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Tales of a fifth-grade nothing

Watching my 9-year-old daughter play with her best friend, I wonder how long it will be until one of them has to deal with a Mean Girl.

To Nurture Compassionate Children, Start At Birth

Parents, caregivers and teachers often focus on teaching children to speak, to read and even to play. We also need to focus on helping to build children’s capacity for compassion, empathy and constructive experiences with others. These are called social-emotional skills, and they are vital to children’s success in school and life. Show More Summary

Tips For Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Two words can help you prevent learning loss this summer: enrichment & involvement. Academic delay that occurs over the summer is one of the greatest problems confronting teachers each fall. In fact, when your children return to school,...Show More Summary

10 things I wish I knew before becoming a widow

Becoming a widow was the most terrible thing that ever happened to me. Looking back, I learned so much along the way.

37 Nostalgic Baby Shower Gift Ideas That Bring Back Memories (and All of the Feels)

There are certain items from childhood that have the ability to bring back a flood of memories as soon as you see them, and luckily for this next generation of little ones, some of your old favorites are back and available for purchase. Show More Summary

The Ultimate List of Gender Neutral Baby Names

When compiling ideas for potential baby names, most moms-to-be make two lists - one for girls and one for boys. Although there are many monikers that seem best-suited - or are traditionally used - for one particular gender, there are so many beautiful names that work for both. Show More Summary

Dad posts shirtless selfie to raise awareness of son's rare condition

One dad's shirtless selfie went viral because of his encouraging note to his 3-year-old son, who suffers from a congenital heart condition.

63-Year-Old Father Receives College Degree With His Son

At your typical graduation, parents are somewhere beaming in the audience as their kid switches their tassel to the left. But last Friday, 63-year-old Duvinson Jeanty was right alongside his son receiving a bachelor’s degree of his own. Duvinson...Show More Summary

After Shaming Pregnant Senior For Months, Christian High School Says She Can't Walk At Graduation

A Maryland Christian school has barred an 18-year-old senior from walking in next month’s graduation ceremonies because she is pregnant. Maddi Runkles, who is a straight-A student, said she became pregnant five months ago. She said she...Show More Summary

Dad's Shares Safety Warning For Parents Whose Kids Play Baseball

A Pennsylvania dad’s viral Facebook post is spreading a safety message for parents of young baseball players. On May 16, John Curtin posted a photo of his son’s Under Armour heart guard shirt ? a special garment designed to protect athletes...Show More Summary

How You Can (Accidentally) Raise a Narcissist - and How Not To

The following article written by David Ludden was first featured on one of our favorite sites, YourTango. Parents, the world is relying on you to prevent another narcissist. Since the 1970s, "self-esteem" has been a buzzword among parents, teachers, and psychologists. Show More Summary

Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

A new study shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth can improve women's childbirth experiences and reduce their depression symptoms during pregnancy and the early postpartum period.

Making biological drugs with spider silk protein

Researchers have managed to synthesize lung surfactant, a drug used in the care of preterm babies, by mimicking the production of spider silk. Animal studies reveal it to be just as effective as the biological drugs currently in clinical use.

Extreme preterm infant death or disease may be predicted by biomarker

Tests of cells collected from the umbilical cord blood vessel walls at birth can predict death or poor pulmonary outcomes in extremely preterm infants.

Baby boxes, sleep education reduced bed-sharing in first week of infancy

Bed-sharing, the unsafe practice in which parents sleep in the same bed as their babies, is associated with sleep-related deaths in infants, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed. Show More Summary

Encouraging trend in infant mortality

Eighteen states are on track to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality by the year 2050 if current trends hold, according to a newly published article. The study projects more than 4,000 babies a year could be saved by eliminating black-white disparities in those states.

Dad Says This Shirt Saved His Little Boy's Life

Post by Liz Alterman. Whenver your kids play a sport, even more than hoping they have a good time and improve their skills, you probably want them to be safe. One dad is crediting a shirt with possibly saving his son's life on the ball field. Show More Summary

Hormone key to brain development in fruit flies identified

Researchers using Drosophila have identified a steroid hormone that triggers a vital transition in early brain development in which neural stem cells properly change gears to produce different kinds of neurons. The research also may provide insight into maternal hypothyroidism in humans.

Dread of roses: Neurobehavioral effects found in children exposed to flower pesticides

Researchers have found altered short-term neurological behaviors in children associated with a peak pesticide spraying season linked to the Mother's Day flower harvest. This study examined children who did not work in agriculture but who lived in agricultural communities in Ecuador.

Access to long-lasting contraception after childbirth lags behind demand

Before leaving the hospital after childbirth, more women are opting to check one thing off their list: birth control. The number of women receiving immediate postpartum IUDs or implants has increased dramatically in recent years. But research shows access to such services is unequal.

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