popular topics in childhood development

  • girl learning to write
    Penmanship
    6 Benefits of Learning Handwriting in School
    Is handwriting becoming a lost art? The new Common Core Standards adopted by most states in the U.S. make teaching cursive optional and up to individual states. The rise of technology in and out of the classroom means fewer kids are writing by ha...
    Erin Dower
  • Child Handling Task By Self
    Individuality
    I Did it All By Myself! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Your Child Life Skills
    This list of age-appropriate skills will help prepare your child for each stage of his life as he develops from preschool until the day he flies the coop. ...
  • Teens
    Menstruation
    Does Growth Stop with Onset of Menstruation?
    A girl's growth slows down once she starts her periods, but it doesn't stop completely. ...
  • gifted child struggling
    Coping With Giftedness
    9 Challenges Facing Gifted Children (and How You Can Help!)
    Has your gifted child been struggling with some social, emotional, or academic issues lately? Giftedness comes with a surprising set of problems, ranging from perfectionism and competitiveness to friendship issues. Learn about these common challe...
    Erin Dower
  • mother son good relationship
    Mother/Son Relationships
    Mother/Son 101: Smart Tips for Raising Boys
    There are a lot of tips out there for a good mother/daughter relationship, but maintaining a healthy mother/son relationship is tricky and less talked about. Learn the keys to showing your son the ropes in life and staying connected as he grows. ...
    Erin Dower
  • mother and daughter in a healthy relationship
    Mother/Daughter Relationships
    Mother/Daughter 101: Smart Tips for Raising Girls
    Every mother/daughter relationship is different. Whether you and your daughter are close as can be or constantly battling, find out the key steps in building a strong relationship and raising a happy, healthy girl. (Also take a look at our mother...
    Erin Dower
  • 5-Year-Old Write Backward
    Cognitive and Psychological Development
    I Need Help! My Five-Year-Old Writes Backward
    Is it normal for a kid to write backward, especially when they're learning? Our expert weighs in on this grandmother's concern. ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • book for child afraid of monsters, Monster End This Book Grover
    Fear of the Dark
    15 Books to Help Kids Overcome Their Fears
    */ Childhood can bring a lot of phobias and anxiety — fear of the dark, or thunder, or monsters, or going to the doctor, or the potty, or school, or the dentist... Eek! So here's a list of great children's books to help kids cure their inner ...
    Erin Dower
  • Little girl holding paint brush while covered in paint
    Signs and Symptoms of Autism
    Spotlight: Creativity! Study Finds ADHD Kids Are More Creative
    Spotlight: Creativity! Study Finds ADHD Kids Are More Creative It's a belief many parents of kids with ADHD have long held — kids with ADHD are more creative than their non-ADHD counterparts. New research shows that what was perhaps once consi...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Rules of Thumb on Children
    Mobile Apps
    Smart Rules of Thumb for Children's App Use
    It goes without saying that smartphones and apps have become an integral part of our everyday lives. But what about our children's lives? At what age is it okay to let your kids start using smartphones? Which apps are safe and which are not? We...
    Erin Dower
  • Teens
    Menstruation
    Missed Menses in 15-Year-Old
    It can be "normal" for a girl to skip a few months of periods, especially early on. But when is it a cause for concern? ...
  • busysonfallingasleepstudying
    Learning Disabilities and Homework
    8 Disorganization Styles of Struggling Boys
    Why is your child struggling in school? In her book "That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life," author Ana Homayoun identifies eight styles of disorganization and distraction that ...
    Erin Dower
  • School and Learning
    Learning Disabilities and Homework
    5 Essential Tools and Tips for Disorganized Boys
    5 Essential Tools and Tips for Disorganized Boys We recently spoke with Ana Homayoun, the author of the book That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life. She holds a master's degree i...
    Erin Dower
  • Gifts
    8 Imaginative Holiday Gifts for Kids
    In a world filled with commercialized toys and violent video games, providing your children with toys that encourage imaginative play can help you preserve their innocence and help develop their creativity. This holiday season, look for creative ...
    Kelly Sundstrom
  • Kids
    Growth and Physical Development
    Has Teen Stopped Growing?
    Find out what's involved in determining whether a child has reached his full height. ...
  • Baby Name Finder
    Baby Names
    Baby Name Finder
    Search names and meanings in our Baby Name center.
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  • Kids
    Cognitive and Psychological Development
    10 Ways to Nurture Ambition in Children
    10 Ways to Nurture Ambition in Children Encourage them -- Someone has to be President. If your child wants to do something remarkable, don't rubbish the idea. Encourage them to work out how they could make it happen. Challenge them -- Wrapping ...