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You Really Should Hold and Touch and Cuddle your Baby as Much as Possible

– For decades, a lot of people used to believe and repeat that if you pick up your baby too often they will get “spoiled.” Fortunately, a growing number of parents are now aware how absurd this counter-intuitive assumption is. On the contrary, as a recent study has shown, the …
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Why Children Must Start Learning Math Before Kindergarten

– According to the National Research Council, the earlier children – as young as preschoolers – are exposed to math learning, the better they will eventually succeed academically. During the previous decades, a strong focus has been placed on early literacy development, and this was a great move. However, research …
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Too Much TV Harms Children’s Math Skills and School Readiness

– According to a recent research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in collaboration with Canadian University Sainte-Anne, watching more than two hours of TV per day is detrimental to school readiness, especially for children from low-income families. Such alarming results should incite parents to limit …
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Why the Gains of Preschool Can Fade So Fast?

‚Äč- Drew Bailey, an assistant professor, and Greg Duncan, a professor in the School of Education at the University of California, and Candice Odgers, a professor of public policy, psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, reviewed data from 67 high-quality interventions about literacy and math skills development. The researchers found …
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The Birth Order Effect: Why First-Born Children Do Better at School

– A new research has confirmed that first-born children achieve better at school because they benefit from more intense parental attention during the early years. The follow-up of thousands of families for more than a decade has shown that parents devote a lot of time developing the abilities of their …
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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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