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Helping Your Child Improve Reading Skills

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Even on a "Busy Day" for "Busy People," reading is a wonderful way to expand children's worlds and to bond children and caregivers, and one that can start at birth. It also is a crucial way to help children gain the language and literacy skills needed for a good start in school.

8 Simple Truths About Raising Happy, Healthy, Successful Kids

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

While parenting is big, important work, that doesn't mean that it has to be a "mysterious" or "complicated" process. Live these "simple truths" as consistently as you can, and you -- and your kids -- are likely to be on the right track.

4 Things Parents Can Learn About Emotions From Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Tamar Chansky | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Tamar Chansky

Accepting sadness or anything other than delighted emotion may be a harder sell for parents in these helicopter days of swooping down to rescue our children from any discomfort we weren't quick enough to prevent in the first place.

What We Know, What We Do -- A Contradiction

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

For kids who are intelligent in different ways, who develop more slowly, or who are sensitive or quirky, the educational system has been especially ineffective. Many such folks find their way outside of, or in spite of, school, but the system has always served them poorly.

The Importance of Imaginative Play

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

The most important thing about creative play is that it should be free play; let your child take the lead. He will let you know if he needs private time, or if he wants you to be a participant in his scenario - but, you should be around.

Want to Reform Education? Let Teachers Teach.

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real education reform will come when, and only when, we address poverty, fund schools properly and honor the teaching profession with good pay and the respect teachers deserve. America's teachers will do the rest - if we leave them alone to love and teach their children.

The One Thing We Know For Sure About Screens and Babies

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Screen time isn't intrinsically evil -- and there are clearly lots of ways we can use technology to educate and engage children. But as we explore all its possibilities, it's really important that we make sure that technology doesn't stop our children, especially our youngest children, from interacting with people -- and the world around them.

How Poverty Stunts Kids' Brain Development

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living

When U.S. scientists confirmed that lead exposure from gasoline caused permanent mental disability, deafness and a host of other health problems, the...

Small Fingers, Big Insights: Mobile App Design and 0-5 Year Olds

David Kleeman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Media
David Kleeman

By now, to say that tablets and mobile apps are popular among young children is superfluous, akin to saying they like sweets. A new study, however, shares rich detail of under-5s' surprising digital competencies, as well as how mobile media use is shaped by - and shapes - kids' daily routine and emotional states.

14 Screen-Free Ways To Stimulate Your Child's Mind

Posted 08.03.2015 | Dr. Phil

As a young child’s brain develops, trillions of connections are formed between brain cells and developed through such stimuli as light, color, smell...

Parents Need Screen Sense Along With Common Sense

Alexander Howard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology
Alexander Howard

As parents, we may focus upon what our children are doing with their devices but not look in the mirror to see how our own behavior and habits are reflected back at us or them.

Playing Catch Is Good for You

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

I never played catch with my father. Not once. Maybe he was too busy or too tired after working all day. My best friend's father didn't hesitate to c...

A Short, Sweet Season of Childhood

Christine French Cully | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Christine French Cully

Whatever you call it -- a lovey, a comfort object, a transitional love object or TLO, as a former preschool teacher I know says -- that special object to which a baby or toddler attaches is a big deal.

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 06.29.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 05.31.2015 | 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.