A lot was already going on at the halfway point.
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If you thought babies' babbling was just nonsense, it's time to think again.
Fathers experience an equal rise in the bonding chemical oxytocin as mothers do when interacting with their infant.
Left-handedness is no longer seen as an abnormality.
The development of 'handedness' and language are closely linked.
Trying on new roles.
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Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child's developing creativity, understanding of others and social competence with peers.
How you let young children use a tablet device can influence their behaviour in later years.
If you use a tablet device to keep a child quiet at the dining table or other event then you could be limiting their social skills. That could have an impact on the way they behave later in life.
A child with nonverbal learning disability may struggle to make decisions, solve problems and interact socially.
Non-verbal learning disability is a complex neurological learning disability that becomes more obvious with age. Here are the signs to look out for.
It takes a while, but most children develop empathy easily.
A child mainly learns empathy through imitating adults – yet another reason to treat others well.
Children who are raised as vegetarians grow and develop at the same rate as meat-eaters.
Many children are born into families which are vegetarian for cultural, religious, health, ethical or economical reasons. But are they getting the nutrients they need for growth and development?
The making of a future Mozart?
While there's some evidence to suggest that children can benefit from music groups, for many other classes the results are mixed.
Reading with your child at home helps to improve their literacy skills.
Parents who provide learning support at home can improve their child's literacy and emotional development, regardless of their class or educational background.
Me, me, me.
Learning how to be friendly is a longer and harder process for children than you may think.
Asking your child to wash their hands before they eat isn’t useful unless they know why it’s important.
Children don’t learn much about how illnesses spread if they are just taught a list of dos and don’ts. They need to know why an action is useful.
Future tennis champion? ‘He walked at eight months, ran at ten months and could catch a ball by the age of one.’
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?
Lead exposure is more common than you think.
Children exposed to lead are at elevated risk for learning delays and academic issues.
Understand what’s going in their little heads.
Understand what's going on in your child's brain and it could help your parenting.
Language learning is not a passive process in which children simply absorb and copy their parents.
Children don't learn all aspects of language from their parents, but invent a language structure themselves.
A baby’s first steps, first smile, first roll: what do these mean and why are they important?
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.
Children need more than one day per week of preschool education to feel secure, build relationships and support learning.
Under new legislation, children from low-income families will receive just 12 hours of early learning support a week, adding to the risk of these children falling behind their peers at school.
Corporal punishment is practiced by schools in many parts of the world.
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Hitting young children affects their grades as they grow up.
A health worker measures an infant’s growth. Children who are undernourished in their first 1000 days of life, could suffer from stunting later.
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Research around the importance of the first 1000 days has been gaining traction. The latest links stunting to malnutrition in children.