Category: Children

Last Child in the Woods

last child in the woods

In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation?he calls it nature-deficit?to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Last Child in the […]

Strangers in Our Home: TV and Our Children’s Minds by Susan R. Johnson

As a mother and a pediatrician who completed both a three-year residency in Pediatrics and a three-year subspecialty fellowship in Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics, I started to wonder: “What are we doing to our children’s growth and learning potential by allowing them to watch television and videos as well as spend endless hours playing computer […]

SpongeBob and Preschool Brains

spongebob and preschool brains

Parents may dote on the tragicomic adventures of SpongeBob SquarePants, but researchers say that that the cartoon’s fast-based scenes may make it harder for young children to pay attention and think. “I would not encourage parents of a 4-year-old boy to have him watch SpongeBob right before he goes in for his kindergarten readiness assessment,” […]

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