1. Aug 15
     The “Apparently Kid” Is Back
On Aug. 4, Noah Ritter, aka “Apparently Kid,” stole the show during an interview at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania. Well, now he’s back for his second interview, and it’s just as great as his first.
Little Kid Leaves Cutest Receipt Ever
Jewel Cowart deals with credit card receipts all day in her job as a cashier at Domino’s Pizza, but one customer’s signature last week managed to melt her heart.
Music Training Can Strengthen Kids’ Learning Ability
New research shows that musical training can help offset some academic achievement gaps for disadvantaged kids.In Their Own Time
Have you ever compared your kids’ skill sets to those of their peers and either 1) worry that your kid was “behind” or 2) feel relieved that your kid was further along? You’re not alone.
Baby Has Been Waiting All Day to Watch Cartoons
Give this baby the remote control already, because he’s obviously dying to watch cartoons.

 

    The “Apparently Kid” Is Back

    On Aug. 4, Noah Ritter, aka “Apparently Kid,” stole the show during an interview at the Wayne County Fair in Pennsylvania. Well, now he’s back for his second interview, and it’s just as great as his first.

    Little Kid Leaves Cutest Receipt Ever

    Jewel Cowart deals with credit card receipts all day in her job as a cashier at Domino’s Pizza, but one customer’s signature last week managed to melt her heart.

    Music Training Can Strengthen Kids’ Learning Ability

    New research shows that musical training can help offset some academic achievement gaps for disadvantaged kids.

    In Their Own Time

    Have you ever compared your kids’ skill sets to those of their peers and either 1) worry that your kid was “behind” or 2) feel relieved that your kid was further along? You’re not alone.

    Baby Has Been Waiting All Day to Watch Cartoons

    Give this baby the remote control already, because he’s obviously dying to watch cartoons.

     

  2. Aug 8
    Watch this Kid Steal the Show
Believe it or not, this kid has “never been on live television before”.Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build a Better Brain
When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.That’s One Way to Soothe a Fussy Baby
Need to comfort a wailing baby? This method may be worth a try.6-Year-Old Draws Bracket in Search of the Perfect Meal
How do you solve an everyday dilemma? With a bracket, of course.Baby Selfies
Need we say more?

    Watch this Kid Steal the Show

    Believe it or not, this kid has “never been on live television before”.

    Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build a Better Brain

    When it comes to brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.

    That’s One Way to Soothe a Fussy Baby

    Need to comfort a wailing baby? This method may be worth a try.

    6-Year-Old Draws Bracket in Search of the Perfect Meal

    How do you solve an everyday dilemma? With a bracket, of course.

    Baby Selfies

    Need we say more?

  3. Aug 1
    Watch this Baby’s Reaction to Getting a Shot
Who needs a lollipop to recover from a shot when this guys your pediatrician?Can Babies Learn Nursery Rhymes in the Womb?
Even before they are born, babies are learning from experience, especially if it’s directly related to their moms, new research is shows.This Baby and Puppy Duo Are the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today
Through the thick and thin, these two never leave each other’s side.See This 15 Month Old Lead a Crowd of 500 Boys
Leading a crowd of 500 may make some people nervous, but this little boy can’t get enough.The Kids Who Beat Autism
Is it really possible to “recover” from autism?

    Watch this Baby’s Reaction to Getting a Shot

    Who needs a lollipop to recover from a shot when this guys your pediatrician?

    Can Babies Learn Nursery Rhymes in the Womb?

    Even before they are born, babies are learning from experience, especially if it’s directly related to their moms, new research is shows.

    This Baby and Puppy Duo Are the Cutest Thing You’ll See Today

    Through the thick and thin, these two never leave each other’s side.

    See This 15 Month Old Lead a Crowd of 500 Boys

    Leading a crowd of 500 may make some people nervous, but this little boy can’t get enough.

    The Kids Who Beat Autism

    Is it really possible to “recover” from autism?

  4. Jul 25
    See What Hasn’t Changed about Motherhood in 50 Years
Buried treasure doesn’t always have to be underground. As photographer Ken Heyman discovered, forgotten storage boxes can yield treasure, too.Watch This Dog Apologize for Stealing Baby’s Toy
Humans aren’t the only ones that understand the importance of sharing.This May Be the Cutest Newscast Ever
In this unprompted and unscripted news report, these young girls bring you the latest on the weather, tornados and Canada.Learn How Babies Practice Words in Their Minds
A baby’s first words may seem spur of the moment, but really, the little ones have practiced their “Mamas” and “Dadas” for months in their minds.Babies Have Their Cakes and Wear Them Too
Turning one means it’s time to “smash the cake”.

