ChildDevelopment 

Baby Music: Will Mozart Make Your Baby Smarter?

Will playing Mozart for your newborn inspire your child? Credit: Getty
You've got the car seat installed, the diaper bag packed and the nursery is finally painted and decorated. But have you been busy introducing your baby to classical music?...

A Case for the Distractible Toddler: Psychologists Suggest Parents Should Wait to Teach Toddlers Self-Control

Researchers are posing new questions about toddler brain development. Credit: debaird, Flickr
Toddlers can be maddeningly distractible, but should we really be trying to teach them self-control? University of...

The Dirt on Kids Playing With Their Poop

Poop happens. Credit: Getty Images
When it comes to kids playing with poop, we've got two words for you: It happens. And it's also pretty normal, says Michelle LaRowe, author of "Nanny to the Rescue! Straight Talk and Super Tips for Parenting...
When it comes to kids playing with poop, we've got two words for you: It happens.

Baby Gestures Linked to Vocabulary, Income

As if you need another reason to keep your income high and home filled with stuff, here's a study that says the more money you have, the better vocabulary your child will have, too. The reasoning is fairly simple: Scientists at the University of...

Background TV is distracting at playtime

A new small study has found that television, even when only on as background noise, has a "small but real" affect on the way young children play. Researchers found that when playing in a room with a TV on -- they used Jeopardy, a program they thought...

Preschoolers do better when they talk to themselves

You know that annoying, yet adorable phase when kids talk to themselves and verbalize EVERY SINGLE flickering thought that crosses their little minds? Well, it turns out this non-stop self chitty chat does more than just slowly drive a parent...

Moms and tots: In conflict up to 20 times an hour

If someone asked me how many times a day my toddler and I butt heads, I'd answer "A million." But in all honesty, when I read about a recent study that looked into that exact issue, I was surprised. Researchers found that moms and toddlers argue up...

Kate Beckinsale on nature vs. nurture

"I've come to the realization," one of my friends recently told me about her children, "that what I do matters very little in who they become." In the nature vs. nurture debate, she believes that nearly all personality traits are present at birth, an...

Moms and dads spend more quality time with firstborn

When my firstborn headed off to preschool this year, I looked forward to some one-on-one time with my two-year-old. Though we spend lots of quality time together as a family, before preschool, time alone with my baby was a rare occurrence. Those...

2-year-old genius is youngest girl to join Mensa

Occasionally I fall into the trap of thinking that some toddlers are "smarter" than others -- when really, most kids simply learn at different rates, and their ability to recite the alphabet at 18 months has little to do with how intelligent they'll...

Japanese scientists create robotic toddler

In order to learn more about child development, scientists at Osaka University in Japan have created a robot that moves and acts like a toddler. It talks with an artificial vocal cord, can change facial expressions and crawl around the floor. Like a...

My middle child isn't growing as fast as his brothers

My ex-husband called me on Christmas night. He had some information and a request. He said that he measures the children's height once a year, and that in the past year, our ten-year-old son has only grown one inch, whereas our youngest son has grown...

Safe toys for all ages

We are all aware that toys are a big part of childhood, but we rarely expect a child's toys to cause injury. However, there are risks and they are real. About 72,000 children younger than 5 went to hospital emergency rooms in 2002 for toy-related...

Cooperative activities in young children and chimpanzees

A study reported in Children Development recently described how children 18-24 months of age and 3 young chimpanzees interacted in 4 cooperative activities with a human adult partner. The children successfully participated in cooperative...

How your baby learns to become a social partner with peers

A recent study in Child Development investigated how one-and two-year-old peer pairs reacted when presented with a simple cooperative task. Age differences were found in amount of coordinated activity, monitoring the peer's activity and location in...

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