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How to Raise a Smart Fledgling

Parenting at its best: Let your offspring have an extended childhood in a stable and loving home; lead by example; offer positive reinforcement; be patient and persistent; indulge even a near-adult offspring by occasionally popping a fresh cockroach into its … Continue reading

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Yes They CAN Understand You

Babies not only deserve our love. They deserve our respect:   Combining the cutting-edge technologies of MRI and MEG, scientists at the University of California, San Diego show that babies just over a year old process words they hear with … Continue reading

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The Root of Compassion

Yet another reason to respect the learning abilities of babies. Infants as young as 7 months have the ability to perceive and understand another person’s point of view, according to a new studyin the journal Science. Previously, it was thought that … Continue reading

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“Breast Feeding Improves Academic Performance, Especially for Boys”

That headline will come as great news to college sophomores. Until they read the text, and find it applies only to the breast-feeding of babies. Evidence for the long-term benefits of breast-feeding — well beyond infancy — continue to grow. In … Continue reading

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His Mother’s Voice

The voice of the mother of a newborn triggers a response in the language acquisition circuits of the brain. Dr. Maryse Lassonde of the University of Montreal’s Department of Psychology and the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre: “We applied electrodes … Continue reading

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Kangaroo Care

Sweet: Sometimes, the best way to progress isn’t to advance — to step up with more money, more technology, more modernity. It’s to retreat. Towards the end of the 1970s, the Mother and Child Institute in Bogota, Colombia, was in … Continue reading

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Of Love and Babies

Alison Gopnik is the author of The Philosophical Baby.  This wonderful, deeply humane, survey of what we have learned of how babies learn is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. (Here’s the review from The New York Times.) … Continue reading

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