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Mothers who drink while pregnant could face legal proceedings following test case

A test case will decide whether a disabled six-year-old should be awarded compensation because her mother drank heavily while pregnant<p>Mothers who drink during pregnancy could face legal proceedings following a test case which will decide whether a child born with foetal alcohol syndrome can be …

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10 Outdoor play ideas for winter | Recreational

We have had a wonderful holiday in Florida; it is so strange that we have so many different climates on this big continent. Being able to pick your …

Kids

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

As schools cut down on physical education and recess, kids are spending more time than ever in a desk. And while nerdy second-graders like me didn't ever consider arguing for more gym, there's increasing evidence that being active helps not just children's waistlines but their brains.<p>"If you …

The Importance of Educational Play

Just recently I was having a conversation with a friend who was asking me what was the best curriculum to use with her two year old. Now, as a …

11 Types of Play Important to Your Child's Development

Play builds your child's creativity and imagination as well as other skills. Whether it is simply rolling a ball back and forth with a sibling or …

Play 'boosts children's development and happiness'

<b>Play helps boost children's language development, problem solving, risk management and independent learning skills, a study reaffirms.</b><p>The report, for the Children's Play Policy Forum, found play improved children's physical and mental health, as well as their emotional well-being.<p>It also found …

Anti-Social Behaviour

Toddlers Know More Math Than You Think, Study Says

By: Laura Geggel, Staff Writer<p>Published: 09/08/2014 01:03 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Children frequently learn by observing people around them. Without any instruction, for example, many toddlers figure out how to turn on a TV or twist open a door handle. Now, scientists have found that 2- year-olds may …

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: What You Should Know

Today is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Lately, it seems like every day has been labelled something different: "Cheese Pizza Day," "National Iguana Awareness Day," "Wonderful Weirdos Day." It's easy to overlook days that have actual significance. However, I implore …

Are Touchscreens Melting Your Kid's Brain?

Tablets and other touchscreens will keep your kids quiet. But will they also melt their brains? <br>Tavis Coburn<p>Children today are surrounded by screen …

10 Tips For Transitioning From Purees To Solids

Babies typically begin their transition to solid foods around age six months, but it can be a balancing act to find what is nutritious and what they are willing to try. In this guest post, Parents contributing editor <b>Catherine McCord</b> shares her favorite tips to help Baby transition from purees to …

9 Ways Toddlers Say 'I Love You'

Toddlers have their own set of love languages, expressing their love for you in different ways.<p>No one is more important in a toddler's life than Mommy and Daddy. Toddlers feel secure knowing you are there for them, and your availability is vital to their well-being. When my first child began …

Dealing with Pregnancy Brain

Worried your brain is turning to oatmeal? Fuzzy thinking is totally normal! You have a ton to keep track of, and your brain is busy helping you prep for parenthood.<p>When Beverly Smolyansky was pregnant with her daughter, Sophia, she found herself struggling to recall basic words like pillowcase. …

Please STOP Spanking Babies And Toddlers

The results of a recent spanking study circulating through the media state that roughly one-third of parents are spanking their babies. As parents …

My Son Wore a Dress to School Today

Fashion is subjective, even for kids. In preschool, elementary, and middle school there were the occasional theme days: pajama day, crazy hair day, and of course Halloween; my son often balked at these, not inclined to go along with the crowd. Last school year, his first at a large public high …

Middle School

8 Unrealistic Expectations Parents Have for Their Kids

Having children can be incredibly rewarding or a pain in the you-know-what, depending on the situation. I know there are those who say that parenting is always wonderful. I think we all know they're lying.<p>Our children mess up. They lie to us, they're sneaky, they don't listen and they know how to …

Behold the Surprising Power of a Crying Baby!

I don't know about you, but nothing gets to me quite like the sound of my child crying. All it takes is a bad enough-sounding wail, and I'm on a panicky mission to do whatever it takes to make it stop. Science, of course, has some explanations for that.<p>On the one hand, my urge to soothe could be …

Accidental Poisoning of Children: These Drugs Are Common Culprits...

