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Mom's Spanking Fuels Toddler's Aggression

Dear AdviceMama, I take care of twin 18-month-olds, a boy and girl. The mom has started "disciplining" them with spanks and timeouts. As a result, the girl frowns and hits -- I feel she is acting out what she sees, and trying to process it...
True discipline isn't about punishment; it's about teaching children right from wrong with patience and understanding.
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Setting Screen Limits: Top 3 Tips

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Not all screens are created equal
* Kids spend nearly 7.5 hours per day with media. * Balancing media usage is an essential part of growing up. * When it comes to screen time, both quality and quantity matter....
Kids as young as 8 are spending nearly 7.5 hours per day consuming media.
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Speech-Delayed Children Will Catch Up, Study Shows

Albert Einstein developed speech later than most kids. Credit: AFP/ Getty Images
Albert Einstein supposedly didn't talk until he was 3 or 4. People later asked him why.
"I didn't have anything to say," he responded. That story ma...
Research reassures parents that speech delays are not permanent disabilities.
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Autism is Caused by Environmental Factors -- Maybe

After a study of twins in the 1970s, Autism became regarded as a genetic disorder. Credit: Mario Tama, Getty Images
Your child wasn't born with autism; He got it from eating turkey.
Food allergies, once discredited as a cause of aut...
New study on autism opens to widespread criticism.
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Teaching Kids How to Read: 'Sound it Out' May Not Be the Best Method

Researchers finds focus on phonics may not be the best way to teach children to read. Credit: Getty Images
Hooked on phonics?
You might want to consider rehab. Researchers say phonics may not be helpful to you. That stuff can really...
Researchers finds focus on phonics may not be the best way to teach children to read.
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Soldiers' Children Often Face Long Term Psychological Issues, Study Shows

Ongoing wars taken a psychological toll on children. Credit: Majid Saeedi, Getty Images
They used to call it "battle fatigue" -- the psychological toll taken on soldiers in war.
However, soldiers are not the only casualties. As the ...
Ongoing wars take a psychological toll on children.
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Parents Quit Smoking (For Awhile) When Kids Have Surgery

Kicking the habit is hard, even when you're doing it for kids. Credit:Noel Celis, Getty Images Parents who smoke are more likely to quit if their child goes through surgery, a study shows. They worry about the effect secondhand smoke w...Kicking the habit is hard, even when you're doing it for kids.
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Save Your Kids From Summertime Dangers

Relaxing in the backyard, enjoying the pool and exploring the great outdoors. See what potential dangers lurk around some of our favorite summertime activities, and learn how to prevent a trip to the emergency room. Watch the latest video at video...See what potential dangers lurk around some of our favorite summertime activities, and learn how to prevent a trip to the emergency room.
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