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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.

Are the Media Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.24.2012 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

How can children these days avoid being infected with this "disease" when, thanks to the wired world they live in, the majority of messages they receive venerate and encourage narcissism?

When Siblings Fight: Should You Step In?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.20.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

It's tempting to think that our children will be best friends, naturally and without conflict. But while we can encourage our kids to treat each other with kindness and respect, we can't force them to get along.

How to Never fall for the 'Bad Boy' Again

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.19.2012 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

From now on, I am not going to tell any child that someone tormenting her really just "likes" her and doesn't know how to show it.

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.

Mom and Dad and TMI: Are You an Over-Sharer?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.05.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We're always hearing about children and teenagers who share too much: with their friends; with their parents; online, with the world. But what happens when it's Mom and Dad dabbling in TMI? How do we know how much--and what sort of--information our kids can handle?

The #1 Reason To Think Twice Before Splitting Up

Beverly Willett | Posted 12.03.2012 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

Envision yourself in your child's place if you decide to walk out the front door. And then carry that memory around with you for awhile.

20/20 Hindsight Guide for Surviving High School (and Beyond)

Grown And Flown | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents
Grown And Flown

The window in which to reach our kids on lessons about character and values can be shorter than we think.

Catherine Pearson

Kids Are Exposed To How Much Background TV?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents

Many parents work hard to limit the amount of time their kids spend glued to the television, but a new study finds that exposure is nonetheless creepi...

Election 2012: Children on the Ballot

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Mark Bertin, M.D.

When society abandons children before age five, we leave them adrift for a lifetime. Only through a concrete and prolonged investment in early childhood do we truly create an opportunity for all individuals to thrive.

Social Interaction in Early Life Affects Wiring to the Frontal Lobes

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

A study published in tomorrow's issue of Science shows that social interaction during a critical period of early life has irreversible effects on maturation of connections to the frontal lobes of the brain, disrupting social interactions and cognitive ability into adulthood.

Child Care Missing From Party Platforms

David Gray | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
David Gray

In the 1988 campaign, both George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis emphasized child care. As the Romney and Obama campaigns now sprint towards November 6, the opportunity remains for them to discuss the child care needs of American families.

New Evidence: Early Ability to Focus, Have Self Control Linked to College Completion

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Learning how to learn plays a key role in whether children go on to graduate from college, a new study by Megan McClelland of Oregon State University and her colleagues finds.

The Most Ignorant Thing You Could Say To A Mom

Andrea Bonior | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

A parent's biggest challenge -- and privilege -- is to watch these moments and try to make the most of them before they slip away. But those moments are just as important at 5, 10 and 15 as they are at five months, and it's not just Moms who bear this responsibility.

Understanding the Language Of Children's Behavior: Lessons From the Research of Berry Brazleton

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Brazelton realized that children's behavior affects parents just as parents' behavior affects children. It is a two-way street.