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 Scientists: We were wrong about not feeding babies peanuts (06/01/17)

New guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US advise introducing peanuts into children's diets as early as possible, to protect them against peanut allergies later in life.

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 Even Science Agrees, You Literally Can’t Spoil A Baby (n.d)

“Don’t you ever put that baby down?”

“Aren’t you going to spoil him?”

“Start teaching him to self-soothe now, before it’s too late.”

Yup, these were things actually said to me when my babies were newborns. Nope, not even when they were a few months old. When they were itty-bitty babies fresh out of the womb, I had strangers, family members — and yes, even doctors — question whether I was going to spoil my babies by holding them all the time.

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Viral Meme Spreads Important Message About Kids And Consent (n.d)

Teaching children about consent is crucial, so why do some parents still insist their kids hug and kiss relatives even if they don’t want to? As consent and bodily autonomy become a bigger conversation, there are those speaking out about how we need to give children agency over their own bodies — even if it means turning down hugs from grandma and grandpa.

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The Best Way to Raise Children, According to Research (01/09/17)

Many parents have their own distinct parenting style. When young children and families interact with one another, observations can be made about parenting preferences and we often make judgments about...

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Art Improves Kids Critical Thinking, But Not Necessarily Academic Performance (29/12/16)

But there is a case for kids engaging in art. Even at school. You just need to put away some of the old ideas about what art can do for academics and understand the real benefits of art education, which are many (regardless of where you put the nose).

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What's the right age to give a child a mobile phone? (13/12/16) 

How do we make our kids smart about smartphones? Andrea Mara finds out.

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This Is What Happens After You Drop Your Child At Daycare  (12/12/16)

If you've ever thought looking after a toddler on a bad day is hard, try 11 of them. In one room. Now add teething, screaming, vicious biting, scratching out eyes, inconsolable crying and poo, so much stinky, stranger poo.

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Don't buy pink toys for girls, parents told (08/12/16)

Parents are being warned against buying pink, gender-stereotyped toys this Christmas, so as not to deter girls from getting into science.

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What Happens When Parents Limit Screens? (08/12/16)

We have written plenty on what happens when parents do not limit screens sufficiently. Avoiding sleep problems, rigid gender stereotypes and consumerism may be reason enough to monitor your child’s screen time. But, are there any positive effects to the sometimes isolating work that is raising screen-limited kids? Recent research published by the American Medical Association says yes! There are some positive effects associated with parental monitoring of screen-time. Unfortunately, the majority of parents do not monitor or limit children’s screen-time. Perhaps they feel it is a losing battle. This article explains exactly what type of screen-monitoring is associated with positive outcomes and how to do it.

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You Said WHAT About Time-Outs?! (n.d)

We’re excited that people are thinking and talking about the important ways that parents interact with and influence their children in discipline moments, but we’d also like to clear up any confusion about our position on time-outs. So here are our responses to four questions we’ve received since the article’s debut.

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10 Ways To Guide Children Without Punishment (n.d)

"The reason a child will act unkindly or cause damage is always innocent. Sometimes she is playful and free spirited, and other times, when aggressive or angry she is unhappy or confused. The more disturbing the behaviour, the more the child is in pain and in need of your love and understanding. In other words, there is no such thing as bad behaviour in children. Instead there is a child who is doing the best she can and we don’t understand.

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The 5 best toys of all time (31/11/16)

So to help you out, I’ve worked really hard to narrow down this list to five items that no kid should be without. All five should fit easily within any budget, and are appropriate for a wide age range so you get the most play out of each one. These are time-tested and kid-approved! And as a bonus, these five can be combined for extra-super-happy-fun-time.

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The Real Reason Why Kids Never Want to Go to Sleep (10/11/16)

We are starting our bedtime routine and the bedtime tantrum begins. As soon as my son knows bedtime is starting, he weighs in with “No sleep, no rest, no bath.” This is his response to everything. This chant—no sleep, no rest, no bath—it’s basically his life motto.

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Kids need to get dirty to ward off disease, says microbiologist (01/11/16)

You watch a child pick up a blob of gum off a dirty street and cringe at the sight of it being plopped in their mouth and chewed for the second time. What makes a scenario like this worse?

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Parents, Get Realistic About Your Expectations For Young Kids (31/10/16)

Your two-year-old refuses to share his toy with your friend’s child. He snatches back his Thomas train. You are embarrassed, send him to his room for a time out, and tell him to come out when he’s ready to apologize. Once in his room, your child throws a full-fledged tantrum, complete with loud crying and kicking the wall. Now he’s really in trouble and will have to be punished, but were your original expectations fair?

