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Early Child Development

Parents, Some Reasonable Age-Appropriate Expectations For Your Young Kids

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.19.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

It is critical to distinguish between discipline and punishment. Discipline actually means to teach, and it is a much more useful concept for parenting and one that becomes increasingly important in early and middle childhood.

Parents, Get Realistic About Your Expectations For Young Kids

Laurie Levy | Posted 11.22.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Your two-year-old refuses to share his toy with your friend's child. He snatches back his Thomas train. You are embarrassed, send him to his room for a time out, and tell him to come out when he's ready to apologize.

To Solve The Child Care Crisis, Let's Pick Up Where We Left Off In 1971

Brigid Schulte | Posted 10.28.2016 | Parents
Brigid Schulte

The current child care system in the United States isn't working well for anyone, even though the majority of children in the United States are being raised in families where all parents work for pay, and the majority of children have, since the 1990s, been in some form of "non-maternal" care from the age of six months.

New Report Finds That Child Care In America Doesn't Work

Brigid Schulte | Posted 11.02.2016 | Parents
Brigid Schulte

In the past 50 years, the experience of the American family has undergone a sea change. In the mid-twentieth century, breadwinner-homemaker families were not only more the norm, but held up as the ideal.

The Art of Motherhood

Ursula Nwobu | Posted 07.08.2016 | Parents
Ursula Nwobu

While there are a number of things mothers deal with that leave them feeling really overwhelmed, they would always say that having a child is one of their biggest achievements. The job is never truly easy.

When Your Toddler Favors One Parent, How Do You Feel?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Sometimes toddlers seem to favor one parent over the promoting all kinds of feelings in the other parent. It can happen to mothers and fathers who then have all kinds of emotions triggered in them.

We Need A 'Whole Child' Approach

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Kolleen Bouchane

Last week, in a room packed full of children's rights and education advocates and high level experts, World Bank President Jim Kim and UNICEF Executiv...

On Finally Breaking Free From Paralyzing Perfectionism

Rebecca Strong | Posted 06.14.2015 | Women
Rebecca Strong

People like to idealize perfectionism. They convey it as an endearing quirk, a Woody Allen-esque neurosis. But here's the thing: Striving for excellence and setting unrealistic expectations for yourself are very different things.

Education for the World We Want (part 2)

Suna Senman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

The lack of motivation to learn often results in low performance, poor self-esteem and disruptive behavior. As self-image decreases, the desire to constructively contribute to society declines creating a downward spiral.

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

Books Are Just a Start

T. Berry Brazelton, MD | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

It still may come as a surprise to some that reading to babies in the first six months of life contributes to their brain development and later academic success.

Can Work Ethic Be Learned?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Is work ethic always instilled -- by parents, in young children? Can it be learned later on or, in fact, even be inherent?

Read/Talk/Sing -- To Build Strong Brains in Very Young Children

George Halvorson | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Thirty minutes a day of reading can determine whether or not a child can read or not read -- and that interaction can determine whether a child will stay in school or not stay in school.

The Global Search for Education: Education Is My Right -- Brazil

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Like many other countries, Brazil is working to support its learners. Today in Part 3 of "Education Is My Right," we will discuss some of the key issues faced as well as the initiatives education leaders have launched to help resolve the problems in Brazil.

Life Lessons Learned From My Toddler

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself.

Early Learning on Speaker Pérez's Budget To-Do List

Catherine Atkin | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Catherine Atkin

With California's economy rebounding and the state budget stabilizing, we now face a critical choice about how to invest in our future.

When It Comes To Toddlers, Parents Just Don't Understand

Katharine McKinney | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Katharine McKinney

Sometime in January, my youngest stood in front of our toilet, squinted, and said matter-of-factly, "It's not a Christmas Party."

When Does Parental Lack of Information Impact Child Development?

Diana Grycan | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

When a child is begging for help by acting out, it is vital for the development of the child that parents evaluate what needs exist at different times in that child's life.

A Zero on a Mission

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

As a mother of a 6-year-old who has a unique learning style, I'm always on the lookout for creative books that teach fundamentals, such as the alphabe...

Can Love Incarnate Be Delivered By TV?

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Eliot Daley

Early media guru Marshall McLuhan famously declared TV a "cool" medium for its essentially dispassionate, detached, diluted means of engaging people. But both Fulton Sheen and Fred Rogers proved that it is not the essence of the medium that controls the effect.

School and Self Esteem, or: Thank You for Making Those Socks!

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.07.2012 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Authentic gratitude is enough of an acknowledgment to foster self-esteem without leading to the kind of dependency on others that "good job" seems to do.

Working Harder Is Not Serving You: What I Learned in My First Tai Chi Class

Stacy Barrows | Posted 09.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Stacy Barrows

Recently, I started taking tai chi classes. I have always been interested in studying a martial art, particularly one of the healing and internal styles such as tai chi.

Saki Knafo

Gov. Bev Perdue's Budget Could Save Nation's Leading Early Childhood Programs, Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.11.2012 | Parents

Children's advocates are applauding the latest state budget in North Carolina, hailing it as the latest victory in a long and drawn-out battle over th...

Maternal Mortality Rising in the US? What About Mother's Day?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

Mother's Day is celebrated in most countries around the world -- mothers everywhere are honored for their central role in maintaining happy families and healthy societies. But in poor countries, Mother's Day is too often a sad time.

Executive Function Skills Are Essential to America's Present and Future

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 06.10.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

As we learn more about executive function skills and as we begin to promote them, it is clear that we can make progress on some of America's more enduring challenges.