New Harvard Research To Study Impact of Early Education on Kids

Every parent wants their kid to have the best conditions to develop and thrive. Special preschool programs have long been known to contribute to the child’s further success in this life. Yet scientists hardly have information about how spending time with neighbors, relatives and nannies and under other informal arrangements affects children’s performance. A new Harvard study is supposed to help find it out. Image Credit: Anna Bizon / gettyimages.com Not enough evidence If Americans were asked whether they wou...

Is Your Child Strong-Willed?

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the border between stubbornness and having a strong will. It is especially true of children, who tend to insist on what they want. There are certain character traits which can give you a hint as to whether you are raising a person of iron will (or a little spoiled kid!). Image Credit: Thinkstock Should you really want to have a stubborn kid? When it comes to bringing up children, debates are even fiercer than in the case of the most sophisticated philosophical problems. However, r...

Is It Easy to Be a Gifted Child?

Every parent wants their child to be gifted, more intelligent, and more judicious than their peers. But not many people understand that a gifted child is a child anyway. No matter how gifted your child is, you will face problems anyway. Image Credit: ExpertBeacon.com When we meet gifted children and listen to them talking about things that sometimes are not clear even for adults, we think that they are born under a lucky star and that they would definitely achieve great results in their life. But, in fact, the li...

Scarlet Fever Management: Its Symptoms and How to Alleviate Them

The distinctive red or pink rash is the symptom that is likely to urge you to call a doctor and hear him say: “You guessed right, it’s scarlatina”. How do you recognize scarlet fever when it attacks your child? What are the ways to alleviate the symptoms? For how long will your child remain contagious? Let’s find out. Image Credit: irishnews.com Know your enemy Your child has a sore throat, difficulty swallowing and strange rash? It’s time to call a doctor. The primary symptoms are: Red or pink rash. Suc...

How to Develop Emotional Intelligence in Your Child?

Emotions are an integral part of our life that influences our state of mind, our feelings and even our health. That is why it is very important to learn how to cope with your emotions from the very childhood. Image Credit: Lifehack Our life cannot exist without different sorts of stress: disappointment, anxiety, conflicts, etc. Every minute and even second we experience some emotions. But sometimes it is difficult to understand the nature of these emotions even for an adult, not to mention children. And this is t...

Children Become Happier When They Follow Healthy Diet

Following a healthy diet brings a lot of benefits. First, it helps manage your weight. Second, it improves your health condition. Third, it can help prevent certain diseases. However, this list appeared to be incomprehensive: Swedish scientists report that those children who are provided with healthy food are more likely to be happy and have better well-being. Image Credit: skynesher / istockphoto.com What following guidelines brings you How many times a week does your child eat salads, fruits and nuts? What a...

Spanking: a Necessary Evil or Just Evil?

According to polls, 70% of American parents believe that children need an occasional spanking. At the same time, it is banned in over 30 countries. Does spanking really harm children? Image Credit: LOIC VENANCE / gettyimages.com Evidence against spanking One thing should be made clear: spanking is a very precise term that means a tap with an open hand on the buttocks or extremities that does not leave bruises or cause other bodily harm. Clearly, hitting children with objects or beatings must be banned (and the...

Lie with Them or Let Them Cry? Putting Kids to Sleep

Modern kids are becoming more and more sleep-deprived, and up to 40% of parents complain that their children have trouble falling asleep. Is there one fix that fits all? Image Credit: sussexbedcentre.co.uk The danger of sleep deprivation Scientists are convinced: proper sleep is just as important for children as nutrition. A 5-year-old should get 11 hours of sleep each night, older kids need ten. And yet, more and more children stay up late watching tv or playing on their tablet. This should be a concern: havin...

Be Careful with those Toys! How not to Spoil your Child with Gifts

It's quite common nowadays for a child to receive dozens of new toys each Christmas: in a few years, veritable toy mountains accummulate in their rooms. However, scientists that more toys does not mean happier kids. Image Credit: fotolia.com It's quite common nowadays for a child to receive dozens of new toys each Christmas: in a few years, veritable toy mountains accummulate in their rooms. However, scientists that more toys does not mean happier kids. Dangers of too many toys You can probably remember m...

Family Meals Help Children Grow Up Healthier

Eating together with your children is a magnificent thing, because such moments are remembered for the rest of your life. Yet it appears that family meals are not just pleasant: researchers report that those children who enjoy eating with their families grow up healthier and happier. Image Credit: Blend Images - KidStock / gettyimages.com Canadian researchers carried out a study in the course of which they followed a cohort of children from Quebec. The team from Université de Montréal analyzed how eating toge...

