development 

Are girls easier to potty train than boys?

When friends of toddlers ask me for advice on potty training, I usually just shrug my shoulders. I don't really remember the "training" part of teaching my daughters to use the toilet; it just sort of happened. In fact, when my younger daughter was s...

Parents push vaccine-autism link to courts

A possible link between a vaccine additive and autism is in the news again. The courts will participate in three cases, the second of which was last Monday, to determine whether parents should be awarded millions of dollars to over 4,800 parents of...

Too much folic acid?

I'm sure I could research this 'til the cows come home, but I have a question for the sages of the Internet. I know a gal is supposed to take folic acid every day when (and before) they're pregnant, but is it possible to take too much? Folic acid ...

Towing a bike

For quite a while, I've been lusting after one of those half bikes. You know, it's basically the back half of a bicycle that you attach to your bike so you can drag your kid around with you. The problem is, Sara's really still too young for one and J...

Scratch: Programming for kids

In my day, there was BASIC -- the Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a purportedly easy-to-learn, general purpose programming language. When microcomputers started to become available, it was often included as a way to let new owners -...

Is the Internet depriving the social skills of our kids?

I sit in front of my computer screen about fifteen hours a day. It's true that I do it for work, but I have often wondered if I would do it even if I didn't get paid for it. Honestly, I "talk" to my friends in the computer, especially those I work wi...

Stress not so good for fetuses

Your unborn baby has a lot on its mind. What to wear to the birth, which parent to like best, reading up on strategies for getting the most loot out of grandparents, and so on. What she doesn't need is added stress from the outside. In fact, it turns...

Is your "tween" growing up too fast?

What were you doing when you were ten? Were you playing with dolls? Out in the backyard with your friends? By the time I was 10-years-old, I was far past liking dolls, preferring to ride my bike or hang out with friends. I also spent way too much tim...

Infants and face and speech processing

Experience plays a crucial role in the normal development of many perceptual and cognitive functions such as speech perception. For example, between 6 and 10 months of age, the infant's ability to discriminate among native speech sounds improves, whe...

Blogging Baby Sleepover: May 24

One of my single friends once asked me just how it was that I was able to cope with being pregnant and then having a wailing, unsleeping baby who then turned into a toddler who then began talking. and so on and so on. It mystified her that I could re...

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