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The importance of avoiding spanking as a child discipline method

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Following the work of many previous studies, new research continues to confirm the harmful relationship between physically disciplining children (e.g. spanking or hitting) and the link with mental health issues, suicide, and substance use in adulthood.

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Preemies may be just as ready for school as their peers

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Parents of babies born prematurely (prior to 40 weeks gestation) often worry how their child will develop later on. One particularly common concern is about school readiness. Many parents with premature babies worry that their child will be behind their classmates who were born at full-term (40 weeks gestation).

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Every word you say builds your child’s brain: The importance of talking to your baby during the first years of life

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Talking with your baby or small child is a powerful tool parents can use to stimulate brain development and help them be ready for school entrance. Learn more about how and when to add this  technique to your daily routine.

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The risks of being overweight or obese as a child

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Parents of overweight children may see this problem only as an aesthetic issue that can negatively affect children’s self-esteem and social interactions, which is true. However, there are more pressing dangers of being overweight or obese during childhood and adolescence.

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