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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
Footnote

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 10.12.2015 | 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.

My Son Told Me He Hates Me and I'm Okay With That

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Well, it's official. My third son officially told me he hates me for the first time this week. I walked past a gelato shop without giving into his tantrum for a cone. An elderly couple happened to be walking by us just at the moment I was explaining why we don't have treats on school days.

Dear World, Please Stop Comparing My Twin Daughters

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.03.2015 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

Who's bigger? Who's taller? Who's harder to handle? Who crawled first? Who's your favorite (OK, that one was from an adorable seven-year-old)? These are all common questions from the people that surround me. At just 14-months-old, these questions and comparisons are harmless to the girls. With two side by side, we can't help but compare them.

Here's Why American Parents Shouldn't Worry So Much

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents

Parents only want what's best for their children -- but do we really know what's 'best' to begin with?

Four Developments That Can Drive Success

Anastasia Gavalas | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Anastasia Gavalas

Did you ever notice a child who runs faster than his peers in every activity? How about the three-year old who spells incessantly? These examples prov...

These Are The Crucial Lessons We've Learned About Kids And Sleep In 2015

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents

How will the quality of your child's nighttime rest affect how she fares socially, emotionally and academically? Science says sleep plays a bigger role than we ever knew.

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.