Behavior & Development

  • Your baby's development: The first year of life milestones

    Your newborn's life is an exciting period of "firsts" -- first smile, first laugh, first successful grasp, first word and first steps. Take a look at all that your incredible wee one will accomplish in just twelve months!

  • Ease separation anxiety with 5 parent-tested games and methods

    Not all children experience separation anxiety. If they do, it usually only lasts for a few months. Most children start to understand the concept that you'll come back and that actually soothes them when you're out of their sight. What can you do to ease the transition?

  • Breaking the limits of spina bifida: Abigail's story

    Spina bifida might be the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States, but Abigail Branson has grown up determined not to let it slow her down in life.

  • Encourage your baby's curiosity with a eureka moment

    Heuristic play utilizes a baby's curiosity. The term, coined by child psychologists Elinor Goldschmeid and Sonia Jackson. The word stems from the same root as eureka -- "I found it!" Put together a treasure basket and watch your baby discover and learn.

  • Getting your preschooler ready for school

    Here are some of the key findings from a recent report on what factors in the home or community environment are most likely to contribute to school readiness at age five.

  • Your Baby Spits Up a Lot -- What Should You Do?

    Those blobs of dried up milk decorating your shirt give it away. You're the parent of a spitter! When does too much spit up signal a problem? What can you do to help your baby keep things down?

  • Sour Grapes

    Parenting - My World

    I am finding my 5 year old son regressing with some basic stuff he should be doing himself. Last night we had a 30 min fight over grapes. Yes, grapes!

  • Piglets in Mazes Used to Study Baby Brain Development

    There's a new method to study your baby's brain development. Would you believe that piglets in mazes are how researchers are doing it? It's true! See how piglets are paving the way for new study results.

  • Beyond Pink vs Blue

    Following some friend requests, and just aiming at sharing information in case someone finds it useful, I finally created a blog with ideas about maternity and children: games, baby science, useful pu

  • Kindergarten Leads to Higher Crime Rates

    Does kindergarten lead to a life of crime? According to one legislator, the answer is yes. No matter what side of the political aisle you're on, this is the kind of story that will likely leave you shaking your head.

  • Your baby's development: The first year of life milestones

    Your newborn's life is an exciting period of "firsts" -- first smile, first laugh, first successful grasp, first word and first steps. Take a look at all that your incredible wee one will accomplish in just twelve months!

  • Is Kourtney Kardashian Strange for Co-Sleeping with Her Toddler?

    On the premiere of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York" Sunday night, it was revealed that Kourtney co-sleeps with her toddler, Mason (who is just adorable), while her baby daddy sleeps in another room. This is not so unusual, nor, do we think, such a crazy thing.

  • Boys, Girls...Different from Birth?

    Teachers, pediatricians, and veteran parents alike will tell you that boys and girls play differently, speak differently, and react emotionally to situations differently. But the question remains...why?

  • Children's Behavior and Diet

    Does what my child eats affect how he acts day-to-day? Find out more!

  • Baby Fat: Too Much of A Cute Thing Can Slow Baby Down

    Those cute little rolls of fat some babies sport might slow their ability to crawl and walk. Learn how you can keep that baby fat at bay.

  • Building Baby's Brain: What Parents Can Do

    Until recently we believed that there wasn't much we could do to help the brain develop. Most people believed that a child's genes determined a basic level of intelligence, and little could be done to change it after birth. Now we know that the brain does a lot of developing after birth.

  • Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words Will Devastate Me!

    The "R" word.  Well, that's progress.  At least we are calling it the "R" word, suggesting the entire word should not be spoken aloud.  Retard.  Retarded.  As in, "I'm so retarded."  "What a retard."  Bantered about without much forethought--by most.  It hurts those of us who have children who are, in fact, mentally retarded.

  • Tips on Getting Kids to Bed (and Keeping Them in Bed)

    What can you do to peacefully get your kids to go to bed at their scheduled bedtime?  And what can you do to help them stay tucked in bed?

  • Just Say NO! to BPA

    BPA and other endocrine disrupting chemicals are linked to infertility, cancers and malformations. Want to reduce your exposure? These six simple steps will help!

  • Recognizing delayed motor skills in your baby early on is important!

    Recognizing developmental delay early on is extremely important. Can you depend on health care providers to recognize delays or other indications of abnormal development? Actually, they depend on you!