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Is There Science to Back Up the Stereotypes About Only Children?

Does an only child exhibit different behavior and personality than one with siblings? Or is this spoiled reputation nothing more than a persistent cultural myth?

Toddlers May Be Able to Determine Whether Adults Are Lying

Behavioral psychologists have always thought children could start spotting intentional falsehoods around the age of 4. Turns out it's probably much younger.

Women Who Have Kids Later May Live Longer, Study Finds

The childbearing age for U.S. women has been steadily creeping up for years. A huge, new study looks at how the delay in having kids is linked to how long a woman lives.

Who Does a Mom Love More: Her Kid or Her Dog?

One study attempted to find out, with a little help from some brain scans.

Going to Let Your Toddler Watch TV? Better Watch With Them

The American Academy of Pediatrics has eased screen time limits for kids of all ages. But that doesn't mean parents can leave kids staring at a screen all by themselves.

Parents May Not Need to Obsess Over Burping Their Babies

Babies may do just fine without all that burping assistance, according to an intriguing little study.

'An Emerging Public Health Concern': Your Local Trampoline Park

A new study looked at the types of injuries sustained from trampoline park accidents, highlighting the need for better safety standards in these theme parks.

The Positives of Princess Culture

Researchers unveil findings that parents of princess-wannabes could find royally alarming. But they shouldn't.

Childhood Moves Linked With Negative Life Outcomes, Study Finds

Moving can turn a kid's world inside out. A massive, new Danish study has produced some sobering data on how moves affect kids.

A Lifesaving Cup for When Babies Can't Nurse

Lots of babies can't nurse, whether it's because of their own health issues or those affecting the mother. A new $1 feeding cup could change that common scenario.

Enter Mr. Pig-Man? Chimera Embryos Should Not Be Feared, Scientist Says

Even though the NIH banned funding for work on chimera embryos, a scientist explains why it's necessary — and not unethical.

Fertility Nation? Janet Jackson and the Future of Pregnancy After 45

Janet Jackson's pregnancy raised interest in reproductive assistance for older parents. Which mind-blowing techniques are on the horizon?

Parents: Ditch the Spanking and Try Non-punitive Discipline Instead

That's according to two authors who combed through five decades of research on 160,000 kids and found that spanking leads to negative outcomes all around.

More Babies Are Sleeping in Boxes — and That's a Good Thing

In Finland, the government issues every newborn a cardboard box to sleep in. Now the "baby box" maternity package is revolutionizing global public health.

How Empathy Benefits Children, But Could Be Bad for Parental Health

Parents who have more empathy for their children’s struggles have happier, healthier kids. But that empathy that helps their kids might not be serving parents so well.

Calming 'Difficult' Kids: Are Mobile Devices Becoming the New Time Out?

Children who throw tantrums are more likely to get a tablet or smartphone as a calming device, but does that only delay trouble? New research examines the topic.

Female Newborns May Fare Better After Some Brain Injuries

Being deprived of oxygen can lead to brain injuries. Strangely enough, gender can play a role in those injuries in newborns.

Fear of a Three-parent Baby Stalls Treatment of Mitochondrial Diseases

Controversy surrounding mitochondrial replacement has created a fear of designer babies. Will a new scientific paper convince the FDA this fear is unwarranted?

C-sections Can Affect a Baby's Immune System

But researchers are working on a method to boost the microbiota of babies born by C-section.

Researchers Link Maternal Diabetes and Obesity to Autism in Kids

Diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder have been rising over the past two decades, along with obesity and diabetes in women of childbearing age. How are these related?

Big Families vs. Small Families: A Matter of Quantity vs. Quality?

A trio of economists reports that kids in larger families may have more to worry about than simply sharing a room or dealing with hand-me-downs.

Certain Adolescent Brains Can't Stop Gaming. That's Good and Bad — Here's Why

The brains of diagnosed compulsive gamers operate differently from the rest of us, mostly in beneficial ways, but sometimes in negative ways.

Ain't That Some 'Shhh': Doc Reveals New Method for Quieting Crying Babies

It's practically the holy grail of infant care, and now, conveniently, it's on YouTube.

The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Uterine Transplants

A U.S. trial program will implant uteruses from deceased women into live volunteers, allowing them to carry a child. Experts are divided on the procedure.

Brush Teeth, Kiss Goodnight, Open App: The New Bedtime Routine for Kids

Using electronics just before bedtime can be positive — and negative.


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