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  • Growth Curve

    Telling children they’re smart could tempt them to cheat

    It’s hard not to compliment kids on certain things. When my little girls fancy themselves up in tutus, which is every single time we leave the house, people tell them how pretty they are. I know these folks’ intentions are good, but an abundance of compliments on clothes and looks sends messages I’d rather my girls didn’t absorb at ages 2 and 4. Or ever, for that matter.

    Our words, often...

    09/22/2017 - 14:54 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Seeing one picture at a time helps kids learn words from books

    We’re going through a comic book phase at my house. Since lucking into the comics stash at the library, my 4-year-old refuses any other literary offering. Try as I might to rekindle her love of Rosie Revere, my daughter shuns that scrappy little engineer for Superman every single night.

    I know that comic fans abound, but I’ll admit that I get a little lost reading the books. The multi-...

    08/23/2017 - 07:00 Parenting, Child Development
  • Growth Curve

    Protect little ones’ eyes from the sun during the eclipse

    As luck (or exceptionally precise astronomical modeling) would have it, my new, small Oregon town happens to lie in the upcoming eclipse’s path of totality. For nearly two glorious minutes on August 21, we will look up and see the unworldly sight of the moon completely blocking the sun.

    To put it mildly, Oregon is going bonkers. Local radio is warning of gas shortages and apocalyptic...

    08/16/2017 - 09:00 Parenting, Health
  • Growth Curve

    When should babies sleep in their own rooms?

    When we brought our first baby home from the hospital, our pediatrician advised us to have her sleep in our room. We put our tiny new roommate in a crib near our bed (though other containers that were flat, firm and free of blankets, pillows or stuffed animals would have worked, too).

    The advice aims to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome, or...

    06/22/2017 - 07:00 Parenting, Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    Vaccinating pregnant women protects newborns from whooping cough

    When I was pregnant, my pronoun shifted automatically. My “I” turned into “we,” as in, “What are we going to eat for dinner?” and, “Should we sit in that hot tub?” I thought about that shift to the majestic plural as we got our Tdap shot in our third trimester.The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or whooping cough. Doctors recommend that women receive a dose...

    04/12/2017 - 09:00 Health, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Don’t put greasy Q-tips up your kid’s nose, and other nosebleed advice

    Ever since she was a baby, my older daughter has periodically endured massive nosebleeds. When she was 10 months old, I walked into her room to pick her up after her nap. There, I was greeted with a baby happily standing in what appeared to be a sea of ruby red blood. Her busy little hands had smeared blood all over the crib and wall. The sight haunts me still. 

    My daughter’s very calm...

    03/28/2017 - 07:00 Parenting, Health
  • Growth Curve

    A ban on screens in bedrooms may save kids’ sleep

    Most nights I read a book in bed to wind down. But when I run out of my library supply, I read articles on my phone instead. I suspect that this digital substitution messes with my sleep. That’s not good for me — but it’s probably worse for the many children who have screens in their rooms at night.A team of researchers recently combed through the literature looking for associations between...

    01/23/2017 - 16:35 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Motherhood might actually improve memory

    You may have read the news this week that pregnancy shrinks a mother’s brain. As a mom-to-be’s midsection balloons, areas of her cerebral cortex wither, scientists reported online December 19 in Nature Neuroscience.

    Yes, that sounds bad. But don’t fret. As I learned in reporting that story, a smaller brain can be more efficient and specialized. In fact, post-pregnancy brains could be...

    12/21/2016 - 11:21 Pregnancy, Parenting, Neuroscience
  • Growth Curve

    What not to do when your kid tells a lie

    At the ripe old age of 3, my older daughter has begun flirting with falsehoods. So far, the few lies she has told have been comically bad and easy to spot. Her dad and I usually laugh at them with an amused, “Oh, yeah?” But now that I’ve stopped to consider, that strategy seems flawed.

    While reporting a story on adult lying, I had the pleasure of talking with developmental psychologist...

    11/11/2016 - 09:00 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Screen time guidelines for kids give parents the controls

    Screens are everywhere. They adorn walls, perch on the backs of car seats and warm our hands. No one knows yet whether all of these screens, and their alluring displays and connections to the world, have any long-term effects on us. There is one group of people, though, for whom these ever-present screens may be particularly worrisome — kids.

    Earlier recommendations on children’s screen...

    10/23/2016 - 06:00 Guidelines, Parenting