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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.

Children’s Attitude Toward Math Is as Important as their IQ

– According to a recent study, attitude toward math is as important as IQ to predict the level of performance of a child. For a long time, experts observed that children who are more interested in mathematics and believe they are good at it get better scores, but it was …
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Slapping or Spanking Kids Is a Sad Example of Lazy Parenting

During a recent interview on US radio, a singer said that “she’s not above spanking” if her kids (as young as one and three) misbehave. Using a weird justification, she explained she herself was spanked as a kid, but nonetheless turned out to be “well-rounded.” How can we still have such reasonings in the 21st …
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The Long-Term Benefits of High-Quality Preschool

– Most of​ ​childhood experts will tell you that early education is very important to children’s skills and behavioral development. Preschool ​sets children up for success in many fundamental learning subjects and helps a lot to prepare​ them for kindergarten and higher grades. A recent research has revealed that preschool …
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Which Are the Differences between UK and US Parenting Styles?

– In the matter of parenting styles, some of the most popular options are from: Denmark (where both parents and kids are supposedly very happy), Germany (where children are encouraged to play with fire), or France (where children are allegedly better behaved). But why is England generally kept out of the leading team? This …
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Unlike Speaking, Reading Is Not Innate

– Most parents want to raise well-educated children but, to reach this goal, there are some fundamental principles they need to know about the process of learning to read. Research has shown that synthetic phonics is the best way to teach children to read, even if many parents themselves did not use …
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Do You Believe your Child Is Gifted or Talented?

– It’s not surprising, but many parents believe their children learn faster, are more creative and bolder explorers than their peers. However, in order to qualify for popular public school gifted programs, children are expected to have numerous intellectual and social specific skills, in addition to a superior IQ. Pupils can be …
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Attachment Parenting: The Fall of Time-Outs and the Rise of Time-Ins

– Thanks to the rise of attachment parenting, a method that advocates gentle means to discipline children, a growing number of parents are trying time-ins instead of time-outs. But what are time-ins? Well, rather than banishing little ones in some isolated corner to think about their misbehavior, the principle of …
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Why You Have to Read Aloud with your Kids

– According to a recent report, ​“the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in literacy is reading aloud to children.” In addition to the many advantages that literature provides in general, reading aloud brings four specific benefits: A stronger motivation, a larger vocabulary, a …
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Why a Lot of Parents and Preschool Teachers Dislike Math

– According to ​Deborah Stipek, a professor at Stanford University and the former dean of the School of Education, preschool children need more math. Nowadays, parents are well aware of the undisputed advantages of reading, talking and singing with their children. But this is, by far, not yet the case …
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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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