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Child Development

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.

Adventures in Awkward Parenting Moments

Toni Nagy | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Raising a human will lead to some embarrassing and awkward moments.

Why Alone Time Is So Important for Boys And Girls

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.16.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Modern parents are almost obsessed with filling up their children's time. There are after-school classes, team sports, camps, lessons. What's often missing from the schedule is valuable time spent alone.

Learning and Development Starts at Age Zero

Kris Jamsa, Ph.D., MBA | Posted 08.31.2012 | Impact
Kris Jamsa, Ph.D., MBA

Every action a mother takes (or fails to take) with respect to developing her child's learning skills, directly affect the child's ability to succeed in the future.

TEDxStudioCityED: Blending Self-Regulation, Technology, and Education

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

TEDxStudioCityED was a powerful event with a select group of top leaders on blending self-regulation, technology, and education. I was thrilled and touched to be included in the line-up of speakers, and delighted to tie everything together in my talk.

Helping Parents Distinguish Love from Emotional Hunger

Lisa Firestone | Posted 08.19.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

When we are misattuned to the developmental stages of our children, carrying them when they'd rather walk, breastfeeding them when they'd rather play, we undermine their confidence.

Young Kids Know Who to Learn From

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Science
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Because we have to rely so much on people around us to learn, it is important that we do a good job of figuring out who to trust to teach us well. This would seem to be a particular problem for children.

Sad, Surprising Result Of Childhood Obesity

| Posted 06.14.2012 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Joanna Lin Obese children face risks to their emotional and social well-being that can harm their a...

Technology May Offer Solutions, but Gaps in Implementation Remain

Tara Chklovski | Posted 08.14.2012 | Education
Tara Chklovski

Hard, social problems require deep, lifelong commitment from organizations and individuals. Technology presents such a tantalizing solution to these issues, but there seems to be a big implementation gap.

Summer Camp Is for all Children Around the World: A Child's Right

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Millions of kids around the world don't have anything to look forward to when school lets out. They spend summers isolated, listless and even hungry. That's why we're bringing camp to Vietnam, Ethiopia and Haiti. We want to make sure every kid gets the chances to enjoy this rite of passage.

Signing with Your Baby

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents
Ruth Neubauer

Sign language is a natural way to help communication in the first year or so of life.

Being a Mother & Being Good Enough -- Two Mutually Exclusive Concepts?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Most of us are doing the best we can, whether or not we are breastfeeding for three months or three years or carrying our little ones on our hips or pushing them in strollers.

And Life Is NOT Going to Be the Same

Misha Lyuve | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

Can I be jealous of children for a second? They are lucky to experience transformational moments in abundance. As adults we require, for the most part, a very conscious effort to reach them.

How Can Wealthy Families Teach Their Children to Live Frugally?

Quora | Posted 06.10.2012 | Money
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By an Anonymous User of Quora We are fairly well off after a few good opportunities in Silicon Valley. ...

Do You Have Needs or NEEDS!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Just as your basic physical needs (e.g., food, water, shelter) must be met to ensure your physical survival and growth, another set of needs must also be satisfied to guarantee your psychological and emotional survival and growth.

Should Parents Sell Girl Scout Cookies for their Daughters?

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 05.19.2012 | Parents
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Should parents be doing the selling for their kids?

Why Johnny Can't Read: Redux

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

When it comes to school, especially reading, we have designed an entire educational system around the unsupportable and harmful assumption that all children will read at the same time.

Five Tips for Helping Kids Handle Their Emotions

Lisa Firestone | Posted 04.15.2012 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Parents are human. We mess up, we say the wrong thing, and sometimes we let our own emotions get in the way. When this happens, we can help our kids a great deal by talking to them about what happened and how we behaved.

Diagnosis: The Day Everything, And Nothing Changed

Jenee Woodard | Posted 04.12.2012 | Religion
Jenee Woodard

In 1994, autism was not recognized or diagnosed "early." The attitude was "wait and see" because the diagnosis of "autism" invariably meant life-long severe disability, not the "spectrum" we recognize today.

Can Cell Phones Help American Mothers And Babies?

J. Nwando Olayiwola | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
J. Nwando Olayiwola

The United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the industrialized world. The good news is that there are great tools out there to help. Indeed, a text-messaging service that delivers vital health information to mothers at various stages of their pregnancy and during the first year of their child's life, is one of them.

Should I Worry That My Child's Best Friend Is Make Believe?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.08.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Plosheye was my brother's best friend and the two would talk by phone for hours, while my parents watched, and grinned. Once in awhile I asked for a turn, but my attempts at conversation were met with silence. He's shy, my mother would say. He doesn't like you, my brother would declare. Eventually it occurred to me that he didn't actually exist.

Backyard Boys

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.30.2012 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Long before leadership courses, sensitivity training, and peer counseling, if you'll remember that you learned fairness, justice, and teamwork in our backyard.

Why Your Child Bites: It's Not Your Fault!

Lori Day | Posted 03.04.2012 | Parents
Lori Day

No parent enjoys seeing their child come home with a bruise, scratch or tooth marks. If this were happening between second graders, my reaction would be much different than when it happens between 3-year-olds.