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Parenting Guide: Reading And Playing With Children Is Pivotal To Early Development

As parents, we are our children’s first educators. While such things as motor skills are instinctual for young learners, the approach to  speech and literacy is a parent-led experience. The more moms and dads speak and read to their children, the more successful they will be later in life. A recent study, “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development,” published in the journal Pediatrics, found […]

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How Much Risk Is Good For Kids? Parents Make The Case For More Adventurous Childhoods

This article is a written review of why parents think kids should play more outdoors these days. Jason Akel paced outside a junkyard on Governors Island in New York Harbor, where his son and daughter were among dozens of children gleefully dashing around with saws, hammers and nails. “Hey, Ty, don’t destroy the structure,” Akel called over a fence as […]

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Evidence-based parenting: how to deal with aggression, tantrums and defiance

Evidence-based parenting: how to deal with aggression, tantrums and defiance Children can become more and more skilled in the art of oppositional behaviour, and increasingly harder to discipline. Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock David J Hawes, University of Sydney Anyone who has raised children or grown up with siblings knows there are some bumpy times in a child’s life. When the smallest upset […]

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Kids’ fitness is improving, but they still aren’t as fit as their parents were

Kids’ fitness is improving, but they still aren’t as fit as their parents were Kids’ aerobic fitness declined for several decades but shows signs of improving in some countries. stockforce/Shutterstock.com Grant Tomkinson, University of North Dakota and Justin J. Lang, University of Ottawa Physical fitness is important for success in sports and athletics, but it is also important for good […]

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Why your kids might be able to see better if they play outdoors more often

Why your kids might be able to see better if they play outdoors more often There are many health benefits to kids playing outdoors, not the least of which is preventing myopia. wavebreakmedia/www.shutterstock.com Karla Zadnik, The Ohio State University and Don Mutti, The Ohio State University The ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring […]

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Don’t use technology as a bargaining chip with your kids

Don’t use technology as a bargaining chip with your kids How often do you take away your kid’s phone? RoongsaK/Shutterstock Joanne Orlando, Western Sydney University Do you take away your teenager’s phone to manage their behaviour? Maybe when they arrive home late from a party or receive a bad report card? Confiscating, time-limiting or permitting additional access to technology has […]

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Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep interruptions. The…

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