Child Development

Is your kid on track? Here's what you need to know about child development for the older kid, including appropriate behaviors, psychological development, social growth spurts, and emotional considerations.

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Your Child May Need More Services Than a Free Public School Provides: What Parents Need to Know About the Cost of Alternatives
I started doubting whether the public school could do any more for my daughter—but I had no idea whether I could afford an alternative solution
My Child Feels Left Out When Her Friends Post Photos Together On Social Media
Social media amplifies the normal growing pains of young friendships.'s "Ask Your Mom" columnist, Emily Edlynn, Ph.D., says this experience gives us the chance to coach our children to develop healthy boundaries and coping, for the digital world and the real world.
5 Little Ways to Raise an Adventurous Kid
Ever found yourself shouting, “Be careful!” as your child catapults up a tree? It’s totally normal for your heart to skip a beat—and for your kid to want to climb higher. In fact, experts approve of that last part. Here’s what some good, safe adventure can do for your child’s development and confidence.
Parents Can Have a Big Influence On Their Kid's Career Choice But That's Not Always a Good Thing
A recent survey found that 40 percent of people felt pressured to follow their parents' career advice, while 2 out 3 parents said they were disappointed their children didn't pursue their desired career. Here's how to set a foundation for healthy career influence.
3 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids the Alphabet
Childhood literacy instructor and founder of Big City Readers shares how parents can teach their kids the ABCs in a fun and engaging way that goes beyond memorization.
Meet 4 of the Kindest Families in America
What does it look like when a whole family spreads goodness in the world? Read on to meet four incredibly caring clans, nominated by Parents readers and chosen by judges who know a thing or two about sharing the love.

More Child Development

My 8-Year-Old is Hopping On the Corset Trend. Should I Be Worried?
Whether in Bridgerton, on TikTok, or in video games, corsets seem to be everywhere. Should parents be concerned? Experts weigh in.
The Cost of Diagnosing Your Child's Learning Difficulties: What Parents Need to Know
One in five students faces a learning difficulty such as dyslexia or ADHD. Parents can either trust the school's (free) evaluation or hire a private evaluator—which comes with quite a cost.

Here's Why Sex Ed Should Begin As Early As Possible

Forget the myths: children should learn about sex education in school and at home. Experts explain why it should begin early and offer tips for parents.