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Global Moms' Health Must Improve So Kids' Brains Can Compete In Digital Future: World Bank

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact

COPENHAGEN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries which fail to invest in young women's health will be left behind because the underdeveloped brains...

My Brain, My Shoes, and I

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

So consider mindfulness -- and on some level, a form of meditation -- to live deeply and within the moment. And if you don't buy into the critical benefits of such a practice, just ask my shoes.

New Evidence Links Spanking to Child Behavior Problems, but Perhaps The Evidence Isn't So Clear

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 05.02.2016 | Parents
Christopher J. Ferguson

Social science research tends to overlap with a fair number of cultural debates, often weighing in on one side or another. This isn't surprising, giv...

Assessing Our Children to Death

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.16.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Imagine a world where a poem was judged by the number of characters per line or the font in which it was published, or a violin concerto reviewed in terms of its precise conformance to metronomic beats or the posture of the violinist. This is what we are doing to education: Trying to measure beauty with a ruler.

When to Seek Out a Pediatric Social Worker - Q&A with an Expert

Shari Medini | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Liz Disterhoft & ask her a whole bunch of questions about the field of social work. Liz received her MSW ...

Spanking and the Refinement of American Civilization

Allison Alter | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents
Allison Alter

Periodically I notice a disturbing trend on my Facebook Newsfeed; the last during the emergence of the holiday season of giving that appears to bring ...

Why We Need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence

Lisa Firestone | Posted 03.18.2016 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

For years, I've taught a weekly psychology class to students ranging from 7 to 14-years-old. In this class, I encourage self-reflection, asking kids to identify and express what they think and feel and to consider the thoughts and feelings of others. The results are often surprising.

How Outdoor Playgrounds Affect Child Development

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Now that the warmer weather is here, it's time to take our kids outside more. What is a simple thing to do that encourages child development? Go to th...

7 surprising factors that could be the cause of your child's weird behaviour

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 03.02.2016 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

You could be the parent in the supermarket battling embarrassment on your child's behaviour- or you could be the one judging the parent there. Or you ...

How Cultural Education Nurtures Imagination - and Why This Matters

Sarah Palferman | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Sarah Palferman

In a recent article in the Times Education Supplement Sir Peter Bazalgette, the Chairman of Arts Council England, argues that a rich cultural educatio...

Why Do Children Ask, 'Why?'

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 02.19.2016 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

Children's innate curiosity plays a big part in their "why" questions. Their curiosity about the world around them helps to build concepts, skills, vocabulary, and understanding of the unknown. And you can help channel their curiosity and need to know why so that you help foster learning in a positive way.

Child Care: A Key to Community Health and Well-Being?

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 02.19.2016 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." - John F. Kennedy What was a President's lofty belief 50 years ag...

The Birthday Text: A daughter's attempt to find peace with her fathers absence

Katherine Sotelo | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Katherine Sotelo

Today I gave my father my mailing address. I turned the shower on and walked back out into my hallway, taking a seat on my old roommates bed which la...

Hungry Children in Rich America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Food insecure children are more likely to be behind in social skills and reading performance in kindergarten. By elementary school they are four times more likely to need mental health counseling.

Let Them Play

Chelsey Wilson | Posted 01.29.2016 | Parents
Chelsey Wilson

I have spent many years around young children and if there is one thing I have learned about boys.... they will be boys. Full of life, full of adventure, but more than anything, full of energy.

Helping Students Pursue Research With A Purpose

Footnote | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education

While there may not be a clear-cut path for how to do this kind of work, it all starts with expanding student learning to the world beyond the classroom.

CNN Should Reexamine Support of Orphanages

Laurie Ahern | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Laurie Ahern

It is discrimination, poverty, disability and lack of access to education that push vulnerable families to give up their children. Despite being fed, without the love of a family setting, many times children will stop growing and even die - a condition known as "failure to thrive."

The New Year Bonanza in Parenting Books: Unlocking Parental Intelligence

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Why do Children Do What they Do? What's on Their Minds? How Can Parents Know their Child's Inner World? Unlocking Parental Intelligence lifts the cur...

Top 10 Difficult New Year's Resolutions for Divorced Parents

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2015 | Divorce
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Divorced parents new to the ambiance of divorce situations would do well to learn from the mistakes of others. Those who feel they have made mistakes needn't unnecessarily blame themselves when there's so much to do to remedy situations in the new year.

Lifting Families Out Of Poverty, One Crib At A Time

Katherine Snider | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Katherine Snider

There are too many stories of need in this country. And nearly all of them start the same way -- with the unspeakable stress endured by families in po...

Teaching the Whole Child: Waldorf Schools and Exemplary Teacher Engagement

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.20.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Waldorf schools take an unconventionally nurturing approach to learning, making them a unique approach to education.

15 Stress-Reducing Tips for Your Parent-Child Relationship

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

A new concept, Parental Intelligence, offers a parenting approach that may reduce stress by helping you form lasting relationships with your child or teen when problems are identified and resolved.

A Child's Lifelong Self-Esteem Emerges Earlier Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science

Five-year-old children may only read and write at a basic level, but their sense of self is surprisingly sophisticated. A provocative new study sugges...

My Unhurried Walker

Ali Wilkinson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Parents
Ali Wilkinson

My youngest, my baby, is now 19 months old. Being the baby, and being babied, he has had the luxury of hanging back a bit, of letting others do things for him. He is unhurried. He is demanding. He is a cross between a surfer and a despot.

Overcoming 2 of Parenting's Greatest Challenges

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.12.2016 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

The word "discipline" is often misunderstood. The main goal of discipline is to help the child develop into a decent, likable adult, capable of survival in a social milieu, rather than one who is submissive to, or rebellious against, the socialization process.