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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.

Baby Boys Are Actually Much More Sensitive and Vulnerable Than Baby Girls

– Are parents treating their baby boys as they should be? Possibly not. According to Dr. Allan Schore, a clinical psychologist at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), baby boys are much more sensitive than baby girls and develop emotionally at a slower rate. Research has shown that baby boy …
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Why It’s Important to Remind our Children to Say Thank You

– Jennifer Lehr recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that when parents do things like reminding their children to say thank you, they are encouraging their compliance and taking away their autonomy. “Rubbish!,” writes Emma Jenner in the Huffington Post. Indeed, this kind of advice may not be the …
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The Strong Impact of Parenting Styles on Children’s Outcomes

– Parenting styles are generally transmitted from generation to generation. Parents behave with their children a lot like their own parents did with them. However, times change and parenting methods should be adapted in order to be successful. Education experts have described the most common parenting styles as follow, from …
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Toy Preferences Are Innate and Gender-Neutral Parenting Is Futile

– Following a growing trend for gender equality, it has become popular to start very early to raise babies and toddlers in a gender-neutral way. Applying measures like not revealing the sex of newborns, dressing young children and their bedroom in neutral colors, and providing them gender-neutral toys. Retail businesses …
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Early Stimulation Boosts Babies’ Brain Development

– Until recently, new parents was told that infants should grow at their own pace and not be challenged to do things they are not yet ready for. This bizarre assumption can be traced back to the beginning of the last century, when specialists were still convinced that genetic factors …
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​The Concept of Different Learning Styles Is Perhaps the Most Popular Neuroscience Myth

– Fundamentally, all human beings learn in similar ways. The idea that people may learn better depending on their own particular visual, auditory or kinesthetic preferences is one of the greatest myths in neuroscience. It was called a “neuromyth” by Paul Howard-Jones, a professor of neuroscience and education at Bristol …
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Math Skills Development Starts at Home and in Preschool

– Math skills development should begin early, a crucial need that a lot of parents are not well aware of. A strong STEM education is the surest way to ensure a child’s future successful career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the fields that will provide most of the jobs …
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Actually, Co-Sleeping Can Save Your Marriage

– Crystal Henry thinks that co-sleeping, instead of threatening it, has saved her marriage. Before she became a mother, like many parents she made a lot of vows, taking strong resolutions like “I will never let my kids sleep in my bed.” But, as soon her children got old enough, …
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Why Socioeconomic Gaps in Parenting Continue to Grow

– Many education experts agree that reading, telling stories and playing with letters and numbers are necessary for children development and preparing them for academic success. One big advantage of such parenting activities is that they practically do not cost anything. On the other hand the problem is that, according …
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Why Math Is So Important for All Children

– In recent years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has become a key focus in education. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than 9 million STEM jobs will be created between 2012 and 2022, a compelling reason to prepare our students for careers in those …
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