    See What Hasn’t Changed about Motherhood in 50 Years

    Buried treasure doesn’t always have to be underground. As photographer Ken Heyman discovered, forgotten storage boxes can yield treasure, too.

    Watch This Dog Apologize for Stealing Baby’s Toy

    Humans aren’t the only ones that understand the importance of sharing.

    This May Be the Cutest Newscast Ever

    In this unprompted and unscripted news report, these young girls bring you the latest on the weather, tornados and Canada.

    Learn How Babies Practice Words in Their Minds

    A baby’s first words may seem spur of the moment, but really, the little ones have practiced their “Mamas” and “Dadas” for months in their minds.

    Babies Have Their Cakes and Wear Them Too

    Turning one means it’s time to “smash the cake”.

  5. Jul 18
     Baby’s Best Friend
At only a fraction of their size, these little babies love their big ol’ dogs.How Overparenting Makes Kids Overwieght
Is helicopter parenting playing a role in obesity among kids? A new study says “yes.”How do you keep your kids safe on social media?
The online world and kids is a world that parents have only started to navigate, and it’s not going away. So while kids are there, let’s keep them safe.Hundreds Show Up for 8 Year Old’s Free Front Yard Concert
8 years old. 400 people gathered in the rain. That’s how you put on a concert!Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better
You’re 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that’s against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again? A recently released study asserts it’s possible to teach kids in preschool to give better answers to that question.

    Baby’s Best Friend

    At only a fraction of their size, these little babies love their big ol’ dogs.

    How Overparenting Makes Kids Overwieght

    Is helicopter parenting playing a role in obesity among kids? A new study says “yes.”

    How do you keep your kids safe on social media?

    The online world and kids is a world that parents have only started to navigate, and it’s not going away. So while kids are there, let’s keep them safe.

    Hundreds Show Up for 8 Year Old’s Free Front Yard Concert

    8 years old. 400 people gathered in the rain. That’s how you put on a concert!

    Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better

    You’re 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that’s against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again? A recently released study asserts it’s possible to teach kids in preschool to give better answers to that question.

  6. Jul 11
    Read How Over-Scheduling Kids May be Detrimental to Their DevelopmentA new study suggests that kids may need a little more latitude with their free time instead of having their days packed with lessons, sports and structured activities.Hear This Boy’s Lullaby to Baby BrotherThis is a whole new level of cute.Tips to Encourage CuriosityYour baby is a born explorer. She’s curious about everything! Your face, her hands, even her blanket is fascinating! And from the time she can first grab an object, she wants to turn it over, shake it, smell it and, of course, taste it—as this is how babies learn! Adorable Boy Comforts GirlThe first day of school can be hard. Sometimes you just need a friend for support.10 Kids Who Can’t Even Handle Fireworks Right NowThere’s nothing like seeing your very first fireworks display in celebration of our great nation’s independence.

    Read How Over-Scheduling Kids May be Detrimental to Their Development
    A new study suggests that kids may need a little more latitude with their free time instead of having their days packed with lessons, sports and structured activities.

    Hear This Boy’s Lullaby to Baby Brother
    This is a whole new level of cute.

    Tips to Encourage Curiosity
    Your baby is a born explorer. She’s curious about everything! Your face, her hands, even her blanket is fascinating! And from the time she can first grab an object, she wants to turn it over, shake it, smell it and, of course, taste it—as this is how babies learn! 

    Adorable Boy Comforts Girl
    The first day of school can be hard. Sometimes you just need a friend for support.

    10 Kids Who Can’t Even Handle Fireworks Right Now
    There’s nothing like seeing your very first fireworks display in celebration of our great nation’s independence.

  7. Jul 3
     This Toddler and His Rescue Dog BFF Are Precisely What Love Looks Like

Toby is a dog. A rescue dog, to be exact; and as these photos show, he and his diaper-clad partner-in-crime are totally inseparable.

A Kid Wore WHAT in His School Photo?
When David Yearsley, 11, was taking his fifth-grade school photo, he’d thought he’d jazz things up a bit.
Why You Should Let Your Kids Eat (Some) Junk Food
You want them to eat food that can be peeled, chopped or juiced. They want something with sprinkles, sugar and enough fat to make it gooey and rich.
Toddler Gives a Wedding Toast, and It’s Just as Adorable as You’d Expect
She may only be 3 years old, but that doesn’t mean this toddler, Cleo, can give one heck of a wedding toast.
Read It and Weep: 9-Year-Old Doesn’t Need Mom for This Anymore
After almost ten years of reading together, she’s ready to give up the tradition.

