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To Smoosh Peas Is to Learn

To Smoosh Peas Is to Learn by Perri Klass M.D., The New York Times, December 23, 2013 A study published this month found that playing with their foods is a way for toddlers to learn what they are.

The Power of Talking to Your Baby

The Power of Talking to Your Baby by Tina Rosenberg The New York Times, April 10, 2013 The amount of language children hear in their first three years plays an important role in their future learning: the more talk from parents, the better.

A Firm Grasp on Comfort

A Firm Grasp on Comfort by Perri Klass, MD  The New York Times March 11,2013 Blankies and lovies — transitional object — serve a crucial purpose, easing stress as children, even young adults, come into their own.

Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help

Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help by Jane E. Brody December 24, 2012 The New York Times Many older people need outside help long before they require round-the-clock care. Many assistance and housing alternatives have rapidly sprung up to meet this demand.

In the Middle: Why Elderly Couples Fight

In the Middle: Why Elderly Couples Fight by Susan Seliger December 17, 2012 New York Times Degenerative relationships are not uncommon among the elderly in even the happiest marriages. Both mental and physical changes feed the discord, marriage therapists and geriatricians say.

Friends of a Certain Age

Friends of a Certain Age By Alex Williams The New York Times July 13, 2012 The period for making B.F.F.’s, the way you did in your teens or early 20s, is pretty much over. It’s time to resign yourself to situational adult friends.

What’s Behind A Temper Tantrum? Scientists Deconstruct The Screams

What’s Behind A Temper Tantrum? Scientists Deconstruct The Screams by Shankar Vedantam NPR Health Blog 12/5/2011 The key to a new theory of tantrums lies in a detailed analysis of the sounds that toddlers make during tantrums. In a new paper published in the journal Emotion, scientists found that different toddler sounds – or “vocalizations” […]

The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood

The Hormone Surge of Middle Childhood By Natalie Angier, NY Times, December 26, 2011 Around 5 or 6, children experience an endocrinological event (andrenarche)  that propels them toward the ability to control impulses, to reason, to focus, to plan for the future.

Understanding ‘Ba Ba Ba’ as a Key to Development

Understanding ‘Ba Ba Ba’ as a Key to Development By PERRI KLASS, M.D. New York Times, October 11, 2010 …Babble is increasingly being understood as an essential precursor to speech, and as a key predictor of both cognitive and social emotional development. And research is teasing apart the phonetic components of babble, along with the […]

What Is It About 20-Somethings?

What Is It About 20-Somethings? by Robin Marantz Henig in NY Times Magazine, August 22, 210 …JEFFREY JENSEN ARNETT, a psychology professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass., is leading the movement to view the 20s as a distinct life stage, which he calls “emerging adulthood.” He says what is happening now is analogous to […]