Dr. Karen Hill Scott, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen Hill Scott, the nation’s premier consultant on children’s media, is on the Board of the Foundation for Child Development, and has had a multi-faceted career blending university teaching, research and public service all in the interest of creating a world that helps families reach their full potential.
Posts by Dr. Karen Hill Scott, Ed.D.
When you have stuff to do and need for baby to go it alone for a little while, it’s time to revive a concept I had declared “obsolete.” It’s parallel play, except the difference is the participants are you and your baby, not two babies playing side by side. One of the great things about parallel play is your child really can learn from toys and play. (more…)
For at least 50 years scientists have been interested in the impacts music can have on the human brain. We know for a fact that during pregnancy infants enjoy classical and other forms of music as a soother. And whether or not you played music to your belly while you were pregnant, all babies seem to enjoy music and many even have favorite instrumental and vocal selections. Just watch any one of hundreds of singing and dancing babies on YouTube. (more…)
After an hour or so wandering through a big baby products show last month, I was in awe of the number of baby-wearing garments that had entered the marketplace. There were scores of slings, wraps, and carriers, in a wide array of colors and fabrics, held together by every imaginable fastener. I was very impressed by one that approximated the look of a classic “wrap dress.” But the one that really took the cake included a built-in “Boppy” pillow with a detachable nursing canopy so you could carry and nurse a set of twins while on the go.
Have we taken multi-tasking to an extreme? Do we really mean to “wear” vs. carry our babies? I feel there’s a new sociological conspiracy going on to find even more ways to suck moms into the corral of guilt-ridden inadequacy. (more…)
Two years ago, Amy Chua, author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, upset a lot of American parents with her “memoir” of parenting. She asserted that Chinese mothers were “superior” to typical American moms, and put her own successful track record with her very gifted daughters on the line to prove it. The typical American parent was a weakling by comparison, so concerned with a child’s self-esteem they were crippling achievement and self-reliance. (more…)
Pets today are much loved companions, holding a cherished and protected role within the household. So a new baby is a real jolt to their reality: it changes their position in the family, daily routines, territory and precious time with you, their owner/leader. To smooth this introduction and increase your chances for success you’ll need these tips. (more…)
When your baby gets sick, your mind and heart automatically start racing with concern that the worst could be happening. It’s an emotion you just cannot shut off until your pediatrician calms you and lets you know it’s normal to catch a cold or have a tummy ache. With practice, your baby will fight these germs off with his or her own immune system and you need to let it develop and do its work. (more…)