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What Exactly Is the 'Real World'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.

10 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Adolescent

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

Accept that what you did yesterday won't work today. Your child is changing and growing and your relationship with him or her has to accommodate that growth. To do this, your behavior is going to have to change, too.

How Do You Model Reading for Children in the Digital Age?

Quora | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Quora

The goal is to have books and stories that kids of every age love to read and want to have near their bodies, so they can pick up the book and say or gesture 'read?!' and a parent or caregiver will comply with joy.

Acts of Compassion Speak Louder than Words to Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Developing the capacity for compassion and sharing is a huge challenge for young children. Because they are still in an egocentric stage of developm...

California's Early Learning Momentum Goes on

Deborah Kong | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Deborah Kong

We must continue to raise quality in order to provide children with the kind of early experiences that are proven to boost high school graduation, increase college enrollment and completion, reduce crime and prepare a skilled workforce for the 21st century.

Your Baby's Brain, Part 4: Parents Are the True Gene Therapists

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

With each day, your child moves toward his or her potential one experience at a time. Early childhood experiences assert an intense and specific effect on your child's brain, which will determine how the neural-connections will be created.

Autism: Early Intervention Makes A BIG Difference

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Recognizing more children with autism means more opportunity for intervention and a greater chance of a better future for these children.

Your Baby's Brain, Part 3: Windows of Opportunity

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

There are windows of opportunity when your child's brain is highly susceptible to environmental experiences.

'Dance on the Lawn' -- Community Dance Festival Sets Standard

Adria Rolnik | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

I had the privilege recently to attend a dance festival a bit different from the norm -- not one produced by an established organization, or part of a regional effort, or one of the well known dance festivals found in nearby New York City

To the 12-Year-Old Student I Pushed Too Hard

Amanda Trusty | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

You're too young to know what your dreams are but yet I've already designed them for you. You haven't developed enough to control your emotions but I'm asking you to let them show all over your face every time I press "play" on the iPod.

9 Baby 'Lasts' I'll Miss (And Also Celebrate)

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

These lasts are usually unexpected and often not even noticed until they're long gone. Then, you might mourn these little moments that made your baby a baby.

Kids' Drawings May Predict Intelligence Later In Life

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science

They may look like random doodles and smiley faces, but a new study suggests that children's drawings are an indicator of their intelligence -- and no...

In Their Own Time

Christine French Cully | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How many times, I wonder, did I push my kids to do something before they were developmentally ready?

What All Parents (Even Happily Married Ones) Should Tell Their Kids About Divorce

Christina Pesoli | Posted 10.01.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

Whether you're happily married or filing for divorce (or somewhere in between), it's always a good time to review how you present the topic of divorce to your own kids.

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

As your children expand their social world, the messages from others become increasingly influential. You can actively create a critical mass of people and institutions that will support and reinforce your messages of compassion.

35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches

Anne Josephson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Sports
Anne Josephson

While superior knowledge of the sport is a cornerstone of a brilliant coach, it takes so much more than content and procedural knowledge to be a brilliant coach or teacher.

Shaping an Empathic Tomorrow

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 09.12.2014 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

It was a usual evening. After finishing with the homework, I was ushering the kids out the door for their playtime when I suddenly felt a sharp, debilitating pain in my abdomen. I staggered to the couch and slumped into it.

Play for Children: Form and Freedom

Megan Rosker | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Megan Rosker

We need to strive for a more balanced parenting approach in which kids are receiving several hours of free play, devoid of screen time, and also receiving a lot of form and structure in their day that will help them to plan their next great invention and feel confident that they can create a great life for themselves.

Moral Combat: Do Violent Video Games Make Us Reflect On Morality?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Scholars have long debated whether playing violent video games can produce antisocial behaviors in players. Evidence has been mixed, at best, and often controversial.

Is Compassion Children's Most Admirable Quality?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.30.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

We are assured by experts that compassion is hardwired into all human beings because such qualities help us to become functioning members of society. But, if you're like me, you would swear that children are born without an ounce of compassion in them.

4 Skills Our Children Learn When They Eat Healthier

Katherine Eskovitz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Katherine Eskovitz

Nutrition is such a great area for children to practice planning. It not only helps children become healthy eaters beyond the childhood years, but it strengthens these high-level cognitive skills as they are developing.

Time for the Straight Talk on Time Outs

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Time outs are a proven parenting tool when implemented correctly. They are one of the few disciplinary strategies recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to reduce problem behaviors including non-compliance, oppositional actions and verbal and physical aggression.

Tools in Crafting our Best Muslim Selves: Some Reflections on Islamic Education in a Global Age

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

Recent sensational headlines involving Muslim extremists--and the actions of the extremists themselves--have contributed to challenges facing Muslim educators, as well as obscured the important work that these educators are doing the world over.

6 Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Your Child's Education

Hilary Wilce | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Want your child to get as little out of school as possible? Here's how.

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?