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Child Development

Dr. Toy Talks about Superhero Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Superheroes have abilities children only dream of -- they are strong, fast, courageous and can overcome obstacles... sometimes in a single bound. They also do many good deeds. After all, that is an important goal we hope children will internalize -- learning about doing good for others.

The Milestones American Parents Should Prioritize

Christine Gross-Loh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Christine Gross-Loh

Every society values its own skill sets for its own reasons. The problem in America is that, while we excel at raising spectacularly verbal kids, we have lost sight of other values that we need to foster in our children.

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.

How Can We Help Children Bounce Back?

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Our task, as parents, is to recognize these common injuries and provide some healing of a child's discouragement and anger. Often, a simple acknowledgment of her disappointment or frustration is all that is necessary.

Feed Your Brain, Feed Your Life: The Science of Everyday Mindfulness

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Research in mindfulness has exploded exponentially over the last decade, suggesting improvements in both physical and mental health.

Do Timeouts Really Work?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 04.25.2013 | Parents

Written by Melinda Wenner Moyer for Slate So there I was last week, perusing a preschool parent handbook, when I stumbled across a curious anti-tim...

The Business of Play

Michael Feigelson | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Michael Feigelson

Today, the day before the World Economic Forum conference in Lima, a group of Peruvian kids and their adult allies will make a case for why a childhood free from violence and filled with playful learning is the key to the kind of innovation that can drive economic prosperity in this century.

The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Contrary to common stereotypes, giftedness is not synonymous with high academic achievement. The gifted student archetype, while expected to be a mature classroom leader, does not fit all gifted students.

What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

Rae Pica | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Rae Pica

When I hear stories about teachers and administrators making decisions that create the impression they don't know children at all, I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development.

The Teenage Brain: How Do We Measure Maturity?

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.29.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Teenagers are attracted to novel and risky activities, especially with peers, at a time when they lack judgment and the ability to weigh future consequences. How specifically should this scientific insight into teenage risk taking inform policy and legal decisions?

How Bilingual Brains Think Outside the Boxe(s)

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

The more complex a task was, the more strongly the bilingual kids out-scored their monolingual counterparts.

Mindfulness vs. Smartphones

Michael Melcher | Posted 05.12.2013 | Technology
Michael Melcher

You'd be hard-pressed to discern this truth from any ad for any commercial product, since nearly everything is marketed on the basis of promising immediate gratification. "There's an app for that!"TM means "more instant gratification for you."

TV Reality or Reality TV for Children?

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Mark Bertin, M.D.

Every month in the medical journals, new papers suggest that without skillful management from adults, media influences children for the worse.

Are You the Parent You Want to Be?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

We all have something that triggers us as parents, be it defiance, tantrums, nagging, or whining. When we are triggered, we may not react to our kids appropriately. However, we often don't realize how much how we are reacting in the present has to do with feelings from our past.

Is Technology Preventing Two Key Ingredients for Kids' Relationships?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

The "it's all about me" zeitgeist of pop culture clearly interferes with the development of both selflessness and empathy. Whether reality TV, hip-hop music, or violent movies or video games, pop culture's messages elevate the self above others.

Invalid Files and Language Learning: Your Brain's Interoperable World

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Since computers have evolved from room-sized mainframes into menageries of smart phones and tablets and office desktop machines, interoperability has become a watchword for forward-thinking communications experts.

Are Online Relationships Healthy for Young People?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.29.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Online relationships are based on limited information and, as a result, are incomplete; your children can know people online, but only so far.

Are You Raising a Narcissist?

Jeffrey Dill | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Jeffrey Dill

Are you raising a narcissistic child? According to psychologists, there has been a sharp increase in narcissism in the United States.

Two Words That Hit Home When We Got Rid Of The Baby Stuff

Monica Bielanko | Posted 04.20.2013 | Parents
Monica Bielanko

I tried to understand why I feel so attached to these inanimate objects; how any of us can feel so beholden to tiny onesies, shoes, a toy car, a threadbare stuffed animal. It could be nostalgia for the babies our children used to be, sadness that perhaps our baby days are over forever.

What I Learned From Lazy French Mothers

Pamela Druckerman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Pamela Druckerman

I've come around to the French (though not exclusively French) idea that a slower, less stressful pace of family life isn't just more relaxing for grown-ups. It's also good for kids.

Little People Meet Big Data

Benjamin K. Bergen | Posted 04.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Benjamin K. Bergen

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoLearning language is so difficult that no other animal or piece of software even comes close to the average human second-grader. And the mystery is: How do we do it?

More Than Just Language

Rahil Briggs, Psy.D. | Posted 04.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Rahil Briggs, Psy.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideoAn opportunity still exists to further explore this treasure trove of information, and mining this information will reveal the birth of healthy social emotional development, which many would argue is even more formative and foundational than language.

Who Was the Greatest Psychologist?

Allen Frances | Posted 04.11.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

In most realms of human endeavor, no one person ever stands out as clearly greater than the other greats in that field. Because so many are great, no one person ever shines brightest. Psychology is an exception -- Charles Darwin does tower over this field.

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.

'But I didn't mean to...' Responding to Students Exhibiting Sexualized Behavior

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Nancy Rappaport

Students with sexualized behavior are one of teachers' biggest concerns. While sexual behavior is relatively unusual, it can be understandably upsetting and confusing for educators, who often are not sure how best to respond.