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2011

The thousands of parenting articles here, hand-picked since 2006 from around the world, highlight the importance of parents' involvement for the good development of bright and happy children.

Amy Chua Is a Wimp

Sometime early last week, a large slice of educated America decided that Amy Chua is a menace to society. Chua, as you probably know, is the Yale professor who has written a bracing critique of what she considers the weak, cuddling American parenting style. Chua didn’t let her own girls …
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Antibiotics Increase Risk of IBS and Crohn’s Disease in Children

Children given antibiotics are twice as likely to develop digestive problems, research shows. Those prescribed penicillin and similar medicines are more at risk from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease. Scientists believe the drugs may encourage harmful bacteria and other organisms to grow in the gut, which trigger the …
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Are Chinese Moms’ Methods superior? There’s a Lot of Room for Debate

'A lot of parents today are terrified that no matter how we bring up our children, we're doing it wrong'. When I became a father, I quickly learned that the greatest joy of parenthood is criticizing the way other people raise their kids. That's why a Yale Law School professor …
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Tough Love, from a Chinese Mother

A memoir of a woman’s take-no-prisoners parenting style hits a nerve. Amy Chua’s email in-box has become the latest front in the mommy wars. Ever since Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, her warts-and-all book on parenting the Chinese way, inflamed the mommy-blogger universe with its publication last week, Chua …
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Amy Chua: Manipulating Childhood Trauma and Asian-American Stereotypes to Sell a Book

There are a lot of questions to be asked about Amy Chua’s now-infamous op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Does she really call her children garbage in public? Does she really force them to perfect a piano piece before letting them go to the bathroom? And most of all, does …
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Mothers Admit to Parenting Lies, Netsmum Survey Says

Many mothers are under so much pressure to appear like perfect parents that they cover up how much television their children watch or what they cook their families, according to a survey. Such "white lies" also extend to how much "quality time" mothers spend with their partner, website Netmums said …
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Girls Don’t Like Math, Md. Superintendent Says

Maryland Superintendent Nancy Grasmick said the state’s female elementary school teachers avoid math, causing young girls to dislike the subject. “I have to say this even though I’m a woman, but many women say, ‘Math isn’t for me. I’m good at reading,’?” she said. Grasmick said the problem starts with …
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Poor Diet in Early Pregnancy Damages the Brain of Babies

Poor eating habits or dieting during early pregnancy could damage the intelligence of your baby, new research suggests. Researchers found that a low calorie diet affected brain development which could lower IQ and also lead to behavioural problems later in life. The team at the University of Texas found decreased …
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Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to Re-Engage Boys in Learning

At TEDxPSU, Ali Carr-Chellman pinpoints three reasons boys are tuning out of school in droves, and lays out her bold plan to re-engage them: bringing their culture into the classroom, with new rules that let boys be boys, and video games that teach as well as entertain. http://www.ted.com/talks/ali_carr_chellman_gaming_to_re_engage_boys_in_learning.html BE YOUR …
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Yale Law Prof Amy Chua Backs Away from Controversial Claims About Superiority of Chinese Mothers

If you’re going to be a diva, then own it. Was this lesson was lost on Yale law professor Amy Chua, the author of an incendiary essay in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal, Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior, and a new book about Eastern versus Western parenting styles, Battle Hymn …
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