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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.

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.