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More children reach expected standard in writing and maths, figures show

More children are reaching the standards expected of them in maths and writing but the number reaching the same level in reading has dropped, new figures show.<p>The results of this year's national curriculum tests – known as Sats – show a slight improvement overall, although almost one in four …

1 in 4 parents has driven without buckling up children, survey finds

When Julie Kleinert’s children were young, she insisted they sat in their car seats—no matter how short of a car ride. Even if she moved her car from one parking lot to an adjacent one, everyone was buckled up. While the kids sometimes argued against restraints, she held fast.<p>And it worked. If she …

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You can't protect children by lying to them – the truth will hurt less

About a decade ago, a friend I knew and cared about deeply told me that she was having an affair with her child's best friend's father. "My God," I said, swallowing hard. "That's complicated."<p>It was complicated all right. The families lived practically next door and were in and out of each other's …

Midday nap helps pre-school children learn, new study finds

A midday nap can help pre-school children remember what they learned in the morning, according to a study by psychologists in the US.<p>The research suggests that carers and nurseries that phase out after-lunch sleeps may be harming children's ability to learn, by disrupting the way their brains store …

Doodles for dinners: placemat art for children

Ever struggled to keep children a) still and b) quiet during the wait for a meal? Do they fidget, run around and drive you and everybody else round the bend? Or perhaps you just get pretty bored yourself between the bread basket and the mains?<p>Marion Deuchar's art books are the answer: a book, or …