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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.

One in Five Australian Children Are Not “School Ready”

– According to a new study, one in five Australian Children are “developmentally vulnerable” in matters of cognitive, language or communication skills when they start school. “There’s a group of kids at the top end coming very well prepared, and a group at the bottom coming less well prepared,” said …
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Why It’s Important to Pay Attention to What Happens in Nurseries

– UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, rightly said in a recent speech that children’s learning starts long before they enter school. The big problem is that, on average, the poorest children begin school 15 months behind their more advantaged peers, a situation that tends to have a long term implication. …
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The Size of a Family Can Affect Both the Behavior and School Achievement of Children

– According to a new study conducted by economists Chinhui Juhn, Yona Rubinstein, and C. Andrew Zuppann, the size of a family can affect the behavior and achievement of children. Using data from two surveys conducted between 1986 and 2012, the researchers wanted to know if and how the number …
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ChildUp Preschool Math Lessons: Teach your Child to Count to 10!

  All 48 ChildUp Preschool Math Lessons are available in their dedicated Google+ Collection:     Preschool Math Lessons     Image: Lear’s Macaw – Indigo Macaw, by Edward Lear (Wikimedia)  

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Are Female Teachers Responsible for the Lack of Interest of Girls in STEM?

– Is the shortage of women in STEM jobs due to the anxiety and unconscious bias of female teachers about those disciplines? Although research has shown that girls can perform as well as boys in science, math, technology and engineering, the widespread and tenacious bias against female students persists, even starting as early …
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Screen Time Can Be Harmful for Children’s Development

– According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, children under two years old should not be allowed to use screens at all, while this kind of activity should be limited to less than an hour a day between ages two and four. On the other hand, parents and children are using …
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The Crucial Importance of your Toddler’s Oral Vocabulary

– What can parents do to help their children succeed in preschool, kindergarten, and far beyond? According to a new study by Penn State Associate Professor Paul L. Morgan and colleagues, oral vocabulary is a factor uniquely predictive of both the academic and behavioral achievement of a child. 90 percent …
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How to Close the Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Children

– Many parents, especially in disadvantaged areas, are unaware of the vital importance of play and verbal interaction with young children. 90 percent of brain growth occurs before the age of five and a child’s chances of success are generally set before school begins. At this time, in matter of …
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A Mother and Her Baby, So Close

– This great magnetic resonance image (MRI) of a mother and her baby curled up together, a symbol of close human bonding, was taken in April 2015. Such a picture needs several minutes to capture, a move of only a millimeter leaving a blur on the screen, so the mother …
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What Do the Smiles of Your Baby Mean

– Until the past century, infants’ early smiles were often considered as “just gas.” But according to new research, even if a newborn’s earliest ethereal grins are indeed only primitive impulses, first smiles are fundamental elements of emotional and social development, some of the first steps of lifelong social interactions. …
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