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A New Study Explains the Right Way (and the Wrong Way) to Praise Your Kid
And how the appropriate level of enthusiasm can influence their grades and mental health.
What Makes Kids Stop Believing in Santa?
It’s more complicated than just growing up.
The FDA Warns That Anesthesia Can Harm the Brains of Children Under 3
The warning extends to pregnant women in their third trimester.
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It’s About to Get a Lot Easier to Dress Your Child Like North West
Givenchy is entering the kids’ market.
Lego Is the Perfect Toy
Even if no one can really agree on what kind of toy it is anymore.
gift guide 2016
34 Charming Gifts for Kids
The year’s must-have toys, dressy sneakers, cuddly creatures, and more.
90 Percent of Teachers Say Trump’s Win Has Had a Negative Effect in Classrooms
Verbal harassment and use of slurs are on the rise in classrooms.
How Little Kids Figure Out Who’s in Charge
A new study on how we learn about power dynamics.
Kids With Autism Are Taking Trump’s Rhetoric Literally
Autism experts explain how the election has taken a toll on the young people they work with.
These Letters to Donald Trump From First-Grade Students Are Devastating
“Dear Mr. Trump, please be honest and kind.”
A Lesson for Kids From the Election: Adults Aren’t Perfect
Everyone learns it eventually, but for many, 2016 has sped up the process.
What Your Election Freakout Looks Like From a Kid’s Point of View
And how to talk to them about what you’re feeling.
Here’s One More Reason Why You Shouldn’t Let Kids Win All the Time
It stunts their decision-making skills.
Amazon’s New Strategy for Getting Kids to Read Is So Depressing
Shouldn’t kids be reading books?
Yes, There’s a Right Way to Discipline Your Kids
Fifty years of research agrees on one thing.
The Kids Most Affected by Parenting Share a Personality Trait
“The very quality that appears to be a frailty in children may also be their strength.”
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Little Kids Use Their Dreams to Figure Out Real Life
“Some of the dreams we have in childhood become lifelong touchstones of emotion.”
These Minimalist Pod Bedrooms Maximize Form, Function, and Fun
Built for kids, inspired by sci-fi-movie sets and NASA concept drawings of the 1970s.
Kids Are Judgmental, Morally Pure Little Jerks
If the right choice is anything other than easy, you don’t get points for making it.
An Idea: Let’s Get Rid of Middle School
A big new study suggests kids would be better off in K–8 schools.
How Little Kids Decide What ‘Normal’ Means
Toddlers are “promiscuous normativists.”
Why Doctors Should Treat Kid Patients Like Decision-making Partners
Why it’s important to involve kids in their health care, even when physicians and parents have the final say.
The Right Way to Swear in Front of Your Kids
Context, context, context.
Maybe Stop Asking Kids to Recap Their School Day
Being a high-school student is already exhausting.
Roll-Top Backpacks, Unexpected Dorm Décor, and More Back-to-School Essentials
What’s new in New York stores.
How Scary Stories Help Kids Learn to Handle Fear in Real Life
Even at a young age, horror has its benefits.
The Sugar High Is Actually Just a Parenting Myth
If kids seem hyper after eating sugary snacks, it’s just because adults are primed to see them that way.
Like Tiny Godfathers, Toddlers Keep Track of Who Owes Them Favors
“Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me.”
You Can Bribe Your Kid to Love Books
If you do it right.
A Kid’s World Is a Pleasing, Confusing Mash-up of Magic and Reality
A psychologist on the often bewildering process of learning to separate fiction from real life.
Don’t Feed Your Kids While You’re Hungry
The “no grocery shopping on an empty stomach” rule applies.
‘Book Deserts’ Leave Low-Income Kids With Nothing to Read
The neighborhoods are like food deserts, but for education.
Is Friendship a Skill That Can Be Taught in Schools?
The importance of making time for social interaction in the classroom.
Preventing Obesity in Kids Starts Even Before They’re Born
Like, first-trimester early.
Getting Kids to Like Vegetables Could Be As Simple As the Right Cartoon
What if the Trix rabbit ate carrots instead of sugar cereal?
Just Touching Money Is Enough to Turn Kids Mean
Handling currency does some weird things to the brain — even in people too young to have any use for it.
Kids Don’t Trust Ugliness
Being little doesn’t exempt you from being kind of a shallow jerk.
The Lasting Benefits of Growing Up Around Books
A new study links access to non-schoolbooks in childhood with a higher income later in life.
Send Your Kids to Day Care So They Get Sick — It’s Good for Them
Just ask George Carlin.
First-Generation Kids Excel in School, But Then ‘Immigrant Optimism’ Fades
Something strange is happening as families assimilate into the U.S.
You Probably Can’t Tell When Your Kid Is Lying
A new study on parents and “truth bias.”
This Is a Funny/Sad Video About Overmedicated, ‘Immature’ Kids
Acting like a child is a growing problem among children, and the only reasonable solution is drugs – and lots of ‘em!
Diabetes Kits Are the Cool New Accessory for American Girl Dolls
Bring back Molly.
Cute Kids Are Even Cuter When They’re Calling Out Pay Inequality
Now if only adults would get with it.
Skipping the Most Important Meal of the Day Could Have Some Ugly Consequences
Kids who eat two breakfasts are more likely to avoid obesity than those who eat none.
We Just Learned a Sobering New Statistic About Cancer and Wealth
This is bad news.
4 Facts That Prove Maternity Leave in the U.S. Is a Total Disaster
Get it together, America.
Here’s a Helpful Rundown of the Homework Debate
There’s a serious disconnect between researchers and those in the homework “trenches.”
A New Study on Adopted Kids Takes on the Tiny Question of Nature Versus Nurture
Which matters more when it comes to longevity?
What Child Doesn’t Need a Tiny Toy Tesla?
When your remote-control Prius isn’t enough of a status symbol.