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The key life skills parents should be teaching their children (14/10/16)

“Life skills are essential for your child to learn how to be independent and become self-sufficient,” said Lindsay Hutton, editor at FamilyEducation.com. “Appropriate life skills will also help your child feel empowered, help develop his self-esteem, and aid in socialization and reasoning skills.”

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Toddlers and Self-Control: A Survival Guide for Parents (10/03/16)

Children don’t actually develop this kind of self-control until 3.5 to 4 years of age, and even then they still need a lot of help managing their emotions and impulses.

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Weighted Blankets for Sleep and Night time Anxiety (2016)

Millions of people struggle with nighttime anxiety, insomnia and other stress and sleep disorders. This is a problem of monumental concern because stress and insufficient sleep wreak havoc on our bodies. Likewise, it can worsen over time if not properly...

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What Happens When We Shield Kids from Boredom (02/11/16)

When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations?

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Scientists say it's time to warn women of the true risks of childbirth (11/07/2016)

Obstetricians in the UK are meeting this month to discuss whether they should be formally offering women advice on the risks of vaginal births - just like they do with caesarian sections.

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Girls cost more to raise than boys, says survey (06/07/2016)

From birth until the age of five, girls are around £300 (€350) a year more expensive a year than boys, Sainsbury’s Bank found. The cost gap doubles during the teenage years, with parents of girls aged between 14 and 18 typically forking out nearly £600 (€705) a year more than parents of boys of the same age, the research found.

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Why I Won’t Go Potty! (22/06/2016)

Word on the street is our toileting fears are a mystery to you parent folks out there. For starters, this potty training thing is messed up. I know you grown ups think it is as easy as giving us an M&M or putting a sticker on a chart, but I am here to tell you the real story!

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 Learn to parent: Dublin intervention scheme pays off (21/06/2016)

Marion cringes at how she used to shout at Lorna. With Jamie it was different.

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Kids’ ‘Failure Mind-sets’ Come From How You Worry About Them (10/06/2016)

While not as explicit as the The Simpsons, a new study from Stanford University researchers Kyla Haimovitz and Carol Dweck suggests that kids draw their attitudes about failure — whether it’s enhancing or debilitating — from their parents.

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Why (some) parents don’t vaccinate (04/06/2016) 

The many-headed dragon of public anger has a mouthful of fire for parents who don’t vaccinate. But such scolding misses the mark, alienating caring parents who just want their kids to be safe.

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The five principles of positive parenting (03/06/16)

The foundation of positive parenting rests on five principles: attachment, respect, proactive parenting, empathetic leadership, and positive discipline. These five principles go hand in hand to both build a strong bond and to position you to be the effective leader your child needs to guide him through childhood.

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How to Raise a Helper (24/05/16)

I don’t know about you… but I don’t want to be doing things for my daughter for the rest of her childhood. Nor do I want to be doing all of the household chores by myself forever.

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Phew! It’s Normal. An Age by Age Guide for What to Expect From Kids & Teens – And What They Need From Us (2016)

Being a kid or a teen is not for lightweights – it’s tough out there! There are important things that need to be done, that only they can do. The nature of these jobs depends on the developmental stage they are at. Knowing what is normal behaviour for children and teens can help to smooth the path for everyone involved.

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Support from Family and Friends Important to Help Prevent Depression in Teenagers (31/05/2016)

The importance of friendships and family support in helping prevent depression among teenagers has been highlighted in research from the University of Cambridge. The study, published in the open access journal PLOS ONE, also found that teenagers who had grown up in a difficult family environment were more likely than their peers to be bullied at school.

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Why video games shouldn’t freak parents out (17/05/2016)

An advocate for educational video games realizes that our kids might actually learn more from Civilization, Minecraft, Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.

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How Babies Quickly Learn to Judge Adults (04/05/2016)

Adults often make snap judgments about babies. First impressions lead us to assign them personalities, such as fearful, active or easy to please, and with good reason. Fifty years of evidence shows that babies begin life with traits that set the stage for how they interact with the world—and how the world reacts to them.

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Game Theory for Parents (01/03/16)

Even kindergartners have a sense of fair play and will share more with specific groups—family, friends and people who have been generous with them.
Parents can tap this notion of fairness to encourage children to cooperate with one another and avoid spiteful behavior.

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The Importance of Play in Early Childhood (01/03/2016)

When children play we often just think they’re having fun, but research has shown that the benefits of play extend far beyond that in early childhood. A child’s brain doubles in size in the first year of life and by the age of 3 it has reached 80% of its adult size. This means that what your child is exposed to in the first 3 years will have a massive impact on their future.

