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Sleep

on March 5th, 2013 at 1:53:38 AM

The Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame offers this information site on mother-infant co-sleeping, featuring the research of Dr. James J. McKenna. There's information for parents and for health care professionals, as well as background on the scientific controversy over cosleeping and misconceptions spread by the media. 

 

Time with children

on December 7th, 2011 at 3:38:59 AM

How much time do children need with their parents? Yes, "it depends" to some extent, but a few professionals have spoken out about what their experience and research has taught them. Here are some:

Nationally renowned doctors, pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton and child psychiatrist Stanley I. Greenspan spoke out about their grave concern regarding our nation’s care of children in their book, The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish. 

Drawing on their decades of experience in clinical practice, teaching, and research, the doctors addressed the

National Institute for Play

on December 7th, 2011 at 3:17:05 AM

National Institute for Play - play is essential to human development. Take plenty of time to play with your kids, and visit this website for inspiration and information. The National Institute for Play is a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Stuart Brown, who wrote, with Christopher Vaughan, the book, Play: How it Shapes the Brian, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Child & Family WebGuide

on December 7th, 2011 at 3:03:51 AM

Child & Family WebGuide

Created by Tufts University, this website offers a directory of resources which have been reviewed by experts and found to offer reliable information.

Zero to Three

on December 7th, 2011 at 2:50:54 AM

Zero to Three - For decades, Zero to Three has been studying young children and offering information and training to professionals as well as to parents. The website offers a wealth of free information on child development, including its series of 12 new podcasts: Little Kids, Big Questions. These podcasts offer parents explanations of the latest knowledge about early childhood development and examples of parenting practices that can promote strong parent-child relationships and healthy development.

Building Healthy Minds

on December 7th, 2011 at 2:32:51 AM

Building Healthy Minds - On this webpage, you can download one-page pdf files about each of the six stages (or six experiences) of development. Dr. Greenspan, a renowned expert on childhood development and the importance of emotions and relationships between child and parent, shows how to recognize communicative gestures and cues from even the very youngest infants; and he urges parents to enjoy interactions and be playful.This information is drawn from the book Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences that Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth in Babies and Young Childrenby Stanley

Parenting Counts

on December 7th, 2011 at 2:06:17 AM

Parenting Counts, a product of the Talaris Institute, offers parents research-based information about child development. Its developmental timeline covers four areas: physical, social, learning and communication.

Newborns: what are they telling us?

on December 5th, 2011 at 6:13:50 PM

To help new parents, Family Nurse Practitioner Jan Tedder, BSN, IBCLC developed H.U.G. Your Baby (Health, Understanding and Guidance). Ms. Tedder explains how to recognize which "zone" your baby is in -- Resting, Ready, or Rebooting -- and when the baby is sending an "SOS" (Signs of Over-Stimulation). Read the Parent Skills page, and don't miss the link to an illuminating video (in the bottom right corner). A DVD for parents is available for purchase.

Hand-in-Hand Parenting

on December 5th, 2011 at 3:45:06 PM

This nonprofit organization helps parents learn how to build stronger emotional connections with their child. Stronger connections have positive effects on the child's challenging behaviors and other symptoms of distress. Hand-in-Hand now offers online classes as well as a blog,  with stories by parents about how they applied what they learned from Hand-in-Hand.

"Playlistening" is one of the most powerful ways parents can understand their children and strengthen emotional bonds, explains Hand-in-Hand founder Patty Wipfler. Visit their website for many great articles, some available in