popular topics in growth and physical development

  • Family Life
    Weight Management
    Is Being Underweight a Health Concern?
    Is Being Underweight a Health Concern? For some people, being too thin can be a health concern—specifically for people who are underweight because they undereat. When your body does not receive adequate food energy (calories), it basically run...
  • Family Life
    Stepfamilies
    Stepchildren with Problems
    Stepchildren with Problems A stepchild with problems creates problems for the entire family. High-stress behavior never happens in a vacuum; even one member of the family “losing it” is one too many, and this affects the stepfamily as a whol...
  • an age-by-age guide to teaching kids about "the birds & the bees"
    Talking About Sex
    An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Kids About "The Birds & The Bees"
    What should kids call their private parts? How do I explain where babies come from? Should I give my child a heads up about puberty? When should we have the "big talk"? These are just a few of the many questions you might have about talking with ...
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  • Kids
    Growth and Physical Development
    Children's Health: Growth Charts
    Children's Health: Growth ChartsThe National Center for Health Statistics has developed growth charts that are used to compare a child's measurements with those of other children the same age. By plotting a child's measurements on these charts, d...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Tummy Time
    Tummy TimeTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions Playing from the tummy position allows for a different view of the world. Although it is recommended that babies sleep on their backs as a precaution against SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndr...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Pile Them High
    Pile Them HighTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Flat empty boxes from shoes, cereal, etc. Directions Deciding where to place things makes this activity fun and is an early lesson in balancing. Show your baby how to stack the boxes and then hand the...
  • Teens
    Menstruation
    Does Growth Stop with Onset of Menstruation?
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  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    On a Roll
    On a RollTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Small baby blanket Directions Babies learn to roll over on their own and don't need to be taught, but you can help to strengthen the muscles involved by laying your baby on her side and providing support fr...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Monkey Jumping
    Monkey JumpingJumping helps toddlers learn a great deal about what their bodies can and cannot do.Time 10 to 15 minutes Materials Large piece of foam or old mattress Directions Toddlers love to jump, an activity that helps them learn a great dea...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Walk-a-Lot
    Walk-a-LotTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions Knowledge of what the body can do begins with learning to move it in different ways, at different paces, and in ways that challenge emerging balance. Encourage your toddler to walk in diff...
  • 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? ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Homemade Box Train
    Homemade Box TrainTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials 2 medium-sized brown packing boxes (about 18 inches or less across) Brightly colored thick yarn Directions This activity helps toddlers learn about their body strength. Cut the flaps off 2 good-si...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Kitchen Helper
    Kitchen HelperTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Silverware Directions Real jobs are fun for toddlers, who like to help out and show how much they can do with their emerging physical control. An easy one is sorting 10 to 12 spoons and forks into the...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Jumping High
    Jumping HighTime 10 to 15 minutes Materials Soft object to grabPiece of string or yarn Directions Suspend an object above your toddler from the string and encourage reaching. First attempts will usually be stretches on the tiptoes.Demonstrate how...
  • Kids
    Growth and Physical Development
    Has Teen Stopped Growing?
    Find out what's involved in determining whether a child has reached his full height. ...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Babies
    Wheelbarrow Fun
    Wheelbarrow FunTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials None Directions You can help your baby gain upper body strength by gently lifting the legs while she is in the tummy position, encouraging her to move forward with the hands, if interested. This shou...