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  • "We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up."

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  • "I can remember the first time I had to go to sleep. Mom said, 'Steven, time to go to sleep.' I said, 'But I don't know how.' She said, 'It is real easy. Just go down to the end of tired and hang a left.' So I went down to the end of tired, and just out of curiosity I hung a right. My mother was there, and she said 'I thought I told you to go to sleep.'"

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    Archived childcare articles in the media

    Drug Addicted Babies. It is estimated that one-half to three-quarters of a million infants born each year have been prenatally exposed to one or more illicit drugs. Legal drugs, like alcohol and tobacco, raise the figure to more than one million substance exposed infants ...More from

    'Too much, too young' for children. Should we start formal schooling at a later age? Young children's behaviour in school is being adversely affected by too many tests and targets and a lack of creative play, say teachers ...More from the BBC

    Tracking Lil' Suzie: A Kiddie GPS for the Masses? A startup is developing a Global Positioning System that parents can use to keep track of junior. Its main selling point is the inexpensive price tag, around $100 ...More from Wired News

    Who's your role model? The prominent American author, Johann Christoph Arnold, writing for, says that "looking back now, with a grandfather's perspective, I can see that I had the best dad a child could wish for. Of course, I didn't really appreciate that fact until I found myself agonizing over my own teenagers. I've had eight. But when parents ask me for advice, I tell them about my father" ...More from's guest contributor - Internal Link

    Stepford Child. Even though she's just 5 years old, Cindy Smart speaks five languages. She's a good reader. She can tell time and do simple math, including multiplication and division. She's not a prodigy. She's just good programming ...More from Wired News

    Learning the Montessori way. Individual learning, with minimum input from teacher - how a Montessori school operates ...More from the BBC partners with Boots. has partnered with Boots, one of the best known retail names in the UK, to bring our visitors discussions and scheduled chats about parenting, relationships, beauty, mens health, health, fitness & nutrition ...More from the Boots Discussion and Chat Areas - Internal Link

    School refuses to put plasters on children's grazed knees. An Australian primary school is refusing to give plasters to children who graze themselves. Teachers at St Mary's in Whittlesea, Victoria, fear legal action if the plasters get stuck to the wounds. The school has also banned the use of antiseptic. Pupils are taking their own plasters to school in their lunchboxes ...More from Ananova

    Parenting Impacts Success in Kindergarten. Kindergarten is scary, or so they say. I don't remember having much trouble with it. In fact, I have been seriously frightened only three times in my very fortunate life: the first night of my paper route at age 10, receiving orders to Vietnam at age 23 and starting work at the Washington Post at age 26 ...More from the Washington Post

    'Majority' oppose smacking plan. Most parents in Scotland are opposed to plans to ban the smacking of toddlers, a survey suggests ...More from the BBC

    Cost of UK childcare soars. Millions of children in England miss out on the benefits of a nursery education because of soaring fees, a charity claims ...More from the BBC

    Helping children learn to use the toilet. Learning to use the toilet is a big step in children's development, yet it can be a frustrating stage for both parents and providers. Many parents look to child care providers for help and support in teaching their children to use the toilet. It is in the children's best interests to have parents and child care providers understand and use good toilet-training practices ...More from - Internal Article

    Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings. Tony Fernandes, past manager of Netscape's User Experience Group, noticed that when he worked on the computer, his infant son, Sean, loved to come up and press on the keyboard. Interestingly, Sean would look up at the screen while he did it. "Lapware" was born, but not content with the one language, he decided that babies should learn eight of them ...More from - Internal Article

    Mass wedding for Indian tiny tots. Eighty children, some as young as two, have been married in a mass Hindu ceremony in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The marriages took place in the town of Pali during a festival in honour of the Elephant god Ganesha. Though child marriage has been ruled illegal in India, the local police have not charged parents of the children ...More from Ananova

    And then what happens? Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. One thing happens first, something happens next, and another thing happens after that. Storytelling prompts children to track a sequence of events, follow the action of various characters, and predict plot outcomes ...More from the Sesame Street Workshop

    Church teaches how to 'correct' babies. A Canadian church is under investigation after launching a guide to beating children who are naughty. The parenting guide belonging to the Church of God, in Aylmer, says babies as young as six months old can be punished ...More from Ananova

    Is my six-year-old son too young to have a GameBoy? Join the Times Parent Forum. Visitors are invited to suggest solutions to a parenting problem such as the one above and to offer advice, preferably based on their own experiences ...More from the Times Parent Forum

    Child psychiatrist reveals new method of analysing infants' emotional problems. Dr Jonathan Green, from Manchester University, explained to a conference how he uses "23 separate indicators to analyse drawings of individual figures and family groups by five to seven-year-olds," reports The Times ...More from What The Papers Say

    Babies learn love of music in the womb. Babies up to 12 months of age can remember pieces of music played to them in the womb, a study into the earliest memories of childhood has found. Music played during the last three months of pregnancy appeared to have a long-lasting effect on a baby's developing ability to remember simple events, scientists said ...More from the Independent

    Toys Are Made for Tinkering. Attention those who color within the lines: An MIT Media Lab researcher says the worst toys are those that are all about rules and instructions, while the best toys encourage that the rules be broken ...More from Wired News

    Adopt-a-Kid Lists: Too Public? Chelsea is number 726 on the New York's State Adoption Service website, a 10-year-old, biracial girl with an impish grin and lopsided pigtails. According to a paragraph under her picture, she is "playful and loves to laugh," but also needs weekly counseling to deal with her "anger and impulsiveness." She is one of nearly 900 foster children that New York is trying to place in permanent homes using the Internet ...More from Wired News

    Child car seats cause safety concerns. A new report claims that most child safety seats fail to protect youngsters from potentially serious injuries. European smash tests on 25 seats found that all but two were unsatisfactory in protecting against head and neck injuries and only one of 17 models available in the UK was rated as "good." ...More from ITN

    Employers 'not childcare friendly'. The majority of working parents say their employers still do not help them with childcare provision, a survey suggests. Only 11% said their employer helped with childcare, while 31% viewed their employer as "not family friendly", a Mori poll of 587 parents of children aged 0 to 14 years showed. ...More from the BBC

    Madonna to send baby Rocco to British prep school. The Queen of pop is going to visit Gloucestershire public school Cheltenham College during a break in her August tour schedule, reports The Times. But apparently the appointment was made by mistake, according to The Sun's Victor Chapple ...More from What The Papers Say

    Genetically altered babies born. Scientists have confirmed that the first genetically altered humans have been born and are healthy. Up to 30 such children have been born, 15 of them as a result of one experimental programme at a US laboratory ...More from the BBC

    Child Aggressiveness Study Cites Day Care. The more hours that toddlers spend in child care, the more likely they are to turn out aggressive, disobedient and defiant by the time they are in kindergarten, according to the largest and most authoritative study of child care and development ever conducted ...More from the Washington Post

    Call for 'sin bins' for three year olds. Children as young as three should be moved out of school nursery classes because of their bad behaviour, UK teachers have said. According to members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, behaviour among nursery school children is deteriorating and action is needed ...More from the BBC

    Blair women rebel over family leave. UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair faces a revolt by a trio of women ministers demanding that Labour's election manifesto should include the promise of new legal rights for working parents ...More from the Times

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