child development

Truth or lies: a parenting challenge

Mariette Ulrich | 23 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, truth
Fibbing is an all-too-common childhood malady that parents naturally desire to curb. No one wants little liars at home to turn into big liars out in society.

Scientists discover why children are often selfish. Really.

Mariette Ulrich | 26 March 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: altruism, child development, parenting
A new study suggests that age-associated improvements in the ability to consider the preferences of others are linked with maturation of a brain region involved in self control. No kidding.

The erosion of British childhood

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 September 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, media, parenting
Sometimes I wonder whether, despite all the reports on “broken Britain”, it is really so much worse, in terms of child and family wellbeing, than any other developed country.

Will SpongeBob SquarePants rot your child’s brain?

Mariette Ulrich | 16 September 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: cartoons, child development
I want to reach for the salt shaker when I read words like: “New research on children and television has …” because I know I’ll probably need a few grains to swallow whatever is coming next.

School wants to know how new entrants were born. No kidding.

Mariette Ulrich | 16 June 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, education of children, parental rights
Once upon a time, all you had to do in order to enrol in school was be 6 years old and toilet-trained. How times have changed. Now they want to know how you were born, and why it happened like that...

Teach kids self-control, say NZ experts

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 June 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, parenting, self-control
Experts in New Zealand are singing the praises of cultivating self-control in young children, thanks to new research findings.

Why mothers matter

Jenet Erickson | 24 May 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: child development, motherhood
All that children need for healthy development is two caring adults. Really?

Babies made us “the nicest apes”

Carolyn Moynihan | 13 April 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, evolution, motherhood
Two years ago an American primatologist named Sarah Blaffer Hrdy published a book arguing that human beings evolved as a co-operative species in response not only to the needs of infants but to their charm.

A good start in life

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 March 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, divorce, longevity
The best childhood predictor of longevity, it turns out, is a quality best defined as conscientiousness, an eight-decade project reveals.

Tiger Mother and her critics: both wrong

Mary Rice Hasson | 21 January 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: child development, motherhood, parenting
What have we learned about parenting from the latest round of the mommy wars?

Are tots really OK when mum goes back to work?

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 November 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, single motherhood, working mothers
One of the most studied aspects of childhood in recent decades is early, non-maternal childcare. Research tends to show benefits for a child’s cognitive development but not for emotional wellbeing and behaviour. Now a study has found that youngsters are less likely to succeed at school if their mothers return to work within a year of their birth.

Judge says 4-year-old can be sued for negligence

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 November 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: character education, child development, parenting
How responsible can you expect a four-year-old to be? A lawsuit in Manhattan has raised that question after a judge ruled that a young girl accused of running down an elderly woman while racing a bicycle with training wheels on a sidewalk can be sued for negligence.

Kids are ‘interested’ in TV, but so are apes

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 August 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, media, psychology
I promised something more on Aric Sigman, the (American-born, as it turns out) psychologist who has made a name for himself in Britain as a fiery critic of the way television and other screen media are dominating the lives of children. So here is the next instalment.

Child prodigy’s paintings selling like hot cakes

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 August 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: art, child development, prodigies
Some are born great...and some have greatness thrust upon 'em. The parents of a young English boy must be learning the truth of the Bard's words as people from around the world queue to snap up the lad's paintings as fast as he can produce them.

Troubling theories about childhood innocence

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 June 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: child abuse, child development, education, homosexuality
Sexuality engineers may be coming to a childcare centre near you.

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