Child Development


Are children really better off with working mums?
Joanna Roughton | Nov 22 2016 | comment  
Advocacy research wants mums at work, regardless.

The lost world of Ramona Quimby
Naomi Schaefer Riley | Apr 7 2016 | comment  
Why do Beverly Cleary's young characters seem to have more time?

The key to children’s intelligence and success in school
Moira Eastman | Dec 9 2015 | comment  
Talk to your children from the day they are born—and sooner!

Discerning newborns
Carolyn Moynihan | Jan 3 2013 | comment  
Babies come into the world able to distinguish their mother-tongue.

Kids from mum and dad families do better at school
William West | Dec 11 2012 | comment  
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
William West | Nov 28 2012 | comment  
Conferences around the world are urging parents and teachers to take a stronger line in young people's digital activities.

Music and baby talk
Mariette Ulrich | Sep 20 2012 | comment  
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.

Attention, please
Mariette Ulrich | Aug 13 2012 | comment  
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
Mariette Ulrich | May 23 2012 | comment  
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 | Mar 26 2012 | comment  
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 | Sep 28 2011 | comment  
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 | Sep 16 2011 | comment  
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 | Jun 16 2011 | comment  
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 | Jun 7 2011 | comment  
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”
Carolyn Moynihan | Apr 13 2011 | comment  
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 | Mar 16 2011 | comment  
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?
Carolyn Moynihan | Nov 4 2010 | comment  
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 | Nov 1 2010 | comment  
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 | Aug 10 2010 | comment  
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 | Aug 4 2010 | comment  
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.

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