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Teens from wealthier families may drink more

No family is immune from the dangers of teenage drinking. Talk to your teen today. “While poverty is usually associated with greater health risks, a study published Monday suggests that young teens from middle- to higher-income families may be somewhat more likely than their less affluent peers to use alcohol.” Teens from wealthier families may [...]

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Sad new dads prone to spanking kids in study showing the risks of postpartum depression in men

We need to assess how all new parents are doing. Fathers need to get help when they are depressed. “Just like new moms, new fathers can be depressed, and a study found a surprising number of sad dads spanked their 1-year-olds. About 40 percent of depressed fathers in a survey said they’d spanked kids that [...]

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Mom’s prenatal stress raises child’s disease risk

“The children of women who experience a stressful life event either during or before pregnancy are at an increased risk of being hospitalized from infectious disease, according to a new study. Children whose mothers experienced a stressful event, such as the death of a loved one or divorce, while they were pregnant were 71 percent [...]

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As Peer Pressure Increases, So Does Brain’s Ability to Resist It

Teenagers are in such a period of brain re-wiring, it is no wonder it is such an “exciting” time…. “Adolescents’ brain wiring gears up just as risky behavior approaches, researchers report. Even as peer pressure mounts in early adolescence, kids’ brains are developing an ability to help fight the temptations of risky behavior, novel new [...]

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Classroom Environment May Affect Kids’ Mental Health

This is really scary stuff. We need to support teachers, and work to eliminate dysfunctional classrooms. “First-grade classrooms with poor environments — not enough resources, teachers who feel disrespected by colleagues — have been linked to a higher number of mental health problems in students, according to a new study. The study doesn’t prove that [...]

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What would happen if you cut back on the toys?

This is an interesting article. Kids need time to just imagine and play simply. “Boredom is the inventor of imagination and talent. Without an overscheduled calendar, children will be free to discover their genuine talents and interests.” “Too many toys. Too many electronic devices. Too many activities and playdates. In his controversial book, Simplicity Parenting, [...]

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Single-Sex Lunches Prove Beneficial to School Children

I just throw this out for discussion, but I know most schools won’t consider this as it is too outside the box… “Single-sex lunches are being introduced into schools as a way to improve eating habits. Not only have schools reported that kids are actually eating and also finishing their lunches, but they have also [...]

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Obamas decry bullying to help vulnerable children

Bullying has been a problem for many years, and we all need to work together to help these children… “No child should be afraid to go to school in this country, he said. “We all share a responsibility … to teach all children the Golden Rule: We should treat others the way we want to [...]

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Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology

Time to improve your “sleep hygiene” – turn those devices off! A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that about 95% of respondents reported using electronic devices, such as TV and laptops, one hour before going to sleep, and about two-thirds said they don’t get enough sleep during the week. People ages 46 to [...]

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Websites may encourage self-injury in teens, young adults

A study in Pediatrics found that among 100 videos on YouTube showing or depicting self-injury, 80% were open to the general public while 53% were created with a realistic or educational tone and 51% had a melancholic tone. Researchers suggest that the nature and number as well as ease of access of such online videos [...]

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