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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 baby’s first steps, first smile, first roll: what do these mean and why are they important? zgrredek/Flickr

What’s in a milestone? Understanding your child’s development

Childhood achievements such as walking and talking are often celebrated signs that things are going well in a child’s life. But once these achievements start being compared between children, they can become the cause of anxiety.
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.
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume. Paul Hakimata Photography/Shutterstock

Delay clamping babies' umbilical cords for better health and development

One of the most common surgical procedures undertaken in the world today – one that every human alive has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
Does training relentlessly and regularly lead to greatness? "Nine" via www.shutterstock.com

To excel in youth sports, kids need couch time

Parents want to simultaneously support and push their kids. But when it comes to sports, this mentality can backfire in subtle ways.
Children love interactive devices and can’t recall a time without them, so it may be best to manage rather than ban them. Lars Plougmann/Flickr

Growing up in the age of apps doesn’t have to be all bad

Despite occasional panic about the negative impact they may be having on children's social and intellectual development, interactive devices give parents a much-needed break and can benefit kids.

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