Play is a crucial element of children’s development.
The women in our study knew that play was important, although they didn't see it as an independent behaviour to be encouraged or promoted.
The disciplinary technique can reduce aggression and help get children to follow family rules.
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Having loads of extra quality time with a toddler or preschooler and feeling flustered? Make sure you know how and where to do this basic disciplinary method the right way.
Work and family, without good childcare, are mutually exclusive.
A scholar and mother of a young child who is now working at home explores what's called the 'work-family conflict' – and finds that's the wrong label for the impossible choices faced by parents.
A new study found no detectable impact on brain development.
One of the concerns parents have if their baby needs surgery is whether the general anaesthetic will affect the child's developing brain. New research finds it won't.
(After) bed-time reading.
An author picks her best reads for a scientific approach to raising children.
The bedtime crew.
Upsy Daisy and the Tombliboos are finely tuned in to the developing minds of toddlers.
For some children, ear infections will become a persistent problem.
Middle ear infections (otitis media) are a common and often painful condition that
most children will experience at least once in their first year.
Internet safety in early childhood is a new area of research because, until now, children as young as four weren’t able to easily access the internet.
Touchscreen technologies have made it easy for children as young as four to go online. Here are some things to teach them about how to be safe on the internet.
Nine in ten children will have occasional tantrums.
Tantrum throwing peaks at age two, as children experience the perfect storm of not being able to express themselves verbally while simultaneously developing their sense of autonomy and independence.
Chill: There’s no one right way.
Opening the minds of worried new parents to other ways of raising children may assuage fears that if they fail to 'do the right thing,' their children will be doomed.
Who’s that? Understanding it’s them in the mirror offers toddlers another sense of perspective.
Children start to demonstrate self-awareness as they approach their second birthday – and it helps them to learn.
That’s enough, mum.
British toddlers are heading for health problems, unless we change their diet now.
If you want to fast-track your child’s development, forget CDs, books that beep, and toys that whirr. Play music with them, with the emphasis being on “play”.
New research shows shared music-making with toddlers may have benefits above and beyond those of reading.
Children will learn to like vegetables if they’re regularly exposed to them from a young age.
Hippocrates said circa 400BC that “food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food”. He would probably turn in his grave if he saw the amount of highly processed, sugary food and drinks marketed…