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Apr 06, 2020

Suddenly homeschooling? Need a curriculum? Here's how to get started.

Making the transition to homeschooling? Here's how to start homeschooling right away -- even if you haven't yet worked out your ultimate plan.

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Apr 02, 2020

Help kids learn math and science: Ask them to explain and teach!

Research suggests we can help kids learn math and science by asking them to explain and teach. But there are pitfalls. Here's how to strike the right balance.

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Mar 27, 2020

U.S. Coronavirus Relief Plan: What American parents need to know

The first bill is helpful, but it doesn't go far enough to protect families, small businesses, and our children's economic future. We must push for more.

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Mar 24, 2020

Parenting in a pandemic: Don't feel overwhelmed. Do this instead.

There's a lot we can do to make the best of this crisis. But the first step is to stop pressuring ourselves with unrealistic expectations.

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Mar 18, 2020

Coronavirus study: Children get sick too -- sometimes seriously so

Research from China: Most kids who tested positive for the new coronavirus experienced symptoms, ranging from mild, cold-like symptoms to pneumonia - or worse.

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Mar 16, 2020

Coping with the coronavirus

COVID-19 has upended our daily routines, and parents are feeling the stress. What should we do? Let's begin with these crucial facts.

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Mar 06, 2020

Infant crying, fussing, and colic: A thinking parent's guide

Can you prevent infant crying by changing your approach to baby care? Parenting matters, but so, too, does your baby's temperament and physiology.

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Feb 28, 2020

Student-teacher relationships: Why emotional support matters

Supportive student-teacher relationships improve motivation, inspire achievement, and protect children from toxic stress. But many kids don't get the chance to form such bonds. Teacher burnout, counter-productive disciplinary practices, and racial biases get in the way.

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Feb 21, 2020

Disruptive behavior problems: 12 evidence-based tips

They're a common part of childhood -- acts of aggression, defiance, and acting out. How should we handle these behavior problems? Research points the way.

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Feb 12, 2020

Stress in babies: How to keep babies calm, happy, and healthy

What causes stress in babies? How can we protect babies from toxic stress? Here are evidence-based tips to avoid meltdowns, and foster healthy development.

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Feb 03, 2020

Taming aggression in children: 5 strategies for effective parenting

Good news from researchers who study aggression in children: By changing our mental habits, we can stop aggression before it erupts.

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Jan 24, 2020

Newborn cognitive development: What are babies thinking and learning?

The newborn brain is busy processing information, searching for patterns, and learning. Here's a fascinating look at newborn cognitive development.

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Jan 10, 2020

When do babies start walking? It depends.

When do babies start walking? Some begin before 9 months, others take much longer. How does walking develop, and why do some babies walk earlier than others?

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Dec 27, 2019

Oxytocin affects social bonds - can we influence oxytocin in children?

Oxytocin affects social bonds and our responses to toxic stress. Can we influence oxytocin in children? New research suggests that we can.

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Dec 18, 2019

Help researchers understand how bullying affects kids with and without autism spectrum disorder

Researchers at the University of Binghamton (SUNY) are looking for parents of children, aged 6-17, to take an online survey. Would you like to help? Learn more.

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Dec 13, 2019

The effects of praise: 7 evidence-based tips for using praise wisely

The effects of praise aren't always good. What can we do to make sure praise helps, and doesn't hurt?

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Dec 06, 2019

Working memory in children: What parents and teachers need to know

Working memory (WM) is like computer RAM. The more you have, the faster you can process data. How does working memory affect kids, and what can we do to help?

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Nov 29, 2019

STEM books for kids (and other resources)

Looking for STEM books for kids? Math and science games? Resources to get kids thinking, coding, building? Here are some recommendations from Parenting Science.

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Nov 22, 2019

Night wakings: A guide for the science-minded parent

Night wakings are a normal, healthy part of sleep. But if awakenings are causing problems, there are things you can do. Here’s an evidence-based guide.

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Nov 01, 2019

Homework for young children: Is it justified?

Some schools assign homework to children as young as 5 or 6. But there isn't any compelling research that homework for young children is helpful.

