by By Denise Yearian and Mary Alice Cookson in Behavior
If you have a little someone in your household who’s delivering up-to-the-minute reports of a sibling’s bad behavior all summer long, don’t despair! Experts say tattling is common between ages 5 and 10 and is generally outgrown. >>
The best children’s books of all time – stories that will excite your kids and remain in their memories for years to come. This list represents the views of parents, children’s literature experts and our own readers. >>
Does your child wet the bed or have soiling accidents? Check out this expert advice, with tips on helping your child through these issues. The most important thing to remember: These aren't behavioral problems – they are developmental problems. >>
Everyone dreams. Ever wonder what your children dream or how they dream, given that they have limited life experience? Here's a closer look at children's dreams and how to handle night terrors and nightmares. >>
Your child is on a youth sports team and you don't think he's getting enough playing time. You want to approach the coach but you don't want to come across as an aggressive parent. Here's what you need to know and how to communicate effectively. >>
It's a big year for the Boston Children's Museum. The museum is celebrating its 100th year of operation with a special focus on the "power of play" and an acknowledgement that parents and other adults play just as hard as the kids here. >>
About 10 percent of children nationwide have some kind of communication disorder, including speech and language problems. Here's a look at some common speech problems and what to look for in your child. >>
Today's adolescents are more anxious and stressed than ever. Hovering parents, and a culture that prizes giving kids a leg up, may be to blame. Here, psychologist and author Madeline Levine talks about the problem and what to do. >>
A proposed overhaul of the way autism is defined has some parents worried that their children's diagnoses and services are in jeopardy. But health providers say most kids will retain the diagnosis under the proposed guidelines. >>
Two Boston gender experts are challenging beliefs that boys and girls learn and behave differently because of brain structure, and must therefore be taught differently. They argue that our culture creates stereotypes that lead to these differences. >>
New research reveals that children's reasons for excluding peers from games, parties and cliques are more complicated than previously thought. The study's findings could help adults guide kids to find alternatives. >>
A survey of American adults reveals a lot of misunderstanding about learning disabilities, including beliefs that these disorders can be caused by a poor diet, watching too much TV or even childhood vaccines. >>
Dr. Gene Beresin, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, gives advice to parents on how to talk to children about the recent Colorado shooting and help them feel comfortable back in movie theaters. >>
Thank you for raising awareness about the need for foster parents in Massachusetts. As an organization that also provides Intensive Foster Care, The Home for Little Wanderers has found that many people are unaware of the different types of foster care. We encourage anyone who is interested to learn more. Every child deserves a safe and loving home.
This topic has occupied my mind for years! Thank you for starting a movement that parents so desperately need! It is difficult for young parents to NOT get caught up in the overscheduled lifestyle. No well-meaning parent wants their child to miss any opportunity for healthy enrichment, but too much is counterproductive! Although my children are teenagers now, I would have LOVED to hear your words of wisdom when my family craved downtime!