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A new study published in the journal Nature suggests that men, too, can influence the development of their unborn babies through the lifestyle choices they make.
When approached as fun, game show-like challenges, tests can be an effective study tool. But for many kids, tests don't take this form. In places like the United States, time-consuming standardized tests are being administered to children at an early age, and some students are feeling the pressure. What can we do? A look at what critics have to say about latest tests, and tips for helping your child cope.
An updated guide to newborn sleep, with tips on how to cope.
With all the vague warnings and conflicting information about food safety, it's no wonder that some conscientious pregnant women end up with overly restrictive diets.
Kids subjected to early, rigorous academic lessons might have a head start, but their peers appear to catch up over time. So what's the point?
How do parents keep babies calm, happy, and emotionally healthy?
Parents are constantly being criticized, and there may be serious health consequences.
Some kids have warm, supportive friendships. Other kids seem stuck in negative relationships — friendships full of antagonism and conflict. What makes the difference? A new study suggests one answer: Maybe children are influenced by the sorts of friendships they see their mothers experience.
Does it matter if you handle kids with good humor and understanding? Or threats and punishment? When kids have to cope with serious problems, it might matter a great deal for the development of their brains.
Surprisingly, infants have an intuitive understanding of number, and babies with more “number sense” develop stronger math skills as young children. But what are the implications? It seems to me we've got more reason than ever to think that early educational experiences can boost mathematical achievement.
Good friends can make a big difference in a child's life. Here are 10 evidence-based tips, updated to reflect the most recent research.
Many people take it for granted that "kids learn faster than adults." But is it true? Experiments suggest otherwise.
Can babies tell when a person's talk is "canned?" And does it make a difference for learning language?
Some thoughts about an interesting new study of 2-year-olds and Skype.
An updated review of questions we should all be thinking about.
Why encouraging little kids to give up their naps is a bad idea.
A new brain imagining study suggests that the mere scent of a baby activates reward-related areas of your brain—the same areas that get excited by the consumption of good food.
Risky play is exhilarating. But more than that, it may teach kids important lessons about risk assessment and fear.
According to a new story in the Huffington Post, Alabama mother Wendy Chandler was outraged when she received a consent form from her kindergartener's school. A form asking for her permission to "administer corporal punishment as a form of discipline" to her child.
Why is corporal punishment still being used in some schools? There is some controversy over the long-term effects of corporal punishment, but even the most skeptical researchers have agreed that spanking is less effective than a combination of reasoning with children and administering non-physical punishment.
If you're battling school corporal punishment policies, share this research-based guide.
Yes, it matters if students and teachers like each other. Evidence that student-teacher relationships influence physiology, motivation, and academic success.
It's an administrative tactic that Bill Gates would never use on his employees, yet it's common in many classrooms. Why classroom behavior charts -- and other disciplinary tactics that depend on public shaming -- are likely to backfire.
When it comes to delaying gratification, young children are at a developmental disadvantage. But experiments suggest kids have more willpower than you might expect. They just need to be convinced that the outcome will be worth the wait.
School's in session, and many teachers are trying to cope with difficult behavior. Does the approach matter? You bet, and in the coming weeks I'll talk about the many ways that adult feedback shapes the way kids adapt to school. But for now, it's instructive to begin with my recently updated article about "the magic words." Words that inspire kids to improve, rather than make children feel embarrassed or ashamed.
Some parents are so eager for their children to share, they end up forcing the issue. Is this a good idea? A new study suggests otherwise.
The devastating war in Syria leaves many people feeling helpless, but there is something concrete we can do to help the children who've been traumatized, dispossessed, orphaned, or maimed.
"Save the Children" has been highly rated by consumer agencies as a charity that operates with high efficiency and transparency. They are accepting donations for their work in Syria.
At this time of year, many kids around the world are going back to school -- or beginning school for the first time -- after a summer vacation. It's almost always stressful, but there are ways parents can help. Today I look back at a post about the power of a simple conversation to bring stress hormone levels under control.
Albert Einstein famously asked, "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
A new study suggests that cluttered desks can be good for you.
Do the experiments mentioned in my last post mean that babies lack empathy? I don't think so. From the very beginning, there are hints that babies possess some of the components of empathy. Read more about it in my updated post about newborns.
Maybe not. Read more about the new research in my latest post for Science Notes.
A soon-to-be published study reports that people experienced a kind of "out-of-body" sense of connectedness when their heart beats were synchronized with that of a virtual person.
Other research suggests that mothers and infants can synchronize their heart beats. Might this lead to a sense of merged identity?
Read more about it in a blog post I wrote a couple of years ago.
A new study suggests that people who experience a sense of meaning or purpose have DNA that functions differently. Genes that promote antibodies may become active; genes that promote inflammation may get suppressed. And this might mean better health. What are the implications for parents?
Want to help your preschooler develop strong mathematics skills? Research suggests that little kids who play with numbers develop crucial intuitions that help them later in school.
There are a lot of books and DVDs about extinct life. But not all of them are particularly inspirational, or even accurate. Which are good bets for kids?
Check out my updated recommendations -- a companion to my recently posted article, "Paleontology and dinosaurs for kids: Educational resources and teaching tips for the science-minded."
Why I don't think so.
Aerobic exercise is good for the brain. Does that mean kids who walk or ride a bike to school have an advantage?
When it comes to turning kids into science junkies, dinosaurs are the gateway drug. Check out my updated guide to paleontology and dinosaurs for kids -- my suggestions for making the most of your child's natural enthusiasm and curiosity.
A new study about bedtimes has gotten a lot of attention. Researchers found that kids who lacked regular bedtimes performed worse on a series of cognitive tests. What do we make of this?
Read more on Science Notes.
An updated look at friendship in kids -- how friendships form and what we can do to help kids make connections.
A new study suggests that your toddler's personality traits may put her at risk for adolescent alcohol use and abuse.
Might your parenting choices today help steer her away from teenage trouble?
Traveling with kids? Don't forget to pack the tangrams.
Tracing, copying, and other fine motor tasks don’t just make for prettier preschool arts-and-crafts projects. They may also set the stage for long-term advances in the way children think and learn.