Child services targets poor families for biased reasons

The child welfare system in the US often targets poor families for unnecessary investigations or child removals, the author of a new book argues.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Dec. 16, 2020 ~10 min

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How parents can manage children and their technology use

Urs Gasser and John Palfrey are authors of the newly released book “The Connected Parent: An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World.”

Liz Mineo • harvard
Dec. 14, 2020 ~19 min

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Talking to babies may change their brains

"Before infants are even producing words, our findings indicate that the conversations we have with infants matter for their brain function."

Stanford • futurity
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Sleep through the night? Babies tend to mix it up

Your baby's ability to sleep through the night is a process, not a milestone, a new study indicates. Here's what parents should expect.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~4 min

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Kids with empathetic moms may be more generous

Kids who experience compassionate love and empathy from their mothers are more likely to be generous later on, researchers report.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis • futurity
Dec. 2, 2020 ~5 min

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Flexibility is key for happy families and couples

Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining happy, healthy relationships with family and partners.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~7 min

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Connecting to nature is good for kids – but they may need help coping with a planet in peril

Here are four ways adults can help kids work through their worries about the environment.

Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita of Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Parents: More TV for kids can amp up your stress

The more TV that kids watch, the more ads they see, and that can make life more stressful for parents, according to new research.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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When do kids notice race? Way earlier than most adults think

Asking adults when they think kids become aware of race reveals misconceptions, say researchers, who have advice for parents.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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Telehealth can give parents of kids with autism key early tips

When in-person training is impossible, like during the pandemic, parents of kids with autism can get information via telehealth, researchers say.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~5 min

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