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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:

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

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

5 Reasons Your Kid Should Not Have A Cell Phone

I’ll admit it. I’m a dinosaur among my friends because I won’t get my kids a cell phone. My daughters, aged 9 and 11, remind me of that daily with pleas of “I’m the only one without a phone; all my friends have one. Why can’t I?”