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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

Teacher confessions: 5 things parents should never do

When my kid started Junior kindergarten last year, it took me weeks (OK, months) to send in a family photo for his teacher to hang in his cubby. For some reason, I just couldn’t get it together to print off a picture from my smartphone. Turns out