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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Yes, It's a Good Idea To Get Your Kid Into Swim Lessons, Even During the Pandemic
Water safety is important, even in the midst of a pandemic. Here's everything you need to know about enrolling your child in swim classes, from what to look for in a course to when to begin.
How to Know If Your Kid Is a Narcissist—And What To Do About It
Think your child might be exhibiting abnormally narcissistic traits? Experts share the telltale signs and what you can do about them.
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.

More Child Development

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.
How Sex Education Keeps Kids Safe

Health educator Justine Ang Fonte, who was targeted for teaching children about their bodies, and pediatrician Dr. Hina Talib share their thoughts on the recent uptick in unrest against sex education. They also offer tips for raising kids that understand body agency and safety.