The key to children’s intelligence and success in school
Talk to your children from the day they are born—and sooner!
Babies come into the world able to distinguish their mother-tongue.
Kids from mum and dad families do better at school
A new study finds that children of heterosexual couples are more likely to progress in primary school than children from a same-sex household.
Parents urged to intervene in teens’ online life
Conferences around the world are urging parents and teachers to take a stronger line in young people's digital activities.
Music and baby talk
As one of those moms who started her kids on classical music shortly after birth, I don’t need to be sold on the importance of music, but it’s always nice to have one’s educational priorities validated.
Judging by a glance at the title, this article seems fit for the “patently obvious” files: “Preschool Children Who Can Pay Attention More Likely to Finish College”. But there’s more to it than just that seemingly self-evident observation.
Truth or lies: a parenting challenge
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.
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
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?
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.
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
Experts in New Zealand are singing the praises of cultivating self-control in young children, thanks to new research findings.
Babies made us “the nicest apes”
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
The best childhood predictor of longevity, it turns out, is a quality best defined as conscientiousness, an eight-decade project reveals.
Are tots really OK when mum goes back to work?
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
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
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
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.
Don’t you just love babies?
French film maker Thomas Balmes has found a winning recipe for producing
smiles: take four wildly contrasting cultural settings, add four very
cute babies, and watch what happens during the first year of their
lives. The result is the new movie Babies and you can get the feel of it
in a trailer posted on YouTube.
Are babies born moral?
“Babies know the difference between good and evil at six months, study
reveals”. I guess many of us read a heading like this in our daily paper
or online this week. Startling news. Here we were, thinking that the
newborn babe is a tiny barbarian who needs to learn his first notions of
right and wrong from his parents, when he actually arrives with an
innate sense of morality. Or so it seems.
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Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@ mercatornet.com