development 

When to Introduce Kids to Music: Early and Often

As a musician, music educator and researcher, parents often ask me when they should begin introducing their children to music. As with most easy questions, there's an easy answer that is incomplete and a more nuanced answer that is correct. ...You should begin age-appropriate music “lessons” soon after birth, or maybe even before birth.

Tips and Tricks to Ease Teething Pain

Let your child chew on a teething ring. Credit: Getty Images The average adult has 32 teeth, but first come the primary teeth -- sometimes called milk teeth. And, believe us, you're going to spend a lot of...Believe us, you're going to spend a lot of time feeling around your baby's mouth to see if there's a tooth coming in.

Teaching Kids Good Manners: 5 Tips for Parents

Teaching kids proper manners starts at home. Credit: Philip Lim, AFP/Getty Images We all want our kids to be polite people who treat others well, but young children are a fairly self-focused bunch, more interested in what they want...Teaching kids proper manners starts at home.

Certain Behaviors (Yawn) Not Contagious for Kids With Autism, Study Says

"A yawn is quite catching, you see, like a a cough. It just takes one yawn to start other yawns off." -- "Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book" Dr. Seuss was right. Almost. Yawns can be contagious, but children with autism, it seems, don't start yawning...A new study, published in the latest issue of the journal Child Development, suggests autistic kids are too busy following the beat of their own drummer to get caught up in other people's yawning.

Nurturing Helps Baby's Development, Studies Say

A mom's caring can help diminish any prenatal stresses a baby may face once out in the world. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
Go on, give your baby those few extra hugs and kisses today. Not only will the added affection make you feel good, but two...

Scientists Discover Evidence of Brain Rewiring in Kids

Imaging shows compromised white matter (blue area) in poor readers, left; increase in structural integrity (red/yellow) among poor readers who received instruction, center; and after instruction, previously poor readers had the same structural...

Study Confirms Link Between Tobacco and Behavioral Problems

Are some cases of ADHD caused by exposure to cigarette smoke before birth? Credit: Paraschiv Alexandru, Flickr.
German scientists have found evidence of a link between exposure to tobacco smoke during early development and abnormal behavioral...

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...

Fine Motor Skills: A Timeline

Fine motor skills refers to the coordination of the small muscles of the body. These include the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips and tongue. There are two types of motor skills: fine motor and gross motor skills, which are the movements of...

Nudity - Boundaries for Babies?

Do your kids go naked? Photo: nkpix, Flickr
For most adults, home is the one place where you can let it all hang out, within reason. Young kids, who don't pay attention to social norms, or completely disregard them, have a different set of...

Kids Watching TV All Day - How Bad?

Had any bad-parent moments lately, where you end up looking around for your Worst Parent Award while wondering just how much you've damaged your child? If your answer is no, check out Links We Love for some amazing Mommy Blog links! If you're saying...

Babies or Chimps - Who is Smarter?

Is your baby smarter than a chimpanzee? Perhaps you've never considered the question, but now that I've put it out there, don't you want to know? When chimps get enough nurturing affection from a human mother, their brain power can surpass that of...

Do Bad Manners Indicate Developmental Issues or Just Bad Parenting?

Does your pediatrician ever discuss your child's manners with you? My son, who is 21 months, has not been the subject of such a discussion but will be soon. He is nearly two, prime time to really start teaching him some manners; up to now we've been...

It's official - Teens are getting dumber

We all know that teenagers are stupid. Rather, they act stupid. Having been teens ourselves and now being adult enough to be able to reflect back, most of us agree that at one time or another, most teens are, well, dumb. Pregnancy pacts, virginity...

Breast buds for your birthday

I am not one to run to the doctor every time my kid has an ache or a pain. But yesterday, after about a week of hearing my just-turned-eight-year-old girl complain about sore nipples, I decided it was time to call in a professional. The diagnosis was...

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