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Oct 25, 2019

Preschool number activities

Counting isn't enough! Kids also need to develop "number sense." Here are 6 preschool number activities-- inspired by discoveries in cognitive psychology.

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Oct 15, 2019

Bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis) in children: An evidence-based guide

Bed-wetting (or sleep enuresis) is a medical condition, not a behavior problem. What causes bed-wetting? What are the most effective, evidence-based therapies?

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Oct 02, 2019

The benefits of fantasy fiction and imaginative play

Are kids confused by fairy tales? Is reading fantasy fiction a waste of time? No. Studies suggest fantasy can boost creativity, learning, and self-regulation.

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Sep 20, 2019

Moral sense: Babies prefer underdogs and do-gooders

Do babies possess a sense of morality? They seem to care about victims, and they prefer individuals who treat others with kindness and fairness.

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Sep 06, 2019

Do babies feel empathy?

Yes, babies feel empathy. They can "catch" other people's emotions. They show sympathy, and even offer to help. But their behavior depends on how we treat them.

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Aug 05, 2019

Online parenting studies: Researchers seeking volunteers

Want to participate in scientific research? Read more about the latest online parenting studies.

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Jul 19, 2019

The permissive parenting style: Does it ever benefit kids?

The permissive parenting style has been linked with optimal child outcomes, but it depends on how you define "permissive." Kids benefit when we're less bossy.

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Jul 12, 2019

Preschool cognitive development: Are kids smarter than they seem?

Kids make strange errors, but not because they're clueless. Studies of cognitive development suggest we're partly to blame. We're testing them the wrong way.

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Jul 04, 2019

Stop the abuse and neglect going on in U.S. border detention centers

Demand that politicians put an end to the dangerous, heart-breaking human rights violations going on in U.S. border detention centers.

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Jun 20, 2019

Motor milestones: How do babies develop during the first two years?

Motor milestones mark exciting transitions in a baby’s life, but there’s no universal schedule that all babies follow. What’s normal, and how parents support healthy development?

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Jun 14, 2019

Secure attachment relationships protect kids from toxic stress

Emotional support helps children recover from stress. But is there more? Maybe secure attachment relationships help kids develop the power to self-soothe.

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Jun 07, 2019

The science of gestures: We learn faster when we talk with our hands

Gestures aren't just hand-waving. Learn how hand movements can help babies, school children, and even adults learn.

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Jun 07, 2019

Why kids need daylight to thrive and learn: The benefits of light

Why do kids need daylight? Studies suggest that bright light boosts mood and concentration. It may help prevent disease, and enhance our ability to learn.

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May 31, 2019

How to prevent summer learning loss (and still have fun)

During summer break, kids can forget what they've learned at school, falling months behind. But studies suggest we can prevent summer learning loss. Here's how.

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May 22, 2019

How television affects sleep -- and what we can do to sleep better

How does television affect sleep? In adults, it can push back bedtimes and disrupt sleep patterns. In young children, even more can go wrong. Here's what to look out for.

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May 03, 2019

Vitamin A supplements: Is your kid getting too much vitamin A?

Vitamin A supplements are helpful if you have a deficiency. But healthy, well-nourished children don't need supplements, and may actually be getting too much vitamin A.

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Apr 26, 2019

Teaching self-control: Evidence-based tips

Teaching self-control? Kids benefit when we remove temptations and distractions; offer timely reminders; and show kids how to stick to a plan. See these tips.

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Apr 22, 2019

Celebrate Earth Day, get involved in political change

On this Earth Day, let's remember that one of our most important duties as parents is to pressure policymakers.

Our kids can't vote. They can’t stop politicians from denying children their birthright – a society that pulls together to fight the disastrous consequences of pollution and climate change. But we can.

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Apr 12, 2019

12 benefits of outdoor play (and tips to help your child get them)

What do studies tell us about the benefits of outdoor play? Here are 12 ways that outdoor time can make kids healthier, happier, and smarter.

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Apr 05, 2019

Nightmares and night terrors in children: Causes and treatments

Night terrors in children are surprisingly common, though not as prevalent as nightmares. How do we tell the difference, and what can parents do to cope?

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