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  • Growth Curve

    Many babies are crummy sleepers, confirming what millions of parents already know

    I love to hate the phrase “sleep like a baby.” It’s a beautiful example of a saying that’s based on the exact opposite of what it’s intended to convey. Babies (many of them, anyway) are rotten sleepers.

    During my last pregnancy, I wondered if I might luck out with a good sleeper. Or at least an average sleeper. But my third little sweetie didn’t deliver. At nearly 8 months, he (and I)...

    12/12/2018 - 08:00 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Don’t spank your kids. Do time-outs and positive talk instead, pediatricians say

    Sometime around 9 p.m., before the second leg of a cross-country flight, my just-turned-4-year-old decided she had had enough. She let out a scream and went full noodle right at the end of a moving walkway in Chicago Midway. I had the baby in a carrier and a death grip on my older daughter’s hand, so it was up to my husband to scoop up our enraged, sweaty middle child and keep hold of her and...

    11/20/2018 - 14:00 Parenting, Guidelines
  • Growth Curve

    No matter their size, newborn stomachs need frequent filling

    I’m making my way through my third round of breastfeeding a newborn and taking stock of how things are going. Some aspects are definitely easier: My milk came in really quickly (a perk of being a repeat lactator), the fancy breastfeeding baby holds are no longer mysterious to me and I already own all of the weird pillows I need to prop up my tiny baby.  

    But one thing isn’t easier this...

    07/06/2018 - 07:17 Child Development, Parenting, Health
  • Growth Curve

    How to help your toddler be helpful (with caveats)

    Getting help from a toddler is a bit like not getting help: They mean well, but you may end up with more of a mess than when you started.

    But given the choice, many kids prefer “real” activities to imaginary games, Bruce Bower recently reported in depth for Science News. And the benefits of recruiting your child for help with chores may go beyond conquering that pile of laundry: Research...

    06/20/2018 - 10:00 Parenting, Child Development
  • Growth Curve

    Is it an invasion of your kids’ privacy to post pictures of them on social media?

    Like millions of parents, I post pictures of my kid on Instagram. When she was born, her father and I had a brief conversation about whether it was “dangerous” in a very nebulous sense. Comforted by the fact that I use a fake name on my account, we agreed to not post nudie pics and then didn’t give it much more thought. Until recently.

    As she gets older, and privacy on social media...

    05/08/2018 - 12:00 Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Hospital admissions show the opioid crisis affects kids, too

    As I’ve been reporting a story about the opioid epidemic, I’ve sorted through a lot of tragic numbers that make the astronomical spike in deaths and injuries related to the drugs feel more real.

    The rise in the abuse of opioids — powerfully addictive painkillers — is driven by adults. But kids are also swept up in the current, a new study makes clear. The number of children admitted to...

    03/14/2018 - 13:30 Health, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Let your kids help you, and other parenting tips from traditional societies

    Hunter-gatherers and farming villagers don’t write parenting handbooks, much less read them. But parents in WEIRD societies — Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic — can still learn a few childrearing lessons from their counterparts in small-scale societies.

    It’s not that Western parents and kids are somehow deficient. But we live in a culture that holds historically...

    02/09/2018 - 08:00 Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    An abundance of toys can curb kids’ creativity and focus

    The holiday onslaught is upon us. For some families with children, the crush of holiday gifts — while wonderful and thoughtful in many ways — can become nearly unmanageable, cluttering both rooms and minds.

    This year, I’m striving for simplicity as I pick a few key presents for my girls. I will probably fail. But it’s a good goal, and one that has some new science to back it. Toddlers...

    12/14/2017 - 07:00 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Staring into a baby’s eyes puts her brain waves and yours in sync

    When you lock eyes with a baby, it’s hard to look away. For one thing, babies are fun to look at. They’re so tiny and cute and interesting. For another, babies love to stare back. I remember my babies staring at me so hard, with their eyebrows raised and unblinking eyes wide open. They would have killed in a staring contest.

    This mutual adoration of staring may be for a good reason. When...

    12/05/2017 - 15:30 Child Development, Parenting
  • Growth Curve

    Six-month-old babies know words for common things, but struggle with similar nouns

    Around the six-month mark, babies start to get really fun. They’re not walking or talking, but they are probably babbling, grabbing and gumming, and teaching us about their likes and dislikes. I remember this as the time when my girls’ personalities really started making themselves known, which, really, is one of the best parts of raising a kid. After months of staring at those beautiful, bald...

    11/20/2017 - 16:30 Child Development, Parenting