Category: Parenting & Education

Is It Fun to Make Children? Yes! Is It a Pleasure to Be a Parent? No!

– Is it a pleasure to be a parent? Hell no! Parenting is a painful job, but it is worth it. We are referring about the day-to-day duties of raising children here. Children, in general, are very good at being confused on when, how, and where to sleep, for example. …
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Is Parenting Really Collapsing?

– According to physician and psychologist Leonard Sax, America’s most important problems – like obesity, psychiatric illness and the eroding educational system – have a single cause: it’s the parents’ fault. However, the bossy style of parenting recommended by Sax in his new book “The Collapse of Parenting” may be …
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Children Whose Parents Attend Parenting Classes Do Better in School

– According to some research, children of parents who attend parenting classes have better chances to succeed in school. Four years ago, UK Prime Minister David Cameron launched a parenting program in order to coach low-income families in this domain. With a disappointing result: while the government hoped to enroll …
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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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