Preschool math should go beyond numbers

Preschool math should go beyond numbers

New research finds that children’s math knowledge in preschool is related to their later achievement—and that early curricula could use some edits. “Counting, calculating, and understanding written numbers already get a lot of attention from teachers and parents, for good reasons,” says Bethany Rittle-Johnson, professor of psychology and human development...

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To predict baby’s first words, look at what they see

To predict baby’s first words, look at what they see

A baby’s most likely first words are based upon their visual experience, report researchers. Drawing on theories of statistical learning, researchers found that the number of times an object enters an infant’s field of vision “tips the scales” in favor of associating certain words with certain objects. “We think that...

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Can social skills training help kids react to bullying?

Can social skills training help kids react to bullying?

Kids and teens with disabilities are victimized by bullying at a much higher rate over time than kids without disabilities, a new study finds. Researchers say it’s possible children with disabilities aren’t developing the social skills they need to combat bullying as they grow up. “This study points out the necessity for special education programs...

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80s kids have 50/50 odds of out-earning parents

80s kids have 50/50 odds of out-earning parents

Young people entering the workforce today are far less likely to earn more than their parents when compared to children born two generations earlier, new research shows. The findings show that the fraction of kids earning more than their parents has fallen dramatically—from 90 percent for kids born in the...

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Why schools are an ideal place to teach self-control

Why schools are an ideal place to teach self-control

Self-regulation skills help children manage their thoughts and feelings, control impulses, and solve problems. Now, a new federal report recommends that schools include them in the daily curriculum. “Self-regulation affects well-being across the lifespan, from mental health and emotional well-being to academic achievement, physical health, and socioeconomic success,” says Desiree...

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Parenting classes benefit all, especially lower-income families

Parenting classes benefit all, especially lower-income families

Parenting education can improve the skills of every mom and dad and the behavior of all children, and it particularly benefits families from low-income or otherwise underserved populations, a new study from Oregon State University suggests. Researchers examined a sample of more than 2,300 mothers and fathers who participated in...

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Social eating leads to overeating, especially among men

Social eating leads to overeating, especially among men

Gorging at a holiday meal or friend’s BBQ might have more to do with your ego than the quality of the food — especially if you’re a man. A new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study finds that men are at particular risk of overeating in social situations even when...

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New tool to help predict dementia risk in older people

New tool to help predict dementia risk in older people

Preventing dementia is a major public health priority worldwide, and intense work is being conducted to formulate effective preventive strategies. Healthy lifestyle changes may help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, but the challenge is to detect early on those who are most at risk and to choose the most relevant...

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New moms moving toward the bottle

New moms moving toward the bottle

New moms are increasingly using expressed breast milk (either pumped or expressed by hand) instead of directly breastfeeding their babies, according to a UBC study. The study also found that moms who use expressed breast milk typically transition their babies to infant formula feeding sooner than their breastfeeding peers, a...

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How your parenting tactics influence your teen’s problem behaviors

How your parenting tactics influence your teen’s problem behaviors

  Sound familiar? Perhaps you’re a parent with a teenager at home who partakes in “problem behaviors.” Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, may be able to help. In a new study, published in, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Misaki Natsuaki, psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside,...

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