Behavior & Development Articles

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Children's Behavior and Diet

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

  • The Ninth Month: Fears and Insecurities

    Does your baby "give you the raspberries?" That is, does he sputter with his tongue and lips? This is sometimes an indication that he has eaten enough food at that particular feeding. Watch carefully for signals of "I've had enough."

  • 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.