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It can be a tough time for children going through the physical and emotional changes of puberty. And if they enter puberty early, the health impacts can stay with them for life. from www.shutterstock.com

Poor kids hit puberty sooner and risk a lifetime of health problems

Shape-shifting bodies. Cracking voices. Hairs sprouting in new places. Why do some children enter puberty early?
Don’t underestimate what I get about the world around me. Baby image via www.shutterstock.com.

Children understand far more about other minds than long believed

A revolution in the tools and techniques developmental psychologists use to investigate kids' knowledge and capabilities is rewriting what we know about how and when children understand their world.
Children around the world are susceptible to stereotypes. World Bank Photo Collection

Combatting stereotypes: How to talk to your children

For young children, how we speak is often more important than what we say. Even 'positive' generalizations can lead children to adopt negative stereotypes.
I can’t see you, you can’t see me. Child image via www.shutterstock.com.

Young children are terrible at hiding – psychologists have a new theory why

Little kids cover their own eyes and feel hidden, even if they're still fully visible. New research suggests this doesn't mean children can't understand others' perspectives, as had been assumed.
The way you talk to your baby makes a difference. Elvis Kennedy

Here’s why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

Babies first learn to recognize the rhythm and intonation of language. The process begins in the womb, where the intonation patterns are transmitted to the baby through the fluids.
Elimination Communication is a method of toilet training that starts from birth and follows a child’s cues. from www.shutterstock.com

Toilet training from birth? It is possible

An increasing number of parents are choosing to toilet train their children from birth, without using nappies. But how effective is this?
Parents should be involved in their children’s use of electronic devices. Parent and child with tablet via shutterstock.com

How should we teach our kids to use digital media?

The lead author of a new American Academy of Pediatrics statement summarizes important guidelines for children's use of electronic devices.
‘Baby talk’ has shorter sentences, simpler words and more repetition. Shutterstock

Why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

People often tell new parents to avoid 'baby talk' because it will slow down the child's language development. But evidence shows it does the opposite.
Explain this to me again. Mark Janus/Shutterstock

How kids can benefit from boredom

Learning how to overcome boredom can boost a child's creativity and independence. So why are parents scared of it?

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