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Questions tagged [research]

For questions expecting answers to be based on studies or other scientific evidence. Use tag [science] when you ask about how to teach scientific concepts or get children interested in science.

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Can a 2 year old learn “hard” and “soft” for “don't throw”?

At 22 months we've just entered the throwing and hitting stage. For "throw this, not that" I'm thinking of teaching him "hard" and "soft" and that's okay to throw soft things. I'm wondering if anyone ...
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Does sleep-talk with toddlers work?

Is there any scientific research that proves sleep-talk (reading affirmations to a child when the child sleeps) works? The promoters such as these https://gouldingprocess.com/ already say it does, ...
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Scientific proof of sign language for toddler communication [closed]

Is there science-backed research on teaching sign language to toddlers to enhance communication?
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10 year old's screen time: Studies and/or Government recommendations?

My question is: I'm trying to find current (it's 2017) Government body recommendations, Medical/health/science organization recommendations or perhaps studies, on screen time daily hour use limits ...
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Evidence that kids from big families are happier and better-functioning

I have for a long time believed that kids with many siblings are happier and better-adjusted personally and socially, and that these outcomes increase with the number of siblings. Are there indeed any ...
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My 3-year-old is not speaking but pointing

My son is 3 years and 3 months old. He does not talk at all. He had an assessment when he was 2.5 years old, but the doctor would not want diagnose ASD as he is still young. He has been going for ...
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How lasting is adult behavioral influence on toddlers?

My mom always told me "toddlers are soft clay and you, parents can mould any shape desired". I know it was an old idea with little information about how-tos but it is not easy to ignore because my ...
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Any Research on the Effects of Mobile/Cellphone Usage on Childhood Development?

Albeit this being a fairly new phenomenon, I was hoping to find some studies or at least some deep research done on this subject, particularly comparing control groups.
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Research into dealing with kids biting

I'm a grandad wondering. I'm watching my kids and their contemporaries deal with various parenting issues that my wife and I encountered ourselves. As they're living some way away I don't often get ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

With all due respect to passionate parents who type in caps "NEVER HEAT MILK IN MICROWAVE" is there any verifiable scientific study on how bad it is to heat refrigerated milk for 15-20 seconds? Or ...
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Vaccination doesn't cause autism, but what does? [closed]

It is proven that vaccinations doesn't cause autism. But I read from various internet/documentary/newspaper sources which claim that they have personally witnessed their child showing signs of ...
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At what age does bed-sharing become detrimental to a child?

I'm making an assumption that there has to be an age at which bed-sharing no longer provides a benefit to either party and in fact is harmful to at least one of them. Are there any studies that prove ...
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Baby sleep associations - how important are they?

We are working to try to help our 9 month old baby sleep better. I have read a lot of information online as well as baby sleep books such as Weissbluth, Ferber, Pantley. We are not interested in ...
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Repository for scientific evidence in parenting

I would like to know if there is something out there that collects scientific evidence for most types of "policies" or "interventions" in parenting. I would love to see a repository with something ...
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Is there any research on pros/cons of allowing young kids to participate on social online networks?

Is there any research on pros/cons of allowing young kids (8-11) to participate on social online networks (age appropriate ones, not Facebook)? Just to be clear, I mean participation with the ...
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What is considered to be a safe age to be a babysitter?

One option for a babysitter is finding an older child (teenager) in your neighbourhood. The benefits are obvious (you get to know the family, so there's more trust). But is it truly safe to leave ...
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Visual stimulation videos for infants - good or bad?

There are many visual stimulation videos on youtube which most infants would love to stare at. Does this help in cognitive development? I have read in some journals that, on the contrary, for ...
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Does a late evening snack improve the odds that a child will sleep well?

Some of my friends with preschool and early-elementary children routinely give their children a snack shortly before bed to help them sleep better. On the other hand, we have generally limited post-...
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At what age do children notice the absence of a parent?

This past weekend, my wife went on a retreat while I stayed home with our 1-year-old twins. Since they were sleeping when she left, there was no separation anxiety. The next morning, I changed them ...
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How can parents avoid making decisions based on nostalgia?

Recently I saw an article passed around that advocated for more free playtime: We went to school, but it wasn't the big deal it is today. School days were six hours long, but (in primary school) we ...