The current model for “good” parenting comes entirely from a Western perspective.
Some aspects of good parenting are universal, but others look very different from country to country. There needs to be a better understanding of parenting in different contexts.
Not just a wives’ tale: growing pains are common in kids.
Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.
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.
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.
A 2010 meta-analysis of 33 studies found that children raised by same-sex parents fared just as well as other children.
There is no convincing evidence that same-sex relationships are less stable than heterosexual relationships, nor that they have a negative impact on the children raised within them.
It’s unclear just how many infants are undergoing these procedures.
Breastfed infants diagnosed with "tongue tie" are being unnecessarily treated with deep laser or scissors cuts under both their tongue and upper lip in the first weeks and months of life.
Poverty strikes single mothers disproportionately, which is exacerbated by child support failures.
Single mothers have identified a number of impediments to receiving adequate child support, including compliance, costs and difficult interactions with government agencies.
A survey of parents found many weren’t keen on their kids lifting weights, but the evidence says they should.
A recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.
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?
A headteacher asked parents not to do the school run in pyjamas – but it says more about those in power than parental morals.
There are very clear ideas in Ghana about what girls can and should do, and how boys ought to behave.
Ghanaians believe that boys and girls should be raised very differently. This feeds into strongly defined traditional gender roles and ultimately leads to women having a lower social status.
Understand what’s going in their little heads.
Understand what's going on in your child's brain and it could help your parenting.
The beginning of any child’s school career can be a scary time. But parents and teachers can make it easier.
It takes a combination of people, places and activities to make school a happy environment for kids. Here's how teachers and parents can get involved.
Cameron has insisted his parenting programmes are the revival of the ‘nanny state’.
The history of the government's push for parenting classes.
If health professionals’ interpretations of a baby’s behaviours are negative, a woman may question whether breastfeeding is meeting her baby’s needs.
Women who are not enjoying breastfeeding, or think their baby is not enjoying breastfeeding, are more likely to wean early.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery.
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
Pleasure at the table, pleasure in life.
If New Year's resolutions have you in an abstemious mindset when it comes to enjoyment these days, consider a pleasure recalibration based on 'l'éducation du gout.'
Raising a child bilingually does not cause language learning difficulties.
Parents shouldn't be concerned if their bilingual child is slower to develop their vocabularly, because in most cases this is just a temporary lag.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities.
2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
Pick a book that your child will find entertaining.
Children who fail to read regularly during long breaks from school will often see their reading ability drop. Here's how to keep kids engaged in reading.