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Tufts University has developed a WebGuide that is a directory of hundreds of sites that use reliable child development research to give practical advice covering children and teens of all ages. Experts at Tufts rate each site. Go to www.cfw.tufts.edu to use the guide.
Another terrific resource is Bright Futures developed at Georgetown University to promote and improve the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents. Go to www.brightfutures.org. Under the publications column click on the What to expect and when to seek help button then click the age range you are interested in.
Another great resource developed by New York University Child Study Center is About our Kids. Go to www.aboutourkids.com. Click on the library, then on the articles button, and finally click the parenting button. There is also a useful Child Mental Health Disorder Guide and an Ask the Expert section. Try the page called Is My Child Okay? where parents can ask questions of experts about whether their kids behavior is normal for their age, KidOkay@aboutourkids.org. Each week the site publishes a few of the questions and answers on the site.