popular topics in growth and physical development

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 14-Year-Old Doesn
    Changes During Puberty
    I Need Help! Is my penis too small for my age?
    A 14-year-old wonders if his penis is too small for his age, and if he's developing too slowly. Our expert answers his questions. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning 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
    Learning 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...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning 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...
  • 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 ...
    Erin Dower
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning 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
    Learning 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...
  • 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...
  • Kids
    Growth and Physical Development
    Has Teen Stopped Growing?
    Find out what's involved in determining whether a child has reached his full height. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Outdoor Games
    Beanbag Throw
    Beanbag ThrowMaterials Tape or string Beanbags (at least one per player) Laundry basket or cardboard box (optional) Directions Mark two lines six feet apart on the floor with tape or string. Have the players take turns standing at one line and th...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Outdoor Games
    Beanbag Race
    Beanbag RaceMaterials Tape or string One beanbag per player Directions Mark two lines ten feet apart on the floor with tape or string. Give each player a beanbag and have the players stand at the starting line. Announce, "Ready, set, go!" and hav...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    Rope Games
    Rope GamesThis activity is good for either indoor or outdoor play. Materials Long rope Directions Lay a long rope in a zigzag pattern in the grass or on your deck. See if your child can walk on the rope. Lay the rope in a straight line like a tig...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book