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Childhood Development

Story Time On Screens Isn't All Bad For Young Children

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

With even toddlers bent over their iPads, children today are spending more time with screens than ever before. While some experts are concerned that...

Babies And iPads Might Not Be Such A Great Combination After All

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.24.2015 | Science

Many modern parents have a love-hate relationship with the iPad. The device can be great to keep a child occupied and some interactive games may car...

Unleashing Our Children's Potential

Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Those political champions need to learn from places that have done this successfully -- even places with very different governmental models. On the one hand there is no doubt that there are innovative local parenting programs and early childhood education models underway.

The 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.07.2016 | Science
Blake Fleetwood

It has been more or less 100 years since Freud wrote many of his groundbreaking books and papers on the human mind. And while some of his theories have been discredited, many major ideas have been borne out and are still relevant today.

Fair Is Fair, But Not Everywhere

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.23.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Children as young as three believe that hard work merits more reward. By the time they enter school, children are like little adults in their commitment to distributive justice. But is this impulse universal?

Hard Work, Hard Times: Self-control and Joblessness

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.23.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Does self-discipline today really pay off later in life -- in jobs, paychecks, promotions and bonuses, professional prestige and wealth? Surprisingly, given the importance of employment to well-being and the global economy, the link between self-control and job success has not been thoroughly studied. Until now.

Let Them Eat Cake

Donna Fish | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Donna Fish

I remember those days when my kids went from one birthday party to the next, eating what seemed like nothing but cake and ice cream. I also saw the parents who would try to get their kids to not eat the cake, even forbidding it due to the sugar overload for that particular day.

One Very Good Reason To Stay Calm In Front Of Your Kids

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.15.2015 | Parents

It's one thing for parents to tell their children to behave kindly toward others, and another for them to embody the message with actions of their own...

The Cromnibus Will Diminish The Health And Development Of Poor Children

Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs As Jon Stewart has noted, the compromise federal budget just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is full of unpleasant s...

Feeding Frenzy

Donna Fish | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Donna Fish

The frenzy I am talking about here, is parental anxiety. The anxiety so many parents feel surrounding feeding their kids. I get so many inquiries -- m...

WATCH: The Secret To Raising A Happy And Healthy Child

Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents

The key to raising successful kids? Depends on how you define "success," says author and leading development psychologist, Dr. Susan Engel. At the ...

The First Thousand Days of a Baby's Life

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Madeleine M. Kunin

The first thousand days of a baby's life are likely to determine the rest of her life -- whether she grows up to be healthy or not, both physically and emotionally. That's both good news and bad news.

Unshakable Humanity: Altruism and Disaster

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.17.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Will the precocious altruism of childhood survive severe tribulation, or will kids revert back to their earlier self-centeredness? The Sichuan earthquake provided a natural "stress test" to examine the strength of youthful generosity.

'Creating Innovators'

Tony Wagner | Posted 07.17.2012 | College
Tony Wagner

In more than one hundred and fifty interviews for this book -- lengthy conversations with scores of innovators and their parents, teachers, and mentors -- passion was the most frequently recurring word.

Architecture Classes for Children? Why Is It a Good Idea?

Alla Kazovsky | Posted 07.15.2012 | Arts
Alla Kazovsky

No one will argue that children are naturally creative. But it is our responsibility as parents and educators to nurture their inherent abilities. For the opportunity to knock, you have to build the door.

College Admissions and the Adolescent Brain

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 08.21.2011 | College
The Chronicle of Higher Education

In other words, helping a teenager apply to college is not only an admissions issue -- it's also a developmental issue. As such, there's much room for teaching.

$320K for Kindergarten Teachers: Let's Change the Calculus for the Stewards of the Next Generation

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Isn't it time to start changing the calculus for early childhood teachers? They're the ones charged with producing the innovative, critical thinkers of the future.

Nature as a Play and Learning Ground

Rachel Grob | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Rachel Grob

Nature offers children not just physical room to play, but mental and emotional room as well.

HOPE for the Children: God's Gift to Parents

Trina Hayes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Trina Hayes

Our children are craving role models today and if there is to be hope for our children in the future, it has to begin with the parents and the adults.

Parenting Advice: Screen Time, Our Kids and Child Care

Sheila Lirio Marcelo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Different studies point to the same result: for every hour of TV watched, kids run an increased risk of developing ADD, obesity or falling behind in class. Screen time is especially affects young children.

PBS' 'This Emotional Life': Are We Born With 'Innate' Ideas?

Dr. Seth Pollak | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Seth Pollak

Rather than lots of fancy features, it is likely that what humans enter the world with is a general ability to learn. We have an amazing ability to be able to pick up on various things and group them together.

Pop Warner Football And Head Injuries

Sheila Lirio Marcelo | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sheila Lirio Marcelo

Sports can be such a key component to a child's development. We're big supporters of that. But as parents, we're also concerned about the safety of both our boys.

Why Nursery School Might Be Bad For Young Boys

Times Online | Sue Palmer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

To provide the best start in life for a boy, his parents have to provide the personal care he needs in a way that fits with a 21st-century lifestyle. ...