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Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time

Researchers say it’s OK to break with hardliners—provided you’re interacting right along with your kids. A look at new guidelines that defy …

Banish the Playdate

When I was a kid and I wanted to play with my friends, I would call them up on the rotary phone. If I was lucky enough to get the push-button phone, and if my older brothers weren't on it, I would call many friends in succession, running down a list of my go-to guys.<p>"Brian, this is Chris, can you …

Overscheduling Kids Could Slow Development of Problem-Solving Skills

If you ever needed an excuse not to sign up for soccer and karate and piano lessons, here it is: A new study published in <i>Frontiers in Psychology</i> suggests that overscheduling kids impairs their ability to develop executive functions. (That's a series of essential skills, including self direction, …

7 Findings From a New Report on Fatherhood

In the past decade or so, scientists have assembled an impressive amount of evidence that becoming a father transforms men's bodies. Moreover, children can be positively affected by the distinct way that fathers typically engage their children. Writing at <i>IAV/Magazine</i> my colleagues Kathleen Kovner …

Does Play Matter?

What if your children are malnourished and small for their age? What if you live in a developing country where most children are living in extreme poverty? You would feel defeated; it would be hard for you to see a way out for your children. You would worry that they would duplicate your fate …

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p>A trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

GridStack – Responsive Agency WordPress Theme by Andre Gagnon

GridStack Agency WordPress Theme.<p>Web designer Andre Gagnon has designed and developed the <b>GridStack</b> theme. It’s a unique and ultra responsive agency …

Ark Nova: World’s First Inflatable Concert Hall Will Tour Recovering Areas in Japan | Colossal

<p>Designed through a unique collaboration between sculptor Anish Kapoor, architect Arata Isozaki, and the Lucerne Festival, Ark Nova is the first …

5 Biggest Baby Food Frustrations

Learn about common feeding problems and how to handle them.<p>My Baby Spits Up<p><b>Common Age:</b> Birth to 6 months<p>Almost every infant spits up, says Susan B. Roberts, PhD, a professor of nutrition at Tufts University and author of <i>Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health</i> (Bantam). It usually happens because a …

The Editor Is In: 7 Tips for Pitching Stories to Dwell

A perennial highlight of Dwell on Design are our professional consultations—a chance to sit down with licensed architects, designers, and landscapers and get some free design advice. This year we introduced The Editor Is In—same concept, except we want architects, designers, and writers to come to …

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Is There a Daddy Equivalent to the Mommy Wars?

On the heels of Father's Day, social media commentators are asking if men can have it all. How can men manage the work-life balance? Why don't men take advantage of paternity leave policies?<p>There seems to be a Daddy Wars mindset emerging, as this sharp <i>New Republic</i> piece points out. It may only be …

8 Reasons Parenting Has Gotten Pricier

Every parent I know is struggling with the whopping costs of raising kids right now.<p>Not only are we grappling with the obvious like food, clothing and child care (when did teenagers start charging $15 an hour to babysit?), we're also in competition to be Parent of the Year, whether that means …

Lovey Love: Helpful Solutions to Problems with Loveys

Your kid may fall hard for a furry friend or a special blanket -- and that can cause a few heartbreaks.<p>Your child has a new best bud. He's well-behaved, quiet, and an expert cuddler. Of course, Mr. Bunny's matted fur also smells faintly of Desitin and sour milk, but that doesn't make him any less …

How to be a happy working Dad

Hello there to our readers who are fathers or have them in their lives. This one’s for you.<p>Down the street from me lives Jeremy Adam Smith. Our sons …

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Overwhelmed Parents: A National Crisis

Laura: "Now that I am back to work full time, I get up at 5:00 a.m. to get the kid's lunches ready. I often find myself doing laundry at 10:00 p.m. Last week I was picking up groceries at the supermarket at 11:00 p.m., and my stomach is churning while driving to the day care center because I don't …

Students Design 22 Playful Wooden Toys For Kids

Though it seems counterintuitive, limitations can be the best thing to happen to the creative process. Narrowing down parameters–think form, function, color, size–often brings focus to an otherwise overwhelming chaos of opportunities around what to do and where to begin.<p>The Rochester Institute of …

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Over-Parenting Can Do More Harm Than Not Enough

Everyone agrees that it's a crime to neglect a child. That's a no brainer. What we've failed to see for two decades is that over-parenting -- not under-parenting -- can do even more harm.<p>Psychologists have found that a kid without an attentive parent can be emotionally damaged -- but soon discover …

Are You Really Offering Different Foods to Your Picky Eater?

"Do you want noodles? Do you want rice? Cucumbers?"<p>The mom in a picky eater video I stumbled upon online was standing at the fridge, throwing out options for dinner. Her son's predictable answer to each choice was, "No."<p>Most feeding and picky eating resources instruct parents to repeatedly "offer" …

Sucking a Baby's Pacifier Clean May Have Health Benefits

Every mother has been faced with what to do with a baby's pacifier that has been tossed onto the floor. Do you rinse? Wash carefully with hot water? Or, do you just suck it for a moment to clear away the debris, and hand it back to your baby? A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has …

Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Fail

Let's start with two stories.<p>I was "keeping score," a phrase that you'll soon discover deserves serious air quotes, at my nephew's basketball game. He was maybe 8, the age of my oldest daughter now. One of the teams, I don't know if it was his or not, was getting trounced. It was ugly. The …

Merida From 'Brave' Gets An Unnecessary Makeover, Sparks Change.org Petition (PHOTO)

Merida, "Brave's" red-headed heroine will be crowned Disney's 11th princess on May 11. And just in time for her royal induction, the animated character has received a head-to-toe makeover -- she's thinner, her eyes are wider and ... Is that miracle anti-frizz solution she's using? What is going on!?<p>…

12 Secrets of the Pediatrician's Office

You probably have plenty of questions for your baby's pediatrician, but there might be a few you're afraid to ask. Lucky for you, we talked to doctors, nurses, and office managers to find out must-know secrets of the pediatrician's office.<p>If you're thinking you can bring your kid in for a well …

The Top 5 Worst Mistakes American Parents Make

During my years as a nanny, I've had the pleasure of working with some truly fantastic American mums and dads. I've often marveled at how American parents teach children that anything they set their minds to is possible, and how despite the fact that American parents work longer hours than their …