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Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play: Why Does It Matter?

Being a kindergartner today is very different from being a kindergartner 20 years ago. In fact, it is more like first grade.

Researchers have demonstrated that 5-year-olds are spending more time engaged in teacher-led academic learning activities than play-based learning opportunities that facilitate child-initiated investigations and foster social development among peers. Read more

Why Is English So Hard to Read?

This article is part 9 of 9 in the column Simple Words

Learning to read does not happen as naturally or at as young an age as learning to speak.

Children need to intentionally work on literacy to master this skill. In addition, English is filled with inconsistencies, and these make the language more difficult for children with dyslexia to decode or encode.

If you are like the majority of native English speakers, you might not even be aware of these inconsistencies while you speak. But when it comes to reading and writing, these inconsistencies make English a tough language for learners and users.

 

What are these inconsistencies in English? Read more

Interstate Adoptions Heading for the Fast Lane

This article is part 14 of 14 in the column Kid's Capital Watch

A bipartisan trio of senators are pushing a bill to provide funding and resources for onboarding every state to electronic data—sharing systems for interstate foster placements and adoptions.

The Modernizing Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act would speed up interstate placements, giving children stable homes faster, according to sponsors Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Todd Young (R-IN), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY).

Many state foster care agencies rely on outdated paper systems to process and approve foster care and adoption placements, both in-state and across state lines. While states spend thousands of dollars on copying and mailing, a child’s placement in a loving, stable home is delayed Read more

Russian Adoption: It’s Time to Stop Playing Politics With Russian Ophans

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Initially Donald Trump Jr. said his 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskayas and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin was about adoption. Read more

Parents Locked Up, Kids Left Out: Who Really Suffers?

This article is part 5 of 5 in the column Children of the State

The American criminal justice system has created a culture of mass incarceration.

As of 2015, the U.S. incarceration rate (698 per 100,000 people) was the second highest in the world, topped only by that of Seychelles (799 per 100,000), an East African island nation (click here).

For black and Latino males, the likelihood of incarceration is significantly higher. Due to their circumstances before imprisonment and its aftereffects, these individuals are also less likely to own property or a car or have access to the means of economic stability. This tends to trap them in poverty, which Read more

Doctor’s Diagnosis: GOP Health Plan Hurts Poor Kids, Families

This article is part 1 of 1 in the column A Pediatrician's Perspective

It’s a rainy weekday morning in North Philadelphia, and once again, as I have been doing for the last 15 years, I sign on to our electronic health-records database and prepare for the 26 young patients, ages 1 month to 20 years, on my schedule. It’s a few days after the White House’s 2018  budget proposal, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” was released last month.

Most of my patients are on Medicaid, although I also check to see whether any have insurance benefits such as discounted gym memberships, a big help for low-income families struggling with obesity.

Reviewing clinical notes, I’m reminded that several of the families have what’s known as food insecurity, Read more

Telling The Ugly Truth About Sex Abuse

This article is part 4 of 5 in the column Children of the State

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” didn’t work for the military, and it doesn’t work for the deeply troubling issue of sexual assault either.

Our culture’s longstanding fear of asking and telling about sexual assault has contributed to an epidemic rate of child sexual abuse (1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2005). As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I can attest to the deep shame surrounding this issue that keeps both survivors and everyone else silent.

We should consider an alternative approach Read more

How to Curtail Summer Learning Loss

This article is part 8 of 9 in the column Simple Words

Leave behind the morning routines, after-school activities, and weekend games: summer is here!

Forget about tears at school pickups and about meltdowns during homework. Now is the time to relax and enjoy the sun. But don’t throw the schoolbooks out the window just yet.

While summer break is an excellent time for all children to recharge their batteries, a long break from academics can result in learning losses both in reading and math. Read more

Raise a Well-Behaved Child, Part 3: How to Halt the Endless Tantrum

Hault Tantrum
This article is part 4 of 4 in the column Two Peds in a Pod®

Time-out is over and your 18-month-old is still flailing on the floor, pig-tails flying and tears streaming down her face. “Time out is over,” you say, trying to console her, but she continues to cry. She cries so long she forgets why she started.

Here are ways to help your heated up, frustrated toddler “cool off”:

Offer a favorite stuffed animal or “blankie.” Gripping his familiar Read more

A Rape by Any Other Name

Rape by Any Other Name

The first time I told someone what was happening to me, I had no understanding that I was being sexually abused.

I wasn’t reporting a crime. In my mind, I was confessing a sin. I believed I was having an affair with a minister. It was nearly 10 years later that I even started to understand what really happened—that I was groomed by an experienced, accomplished master abuser—that I was raped.

It’s an interesting word, “rape.” Our culture seems to think it has decided what rape is and what rape isn’t. When the word “rape” is used, most people imagine Read more

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