Early Child Development

Night Waker? Early Riser? Children’s Sleep Expert Dr. Super Troubleshoots Your Family’s Sleep Woes

For their first few years, children spend half their lives asleep. But parents seem to spend much of those early years trying to get more sleep. That conundrum (familiar to all parents) prompted us to call Dr. Elizabeth Super, a pediatrician and children’s sleep specialist with the Pediatric Sleep Medicine program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s

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Are We Too Clean? The Dirt on Dirt

Dirt gets a bad rap. Yes, hand-washing and removing dirty shoes before coming into the house are important for keeping kids healthy. But a growing body of research suggests that we may be making our children too clean. According to the “hygiene hypothesis”—a concept first proposed by Dr. David Strachan in 1989’s British Medical Journal—letting

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How to Raise a… Community-Minded Child

While most of us associate “community” with adult activities (such as volunteering), parents absolutely can begin instilling community-mindedness in their young children—even as young as two or three! Luckily, most young children are eager to learn about their world, and you are their very best guide. Plus, introducing children to our communities builds a sense

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Can Two-Year-Olds Cook Cornbread? You Bet. Plus: A Recipe You Can Make, Too!

The kitchen is a learning lab. That’s why KinderCare Learning Centers build cooking into our curriculum and why we like to get children cooking early. This month, the smell of fresh cornbread will be wafting through our centers’ halls, thanks to the chefmanship of our two-year-olds. They’re learning all about farms in February, so they’re

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Can You Teach Your Children About Money? This Father of Five says, “Yes!”

Good financial habits don’t grow on trees, notes Jesse Mecham, co-founder of the online financial-planning tool You Need a Budget (YNAB). Mecham knows something about money and children: He has five kids himself, and each of them has his or her own spending budget (courtesy of dad’s software, of course). If you want your children to

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Lasso the Moon! Turn Your Child’s Wonder into a Fun Astronomy Lesson.

“Mooon! Moooooooon!” Do you remember the first time your son or daughter discovered the moon, pointed to the sky and started jumping up and down? Children constantly remind us that awe is all around—if only we take time to notice. The moon, especially, captures children’s imaginations. We as parents can encourage discovery, passion and be

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