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A Closer Look At Your Baby In The Womb: Week By Week (23/02/2016)

Every week brings new developments when you’re expecting. From a tiny cluster of cells to a bouncing baby – fetal development is an amazing process. Wondering what’s going on inside your womb this week? Discover the major milestones your fetus is reaching week-by-week through these amazing visuals.

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Independent.ie. 16 sleep tips to help your baby sleep better in 2016 (10/02/16)

Some minor adjustments and a change in thinking are all that's required to see your family sleeping better this year, writes sleep expert Lucy Wolfe.

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Coping with Sleep Challenges: Birth to 3 Months (01/02/2016)

Nurture good sleep habits in your child by helping them learn how to fall asleep (and fall back to sleep) beginning from the earliest months of life.

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Independent.UK: Whether it is ever OK to hit your child, according to experts. (26/01/2016)

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Baby Centre Blog: Mum Stories. There is No Such Thing as “Normal” Baby Sleep (19/01/2016)

Now my baby is a fully fledged 15-month-old toddler people have stopped asking me the question I used to dread: “Is she sleeping through yet?” It came second on the list of new baby questions I hated (first was “Is she good?).

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Post-birth skin-to-skin contact reduces up to 36% infant deaths (29/12/15)

Research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital says that skin-to-skin contact may reduce deaths for infants with low birth weight. Low birth weight infants are particularly vulnerable during their first month of life so the researchers encourage skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo mother care (KMC), especially in developing countries where conventional treatments are not widely available.

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Psychology Today. The Good Enough Parent is the Best Parent (22/12/2015)

If we define parenting as caregiving to one’s child, then the best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. This post is inspired by Bettelheim’s book. The ideas below may not match up entirely with his, but they come close. They are Bettelheim’s ideas as I have processed them. As I see it, and pretty much as Bettelheim saw it.

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Philly Voice. What to do when children bring deep Santa questions home (15/12/15)

A psychology expert shares some tips about responding to queries questioning the reality of the Claus tale.

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Psychology Today. Birth Order Determines Almost Nothing (11/11/2015)

Everybody knows that first, second, and third-born children have particular personality characteristics determined by their position in the family: Firstborns are achievers, middle children are peacemakers, and the babies in the family are individualists. These stereotypes have become so much a part of our consciousness. Most psychologists consider gospel—“birth order itself has no effect on character.”

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Psychology Today. 3 Reasons Not to Give Kids Too Many Presents (03/11/2015)

Parents love giving their kids presents during the holidays, but what happens when they give too much? Overindulging children is a common parenting blunder that always backfires and turns little darlings into ungrateful bullies who are never satisfied—no matter how much they get. Before you go overboard and shower a child with gifts, consider these negative outcomes.

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Ideas.ted.com. How cultures around the world think about parenting (15/07/14)

What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain — and beyond.

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Baby Centre Blog: Mum Stories. The truth: your baby’s stomach size (10/06/2014)

In the early days, it can feel like your baby is constantly feeding. As your baby grows, feeding patterns will change, but it can be hard to know whether your baby is getting enough milk. Loads of our members worry about this, but actually, you may be surprised by how small your baby’s stomach actually is. Learning about the size of your baby’s stomach may help you understand how much and how often your baby needs to feed.

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Research on Spanking: It’s Bad For ALL Kids (08/09/2013)

In a new article, “Spanking and Child Development: We Know Enough Now to Stop Hitting Our Children,” Elizabeth Gershoff reviews recent research on spanking.

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Daughters of Unloving Mothers: 7 Common Wounds (04/30/2013)

In the years since I researched and wrote Mean Mothers, I’ve talked to women about our shared experiences. Every woman’s story is different; perhaps the greatest commonality is the discovery that each of us is not alone, that we are not the only girls or women to have had mothers who can’t or won’t love them. The taboos about “dissing” our mothers, and the myths of motherhood which portray all mothers as loving, serve to isolate unloved daughters. That discovery lifts part of the hurt and burden, but not all of it.

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Child Safety around Water - Inside & Outside the Home (n.d)

Never leave your child alone near, with or in water inside or outside your home - children can drown in seconds and in silence in a very small amount of water.

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Lots of TV in childhood affects bone health (n.d)

Watching a lot of television during childhood and adolescence may affect bone health later in life, a new study has found.

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30 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids (n.d)

While these gestures may seem trivial to adults, they go a long way with your little ones. Here are a few easy tricks to make your child smile.

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