Sara Goldstein

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Parents' smartphone obsession putting children at risk, warns senior paediatrician

Distracted parents are putting their children at risk by being obsessed with mobile phones, a senior paediatrician has warned.<p>People are running the …

One third of new mothers struggle to bond with their baby, research shows

As many as a third of new mothers experience difficulty bonding with their baby, according to new research by the UK’s biggest parents’ charity.<p>A survey of 1,515 new parents by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) also found that more than one in 10 new mothers said they were embarrassed to speak to …

Mental Health

Summer break is hardly a vacation for parents — but here’s how it can be

Summer is almost here.<p>For parents of school-age kids, this means freedom from the grind of homework, piano lessons, scout meetings and soccer practice. It’s time to relax and take in the summer breeze with the youngsters, right?<p>If only summer were that simple.<p>For many parents in the Washington …

Kids

Autistic Kids Can Thrive in Integrated Classrooms

Since 1975, the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, schools have been legally responsible to provide good quality education …

A new study says that if European governments want more babies, they’re really missing the point

Europe is facing a demographic crisis. Countries like Germany, Spain, and Austria have been seeing declining birth rates for decades, leaving governments puzzled for long-term solutions. Some have opted for child subsidies, but a new study shows that lump sums of money aren’t the magic wand that …

Child Care

How Outdoor Playgrounds Affect Child Development

Now that the warmer weather is here, it's time to take our kids outside more. What is a simple thing to do that encourages child development? Go to the local playground!!<p>When parents visit playgrounds with varied equipment with their children they affect the child's development by not only …

How Your Early Childhood Affects Your Path Forward

Are we asking our kids the wrong questions?<p>Clinicians use a common tool to assess the extent of toxic stress a child has experienced during his or her childhood. It’s called the Adverse Childhood Experience test, or ACE for short. It’s a simple tool made up of just 10 yes or no questions. The lower …

Boston Red Sox

What Students in Europe Learn That Americans Don't

If you're American, your teachers probably didn't teach you proper posture or how to put a condom on in the dark.<p>Thanks to the teen melodrama boom of the early 90s, everyone knows what an American high school looks like: glamorous, fashionable teens smoking Virginia Slims out of bathroom windows, …

Instagram-Age Parenting Should Be Taken More Seriously

We've dubbed this particular door "the portrait door."<p>In front of it, the girls stand for pictures, saying "cheese," adorably posing for photographs that I'll later send to my long-distance family, and, most importantly, to their dad at work.<p>My favorites are the candids. Yes, they've gone to the …

Simplifying Childhood May Protect Against Mental Health Issues

When my dad was growing up he had one sweater each winter. One. Total.<p>He remembers how vigilantly he cared for his sweater. If the elbows got holes …

Parenting

How I Built an App to Remember What I Learn in High School

Harnessing the power of our visual and spatial memories<p>For much of high school my study habits pretty much consisted of:<p><i>Jot down bullet points from</i> …

A Reminder: America Is 1 of 2 Nations in the World Without Paid Maternity Leave

America’s terrible track record for maternity leave is no secret. This country and Papua New Guinea are the only ones in the world where women don’t …

Children Can Tell the Difference Between Abstract Art and Kids' Paintings

Some might argue that a Jackson Pollock painting looks like something a preschool kid could do, given a canvas and some paint. But abstract art is …

How Asking 5 Questions Allowed Me to Eat Dinner With My Kids

Four years ago, when I began working on a book about the secrets of productivity, I had a hidden motivation: I wanted to figure out how to eat dinner with my kids.<p>Both my wife and I had demanding jobs. We have two sons – now 7 and 4 – and knew it was important to eat dinner together. But it proved …

Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?

<b>Question:</b><p>What is the science behind telling pregnant women to keep their heart rate no higher than 140 beats per minute when exercising? Shouldn’t the acceptable heart rate vary with age, fitness level and length of intensity of the exercise?<p><b>Answer:</b><p>The recommendation to limit heart rate to 140 …

Why Am I Left-Handed?

If you’re left-handed, it means it is easier for you to use your left hand to do things like writing, brushing your teeth, catching or throwing a …

New intervention program reduces bullying in early childhood: Eight-week intervention fits easily into preschool curriculums

Eight-week intervention fits easily into preschool curriculums<p>Physical and relational bullying can happen among children as young as 3- to …

Metric parenting might be good for some parents—but is it always good for kids?

In her 2014 book <i>Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time</i>, journalist Brigid Schulte examines our culture of busyness and what …

The 10 Ways You're Wrong About Creativity Could Destroy You

Let go of your misconceptions, or your creativity will never breathe.<p>When someone identifies themselves as creative, or tells you that their biggest strength is their creativity, you instantly feel a certain level of respect for them.<p>They're creative! They take the world and everything in it and …

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and determination are highly important in education.<p>But neuroscience and psychology are complex, nuanced subjects that come with many caveats. …

The Brain

Could Robots Help Kids Learn Second Languages Faster?

European researchers are testing a robot language tutor that will give refugee children one-on-one attention.<p>Ideally, every child learning a new language would have their own teacher. That sort of attention helps students learn more quickly. But, of course, most schools can’t afford one-on-one …

Language Learning

These Smart, Ambitious Dolls Are Meant to Inspire Young Girls

Dolls haven't always set the best examples for the young girls who play with them, but things are slowly starting to change. Barbie recently got a …

Getting Pregnant After a Miscarriage

A woman who miscarries early in pregnancy is often told to wait at least three months before trying to get pregnant again. But a new study suggests it can be fine to try again as soon as possible.<p>Researchers studied 998 pregnancies lost at 20 weeks gestation or less. (They included spontaneous …

Last thing parents need is more talk about parenting styles

Back when there were fewer LEGOs to pick up and moms and dads didn't have to spend three to four hours a day untangling iPhone charging cords, parenting was easier.<p>You shoved your LEGO-less child out the door in the morning and hoped he or she would return sometime before dark. Since there were no …

Why Dad Bloggers Are Changing the Way I Think About Fatherhood

A dispatch from the Dad 2.0 Summit.<p>Until Esquire sent me on this assignment, I did not even know that there was such a thing as "Daddy Blogging." A blog community of stay-at-home dads? Well, it turns out there is such a thing, and it is getting bigger. They even have their own conference now, known …

Parenting

How to Raise Highly Successful Kids: 7 Questions to Ask Every Day | Inc.com

You want to be successful and independent. We all do.<p>When you have kids, though, it's funny how quickly your aspirations become all about them. What will they do in life? Will they be happy and successful?<p>(It's already my experience just six months into this being a father thing.)<p>Dr. Leonard Sax is …

Parenting

With these simple building blocks, even a toddler could build a working robot

As technology gets smarter, so do toys. Nothing illustrates this better than the newly-released Robo Wunderkind — a modular kit comprised of …

Millennial parents are very family, kid-focused: study

A new study has found that millennial parents are more likely to report their children are their best friends and decision-making in their family is …

Demographics

See the 20 “Most Pinned” Places on Pinterest

Pinterest introduced Place Pins two years ago and since then, millions of users have added location information to their Pins. Now the company has …