Childhood

How Child Maltreatment May Scar the Brain

Child maltreatment has a profound effect on the brain — even in kids who are resilient and don’t suffer from psychiatric disorders, according to two new studies, one of which found that brain activity in children raised in …

An Obese Boy Is Placed in Foster Care. Can It Help?

An 8-year-old boy in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was taken from his family and placed in foster care last month because his mother failed to control the third-grader’s ballooning weight. The county’s family services department …

Little Women: When Puberty Starts Too Soon

It’s never easy to be 13 — especially when you’re actually only eight. If there was one good thing about the unavoidable storms of puberty, it was that you could at least predict when they’d come. After 11 or 12 years of a …

The Spillover Effect: Beware the Explosive Teen

There’s only one thing harder than living in a home with an adolescent — and that’s being an adolescent. The moodiness, the volatility, the wholesale lack of impulse control, all would be close to clinical conditions if they …

What Makes Some Preschools Better Than Others?

It might seem like preschool is all about naps and playtime, but the latest research shows that early classroom experiences can have a major impact on later learning and academic performance, especially when it comes to language.

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