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For more children, puberty signs start at 8

When Frank Biro walks into to a class of second- or third-graders these days, there are almost always a couple of girls who look different than the rest. “There will be quite a few girls that look like they’re going into early puberty,” says Dr. Biro, a

Here’s how long children should sleep every day

Every parent knows that children need sufficient sleep to stay healthy and do well in school. But exactly how many hours of sleep do children of different ages need per day? The latest recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Babies 4 months to 12 months:

How to talk to your child about the news?

News gleaned from the TV, radio, or Internet can be a positive educational experience for kids. But when the images presented are violent or the stories touch on disturbing topics, problems can arise. Seeing coverage of upsetting events like terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and natural disasters might cause

Ten Things Parents Shouldn’t Say to Their Kids

Most parents do their best to raise confident, moral, capable children, but sometimes when kids disappoint them, parents angrily blurt out things they should never say. Although the occasional outburst is unlikely to permanently scar a well-adjusted child, a regular barrage of hateful, damaging statements can have

Why Parents Should Not Make Kids Do Homework

President Obama’s pick for Education Secretary, John King, Jr., is headed for confirmation Mar. 9. King’s track record shows he loves standardized testing and quantifying learning. If he loves numbers and research, he should welcome what some teachers and families have known for years: that homework at

10 Things Parents Should Do in Front of Kids

Children are like little sponges, they are constantly watching your every move and reflecting on what you do or say. Even though your child seems young right now, what you say or do in front of her as a profound impression on her psyche and affects her

Puberty timing influenced by both parents

Boys and girls may go through puberty sooner if their mothers and fathers were early bloomers, a recent Danish study suggests. Researchers studied the timing of puberty for 672 girls and 846 boys relative to their parents and found kids who developed pubic hair and other hallmarks

6 reasons why children should learn languages as early as possible

The research extolling the benefits of bilingualism abounds in today’s day and age. Bilingualism helps us better understand the structure of languages and can give us an in-depth view of another culture.  Bilingualism can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. It can help people find jobs here

How design can help kids eat their broccoli?

Given the abundance, convenience, and heavy marketing of junk foods, it makes sense that Americansoverconsume solid fats and added sugars, and have diets low in micronutrients. In his book, “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite,” former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler says

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