Relax About Potty Training

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It is a cause of major concern for many parents. Potty training. They’re wondering, ‘Will my child really be able to use the toilet like other children?’ Calm down, your child will learn to use the bathroom. But many people are so fearful that it won’t happen at the pace they want it to or in the style they want it to. The bottom line is you have to be calm and realize that these are things that will occur at an appropriate level. If you want to talk to your doctor about counseling, you can, but children, in their own due time, all go to the potty.

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Do Children in Daycare Develop More Health Problems?

Do Children in Daycare Develop More Health Problems?

Over the years, there has been a theory that children who attend daycare tend to develop more health problems; things like colds, ear infections, and throat infections. In the first few years of life, they can have more problems than the children who stay home, and it makes sense because there is an earlier exposure to problems. The theory also suggests that as the children get older, they have fewer infections and problems than the kids who stayed home and are more likely to be exposed to the various problems. A new study of 4,000 Dutch children from birth to eight years showed children who started daycare early were twice as likely to experience wheezing in the first year of life than those who didn’t go to daycare. By age five, daycare kids were slightly less likely to wheeze than non-daycare kids. By eight, the effects evened out and daycare attendants had no association with the wheezing.

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Sophisticated Social Skills in Toddlers

Sophisticated Social Skills in Toddlers

There is a fascinating report in the journal Science which comes from a study out of Duke. According to the research, higher social skills are uniquely human. Toddlers have more sophisticated social learning skills than this innate proficiency, which is important for learning. It also allows them to excel in both physical and social skills as they progress through life. Two and a half year-old children were compared with chimps and orangutans. It’s interesting, all three groups scored about the same in spatial relations and cause-and-effect, but in social skills, obviously, the humans had the edge.

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