Of Blocks And Books: Parents may be more likely to take a young daughter to the library than a son, and to read to the girl for longer periods of time, a new analysis suggests.
May 6, 2013 In elementary school, girls often outperform boys on reading and math tests. Many factors shape academic performance, but two economists say one reason for the disparity might be that parents spend more time reading with girls and teaching them the alphabet and numbers.
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Even during sleep, babies' brains continue to take in and process angry voices.
April 29, 2013 In scans of sleeping infants' brains, certain areas light up when they hear angry voices. But is that heightened activation damaging, or does it mean the children are learning to cope?
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April 15, 2013 Is periodic humiliation an inevitable feature of motherhood? Is it something to embrace or endure? Commentator Tania Lombrozo shares some thoughts and experiences.
Yours and mine.
March 21, 2013 Little children understand the idea of sharing, but they'd prefer not to play along. But by age 8, the typical child decides that it's a good idea to follow through and be fair, researchers say.
March 11, 2013 Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers a controversial new paper which argues that decisions about whether to have a child of your own are rarely rational.
October 5, 2012 Should kids have cell phones? Cell phones are a powerful technology that have come, very quickly, to assume a very large place in our psychic lives. Should we protect our kids from this?
July 11, 2012 Economist Joshua Gans explains how his plan to keep his children from spending their allowance on candy went awry — and how it offers a lesson for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
July 8, 2012 TV gives you the best seat in the house. Yet televised sports are no substitute for actually being there Why? The answer has to do with the nature of human perception.
Joshua Gans and his three children.
courtesty Joshua Gans
July 6, 2012 It's really, really hard to create the right kind of economic incentives — even if you're a professional economist, and all you're trying to do is teach your kids to use the toilet.
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Katy Read has a warning to would-be stay-at-home moms: Don't.
January 19, 2011 Katy Read quit her job to raise her two children. The time she spent with her boys was wonderful, but she says she's now broke, out of work and without any job prospects. Her advice to new moms: Stay at work.
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