Parents can psych themselves out when it comes to dealing with teenagers.
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November 5, 2015 Parents often feel less equipped to deal with raising teenagers than they did when those kids were tiny, but teens don't behave that much worse than younger children, researchers say.
November 2, 2015 You may not cheer when you first find yourself the target of your child's lie. But the emergence of deception in childhood may actually signal a pretty important development, says Tania Lombrozo.
October 18, 2015 Nearly 8 out of 10 kids say discipline helps them behave better, an annual survey has found. And 60 percent give participation trophies — derided by some as reward for just showing up — a thumbs up.
If you are the firstborn, you probably got a lot more Mom time. Does that mean you're also going to need glasses?
October 8, 2015 Firstborns in Britain are more likely to be nearsighted, a finding that matches other studies. Maybe it's because parents are more likely to push studying than they do with subsequent kids.
Letting children try something that provokes anxiety can help them learn coping skills, researchers say.
September 25, 2015 Parents with anxiety disorders can unintentionally teach their children anxious responses to life. But parents can learn how to teach children coping strategies instead, a study finds.
September 18, 2015 Children often don't want to go to sleep, and parents don't like to put them to bed. A simple card makes it much less of a struggle, researchers say, giving everyone in the family some control.
August 21, 2015 A new study suggests becoming a parent can have a dramatically negative effect on people. Alva Noë says it shouldn't surprise us that something so bound up with life and death is truly challenging.
June 15, 2015 A new book about motherhood among Manhattan's elite has garnered a lot of attention. Commentator Tania Lombrozo suggests our obsession with parenting among the privileged stems from our own anxiety.
One-year-old Emily offers her dad, The Sporkful's Dan Pashman, a bite of watermelon (before dropping it on the floor).
May 10, 2015 Dan Pashman of WNYC's The Sporkful podcast weighs in on the benefits of eating kids' leftovers. "Graham crackers are better after they've been gummed by my younger daughter," he says.
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A group of mothers and infants celebrate a recent graduation from the Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program.
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May 9, 2015 The Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program offers classes and supplies to expectant parents and those with kids up to age 3. It also helps create a vital sense of community.
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Samantha Lee's take on The Girl With The Pearl Earring.
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April 29, 2015 Elaborately illustrated napkins. Famous paintings re-created using food. Depending on your viewpoint, these lunch projects are an expression of parental love or another salvo in the parenting wars.
If kids head off to the park to play by themselves, are their parents failing to protect them? Or are they fostering independence?
April 26, 2015 When a Maryland family let their children walk home alone from a park, it drew the authorities' attention and helped spark a national conversation. Two moms with differing views weigh in.
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April 12, 2015 If you want your young children active and independent outdoors, anthropologist Barbara J. King says free-range parenting may be right for you.
Jump off a roof? Ride a bike while texting? Well, what do you think?
March 31, 2015 We all tend to adjust our opinions based on what other people think. But young teenagers pay far more attention to other teens than they do to adults, a study finds. That explains a lot, doesn't it?
Having a narcissistic parent doesn't mean you're going to turn out that way, too.
March 9, 2015 Telling your kids that they're superfabulous encourages narcissistic thinking, researchers say. And that doesn't bode well for their future happiness. Better to recognize effort and say, "I love you."
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