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Dec
27

Did someone get a gun for Christmas? Take these steps for safety

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s post is a guest post from Jeffrey Nelson, who designed the excellent infographic below with a lot of sobering evidence-based information. The issue of firearm safety and children is a big one for me, and I say that as someone who grew up in a house with guns, who shot my first gun well before I […]

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Feb
17

To sleep, perchance to dream: When kids outgrow naps, don’t push sleep anyway

written by Tara Haelle

No naps. Period. No matter what. Not even for 15 minutes. That was the guideline we conveyed to my son’s childcare center starting sometime around his second birthday. It had nothing to do with any research we had read. In fact, we didn’t know much at all about children’s naps at all. All we knew […]

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Apr
2

What can we learn from a single preschool study?

written by Tara Haelle

Today’s blog post is part of an evidence-based parenting “carnival” hosted by Science of Mom that I’m proud to participate in this month. Along with several other science-minded mom bloggers, I’m writing about preschool. Discussions about the value of preschool have been in the news a lot lately, primarily because of the president’s discussion of […]

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Oct
31

So you think your kindergartner is a generous sweetie, huh?

written by Tara Haelle

When the basket is passed around at church for tithing, do you put in more than you would if you think someone is watching? Or what if you’re writing a check to a charitable organization. If they are standing beside you watching you, are you inclined to write it for a little more than if […]

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Jan
7

Is your preschooler’s playground too boring?

written by Tara Haelle

Some preschoolers may not be getting enough exercise because of two relatively modern social concerns: safety on the playground and an emphasis on early academic learning. That’s the conclusion of a recent study that researched the quality and time of physical activity at 34 childcare centers in Cincinnati, which the researchers said would likely apply […]

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