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Child Development

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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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.

Not Many Of Us Land The Dream Jobs We Wanted As Kids

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science

If the job you have isn't the one you always dreamed of, you have lots of company. A new study shows that only about six percent of adults wind up...

Lying To Your Kids Could Make Them More Dishonest

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.15.2014 | Science

Telling harmless lies to children is just part of being a parent, right? Maybe, but little fibs -- even those told to keep a child's fantasy alive or ...

8 Things Picky Eaters Wish Their Parents Knew

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

It's hard for parents to understand how a toddler can go from eating everything to barely touching their meals. It's even more difficult for them to understand why kids are so reluctant to try new foods. And without a big picture understanding of why kids eat the way they do, parents are left frustrated and are more likely to make feeding mistakes.

Putting Your Kids on a Healthy Media Diet

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

There's an interesting article winding up in parent's e-mailboxes these days containing an unexpected implied message from late Apple founder Steve Jobs: Manage your child's use of technology.

An Open Letter: Let's Get More Sophisticated on Screen Time Policy

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Daniel Donahoo

Rather than taking an approach that makes parents feel guilty whenever their children engage with screens, we need to support and build skills in parents that support children to help them understand how we best use and manage children's engagement with screens and technology.

What Exactly Is the 'Real World'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.

10 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Adolescent

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

Accept that what you did yesterday won't work today. Your child is changing and growing and your relationship with him or her has to accommodate that growth. To do this, your behavior is going to have to change, too.