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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.

ChildUp Early Learning Method: Early Math

Until the last century, many parents, educators and even scientists believed that children were unable to learn any math before the age of five. Recent research has shown that this assumption was wrong and that, in fact, children are ready to understand the basics of math much earlier. Both boys …
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Why Parents Should Listen Sensitively and Respond Promptly to a Crying Baby

– During their first weeks, most newborns cry for about two hours a day – or night! The crying of a baby has a powerful effect on his or her parents’ amygdala – a key part of the brain – that push them to take urgent measures to ensure the well-being …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Home Is The New First Grade

When children start school, their mastery of numeracy and literacy fundamentals is the most important factor in predicting subsequent academic achievement. By then, their academic destiny is largely set. Kindergarten recently became the new first grade, but some parents (and some preschools) are already taking on this role. The best …
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Children Raised in Poverty May Have Underdeveloped Brains

– According to a small population-based, longitudinal study, children raised in poverty show brain development deficits and score worse in test scores in comparison to their peers living in better environments. However, this effect seems to be limited to the poorest households: there are significant differences between kids in poverty and …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: Early Academic Teaching

Some parents and educators still believe that the young brain is fragile and that early childhood is a time of innocence and thus not suitable for formal academic teaching. Based upon this principle, these individuals try to open up their children’s creative spirit by smooth exercises of awakening and discovery. …
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Television During the Early Years Can Cause Social Skills Deficits and… Being Bullied

–  Watching television during the early years is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Babies and toddlers exposed to prolonged screen time will have more sleep problems, weight issues, attention deficits and school difficulties. Moreover, according to a new study, one more inconvenience can now be added to …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: A Focus on Effort

Decades of research have shown that a focus on effort rather than on intelligence or ability is more stimulating. In her book Mindset – The New Psychology Of Success, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, professor of psychology, makes the comparison between students having a “growth mindset” or a “fixed mindset.” Schoolchildren …
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Screaming at Young Children Can Cause Long-Term Damages

– Seeing a mother screaming “Sit back and shut up!” to her 18-month-old daughter, even in public, is a disturbing but not so uncommon situation. Many parents still need to understand that screaming at a crying baby or toddler is highly counter-productive and may cause serious long-term damages to the child’s brain development. Moms and …
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ChildUp Early Learning Method: The Most Critical Periods for Brain Development

Different areas of the brain develop and mature in different stages and at varying paces. A series of “critical periods” or “windows of opportunity” occur during the first years when the brain is most flexible. At birth, each brain cell (neuron) counts about 2,500 connections (synapses) with other brain cells. …
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Why Are Girls Better Protected Than Boys from Autism?

– Why are girls better protected from autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and are diagnosed less often than boys from the condition? On average, only one girl is diagnosed with ASD for every four boys. The ratio is even higher in cases of high-functioning autism, with as many as seven boys …
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