Younger Children

Is SpongeBob Bad for Kids?

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A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics says that cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants have a detrimental effect on 4-year-old kids. Researchers divided kids into three groups: one group of children watch Caillou, a slower-themed show on public television, the second group was given crayons and paper to draw with, while the third watched SpongeBob.... Read more »

Navigating the Terrible Twos with Patience and Humor

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Now that I am embarking upon my fifth round of "terrible twos," I think I've (finally) got it. Over the past couple of weeks, I have spent time with several two-year-olds and have observed the respective interactions with their parents, other children and related adults. Interestingly, there is a common complaint most first time (and second... Read more »

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Third Graders Plot to Kill Teacher Uncovered: What Next?

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A group of third-graders—kids ages 8-10—were caught plotting to attack and kill their elementary school teacher. They even had assigned roles—one child was going to blacken the windows of the classroom, and another was going to clean up afterward. The nine boys and girls in the learning disabilities class (kids in the class have ADHD,... Read more »