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The Danish Way of Parenting review – how to raise the world’s happiest kids

Denmark approaches childhood, and society as a whole, very differently to Britain or the US, argue Jessica Joelle Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl<p>Having muddled through six years of parenthood without consulting any books on the subject, I was pretty excited about this, my first one. Perhaps it …

Parenting

How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her figure out the answer with …

Pedagogy

No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems

A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time when trying to eliminate problem behavior. Try this instead.<p>Say you have a problem child. If it’s a toddler, maybe he smacks his siblings. Or she refuses to put on her shoes as the clock ticks down to your morning meeting at work. If it’s a …

Parenting

Architecting a better school

Stop Playing Monopoly With Your Kids (And Play These Games Instead)

Parents want the best for their kids. This, no doubt, extends to the board game closet. But Mom and Dad may not be aware of the drudgery and fickle …

This Preschool Doubles As An Urban Farm

Kids learn among the plants and animals in this design for a radically different education environment.<p>It’s becoming more common for teachers to take elementary school students outside to get a math or science lesson–especially in places like California, where the state hopes to add a garden to …

Urban Agriculture

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Delivered dailyThe Morning Headlines Newsletter<p>Subscribe<p>The Toronto Star and thestar.com, each property of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, One Yonge …

Being a good parent will physiologically destroy you, new research confirms

Kids with empathetic parents have well-documented advantages: less depression, less aggression, more empathy themselves. Parents also report better self-esteem when they make the effort to understand their children’s feelings.<p>But inside, it’s tearing them up.<p>A team from Northwestern University has …

Psychology

Kids’ allowances: You’re doing it completely wrong.

When it comes to kids and money, there are few topics that cause more confusion for parents than allowances. When should you start? Should it depend …

Kids

Want kids to listen more, fidget less? Try more recess... this school did

Four times a day, the doors of Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, fling open to let bouncy, bubbly, excited kindergarteners and first-graders pounce onto the playground.<p>The youngest kids at this school now enjoy two 15-minute breaks in the morning and two in the afternoon for a total …

Education

The New Preschool Is Crushing Kids

Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.<p>Step into an American preschool classroom today and you are likely to be bombarded with what we educators call a print-rich environment, every surface festooned with alphabet charts, bar graphs, word walls, instructional posters, …

Education

Caring parents make for happier adults, research finds

The legacy of controlling parents last far into adulthood, scientist have discovered<p>Children brought up by caring parents rather than controlling ones, grow up to be happier and more satisfied throughout their adult lives, a study suggests.<p>New research has found that parents who invade their …

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind.<p>I know, you’d …

If you want your children to succeed, teach them to share in kindergarten

Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.<p>Kids who get along well with others also are less likely to have substance-abuse problems and run-ins with the …

Education

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><b>Leigh Robinson was</b> out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 …

‘Kindness curriculum’ boosts school success in preschoolers

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Copyright

The Over-Parenting Trap: How to Avoid 'Checklisted' Childhoods and Raise Adults

As the author of a new book on parenting it’s heretical for me to disclose that I’m not particularly interested in the subject<i>.</i> But it’s true. I’m …

Parenting

Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education

So you’re a parent, thinking about sending your 7-year-old to this rogue startup of a school you heard about from your friend’s neighbor’s sister. …

Wealthier children have bigger brains, study finds

Brain scans offer new dimension to the so-called “achievement gap”<p>Richer pupils achieve higher academic grades because their brains are different, according to research.<p>Past research has shown pupils from low-income backgrounds fared worse than those from wealthier families.<p>Brain scans have now …

The Brain

10 Mindfulness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

A few mornings ago, as we stepped outside in the chill of the early morning air, my six-year-old son stopped in his tracks and said—<p><b>“Smell that! Take</b> …

Is Sunscreen A Lifesaver Or A Poison?

The past 50 years have seen rapid evolution in medical opinion on sun exposure. My mother tells stories of spending entire summers lying on the beach …

Skin Care

National Geographic Magazine

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Extreme Sports

How to Parent Like a Reporter

Parenting articles are popping up everywhere. Everyone, it seems, has something to say about parenting.<p>On March 5, TIME.com published How to Parent …

Parenting

The myopia boom

Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. Some scientists think they have found a reason why.<p>The southern city of Guangzhou has long held …

Optometry

Why I’m a Public-School Teacher but a Private-School Parent

It’s not selling out; it’s buying in.<p>Last week, I observed a high-school English class on a campus without bells. The school didn’t need them: Every student showed up for class promptly, and they remained attentive until the last minute—without packing their books early or lining up at the door. …

Education

Should You Bring Your Unborn Baby to Work?

Research shows that babies are more sensitive to the prenatal environment than once believed. How should today's stretched-to-the-brink parents respond?<p>Last year, as my wife and I prepared for the arrival of our second child, I began to worry. My wife is a mid-level manager at an advertising agency …

Pregnancy

How to Build a Better Learner

Eight-month-old Lucas Kronmiller has just had the surface of his largely hairless head fitted with a cap of 128 electrodes. A research assistant in …

The Brain

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity