Child development

How to know when your kid's old enough to stay alone

Being able to leave your child home alone is an exciting milestone. Independence! Freedom — for all! But it can also be nerve-wracking. The potential for things to go wrong is, in a way, in your hands. So practice, preparation and, perhaps most importantly, intuition are crucial. So how do... more

When do babies start talking? Here’s what parents and caregivers can expect

“Mama,” “dada,” “ball”— no matter what baby’s first word is, to parents and caregivers, it feels worthy of a ticker tape parade (or at least a family happy dance). On the flip side, though, when a child isn’t saying much — while, say, a friend’s baby seems to... more

Baby clothing sizes, explained: What you need to know to shop for infants at every size

It shouldn’t be complicated, but for some reason, baby clothes sizes are unsettlingly confusing — particularly if you have no frame of reference. (“Can newborns wear 0-3 size clothes?” “And why isn’t that the same thing as newborn-size?!”) And making things more baffling is the fact that, much... more

Is my child transgender? What experts say parents need to know

An average of nearly 2% of high school students in the U.S. identify as transgender, according to data from a 2019 survey done by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The survey also emphasized the need for coordinated efforts among healthcare providers and educators to support transgender... more

Talking to kids about race and racism with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Over the course of the past several weeks, we’ve all watched and read in sadness and anger as Black men and women have been senselessly killed in America. We’ve also watched as millions of Americans have taken to the streets to protest against police brutality, fight against systemic racism, and... more

How to support your child as they come out as LGBTQ+

Society has come a long way, with more LGBTQIA resources and support systems available than ever. But it’s still painfully common to hear of parents who don’t support their LGBTQ+ child and even sever relationships after their coming out. As a parent, you don’t need to formulate the “perfect” response... more

Parents hold a gender reveal do-over to celebrate their transgender daughter

When Julie Hindsley found out she was expecting a baby boy in 2014, she celebrated in the same way many parents do: She threw a small gender reveal party and used cake pops with blue filling to share the news with her closest family and friends. Six years later, the... more

What parents need to know about how autism spectrum disorder is diagnosed

From learning differently to exhibiting unique behaviors in a social setting, there are a wide variety of signs your child might have autism. Encompassing a broad, diverse spectrum of behaviors and abilities, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today, according to the Centers for... more