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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.

Why Parents Should Practice Math at Home with their Preschool Children

– A research from Purdue University has shown that preschool children who do math activities at home with mom or dad not only benefit from improvement in math skills but in literacy skills as well. “Exposure to basic numbers and math concepts at home were predictive, even more so than …
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Jeff Bezos – the Amazon founder and richest person in the world – and his wife MacKenzie use Singapore Math with their Children

– “Singapore Math” is a teaching method based on the national mathematics curriculum used for kindergarten through sixth grade in Singapore. According to this system, students learn specific concepts before moving on to more complex ones, in a linear progression. An approach that has made Singaporean and Chinese (especially in …
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The Great Benefits of Early Learning at Home and Playing Outdoor

– In the last century, a large majority of parents and experts believed that what children experience up to the age of three had little impact on their development. Young human brains were considered as being less active than that of a teenager. This old-school thinking is mistaken. Research has shown that the early years have …
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Poor Parenting Skills Are Not an Excuse for Corporal Punishment

– Corporal punishment is without a doubt the worst of all parenting methods, but many parents don’t know what to do instead. Although there are a lot of resources available about it, most of them are classified in “positive parenting” or “positive discipline” categories in bookstores or online. The common denominator is that they all advise against the …
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Math Is Not Just About Numbers and Equations; It’s About Learning and Understanding

– Ignorance and disgust of math is a widespread problem in today’s society. This is one of the main reasons why people are prone to question scientific facts rather than support them. Mathematical ignorance and scientific illiteracy are profoundly embedded in many cultures in the world. It’s rare to find people joking …
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Why Parents Must Read at Home with their Young Children

– Early literacy builds many crucial skills. In a new study, parents were asked to evaluate their children’s abilities to set goals, pay attention, control impulses and regulate activity. The results showed that kids who read and write at home with their parents develop better academic, learning and life skills. …
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Common Myths About our Brain: Learning Styles, Reading Styles, the Mozart Effect and More

– Several pernicious myths about our brain are as widespread as persistent. Not so long ago, children were supposed to have their learning skills boosted by listening to Mozart and watching stimulating images of the then-famous Baby Einstein video series. Many people believed that classical music has a beneficial effect …
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How to Raise “Genius” and “Gifted” Kids

– Since 1971, the “Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth” (SMPY) – one of the longest study about “gifted” children in history – has tracked 5,000 of the top students in America. The following of these high achievers for 45 years revealed some interesting things. For example, that even pupils with high IQs need teachers …
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Your Math Aversion Is Highly Contagious for your Child

– Research has shown that seemingly benign statements about math such as “I never liked it” rub off on your children, doing them serious and lasting harm. According to a 2015 study, elementary students who were helped by math-anxious parents learned this matter less well that than their peers whose parents …
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Don’t Label Your Child. She Was Not Born Sassy. Nor Bad. Neither Stupid.

– Don’t blame your daughter (or son) for her sassiness. Nurture, not nature is at work here. Attitudes like talking back or eye-rolling are not appropriate demeanor for young people. Even if we can see it in kids of any age, frequent sass and snark should not be tolerated and …
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