What Makes For Quality Child Care?

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When Jolie Ritzo was looking for day care for her son Cannon in Falmouth, Maine, she checked out as many centers as she could. She was looking for a place with the right feel. “Most importantly, the people who are providing the care are loving and kind, nurturing and interested in developing these little beings,” she says. There was one …

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom?

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“If something on their desk or in their pocket dings, rings or vibrates — they will lose focus.” “Students are doing so much in class, distraction and disruption isn’t really something I worry about.” How should teachers — both K-12 and college — deal with the use of computers and phones by students in class? On the one hand, those …

Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

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Cold and flu season means plenty of parents are trying to figure out whether their kid is too sick to go to child care or school. It’s not always an easy call. Day care centers for younger children often have exclusion policies laying out exactly which symptoms should keep kids at home — more on those in a minute. But …

Xanax Or Zoloft For Moms-To-Be: A New Study Assesses Safety

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Earlier this year, when Emily Chodos was about 25 weeks into her pregnancy, she woke up one night feeling horrible. “My hands were tremoring, my heart racing, ” recalls Chodos, who lives near New Haven, Conn. She couldn’t take a deep breath. “I’d never felt so out of control of my body.” She ended up paging her obstetrician’s office at …

Natural Disasters And Missing So Much School

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It’s no secret that we’ve had a rough fall and winter with natural disasters. Even as we write this, fires burn in Southern California, adding to the previous wildfires in the northern part of the state that burned over 245,000 acres in October. Hurricanes Irma and Harvey devastated communities across Florida and Texas, while touching communities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, …

How Spanking Affects Later Relationships

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Spanking looks to be instantly effective. If a child is misbehaving—if he keeps swearing, or playing with matches—and then you spank that child, the behavior stops immediately. The effect is so apparently obvious that it can drive a sort of delusion. Lived experience tends to be more powerful than facts. One of the few memories that many people retain from …

Want your kid to succeed? Don’t try that hard

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Parents these days are stressed. So are their kids. The root of this anxiety, one scholar says, is the way we understand the relationship between parents and children. Alison Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks parents—especially middle-class parents—view their children as entities they can mold into a specific image. “The idea is that …

Does Preschool Pay Off?

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In 2001, not long after Oklahoma had adopted one of the nation’s first universal pre-K programs, researchers from Georgetown University began tracking kids who came out of the program in Tulsa, documenting their academic progress over time. In a new report published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management today, researchers were able to show that Tulsa’s pre-K program …

Strengthening Causal Estimates for Links Between Spanking and Children’s Externalizing Behavior Problems

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Establishing causal links when experiments are not feasible is an important challenge for psychology researchers. The question of whether parents’ spanking causes children’s externalizing behavior problems poses such a challenge because randomized experiments of spanking are unethical, and correlational studies cannot rule out potential selection factors. This study used propensity score matching based on the lifetime prevalence and recent incidence …

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

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If you’re in desperate need for some good news, look no further. Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year. And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables. …