På fjärde våningen i det stora Kulturhuset vid Sergels torg finns Rum för Barn. Här finns ett stort spännande bibliotek fullt av böcker och en bildverkstad där du kan måla och bygga i olika material. Hos oss kan du alltid läsa och låna böcker, måla, bygga, lyssna på en saga eller sjunga en sång.

School is a place where children are compelled to be, and where their freedom is greatly restricted — far more restricted than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades, we have been compelling our children to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there is strong evidence (summarized in my recent book) that this is causing serious psychological damage to many of them. Moreover, the more scientists have learned about how children naturally learn, the more we have come to realize that children learn most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school.

Brunkeberg förvandlas till ett jättelikt veckolångt äventyr. Världens bästa barnfestival Maxat för mini fyller Parken, Torget och Scenen med ett fyrverkeri av aktiviteter och upplevelser för alla mellan 0–13 år. I år blir det extra mycket dans med uppvisningar, filmer, workshops och mängder av prova-själv. En maxad festivalvecka för åttonde året i rad med plats för energi och lugna stunder för hela familjen bland galenskaper och grönska.

For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.

Cognitive neuroscientist Sid Kouider of CNRS, the French national research agency, in Paris watched for swings in electrical activity, called event-related potentials (ERPs), in the babies' brains. In babies who were at least 1 year old, Kouider saw an ERP pattern similar to an adult's, but it was about three times slower. The team was surprised to see that the 5-month-olds also showed a late slow wave, although it was weaker and more drawn out than in the older babies. Kouider speculates that the late slow wave may be present in babies as young as 2 months.

Sweden is perhaps as renowned for an egalitarian mind-set as it is for meatballs or Ikea furnishings. But this taxpayer-financed preschool, known as the Nicolaigarden for a saint whose chapel was once in the 300-year-old building that houses it, is perhaps one of the more compelling examples of the country’s efforts to blur gender lines and, theoretically, cement opportunities for both women and men.

Plastnappar, ballonger och foppatofflor. De flesta föräldrar har liten eller ingen aning om hur många kemikalier som omger deras barn. Miljöjournalisten Katarina Johansson vill få oss att tänka efter och börja ställa krav.

It is known that childhood experience influences brain development but the only evidence scientists have had for this has usually come from extreme cases such as children who had been abused or suffered trauma. Martha Farah, director of the centre for neuroscience and society at the University of Pennsylvania, who led the latest study, wanted to find out how a normal range of experiences in childhood might influence the development of the brain.

Farah took data from surveys of home life and brain scans of 64 participants carried out over the course of 20 years. Her results, presented on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, showed that cognitive stimulation from parents at the age of four was the key factor in predicting the development of several parts of the cortex – the layer of grey matter on the outside of the brain – 15 years later.

Doctors and government health officials should set limits, as they do for alcohol, on the amount of time children spend watching screens – and under-threes should be kept away from the television altogether, according to a paper in an influential medical journal published on Tuesday.

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