Practice and experience is vital for acquiring a motor skill like handwriting.
Children develop the ability to compensate for memory failures only gradually as they get older.
Instead of nagging younger kids "not to forget", and trusting the power of the child’s developing memory alone, try to help them "offload" as much of the work as possible.
Most parents are unaware just how easily available ‘hardcore’ porn has become.
Chepko Danil Vitalevich/Shutterstock.com
While parents are growing more concerned about their children's easy access to porn, they often don't realize just how 'hardcore' and violent it has become and how early their kids are seeing it.
New research shows that both younger and older siblings uniquely contribute to each others’ empathy development.
New research shows that children who are kind, supportive and understanding influence their siblings to act and behave in similar ways.
Parents can teach empathy by connecting behaviours to feelings when they talk to their kids, to help them understand cause and effect.
Empathy in children can be fostered. Researchers offer three strategies for parents and other caregivers to promote a climate of empathy in the home or classroom.
In this episode of The Anthill podcast, we bring you stories on helicopter parenting, early puberty, and what it's like to grow up as a Muslim in Britain.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children.
The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
How can you maximize reading’s rewards for baby?
Psychology researchers bring infants into the lab to learn more about how shared book reading influences brain and behavioral development.
When you quit in frustration, little eyes are watching and learning.
Persistence and self-control are valuable traits that can help kids succeed in school and beyond. A new study suggests infants can learn stick-to-itiveness by watching adults persist in a difficult task.
Early years settings, like preschools and kindergarten, are often the first place social difficulties are identified.
Parents need support from early childhood educators to build capacity to claim for NDIS services.
Autism has become a default consideration for any child who struggles socially, behaviourally, or with sensory stimuli.
There are several problems with the recently released guidelines for diagnosing autism. But the fundamental issue is that we're striving for diagnosis first, and help later.
Three happy liars.
How, why and when do people lie – and what happens as a result?
Understanding the source of child anxiety is important. Some fears may be easily soothed; others, such as fears of bullying, may require adult intervention.
As the first days of school approach rapidly, an educational psychologist offers strategies for combating anxiety in children and teens.
Women who don't get enough to eat while pregnant face a high risk of developing common mental illnesses like depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after giving birth.
We’re still not really sure whether puberty is starting earlier.
A new book on puberty has explored why we find it so difficult to talk about puberty, and why we need to start talking about it earlier.
It’s actually a big developmental milestone.
In a new study, psychologists observed young children in real time figuring out how not to tell the truth.
Albina Glisic via Shutterstock
When it comes to children's well-being and development, it's not whether a woman works or not that matters but how she makes her choices work for her family.
When we send children off to school, we are asking them to leave their secure base and head off into the great unknown.
Even kids who have attended daycare can find the first days of kindergarten stressful. The good news is that parents can take practical steps this summer, to prepare for the fall transition.
Sam Best went to Africa for six months, in order to be exposed to prolonged instability.
James and Sam Best in Africa. Australian Story/ABC
James Best took his son Sam, who has autism, on a six-month journey to Africa. The lessons learnt may encourage a slightly riskier approach to parenting and education for some children with autism.
Do you have to choose between independence and attachment?
With the pressure on parents rising, we could all learn something from the concept of 'good enough parenting' proposed half a century ago.