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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.

Do Kids Have the Chance to Be Kids Today?

Andy Braner | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
Andy Braner

When my first son turned 6 years old, a new era began in our family. We were ushered quickly into the wonderful world of YMCA soccer. When you graduate from Gerber baby food to the fresh-cut grass pitch of the local Y soccer league, you're in for a treat.

This Study Brought to You by the Letter 'C' -- How Sesame Street Predicts Kids' Brain Maturity

Ben Thomas | Posted 03.11.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Watching TV doesn't necessarily equal zoning out -- kids' brains may actually be picking up cues for maturation from naturalistic educational programming. How's that for an argument for keeping PBS funded?

In the Digital Age, Moderation Is Key

Rahil Briggs, Psy.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents
Rahil Briggs, Psy.D.

The debate continues to rage on as to the true role technology is playing in young children's lives, with informed "experts" on both sides claiming the superior stand. Maybe it's the easy way out, but how about everything in moderation, especially for younger children?

5 Big Discoveries About Parenting In 2012

David Rock | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
David Rock

Here's my summary of what seemed to be the bigger findings to emerge about 'bringing up baby' in 2012, there's not much brain research in this post, just lots of food for thought.

Beyond Dolls vs. Trucks: How Children of Same-Sex Parents May Be Less Constrained By Gender Stereotypes, and Why It Matters

Abbie E. Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2013 | Science
Abbie E. Goldberg

In today's society, parents and educators are increasingly realizing the benefits of playing with all kinds of toys. That is, a preschool-aged boy who happily investigates a toy kitchen is less likely to be chastised by his teacher or parents than in decades past.

The Essential Human Task Is Learning to Be With Others and Other Lessons From the Research of Daniel Stern

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.27.2013 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

When Daniel Stern died this November 12th, we lost one of the truly greats in child development research and theory.

Are you Parenting Like Your Parent?

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Have you ever had one of those moments where you scold your child, using words you never use or threats you'd never see through? Afterwards, you stand there stumped for a few seconds wondering, "Where did that come from?" Then, it hits you -- you sound like your mother or father.

WATCH: Fetus Yawns Inside Womb

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science

LONDON (Reuters) - Growing into a fully formed human being is a long process, and scientists have found that unborn babies not only hiccup, swallow an...

Education Begins Before School

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.21.2013 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Most debates about educational reform have not embraced the most fundamental question: When does education begin?

7 Ways to Stop Your Child from Becoming Violent

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.12.2013 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Seeing an image of a violent adult, it's hard to imagine the innocent baby he or she once was. Is there such thing as being born violent? Are there really "bad seeds" when it comes to human life?

Just How 'Identical' Are Identical Twins?

Posted 11.11.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 11/10/2012 11:11 AM EST on LiveScience SAN FRANCISCO – Identical twins may not be so identical...

Food, Toxics and ADHD: Old Fears, Ever Stronger Science

David Wallinga, M.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Wallinga, M.D.

A Harvard study recently published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine associates a mother's low level exposure to mercury while pregnant with greater risk of her child later developing ADHD-related behavior.