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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.

The “Sugar High” Concept: Another Parenting Myth

– According to popular wisdom, if you give give candy or cookies to young children they will turn into rabid monsters until their metabolism returns to a normal level. Nonetheless, the “sugar high” concept is just another parenting myth, an urban legend. Much scientific research has shown that giving children …
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Why Preschool Math Skills Are So Important

– A good level of math skills in preschool helps children succeed later on. According to a recent study, preschoolers are more likely to be good at math at kindergarten entry if they understand early the two following basic concepts: word association with numbers and the quantities numbers represent. Young …
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Why Public Schools Must Focus on Early Learning

– Leaning begins much earlier than age 5, a good reason why public school must focus on the very first years. Science has shown that the optimal period of human brain development is between zero to five. A better coordination is needed between preschool and elementary school programs in order …
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The Many Great Benefits of Reading with your Children

– Fortunately, it has now become common practice for many parents to spend a lot of time reading to their children. And they are very right. According to science, the advantages of reading from a young age with your kids are numerous, with a powerful and lasting impact on their …
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Why You Should Encourage your Kids to Count on their Fingers

– It turns out it’s good for your children to count on their fingers to do math. While finger counting is still broadly considered by adults as a less intelligent way of counting and calculating, attitude about it seems to be changing in the world of math education. In fact, …
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The Transforming Power of Parent’s Touch

– Humans are born eager for social bonding. Children need to be held and touched by dad or mom from the very first minutes and days. According to a new study published by researchers in Germany, beyond improving bonds, a parent’s touch can literally change a baby’s brain. “We explored …
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Why Boys Lag Behind Girls in Literacy from the Start

– Based on research by experts from the University of Bristol, the charity Save the Children reports that boys are almost twice as likely as girls to fall behind in basic language skills by the time they start school. Preschool boys and girls do the same amount of literacy based activities, such …
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Math Skills Improve by Doing Math Every Day

– Math skills improve by doing math every day – just like reading skills improve by reading every day. According to Michael Priyev, founder of New York City’s Eureka Math Tutors, “Math has the power to strike fear into the hearts of children and adults alike.” On her part, Mallory …
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Babies Are Incredible Learning Machines

– Babies are not empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge. Over the last three decades, scientists have discovered that, during their first months and years, children are much more influenced by their environment than previously assumed. This is what the filmmaker Estela Renner discovered in speaking with early-childhood …
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What Fathers Have to Know About Parenting

– According to a new report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, fathers are very important for their children’s development, health and well-being. Dads are much more than just back-ups for moms. An analysis of several studies found that children who grow up close to their fathers are less …
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