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A new report tries to unravel the apparent links between children's behaviour problems and their family backgrounds, says Karen Faux.

Nurseries that highlight people's gender tend to promote stereotypical views in children, according to an American study.

The best way to address children's desires and fears is to ask the children themselves, where taking risks is concerned, says Cyndy Hawkins.

Children from poor families are more than twice as likely to have behavioural problems at age three than those from wealthier backgrounds, a study by the University of Bristol has found.

Adults should not impose their own preconceptions of what is natural or innocent on children's play, argue Sue Grieshaber and Felicity McArdle.

Children who experience high-quality childcare in the early years perform better academically at age 15 and are less likely to misbehave, an American study has found.

Watching television in early childhood increases the risk of belowaverage school performance and poor health at the age of ten, according to new research.

Leaving babies to cry themselves to sleep can harm their brain development, childcare expert Penelope Leach has claimed.

The law still stops short of protecting children from being physically punished. Pat Gordon-Smith calls for a more concerted campaign.

Young children who are frequently spanked are more likely to grow up to be aggressive, suggests a new study.