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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.

Give the Gift of Curiosity for the Holidays -- Lessons From Laura Schulz

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 02.18.2012 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

It is by remaining curious that children learn, whether about the natural world or about people. And that is a gift that lasts long after the holidays are over!

Katherine Bindley

They Can Text, But Can They Talk? | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.10.2011 | Parents

Parents have a long list of concerns about children using technology: Will they be hurt by cyber bullying? Or meet with online predators? Will their h...

My Children Can't Read

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 02.05.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

My four-year-old daughter is illiterate. She can only sight read her own name, has not memorized short board books, and can barely write five letters of the alphabet. I am more than fine with all of this. In fact, I am proud.

A Change is Gonna Come

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I've learned the hard way that nothing, absolutely nothing, stays constant in the life of a child. Which means that everything, absolutely everything, is in constant flux for parents.

7 Things You Didn't Know About Babies

The Huffington Post | Jessica Samakow | Posted 11.28.2011 | Parents

Babies don't come with a manual. No matter how much parenting advice your mom, sister, co-worker and hair stylist have to offer, there's no way to get...

How The Baby Brain Differentiates Between Humans And Animals

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

By the time children are 5 years old, they generally see humans as special. However, they also seem ready to recognize that humans and other animals have a lot in common.

Just Say "No" to Keyboarding in Kindergarten

Rae Pica | Posted 01.02.2012 | Education
Rae Pica

If handwriting is no longer to be used as a form of communication but the computer is, at what age should children be learning keyboarding skills?

Elena's Story: A Story on the Effects of Abandonment

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

To know Elena is to have the privilege to observe the effects of abandonment and recovery. I will tell you her story, but first I want you to know how she is beloved by her family today.

Children and Media: Pediatricians' Monolith Myth

David Kleeman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Parents
David Kleeman

Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released the long-awaited update to its 1999 policy statement on media use by children younger than two. I am amazed that with 12 years to work on it, the AAP labored so mightily and brought forth such a mouse.

For Kids, Is Happiness Genetic?

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.06.2011 | Parents

It’s true. We all turn into our mothers (or fathers) as we age, and by that logic our kids will one day grow up to be … just like us? How much inf...

For Kids, God Makes It True

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Religion
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Young children do a pretty good job of distinguishing fantastic stories from realistic ones.

Harnessing the Power of Sport and Play for Development and Peace

Johann Koss | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact
Johann Koss

Participation in sport and play programs has the potential to significantly contribute to child and youth development, prevent the spread of non-communicable and communicable diseases and strengthen communities.

Reducing Conflict in Children: Lessons From Larry Aber

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.21.2011 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Building on the prior laboratory work of Kenneth Dodge, Aber and his colleagues began to investigate what goes on in children's minds when they are provoked.

Spongebob Squarepants vs. Caillou: Both of These Things Are Not LIke the Other

David Kleeman | Posted 11.15.2011 | Media
David Kleeman

It's impossible to conduct a thoughtful debate, or to build family media literacy, if we allow the conversation to be hijacked by pseudo-science that lends itself to flashy headlines.

You Can Spot A Future Bully At Age 1, Research Shows

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

While only a minority of toddlers are habitual bullies, this aggressive tendency appears to emerge by age one. What's more, such playroom roughness appears linked to the mothers' own problems with mood and conduct.

Teachers: An Untapped App-Development Resource

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 08.29.2011 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

With the explosion of educational apps, you'd think there would be a raft of ex-teachers and child development psychologists being invited into the app development industry.

What We Say to Our Kids - and What They Hear

Red Room | Posted 10.09.2011 | Parents
Red Room

We deliver short, easy messages that we think they understand, but they don't. Kids are literal beings, and if we don't give them context to what we're saying they don't have the capacity to fill it in on their own. And if we can't or won't create that context using the grisly truth, what are we to do?

Are You Buying Toys That Stunt Your Child's Brain?

Fran Lasker | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Fran Lasker

The window for creativity that is open during childhood is vital to the development of the person, so give it plenty of thought before you plop your child down with an electronic toy that totally consumes him for hours and turns him into a zombie.

Advocates Call for the Nation to Awaken for Our Children

Jim McKay | Posted 09.21.2011 | Impact
Jim McKay

The National Movement for America's Children will focus on seeing a national strategy implemented by all the segments and institutions in the country with a stake in contributing to healthy child development.

Psychoanalyzing Childbirth

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

The meaning of the challenge of separation from our mothers is the meaning of the birth of the ego, the coming into existence of an "I," a self, an identity. The part of the self that is capable of mature love hinges on this mastery.