“mothers and fathers are on average equally sensitive to their four-month-olds in different situations – a caring task, a playing task and during the “still face procedure”.”
“The well-being and even survival of today’s children are at risk, ”according to a paper on the impacts of the climate crisis on children and youth from the Society for Research in Child Development.
Preventing smoking, alcohol & drug use should consider age, vulnerability and advertising messages.
A review of research points to “prosocial” behaviors like kindness and helpfulness come from interactions the children have with multiple adults.
Warm, supportive relationships with adults can reduce effects of chronic stress.
A new award winning study from Oxford University challenges the widely believed idea that a child with more siblings gets less parental attention and so does worse in tests of literacy and maths.
Many parents continue to think that spanking children makes them better behaved. A pioneering study shows that this belief is misguided and that parental warmth, unlike spanking, is the way to create positive child behaviors.
Researchers found that a more important influence on the adopted child is how the family manages conflicts.
Speaking your first language at home provides important advantages in child development, reading and educational attainment.
Why do some adolescents take risks around dangerous driving, sexual behaviour and alcohol, yet shrink from taking a chance when it’s time to ask questions or speak up in class?
Finding the coping mechanisms make a difference to long-term outcomes.
“Many parents say they plan to stop corporal punishment of their children after a parenting skills program.”
The key predictor of antisocial behavior and violent crime (as opposed to nonviolent crime) is poor emotion regulation in early childhood.
Parents can help by also being curious, providing good answers and hosting open-ended conversations.
Preschool care should be universally available and offer the services that families need from pregnancy.
A key question is how a parent names different emotions that the child experiences, enabling the child to recognise and manage them better.