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Fun statistics to record about one's own children

new guy, here. Might stick around for a while, though, we'll see. I was perusing the Internet for ideas about variables to collect about one's own child(ren), that you can later present to said child(...
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How to transition from someone with no knowledge of parenting into someone who is likely to succeed at the task?

I hope to become a parent one day, and when I do I would like to be a good one. I have been trying to learn a bit about what that entails, which has so far involved reading lots of questions and ...
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What is the right bath water temperature for larger babies?

It is known that the optimal temperature for newborns is about the human body temperature, 36-38C. Most adults would find this bath water temperature too warm. However, what is the case in the ...
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Validated list of emotions for children by age

I am writing stories about emotions for children age 5-10. I would like to use emotions that are relevant to children's emotional development in that range. For example, I heard from discussions with ...
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Are there any studies done on diaper usage from newborn to 2 years?

I found a lot of websites stating different amounts of disposable diaper changes per day for newborn to 2 year old's, but I can't find any reference to research or surveys done to back the numbers. I'...
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Are there proven practical benefits from teaching music to children?

It is very common for parents to try and teach a musical instrument to their children. But are there any practical benefits from doing so? Statistically speaking, 99.9% of all kids will never end up ...
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Are kids with daycare background antisocial?

I am a new parent to an 8-month-old boy. We are in a dilemma about whether to put the child in daycare (both parents are working) or take care of him at home (wife would have to leave her job). I ...
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When the length of a commute can be recognized as not acceptable for a kindergartner?

I have learned of kids with crazy long commutes in their school bus for public schools. I'm surprised of having such longs commutes (1 hour) for a 4-to-5 year old starting kindergarten. I understand ...
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Is there any research on the psychological impact of male children pushing same sex parent out of the bed?

This question is about the impact on the psyche of a boy/tween who sleeps in their parents bed and as time goes on the father moves out of the bed. Certain things that may be of importance are: ...
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Toddler misbehaves a lot less with dad, than with mom

My 2-year-old is misbehaving a lot less with me, than with his mom. He goes to bed without issues, stops watching TV when it's time for bed, no tantrums in the super market (mostly), no problems with ...
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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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Giving expressed breast milk at the same time of day that it was expressed

My partner believes that it is beneficial for our baby to be given expressed breast milk at the same time of day that the milk was expressed, e.g. breastmilk expressed in the evening would ideally be ...
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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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Research request on marriage for out-of-wedlock pregnancy

I read this statement and wanted to know more. ... studies show that pregnant teens who marry before giving birth generally have more stable marriages, do better financially, and have healthier ...
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What are the guidlines for 6-month-olds sucking toys?

What is the guideline to be followed on allowing 6-month-old babies to suck toys? Obviously the cheap plastic ones are a strict no no. Is there any specific materials that have been proven safe? Are ...
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Do babies want to be carried in order to develop their eyes?

There have been a lot of questions on this site regarding the phenomenon of a baby needing to be not only held, but carried. In my specific situation (7 weeks old baby), my baby wants to be held, in ...
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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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Is there any scientific evidence for TV being intrinsically harmful to children, or is it the loss of what TV replaces that is harmful?

It’s commonly accepted that responsible parents should regulate children’s amount of TV time closely. Is this because there is something particularly problematic about the actual act of watching ...
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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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In what age range would an infant touch a body part because of pain?

In what age range would an infant possibly begin touching a body part as a result of pain in that area? Answers should include a reference to a reliable academic or professional source.
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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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What are tested ways to teach kids about self-discipline?

I have made my 6.2-year-old kid aware of the experiment on delayed gratification (+ video) and its results. It seems to have worked. Now we write what she wants to buy and associate possible (days) ...
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Research on postpartum depression, child behavior and effective treatment?

My daughter experienced severe postpartum depression after her first birth. She took part in a PPD program and with treatment, she improved. Her son, now 9, has a history is extremely aggressive and ...
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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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Is construction noise harmful to a newborn and how to protect them?

We're thinking of moving to a new apartment in New York. It's next to a big construction site, where there will be drilling for another few months. Has anyone read any research on safe levels / ...
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Has any research been done on benefits of Montessori schooling?

I'm looking for research papers and studies from disinterested (social) scientists, rather than magazine fluff-pieces or anything funded by the AMI or similar. The trivial google of "Montessori ...
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Should I skip sad scenes when watching a movie with a child?

I'm searching for a research-backed answer to a question about introducing children to difficult emotions in movies. There a seemingly innocent titles like Lion King, Bambi, or Finding Nemo which, ...
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Are there any studies showing how spanking bans have affected society since 1979?

In 1979, Sweden became the first country in the world to ban spanking under all circumstances: at home; at school; in penal institutions; everywhere, full stop. Since then, several dozen other ...
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Private school vs bad public school for a young child

I live in an inexpensive area (in the US) with a public school that is pretty bad by most measures (it gets low/failing rankings by most measures I can find online). I have a child who will soon be ...
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Absent Father vs. Father with alcohol addiction

I was raised with a father who was dependent on alcohol and who was very abusive emotionally but sometimes physically towards my mother. At that time I wished I wouldn't have a father at all. But I ...
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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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At what age can children start being influenced by gender stereotypes?

There have a been a lot of questions lately asking about gender-equality scenarios. See: I want to expose my 5-year-old daughter to boys and girls toys equally, but she just turned her nose up at ...
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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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How to handle a 1-year-old pointing at and wanting things?

My 1-year-old daughter has started pointing at things. Sometimes she "wants" them, to either hold herself or just touch, sometimes she seems to be satisfied with simply having the thing named. ...
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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 ...
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How and when to disclose to children a parent's suicide?

My children's father committed suicide 10 years ago, when they were aged 9, 3 and 1. At the time of his death I did not want them to know how he died, but it became such public knowledge I was forced ...
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Does a child's resemblance to a parent affect attitudes of other family members?

When a child strongly resembles one of his/her parents it can create a reaction in people who meet the child. Can a strong physical resemblance to a parent affect relationships with both close and ...
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What's the long-term effect on a child being accustomed to sleeping with the TV on?

The TV is outside my 12-year-old daughter's bedroom. She likes me to sit up until she falls asleep (which is not difficult). I pull the door to and we agree on a maximum volume that makes her feel ...
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Relevant research to support father custody for children?

I have a friend who has children who are suffering an abusive situation with his ex-wife where she is physically, emotionally and verbally abusing their children. The situation is such that the ...