Here's yet another reason why babyproofing your home is SO important: Nearly 9,500 children under the age of 6 are hospitalized annually for accidentally overdosing on medication they found, a new study in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i> reports. Yikes!<p>"Many of these drugs are commonly used, and they're also …

So, Your Son Is In Preschool

In the year of our savior Reggio Emilia, there did a monster reign.<p>He walked amongst them unnoticed at times. Peaceful. Quiet. As with Play-Doh. And the Trains of Thomas. And Maresol, that fair teacher of Espanol who taketh no crap.<p>"Things are as they should be," they said, at the Time Known As …

Parenting

Help Your Toddler Develop New Skills

Your child is ready to eat, play, and even start getting dressed on his own -- if you let him try. Rather than babying him, letting him tackle the following activities will build his confidence. We'll show you when and how to get started.<p>At my daughter's 2-year checkup, the doctor asked about her …

Keeping Up With Tech-Savvy Kids

The younger generation has always been a step ahead in adapting to new technologies and platforms. Modern smartphones and tablets have allowed them to evolve into true "digital natives" as opposed to their parents' generation of "digital immigrants." This generation gap has created a challenge for …

Education Technology

Pink Is for Boys

"Mommy, can I have those sneakers when you're finished with them?"<p>I'm splayed on the basement floor after a workout. Nothing on my body is dry, and I'm 100 percent certain that these purple sneakers I wear without socks because they're more comfortable that way will have to be bagged as hazardous …

Parenting

In Some Countries, It's Illegal To Hit Your Child. The U.S. Is Not One Of Them.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in a child injury case last week after reportedly using a small tree branch to hit his 4-year-old son in May 2014. Peterson has also been accused of abusing his other young son, though his lawyer maintained the accusations are …

Beautiful Ad Shows What Every New Mom Wants To Hear From Her Partner

The first year of motherhood is a roller-coaster ride of unending adjustments and learning experiences. To celebrate moms and recognize all of their hard work, Pampers Japan released a real tear-jerker of a commercial in July.<p>In the ad, mothers take their babies to the doctor for their one-year …

Dear Mom Who's Trying to Do It All

Dear Mom Who's Trying to Do It All,<p>Cut that crap out.<p>Take a break.<p>Stop trying to be perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop trying to meet everyone's expectations.<p>You can't fix all your kids' problems and have all the answers. You can't heal all their wounds.<p>Sometimes, you have to let …

THIS Affects More Than 60 Percent of School-Age Kids...

Mary Poppins may have had the wrong idea when she sang, "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." Consuming too much sugar (especially whole spoonfuls!) can mean a one-way ticket to the dentist's chair—and unfortunately, hardly anyone escapes it, new research shows.<p>According to a new study …

9 Ways to Help Your Toddler Work Through Anger

The other day my 21-month-old daughter, Sandy, had yet another tantrum that involved the super-human strength of throwing furniture. Sometimes it’s …

Toddler Food Guide: When to Introduce New Foods

Certain foods have the potential to cause allergies and choking hazards, so be careful when giving them to your little ones as they age.<p>Introducing your child to new foods can seem risky, but rest assured that most foods are toddler-safe. "Toddlers can eat all the foods from all the basic food …

10 Newborn Worries (Not to Fret About)

There are plenty of things to pay attention to after your baby is born. Here are some things you don't need to put on that list.<p>Despite cautions to the contrary, you shouldn?t be stressed if you happen to have touched these areas of Baby?s head. When you touch your baby's soft spots, known as the …

It's Not Just Girls. Boys Struggle With Body Image, Too.

<i>Illustrations by Noelle Campbell</i><p>He's just a month shy of his sixth birthday, but Jack is already insecure about his body. At 40 pounds and 42 inches tall, he wears a size 3 and is the smallest kid in his class. He weighs himself several times a day: with his clothes on and then off, before and …