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Finding the Just-Right Level of Self-Esteem for a Child

Finding the Just-Right Level of Self-Esteem for a Child | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
A wave of recent research has pointed to the risks of overpraising a child. But for parents, drawing the line between too little praise and too much has become a high-pressure balancing act.
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Overheard, baby edition: Making sense of new words | Science News

Overheard, baby edition: Making sense of new words | Science News | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Eavesdropping babies learn new words when they understand familiar ones.
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Babies use familiar verbs to learn unfamiliar nouns.  One of the many ways babies learn the MASSIVE amount of words that they're exposed to.

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A Father’s Timelapse Of His Daughter Growing Up Is A Moving Tribute To The Joy Of Being A Parent

A Father’s Timelapse Of His Daughter Growing Up Is A Moving Tribute To The Joy Of Being A Parent | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
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0-14 years in 4 minutes; pretty cool!

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Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
And other insights from a ground- breaking study of how parents impact children’s academic achievement
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Very interesting, and not what a lot of people would expect to hear. 

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Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old

Yes, Your Toddler Really Is Smarter Than A 5-Year-Old | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Abstract reasoning isn't just for grown-ups, a study finds. Toddlers can make inferences, too.
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The Incredible Importance of Mom | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network

The Incredible Importance of Mom | PsySociety, Scientific American Blog Network | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Imagine that you're an infant monkey, and you've just been thrown into a cage after several hours in isolation. You've been deprived of food, so you're ...
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Interesting post on attachment.

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Understanding the Rise in ADHD Diagnoses: 11% of U.S. Children Are Affected | TIME.com

Understanding the Rise in ADHD Diagnoses: 11% of U.S. Children Are Affected | TIME.com | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
The rates of U.S. children affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are skyrocketing, according to a recent report, but experts caution that the latest numbers require a bit of decoding.
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Why No One Really Knows If Moderate Drinking Is Safe for Pregnant Women

Why No One Really Knows If Moderate Drinking Is Safe for Pregnant Women | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
The research concerning moderate drinking during pregnancy is rife with problems.
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Really nice article on why this type of research is so hard to do.  (It also includes links to articles on both sides of the issue.)

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Study Finds More Benefits of Folic Acid

Women taking folic acid, a B vitamin, before pregnancy were less likely to have children diagnosed with the most severe form of autism, a new study has found.
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Should morbidly obese children be taken from parents?

Is severe childhood obesity a life-threatening form of abuse that justifies removing a child from his or her parents? Doctors, lawyers and child welfare experts have grappled with this question in...
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» Geography Can Tip Nature/Nurture Influence - Psych Central News

» Geography Can Tip Nature/Nurture Influence  - Psych Central News | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
For centuries, scientists have asked questions that center on why people are alike and why are they different. The answer to these questions usually suggests
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Rate of Childhood Obesity Falls in Several Cities

Rate of Childhood Obesity Falls in Several Cities | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
The declines are small but significant because they offer the first indication that the obesity epidemic, one of the nation’s most intractable health problems, may be reversing course.
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Children's Ideas About Gender Differences May Surprise You

Children's Ideas About Gender Differences May Surprise You | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Kids assume all gender differences (even playing with tea sets) are innate.
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Growth Curve | Science News

Growth Curve | Science News | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
The inexact scienceof raising kidsLaura Sanders
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Interesting question about what babies and young kids are getting out of Skype. 

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Doctor: ADHD Does Not Exist | TIME

Doctor: ADHD Does Not Exist | TIME | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Over the course of my career, I have found more than 20 conditions that can lead to symptoms of ADHD, each of which requires its own approach to treatment. Raising a generation of children — and now adults — who can't live without stimulants is no solution
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Controversial article on ADHD; sent to me by a student.

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What your baby knows might freak you out

What your baby knows might freak you out | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Babies might know more than we realize. According to researchers at Yale University, they can actually tell good from evil, even as young as 3 months old.
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Harsh In Hard Times? A Gene May Influence Mom's Behavior : NPR

Harsh In Hard Times? A Gene May Influence Mom's Behavior : NPR | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Mothers with the "sensitive" version of a gene became more likely to strike or scream at their children during the Great Recession, researchers say. But as a complete economic collapse became less likely, the moms relaxed.
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To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies : NPR

To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies : NPR | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
Researchers say that the heartbeats and breathing of babies may help identify the kids most likely to struggle with poverty later on. Biology matters, the scientists say, but so does baby's relationship with Mom.
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Edge: THE SCIENCE OF GENDER AND SCIENCE

Edge: THE SCIENCE OF GENDER AND SCIENCE | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
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Women are underrepresented in scientific careers.  Is this because of innate differences or because of societal factors?  Two leading psychologists argue each side.  (Includes slides and a video debate)

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Why is Narcissism Adaptive in Youth?

Why is Narcissism Adaptive in Youth? | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
A new, developmental study of narcissism reveals benefits in youth.
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Cuddle Your Kid!

Romney and Obama, listen up: rats and a girl named Kewauna may hold secrets about what the country needs.
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Parenting quality may predict school achievement just as much as a child's IQ.

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BBC NEWS | Health | Babies 'cry in mother's tongue'

BBC NEWS | Health | Babies 'cry in mother's tongue' | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
German researchers say babies begin to pick up the nuances of their parents' accents while still in the womb.
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Do babies cry in their native langage?  Interesting idea....

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Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate? (ActionBioscience)

Why Should You Be Scientifically Literate? (ActionBioscience) | Infancy, Childhood, & Adolescence | Scoop.it
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Why basic science knowledge ("scientific literacy") is important for everyone (even if you don't plan to go into the scientific field).

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