    This Toddler and His Rescue Dog BFF Are Precisely What Love Looks Like

    Toby is a dog. A rescue dog, to be exact; and as these photos show, he and his diaper-clad partner-in-crime are totally inseparable.

    A Kid Wore WHAT in His School Photo?

    When David Yearsley, 11, was taking his fifth-grade school photo, he’d thought he’d jazz things up a bit.

    Why You Should Let Your Kids Eat (Some) Junk Food

    You want them to eat food that can be peeled, chopped or juiced. They want something with sprinkles, sugar and enough fat to make it gooey and rich.

    Toddler Gives a Wedding Toast, and It’s Just as Adorable as You’d Expect

    She may only be 3 years old, but that doesn’t mean this toddler, Cleo, can give one heck of a wedding toast.

    Read It and Weep: 9-Year-Old Doesn’t Need Mom for This Anymore

    After almost ten years of reading together, she’s ready to give up the tradition.

  8. Jun 30
    The Riches of Reading to Babies   “The Reading Mother” is an old poem, and I’m not sure when I first heard it. But my favorite line comes to mind whenever I see a mom reading to her child: “Richer than I you will never be—I had a mother who read to me.” Certainly, by that measure, I’m a wealthy person, as are my children.
Reading to children is such a simple thing. Almost anyone can do it. It’s low cost. It’s low tech. Yet, many of us worry that in this  digital age full of tablets and smartphones that are often handed over to children, even babies, essential basics such as books and magazines are increasingly shunned.
Decades ago educators cited reading as the most fundamental skill children acquire, and they promoted the idea that reading aloud to children is critically important. Early childhood teachers can quickly spot the students who are read to daily, as they are already on their way to becoming good future readers.
And now pediatricians are also speaking to the importance of reading to children—particularly in the first three years of their lives. In a new policy announcement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging its physician members to prescribe daily read-aloud time for parents and children together. And they say this should start from infancy. Formally adding their voice to the voices of others, doctors will remind parents at office visits not to forget “the basics.” They’ll be telling parents that it’s critical to read, speak, and sing to children at the very beginning of their young lives, because that’s how they acquire vocabulary and other important pre-literacy skills that may determine later school success. 
Doctors might also talk to parents about how regular reading is essential to optimal physical development. Research shows that when children are read to, their brain cells are literally turned on. Existing links among brain cells are strengthened. New cells are formed.  Reading, as it turns out, is brain food! Maybe it’s even fair to say that no child is completely healthy if he or she has not held a book or heard a story.
In my experience, many parents and grandparents—even the wealthy and well educated—are surprised to hear the research and learn that it’s never too soon to read to babies. The AAP and others point out that low-income children are of particular concern.  Studies show that more affluent children hear millions more words spoken, read, or sung than do children from low-income homes. This “word gap” gives low-income children a clear academic disadvantage, which may be apparent as early as 18 months.  One easy way to close that word gap is exposing babies to books.
Until very recently, the national conversation about this issue has been mostly a low but persistent hum. Let’s hope that with the AAP and so many others joining in, it will now rise to the level of a clarion call: Let’s read to children. All of us. Every child. Every day. In infancy and throughout childhood—even beyond the stage when they are reading independently.
As the poet said so well long ago, mothers can make their children rich—simply by opening a book.
  Posted By Christine F. Cully

    The Riches of Reading to Babies

       

    “The Reading Mother” is an old poem, and I’m not sure when I first heard it. But my favorite line comes to mind whenever I see a mom reading to her child: “Richer than I you will never be—I had a mother who read to me.” Certainly, by that measure, I’m a wealthy person, as are my children.

    Reading to children is such a simple thing. Almost anyone can do it. It’s low cost. It’s low tech. Yet, many of us worry that in this  digital age full of tablets and smartphones that are often handed over to children, even babies, essential basics such as books and magazines are increasingly shunned.

    Decades ago educators cited reading as the most fundamental skill children acquire, and they promoted the idea that reading aloud to children is critically important. Early childhood teachers can quickly spot the students who are read to daily, as they are already on their way to becoming good future readers.

    And now pediatricians are also speaking to the importance of reading to children—particularly in the first three years of their lives. In a new policy announcement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is urging its physician members to prescribe daily read-aloud time for parents and children together. And they say this should start from infancy. Formally adding their voice to the voices of others, doctors will remind parents at office visits not to forget “the basics.” They’ll be telling parents that it’s critical to read, speak, and sing to children at the very beginning of their young lives, because that’s how they acquire vocabulary and other important pre-literacy skills that may determine later school success. 

