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Studies reveal the cognitive benefits of exercise for children. Moderate-to-vigorous activity may stimulate brain growth, improve focus, and help kids learn.
Many babies begin to "sleep through the night" (at least 5-6 hours) by 3-6 months of age. But some take longer, and night-to-night variability is common.
In Western countries, many kids begin toilet training between 24 - 36 months. But elsewhere, early training is the norm, and it may be more beneficial. An evidence-based look at choosing the right potty training age.
Why do we fall for fallacies? Biases and cognitive skills matter. But the most crucial factor is whether we take the time to pause and reflect.
What happens when adults lie to children? Kids tend to become more dishonest, and they might be at higher risk for aggressive and antisocial behavior problems.
Peer pressure starts long before adolescence. When faced with a choice between telling the truth and backing a popular falsehood, even 4-year-olds will buckle.
When do babies sit up? Most reach this milestone between 4 and 8 months, but it depends on us. We can give babies a boost by helping babies build key muscles.
Are kids intrinsically selfish? No. When given the chance, young children tend to show kindness. And like adults, they can experience the warm glow of giving.
What social skills are important to preschoolers? And how do we nurture these abilities? Evidence-based tips for fostering preschool social skills.
Wish you knew the risk of contagion at local venues and events? This online tool -- created by researchers -- can help.
Overwhelmed by parenting stress? Try these research-based tips.
Our kids aren't getting the world they deserve. How do we persuade others to vote on their behalf?
If you want learning to "stick," a single, long lesson is usually less helpful than multiple, short lessons. Read more about the spaced learning effect.
How can we help kids make friends? Here are twelve tips based on the latest research.
What are the best books for beginning readers? Books with simple, minimalist illustrations can help kids focus -- and better understand what they are reading.
How do newborns perceive the world? Can they see in color? How blurry is their vision? Can they recognize you by scent? Learn more about the newborn senses.
The science of infant toilet training. Information about potty training techniques, baby bladders, and the potential benefits of early toilet training.
Parents and children suffer when politicians make bad choices. What can we do about it? Vote!
Today is National Vote Registration Day in the United States. For help getting registered, visit:
And don't delay! In some states, the registration deadline is coming up fast.
Yes, children notice stereotypes about race, gender, wealth. And the effects aren't good. Read about stereotype threat, and how we can help kids overcome it.
Spatial skills are crucial for success in STEM and the visual arts. Try these evidence-based activities to boost your child's spatial reasoning abilities.
Unconscious biases can make us perceive anger where none exists. How many children's "behavior problems" are caused by adults getting it wrong?
Can we nurture empathy in children? Yes. Evidence-based tips for teaching empathy, based on the latest discoveries in psychology and neuroscience.
Music training can help kids process speech, and it can boost other cognitive skills too. But the effects depend on the duration and content of training.
Boosting working memory performance helps kids succeed. How can we improve a child's ability to focus, concentrate, and follow instructions?
Bedtime problems are common in young children, but they aren't inevitable. Why won't kids fall asleep at bedtime, and what we can do to turn things around?
Got a child who won't fall asleep at bedtime? Bedtime fading is a technique for re-aligning your child's internal clock with the bedtime you desire.
Is there such a thing as baby sleep deprivation? How do we know if a baby is getting enough sleep? Here are the signs -- and the reasons we should care.
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.