Child Development

Understanding child development will help prepare you for each stage of your child's growth and maturation. Read up on child development in these articles.


You can add exposure to artificial light to the long list of factors that may affect your body mass index — and maybe even cause cancer.

When children say they don't want to see one of their parents, the question sometimes arises whether the other parent has taught them to say that. Learn about parental alienation syndrome in this article.

There are life lessons to learn during each stage of human development. Learn about Erik Erikson's stages of human development in this article.

Children's development is often measured by milestones, like learning to walk or getting their first teeth. What are the recognized milestones, and how can you identify them in your child?

Inattentiveness, fidgeting, disorganization and aggressive behavior are all symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Many parents worry about it when they start seeing signs of the condition, but when should a child have testing for ADHD?

Jean Piaget was fascinated by the human mind -- especially the way it matures from the reflexive reactions of an infant to the complex, abstract and (hopefully) logical reasoning of a preteen. Let's take a tour through the mind of a child as she develops precisely along Piaget's line of thinking.

There's a gap between what a child knows and what he or she has the potential to know. How can a teacher get them from one place to the next?

All families have their arguments and squabbles, but here we'll look at how family arguments impact kids, from models of conflict resolution to how stress effects children.

Let your inner Mark Twain out and take on these fun word games for kids. There's something for everyone. How well can you turn a phrase? Are you quick on your feet when it comes to writing on the fly? Test your word skills with these fun word games and see.

A child's sleep patterns change with age. Learn about these sleep patterns and how to help a child who is having trouble falling sleep.

Potty training is a developmental skill your child cannot master until he is ready. The process of training should be called potty learning, since your child teaches himself. Learn how to potty train a child.

Some children are hyperactive and pose greater challenges to their parents. But all should be accepted and loved, and parents should remember to show proper guidance or discipline. Read about how to discipline a child.

As your child becomes a toddler stage and has a more active role in what he eats, you will lose a little of the control over your child's diet. Learn about a child's eating habits.

When your baby begins to smile, you will probably see an endearing toothless grin. By taking a few steps early, you can ensure a healthy smile throughout her life. Learn how to care for a child's teeth.

New parents usually receive a lot of clothes as gifts. Unfortunately, some of the more popular gift items aren't very useful to or popular with babies. Learn how to choose clothes for a child.

The first time you look through the toy department you may be struck by how expensive toys are today. With toys, expense has nothing to do with quality. Learn how to choose toys for a child.

You give your child a great deal of information in answer to his questions. However, some of your child's questions will be easier to answer than others. Learn how to answer your child's difficult questions.

For your child, the journey to independence is an exciting, frequently frustrating, and sometimes frightening adventure. By the time your child is three years old, she has made remarkable developmental strides.

Stimulating a child's mind can result in a child who is engaged and excited about the world around them. Read about how different toys, books, games and art projects can stimulate a child's mind.

Here are some techniques that you can use to improve communication with your kids. They may not mind you or agree, but at least they'll hear what you're saying.

There aren't any quick, simple ways to turn your child into a genius, but your actions as parents do have a big influence on your children's intellectual capacity. Learn how to nurture a child's inherent mental capabilities.

Kids have a hard time remembering rules for dinner at home and rules for dinner out. But with patience and consistency, you can instill good manners in your children.

Setting appropriate limitations on children and doling out discipline is a struggle for many parents. Here are some effective guidelines for setting limits with children of different ages.

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