Hug Your Child

Every mother wants to hug her child. For her it is the way to express and show her tenderness, affection and love. But what do cuddles mean for a child? Image Credit: anatols / 123rf.com Infants cannot see or hear properly, they cannot distinguish and understand the words other people say. But from the very first days they can feel the warmth of their mother that is transmitted with the help of cuddles. When they are hugged they feel comfortable and safe. And exactly these feelings are fundamental for building a...

How Single-Sex Schools Affect Boys’ and Girls’ Scores

While most children attend mixed schools, there are still opportunities to let your child opt for a single-sex school (though most of them are private). The question of whether single-sex schools affect a student’s performance has long been a debatable one, yet more data are being collected: a recent research showed that boys who study at schools where the majority (i.e. more than 60%) of students are girls prove to be better learners, compared to those who are surrounded by fellow boys. Contrary to it, girls seem to b...

Too Much Paracetamol In Childhood Can Cause Asthma, Kidney, Liver And Heart Issues

Calpol and similar medicines are extremely popular among parents, because they can help relieve pain and treat fevers that are so common if you have a child. Yet experts warn that excessive usage of paracetamol-based drugs can do harm and lead to serious conditions later in life. Image Credit: Martin Barraud / gettyimages.com Paracetamol-based drug overuse leads to health problems Back in 2015, the University College London professor Alistair Sutcliffe warned parents they put their child’s health at risk when...

Measles Vaccine as a Lifesaver

The analysis of the deaths attributed to measles shows that their number decreased by 79% in 2014. The beginning of the century is marked by 546,800 deaths, now the number has shrieked to 114,900. Image Credit: sergei telegin / Shutterstock.com The WHO published information proving that 17.1 million people have been saved. Thanks to the measles vaccination, infants’ mortality has also declined, and it gave hope for the achievement of goal number four, described in the Millennium Declaration. What is measles and...

What Causes Autism?

For many years scientists are trying to indicate what the cause of autism is. A lot of research has been done and those researches gave us many theories about the roots of autism. Image Credit: Michał Parzuchowski / Unsplash.com The term “autism” was introduced in the 1940-s by the American pediatrician and psychiatrist Leo Kanner. He borrowed the term from Eugene Bleuler who described self-absorbed aspects of schizophrenia with its help. Leo Kanner in his turn used the term “autism” to define a developmental diso...

Dogs Can Prevent Children from Having Eczema and Asthma

Dogs are able to protect people and children in particular not only from attacks and other physical threats, but also from certain diseases. For example, the U.S. researchers from the Allergy and Immunology Research Center (ACAAI) assure that when there is a dog in a family, children are less prone to eczema and asthma. This sounds a bit unexpected, isn’t it? Image Credit: vokrugsveta.ru Dogs and eczema in children The ACAAI scientists have conducted a study on this topic, which examined influence of a dog’s pr...

Children with ADHD Learn Better when They Move

There are children who were born to immediately jump out of a cradle to run away. They are not able to sit still even for five minutes or concentrate for a long time. These are children with ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder). Image Credit: Jordan Whitt / unsplash.com They are often inattentive, restless and impulsive, but still they can socialize and learn successfully if their unique features are taken into account by parents and teachers, who, in their turn, use correct approaches. Need in exce...

Dyslexia: Diagnosis or an Empty Word?

The term "dyslexia" has not only become widespred in the West; it is now recognized as the most common of all learning disabilities. And yet, many recent headlines proclaim that "dyslexia doesn't exist". Of course, one should always beware of such radical statements found online. But where does the truth lie? Reading difficulties do exist. They are not a result of growing up in a poor family or having bad teachers; some kids are simply unable to read fluently due to neurobiological malf...

ADHD: Disease, Excuse, or Parents’ Fault?

While some years ago the acronym ADHD was unintelligible to many, by now everyone has probably heard of the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. More and more children are being diagnosed with it and given medication to treat the disease. But is it a disease? The traditional method of Western psychiatry is to treat any serious behavioural malfunction as a disease. As soon as a certain psychological issue starts creating serious problems for a person in their relationships or work, medication is develop...

Baby Sunscreen

The sun is what keeps every little living being ticking, and we cannot imagine our life without it. However, it uses what can well be referred to as the carrot-and-stick approach. It emits UV light, which may cause severe burns and create a potential for cancer. This specifically applies to infants and toddlers. Protect your child at all costs! The best thing you can do is keep your child out of sunlight from 10 a. m. until 4 p. m., when the sun burns at its hardest. However, it is not always feasible. This is...