children have a reputation for being perfectionists and high-achievers, constantly seeking attention and approval from their parents and from oth...

Do Genetics Explain the (Sometimes Seen) Relationship Between Television Viewing and Antisocial Behavior?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Whether exposure to television violence contributes to antisocial behavior has been an issue of significant controversy for almost five decades. Some studies find evidence for effects, other studies don't, and there is much debate among scholars regarding the meaningfulness and quality of the studies on both sides

Please Let Go

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Leslie Kendall Dye

A mother's touch extends not just from her fingers, but from her eyes and her words and -- at times -- from her own insecurities.

Surprising Study Finds That Babies Feel Pain Like Adults

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.25.2015 | Science

Many doctors believe babies' brains are not developed enough to feel pain, but a surprising new study suggests this may not be the case. According...

How Not to Be the Biggest Loser: Games Divorced Parents Should Never Play With Their Kids

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.12.2015 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

If it is your nature to compete, compete against yourself. Set your sights on being a better parent after your divorce than you were before. Don't fall for the fake; remember that you're playing the long game -- the one where "winning" involves raising your kids to be healthy adults

The Power of Outdoor Play

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Outdoor play can help your preschooler develop his motor skills and strengthen his muscles and bones. Not only does your preschooler get a chance to lower his stress and anxiety through physical activities outside, but he also has the opportunity to connect to his natural self.

The Magic That Happens When You Raise A Child In A Culture Of Love

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

I grew up in the U.S., in middle class social circles that often viewed children as an annoyance and inconvenience. So I was struck by the genuine joy almost everyone -- girls, boys, adult women and even some adult men -- in rural Nepal took in the company of children.

Developmental Markers for Your 4-Year-Old

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Like all parents, you are concerned about your child's development. Is his development on time, advanced or slow? If you feel concern or worry that something is wrong, it is better to confront it rather than be in denial.

Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children's Brain Development

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.31.2015 | Science

We've long known that children from affluent families get a head start that can translate into a long-lasting advantage, especially when it comes to a...

Are You a Free-Range Parent? You Should Be

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The topic of free-range children hits home for me on a very personal level. With daughters who are 9 and 7, I experience the conflict between my desire to protect them and my wish to set them free

Is Your Toddler Eating Enough?

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 05.23.2015 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

We're in charge of what, when and where our kids eat. It's our kids' job to decide whether they eat and how much they eat.

Dating With Kids: Are Your Children Ready to Meet Your New Sweetheart?

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

The values you teach them now, while they are young, are the values that they are going to live by and teach their own children, too. Focus on your children and their well-being. Make your home a happy one.

Don't Tell Your Father, Don't Tell Your Mother: A Major Mistake in Co-Parenting

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 05.04.2015 | Divorce
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Regardless of the underlying meaning, or good intentions of the speaker, the end result still places an unfair burden on a child, who is now left holding the bag of secrets.

Civic Agency and Executive Function: An Emerging Conversation

Harry Boyte | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Harry Boyte

A conversation is just beginning between practitioners and theorists of civic agency and scholars and educators promoting educational experiences which develop Executive Function. It may have large potential.

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind

Rae Pica | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Rae Pica

To learn more about the the recent report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose," from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years Project, listen to this discussion with three exceptional early childhood professionals.

Texting and Sitting: The Dangers Of Distracted Caregivers

Tammy Gold | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

Parents need to emphasize to their caregivers the importance of putting away their phones while at work as someone would do in any other job. Of course it is difficult to completely disconnect, however, during work hours most professionals check in at certain points throughout the day and for caregivers this would be when the children are napping or engaged in another activity.

8 Ways to Nurture Your Children's Connection to Nature

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Dr. Jim Taylor

Children love the Earth. Kids care in the purest and sweetest way for birds, flowers, plants, and animals. To see children marvel at a bee buzzing around them is just one way that children express their connection, love, and awe for Mother Nature.

Child Welfare Reform: Effecting Real Change -- At Last

Sidney Goldberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Sidney Goldberg

It stretches the imagination that anything similar to child welfare's enduring status quo would not evoke public outcry in other fields such as law, business or medicine. Child welfare involve families too and they deserve nothing less than the most competent assistance.

Are Mothers Unconsciously Contributing To Gender Stereotypes?

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.08.2014 | Science

We know that women are socialized to be more emotionally expressive than men, but it turns out mothers play a particular role in enforcing this gender...

Four Ways You Can Ensure A Happy And Healthy Start For A Baby In Need This #GivingTuesday

Jennifer Hudson | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Hudson

Research shows that children are born ready to learn, but for 16 million children living in poverty in the U.S alone, many families are not set up with the necessary resources to provide their child with a healthy start in life.

Mothers and Lovers: From Parenting to Romance

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.01.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists wanted to see if children's experiences with their parents shape their nervous system responses much later on, when they are in romantic relationships. They wanted to see if children's experiences with their parents shape their nervous system responses much later on, when they are in romantic relationships.