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5 Great Children's Books for Women's History Month

When Women's History Month rolls around, the first way my 9-year-old daughter celebrates is by angrily griping, "Month?! We only get one month?" But after that, she likes to put her focus on learning about as many important historical women as she...When Women's History Month rolls around, the first way my 9-year-old daughter celebrates is by angrily griping, "Month?! We only get one month?"

Five Simple Ways to Make Music With Your Kids

Ah, the Christmas holidays. Sugar-high children freed from school and exclaiming their profound boredom, restless preschoolers careening the kitchen, toddlers emptying the cupboards, babies howling. Cabin Fever has the cure for these blues. It's time...

Is that toy making your toddler smarter?

I've seen the ads for a toy called "VTech," a toy for babies and toddlers that plugs into the TV for "educational play." While I'm not going to say my kids don't watch television, this just doesn't seem like a very fun toy. But, obviously, there's a...

Responding to music during toddlerhood

My 22 month-old, Devon, gets excited when he hears some kinds of music. He will, in fact, listen over and over again to some songs until the rest of us want to scream. Recently, a number of contributors to the Annals of the New York Academy of...

Helping kids build better brains

Like most parents, we often feel conflicted over whether we give our children enough to help their early learning be positive and to permit their young brains flourish. Is it worth it to cut down on other things in order to purchase the latest toy or...

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