    Doctors might also talk to parents about how regular reading is essential to optimal physical development. Research shows that when children are read to, their brain cells are literally turned on. Existing links among brain cells are strengthened. New cells are formed.  Reading, as it turns out, is brain food! Maybe it’s even fair to say that no child is completely healthy if he or she has not held a book or heard a story.

    In my experience, many parents and grandparents—even the wealthy and well educated—are surprised to hear the research and learn that it’s never too soon to read to babies. The AAP and others point out that low-income children are of particular concern.  Studies show that more affluent children hear millions more words spoken, read, or sung than do children from low-income homes. This “word gap” gives low-income children a clear academic disadvantage, which may be apparent as early as 18 months.  One easy way to close that word gap is exposing babies to books.

    Until very recently, the national conversation about this issue has been mostly a low but persistent hum. Let’s hope that with the AAP and so many others joining in, it will now rise to the level of a clarion call: Let’s read to children. All of us. Every child. Every day. In infancy and throughout childhood—even beyond the stage when they are reading independently.

    As the poet said so well long ago, mothers can make their children rich—simply by opening a book.

    Posted By Christine F. Cully
  9. Jun 27
    Pediatricians Recommend a Daily Dose of Reading
If your child’s doctor stresses the importance of reading during your next visit, here’s why.Watch This Baby Discover His Eyebrows
Who knew eyebrows could be so funny?Read the Letter from a Google Employee’s Daughter to His Boss A little girl writes to Google and complains that her daddy gets only Saturdays off from the company. And it’s his birthday. And Google responds.Hear This Baby’s Valid (And Adorable) Argument
The couch? Her dirty diaper? His lack of diaper? Well whatever it is, she makes one heck of an argument!Study Shows Parents Value Grades Over Kindness
When your kid gets straight As, it’s cause for a celebratory dinner out. When they win a baseball game, there are loud cheers from the bleachers. But when that same kid helps an elderly neighbor with yard work, is there any kind of fanfare?

    Pediatricians Recommend a Daily Dose of Reading

    If your child’s doctor stresses the importance of reading during your next visit, here’s why.

    Watch This Baby Discover His Eyebrows

    Who knew eyebrows could be so funny?

    Read the Letter from a Google Employee’s Daughter to His Boss

    A little girl writes to Google and complains that her daddy gets only Saturdays off from the company. And it’s his birthday. And Google responds.

    Hear This Baby’s Valid (And Adorable) Argument

    The couch? Her dirty diaper? His lack of diaper? Well whatever it is, she makes one heck of an argument!

    Study Shows Parents Value Grades Over Kindness

    When your kid gets straight As, it’s cause for a celebratory dinner out. When they win a baseball game, there are loud cheers from the bleachers. But when that same kid helps an elderly neighbor with yard work, is there any kind of fanfare?

  10. Jun 20
    Dear Kids: It’s OK to Be Bored
Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It is an itch to scratch. Boredom is the dawn of ideas. Boredom is curiosity knocking gently at your mind, asking to play.

Babies Are Learning to Swim Before They Can Crawl
At the age of only 18, Harvey Barnett became determined to teach infants to swim.Watch This Dad Take His Daughter on the Best First Date Ever
Aaron Dickson, a father and husband from Bellingham, Washington, recently took his daughter, Analynne, on her “first real date.” 
Can Classic Moral Stories Promote Honesty in Children?
In a study by researchers from Psychological Science, children were read different “moral” stories and put into a situation where they could lie or tell the truth.
More Women Keeping the Bun in the Oven
According to a new study by the CDC, more moms are letting nature take its course instead of inducing labor.

    Dear Kids: It’s OK to Be Bored

    Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It is an itch to scratch. Boredom is the dawn of ideas. Boredom is curiosity knocking gently at your mind, asking to play.

    Babies Are Learning to Swim Before They Can Crawl

    At the age of only 18, Harvey Barnett became determined to teach infants to swim.

    Watch This Dad Take His Daughter on the Best First Date Ever

    Aaron Dickson, a father and husband from Bellingham, Washington, recently took his daughter, Analynne, on her “first real date.”

    Can Classic Moral Stories Promote Honesty in Children?

    In a study by researchers from Psychological Science, children were read different “moral” stories and put into a situation where they could lie or tell the truth.

    More Women Keeping the Bun in the Oven

    According to a new study by the CDC, more moms are letting nature take its course instead of inducing labor.