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People who connect with nature are happier. Kids are better-behaved. So how can we help our families feel a greater sense of connectedness? Evidence-based tips.
How does nature benefit children? Studies suggest that kids have fewer emotional problems - and behave more prosocially - when they feel connected with nature.
To adapt kids to an earlier schedule, we need to expose them to the right environmental cues…and more. A comprehensive guide to resetting your child's internal clock.
White parents need to talk with their kids about race, but mistaken beliefs often get in the way. Here's what parents need to know to become better agents of change.
Toilet training in less than a day? Fast-track toilet training techniques can be effective, but they aren't for everyone. Here's what parents need to know.
Babies expect us to share resources equally. They prefer people who behave with fairness. But they are also learning about favoritism. Can we nurture fairness?
Do you know a teenager who is interested in volunteer work? Or an elementary school student who could use some online mentorship and tutoring?
The Covid Nineteen project brings together high school student volunteers and elementary school kids who are stuck at home.
Using Zoom, teens provide free, online activities and one-on-one academic tutoring to kids in grades 1 through 5.
The project is based in California, so schedules are geared to Pacific Standard Time. But organizers say they welcome participants from outside the state. Learn more about it at covidnineteenproject.com
How do you teach kids to be helpful? Studies suggest we should avoid heavy-handed tactics and bribes. We need to nurture our children's natural inclinations to do good.
Children who bully are more likely to develop symptoms of "antisocial personality disorder" -- a condition colloquially known as "sociopathy" or "psychopathy."
Parenting stress damages our well-being, and it may alter the course of a child's development. What causes it? How does it change us? What can we do to cope?
Tangram puzzles may boost spatial skills, enhance math performance, and stimulate math skills. How to start? See evidence-based tips about tangrams for kids.
Making the transition to homeschooling? Here's how to start homeschooling right away -- even if you haven't yet worked out your ultimate plan.
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.
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.
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.
Research from China: Most kids who tested positive for the new coronavirus experienced symptoms, ranging from mild, cold-like symptoms to pneumonia - or worse.
COVID-19 has upended our daily routines, and parents are feeling the stress. What should we do? Let's begin with these crucial facts.
Can you prevent infant crying by changing your approach to baby care? Parenting matters, but so, too, does your baby's temperament and physiology.
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.
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.
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.
Good news from researchers who study aggression in children: By changing our mental habits, we can stop aggression before it erupts.
The newborn brain is busy processing information, searching for patterns, and learning. Here's a fascinating look at newborn cognitive development.
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?
Oxytocin affects social bonds and our responses to toxic stress. Can we influence oxytocin in children? New research suggests that we can.
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.
The effects of praise aren't always good. What can we do to make sure praise helps, and doesn't hurt?
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?
Looking for STEM books for kids? Math and science games? Resources to get kids thinking, coding, building? Here are some recommendations from Parenting Science.
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.
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.
Counting isn't enough! Kids also need to develop "number sense." Here are 6 preschool number activities-- inspired by discoveries in cognitive psychology.
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?
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.
Do babies possess a sense of morality? They seem to care about victims, and they prefer individuals who treat others with kindness and fairness.
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.
Want to participate in scientific research? Read more about the latest online parenting studies.
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.
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.
Demand that politicians put an end to the dangerous, heart-breaking human rights violations going on in U.S. border detention centers.