The Importance of Cuddling

Doctors are starting to tout the importance of skin-to-skin contact for newborns. Here's what science says about why touch is so important for babies, and for you.

The Trouble with Teenagers

Do you have a teenager at home? Here's what's special about the teenage years and what makes them so difficult...for both parents and teenagers.

How Parents Can Promote Learning Through Guided Play

Every interaction with the world can offer children an opportunity to learn. Here's how play, and more specifically, guided play with a parent can encourage learning.

What's So Special About Dads

For Father's Day, we describe the science of what makes fathers unique from mothers, and the special role they play in child development.

The Gift and the Sacrifice of Breastfeeding

Doctors tout the benefits of breastfeeding, often using the phrase "Breast is Best." According to research, nursing has benefits, but it can also come at a cost for some moms.

On Raising an Honest Child

How do we teach our kids to be honest, even if it means admitting to breaking the rules? Research on children's lying behavior might be able to provide us with some helpful hints.

What the Terrible Twos Can and Can't Do

Having a toddler can be quite "terrible" at times. Here's what science says about why toddlers can be such a handful.

Finding Some Middle Ground in the War on Sleep Training

Whether it's harmful to sleep train your baby has become a controversial issue for parents. Here's some research suggesting that sleep training might be nothing to lose sleep over.

My Baby's Head Is Flat (And So Is Yours)

Because doctors are urging parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, many of them are developing flat heads. Here's what research says about what to do.

Why It's OK for Kids to Believe in Santa Claus

Some scientists and parents believe it can be harmful to lie to children, but research suggests a child's belief in Santa Claus might be OK after all.

Helping Kids Help Themselves During Cold and Flu Season

Kids are notorious for spreading germs. New research suggests that even preschoolers can learn behaviors to keep themselves healthy, if they're told why those behaviors are useful.

The Right Dose of Screen Time for Kids

On Friday, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed their policy on screen time for children under the age of 2 on Friday. Here's what the new policy means for your kids.

Should We Let Them Eat Dirt?

Recent research suggests that contact with some forms of bacteria might promote the development of a healthy immune system.