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It takes a while, but most children develop empathy easily. Zurijeta/Shutterstock

How do children learn empathy?

A child mainly learns empathy through imitating adults – yet another reason to treat others well.
Future tennis champion? ‘He walked at eight months, ran at ten months and could catch a ball by the age of one.’ leungchopan

Are children who walk and talk early geniuses in the making?

Milestone charts can be an effective tool in spotting developmental problems. But do they say anything about the future potential of children who are developing normally?
A health worker measures an infant’s growth. Children who are undernourished in their first 1000 days of life, could suffer from stunting later. 2014 Global Communities, Courtesy of Photoshare

Malnutrition, stunting and the importance of a child’s first 1000 days

Research around the importance of the first 1000 days has been gaining traction. The latest links stunting to malnutrition in children.
Was that the F-bomb, mummy? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Should we swear in front of our kids?

Is children swearing a bad thing? Should I scold him for using words he doesn't know the meaning of? Should I discourage him from using swear words and refrain from swearing in front of him?
Dire predictions on the future of children’s brains are shocking, not least because of how flimsy the evidence is to support these views. zeitfaenger.at/Flickr

Don’t panic, the internet won’t rot children’s brains

Baseless claims about the damage done to kids' development create needless panic. And they distract from legitimate, evidence-based concerns with which parents need to engage.
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism. kids with ball, from shutterstock.com

Autistic kids low on vital social hormone, study suggests

Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.

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