Preschoolers prefer cooperative board games, and these games are well-suited to their developmental abilities.
When we rely on electronic media to calm kids down, our children are at higher risk for behavior problems and "withdrawal" tantrums.
What are the social and cognitive benefits of play? Read what scientific studies reveal about play and the developing brain.
Are kids confused by fairy tales? Is fantasy a waste of time? On the contrary. But we need to consider certain developmental factors.
If you learn about circadian rhythms and sleep cycles, you can make sense of your newborn sleep, and lay the groundwork for easier nights.
Parenting Science reviews the research. Which toys support the development of spatial intelligence? Can educational games teach math skills?
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