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6 Incredible Skills You Were Born With

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.16.2016 | Science

As scientists learn more about human nature, they've made some remarkable discoveries about skills and traits that we may be born with. A new study pu...

We Need to Close the 'Word Gap' for Low-Income Children

Sandra Waxman | Posted 11.30.2016 | Education
Sandra Waxman

Closing the gap matters for several reasons. Most importantly, without access to high-quality childcare, infants and toddlers from low-income families face increasingly steep developmental challenges.

Who Needs the Starling?: A Cautionary Tale

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 10.29.2016 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

You gotta be kidding! Something new is on the market that many middle class families will want. It is called the Starling. It is a little microphone babies wear on their clothes to record the amount of language spoken to them. The cost? $129 dollars. Who will buy this?

8 Truths About Early Talkers

Ali Solomon | Posted 09.14.2016 | Parents
Ali Solomon

At six months old, my daughter grabbed Goodnight, Moon out of my husband's hand and said "book." We looked at her, then each other, and laughed nervously. "That totally sounded like she said 'book,' but there's no way." She pointed to it again and said "book." There was no mistaking it this time.

Happy 50th Birthday, Head Start!

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of all the Great Society programs, Head Start is perhaps the most popular. It provides center-based services to millions of very cute 3- and 4-year-olds, mostly children from disadvantaged families. If members of the public, educators, and policy makers know a single conclusion from educational research, it is that early-childhood programs have long-term positive impacts.

Word Gap? How About Conversation Gap?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.01.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's estimated that poor children, by the time they hit kindergarten, have heard 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate classmates. The Clinton Foundation's Too Small to Fail initiative is just one of the national efforts to increase the quantity of language that underprivileged preschoolers are exposed to. But is quantity enough?

The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby's Language Development

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big -- more than double the vocabulary by age 2.

A Mother's Lesson in Listening

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez | Posted 07.16.2014 | Divorce
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

My parents stayed together for us kids, but I chose not to. By the time my son celebrates his second birthday, his father and I will be divorced. Hourly, I battle between crowning that decision selfless or selfish.

I'm a Mom Who Loves the iPad Bouncy Seat. Let's Make It Even Better!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Let's face it-- we live in a technological world, and babies need to be prepared for this from Day One. What happens if your child starts preschool and he or she is behind because they have not yet developed crucial electronic life skills, like touching a screen at exactly the right angle?

Toddlers Have Better Grammar Than You Think

Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 06/18/2013 08:32 AM EDT on LiveScience The little sounds and puffs of air that toddlers often inject in...

The Toddler Words That Parents Will Miss The Most

Posted 03.21.2013 | Parents

As your kids grow out of toddlerhood, they learn that their favorite color is "yellow," not "lello," and that a trip to the zoo is to see the "animals...

The 10 Toddler Words That I'll Miss Most

John Kinnear | Posted 05.15.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

What she always says with outstretched arms.

What Big Data Can Teach Us About Language

Keith A. Hutchison | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Keith A. Hutchison

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoProfessor Deb Roy's study is a great example of how large-scale databases can answer important questions beyond those obtainable from standard experiments.

The Tower of Babble: How Humans Learn Language

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoWhat is truly fascinating is that just as children have an innate ability to learn language, their caregivers -- anyone from a mother to an older sibling to the teenage babysitter from down the block -- have an innate ability to teach it.

What Decides A Baby's First Words?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Lisa Belkin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoCan the sounds we choose first really capture who we will become over time? Or do we give them added meaning with hindsight, because we have waited for them so long?

The Birth Of A Word

Deb Roy | Posted 04.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Deb Roy

2013-02-07-debroypullWith a near-complete record of life at home over the first two years of my son's life, we were able to pinpoint each time he learned to say a new word. We could then trace back in time to find each occasion where he heard that word from caregivers -- the "gestation" period leading to the word's birth.

Learning New Words

Caren Chesler | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

One of his first words was "No," but I've learned that he doesn't necessarily mean it. Do you want some apple? No. I then give him a piece of apple, and he readily takes it. Raisins? No, but really yes. More oatmeal? No! As he helps himself to another spoonful.

Cara Santa Maria

Can A Baby Cry In French? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 08.24.2012 | Science

Can babies cry in French, German, English? When do they start to develop their own dialects, accents, even individual voices? To learn about the scien...

'Speak To The Baby!' And Other Rules About Speech We Don't Need To Follow

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 01.03.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

During the times I was alone with the baby and the toddler was at preschool, I treasured the moments of quiet, relishing in the child that could not yet talk. As Phyllis Diller so eloquently put: "We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up."

When Undocumented Immigrants Raise U.S. Citizens

Max Benavidez | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Max Benavidez

A funny thing happened on the way to the American Dream for millions of American children whose parents are undocumented immigrants.

Can Speaking 'Parentese' To Your Baby Make Her Smarter? (VIDEO)

John Medina, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Medina, Ph.D.

Few interactions with children are as much fun as learning to speak their language. As they learn to speak ours, heaping tablespoons of words into their minds is one of the healthiest things parents can do for their brains.

How Learning Music Can Enhance Kids' Brain Development

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

A new website where kids can create music desires to spread the joy of music creation to millions regardless of skill, training or economic status.