Health & Development

Infant baby boy sleeping peacefully with pacifier

The Thumb Versus the Pacifier

The Thumb Versus the Pacifier

There's no reason to introduce pacifiers to older children who've been doing just fine without them.

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A teddy bear our daughter no longer needs now that she's growing up.

“Our Daughter is Growing Up”

Our only child is away this week. It's a first for us, 11 busy years after we triumphantly carried our daughter home from the adoption agency.

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A girl with ADHD looks down.

Why Girls with ADHD Go Undiagnosed

ADHD is not a male disorder, and yet "most people have the misperception that it's a disorder of hyperactive elementary school-aged boys," says Patricia Quinn, M.D., a developmental pediatrician and director of the National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD in Washington, D.C. So why are girls diagnosed so much later than boys, if at all?

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A dna string, used in dna testing for adoptees

What’s the Deal with DNA Testing?

As genetic testing continues to make headlines, more parents are wondering whether a simple cheek swab can teach them something about their child. We help you sort the facts from the hype.

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Sleep problems in adopted children

Parent-to-Parent: Sleep Problems

We asked our readers, "What sleep problems did you encounter after you adopted your child, and how did you handle them?" Here's what they said.

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Creating a Personal History for Your Adopted Child

Creating a History for Your Teen During Infancy

What we record now about our child will help him or her later in the difficult teen task of forging a positive identity.

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A girl on her way to early intervention with her mom

Early Intervention: Spotting Problems in Your Child’s Development

If your baby or toddler isnt hitting developmental milestones, help is here—at little or no cost—thanks to Early Intervention services nationwide.

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Family Activities

Family Activities (That Don’t Involve Screens)

It can be a challenge to tear tweens away from their screens for some good old fashioned family bonding—until you try one of these activities!

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Conscience development

Conscience Development in Preschoolers

Many children in foster care have delays in conscience development. A few have no conscience. It is important that parents understand conscience development and identify ways to facilitate growth in this area.

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When the Brain Can't Hear Book Review

[Book Review] When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder

Dr. Teri James Bellis, author of When the Brain Can't Hear, is an audiologist who herself developed APD following an automobile accident. She clearly knows APD from the inside out.

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