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An important new study demonstrates that children who spend a significant amount of time staring at digital screens suffer from changes in their brain's white matter - a critical layer that helps kids learn to process words...
We've touched on this topic before but a new study confirms what we've already come to understand about child development: over-scheduled kids are more dependent on mom and dad and demonstrate poorer executive function (the ability to...
With the summer swimming months upon us, it's important to remember that accidental drowning remains the top killer of kids younger than 5, and the second leading cause of death for kids ages 5 to 14. And...
Your child is heavier than he should be and you suspect part of it has to do with the many processed foods he consumes. Turns out, you're right, and at long last we've got a study that...
Would you let your child disappear into a playground consisting of junk - tools, boards, bricks, barrels, tubs, etc.? Let her start and tend to a fire? Be OK with him grabbing a saw and hammer and nails to...
At a time when millions of kids are prescribed mind-interrupting pharmaceuticals, over-scheduled with activities, and bubble-wrapped to protect them from life's hard edges, it turns out there's one thing kids need more than anything else: time outdoors. As in, unstructured,...
In case you missed it, The Atlantic recently ran a piece on that unique form of middle school torture better known as PE (or phys ed class). Far from relying on anecdotal tales of psychotic gym teachers, playground bullies,...
Anxious, obese, depressed, incapable, narcissistic, fragile. Just some of the terms being used to describe many of today's young people. Concerned by such reports, conscientious parents (aka helicopter parents) vow to work even harder to help their kids avoid...
A new study shows that kids with so-called fat genes need not suffer that fate so long as they adopt a variety of lifestyle changes, a radical departure from the doom and gloom thinking that for so long has...
Rare is the parent who isn't at least a little nervous about their kids fitting in. We worry about them feeling isolated, disconnected, lonely. They don't need to be popular; just not social outcasts. As adults, it's easy to empathize...

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