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on how to honor your mom for Mother's Day, the value of family, a chart
of how parents around the world view their children, pacifier use (yes
or no?), and much more ...
How Parents around the World Describe Their Children, in Charts
fascinating new study reveals that Americans are more likely to call
their children "intelligent," while European parents focus on happiness
and balance. Here's why.
"Napalm Girl": When Children Change the World (By Showing Up)
"Donít see a little girl crying out in fear and pain. See her as crying out for peace." - Kim Phuc
Your Phone vs. Your Heart
much time do you typically spend with others? And when you do, how
connected and attuned to them do you feel? Your answers to these simple
questions may well reveal your biological capacity to connect.
Defeating the Formula Death Star, One Tweet at a Time: Using Social Media to Advocate for the WHO Code
the unprecedented capacity of social media for advocates to educate and
mobilize concerned consumers, a rag-tag group of rebel forces - online
WHO code activists - are working to protect the WHO code and
breastfeeding mothers everywhere.
For the Health of Our Society: "Normal" Child Abuse Prevention
by Rita Brhel
of the mothers and mothers-to-be that I talk to are young - teens and
early 20s - a challenging group to promote healthy parenting practices
to, as they are still growing and developing themselves. We know this
anecdotally. We also know this scientifically. This 2010 UK study is
among many that show that the brain doesnít reach maturity as once
theorized until people are at least age 30. Executive functioning, such
as planning and decision-making, social awareness and behavior, empathy
and other personality traits, are the last bits of cognitive functions
to fully develop."
|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Modern-Day Crystal Ball Could Revolutionize Neonatal Care
experience led RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar to use "glass orb" technology
to create a tool to detect premature infant pain.
Cesarean Delivery Rates Vary Tenfold among U.S. Hospitals; Reducing Variation May Address Quality and Cost Issues
delivery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the
United States, and cesarean rates are increasing. Cesarean rates varied
tenfold across hospitals, from 7.1 percent to 69.9 percent. Even for
women with lower-risk pregnancies, in which more limited variation might
be expected, cesarean rates varied fifteenfold, from 2.4 percent to
Assessing Birth Settings to Improve Value and Optimize Outcomes in U.S. Maternity Care
Gordon, LM, CPM, MPH, Midwives Alliance Division of Research, shares
some insights into some of the fascinating discussions that took place
at the Institute of Medicine's workshop focusing on birth place
Vaginal Delivery Recommended Over Maternal-Request Cesarean
nationís largest ob-gyn organization recommends that pregnant women
plan for vaginal birth unless there is a medical reason for a cesarean.
In new guidelines, The American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists says maternal-request cesareans are especially not
recommended for women planning to have several children, nor should they
be performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.
Radio Dreams with Kimmie Rhodes & Friends!
With Special Mother's Day Guest Barbara Nicholson!
Listen from anywhere in the world through live streaming, every Sunday evening, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm! Or if you live in Austin, Texas, tune in to KOKE-FM on 98.5 and 99.3.
|Feed with Love and Respect
Does Breastfeeding Protect against Substantiated Child Abuse and Neglect? A 15-Year Cohort Study
Breastfeeding may help to protect against maternally perpetrated child maltreatment, particularly child neglect.
The Secrets of Breastmilk
we come out of the womb, we make our way to the breast. We enter the
world with milk on our minds. But even as grown-ups, we have never known
exactly what's in that milk - or, as strange as it may sound, what the
point of it is. For decades, milk was thought of strictly in terms of
nutrients, which makes sense - milk is how a mother feeds her baby,
after all. But providing nutrients turns out to be only part of what
milk does. And it might not even by the most important part.
Take Away Pacifiers Ö and Breastfeeding Rates Drop?
all have those things we said weíd never do when we had a baby which,
once we actually had a baby, kinda went out the window. For me, one of
those was pacifier use. Now, the more I learn about pacifiers, including
what a recent study in Pediatrics shows, the more I support their use during a babyís first year."
Pacifier Use Can Lead to Emotional Problems in Boys
emotional development of baby boys may be damaged if they use
pacifiers, because using these common objects actually stops babies from
experimenting with facial expressions when they are very young.
Prevalence and Reasons for Introducing Infants Early to Solid Foods: Variations by Milk Feeding Type
findings highlight the high prevalence of early introduction of solids
and provide details on why mothers introduced solid foods early.
Come join us as we read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, by Dr. Laura Markham, through the end of April.
are some of the topics we're discussing: yelling, nurturing yourself
through challenging times, special time, disconnection, and daily
rituals. We look forward to seeing you online either through our API Reads forum or through our GoodReads program.
Any questions? Please email us. Happy reading!
|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
Responses to "Five-Year Follow-up of Harms and Benefits of Behavioral Infant Sleep Intervention"
Methodological concerns, unethical and unscientific conclusions, flawed methodology?
|SPECIAL SECTION: The Importance of Healthy Family
The Importance of Aunties and Uncles
never had children and was excited when my siblings became parents. But
as my nieces and nephews become teenagers, they seem busy with their
own lives. I don't know what to do to get closer, other than friending
them on Facebook. Do you think having relationships with their aunts and
uncles matters to kids?"
U.S. Divorce Rate Continues Downward Trend
divorce rate in the United States continues to fall, but a large
percentage of couples still call it quits despite their vows of "for
better or worse."
Telling Tales Can Be a Good Thing
Mothers tell better, more emotional stories about past experiences, which help children develop their emotional skills.
Each Family Dinner Adds Up to Benefits for Adolescents
have heard it for years: Family dinners help kids avoid risky behaviors
and may even help them in school. But new research shows that the more
frequent these dinners, the better the adolescents fare emotionally.
Parent-Child Violence Leads to Teen Dating Violence
today are involved in intimate relationships at a much younger age and
often have different definitions of what is acceptable behavior in a
relationship. Violence is something that is all too common and according
to researchers at Iowa State it is a reflection of the relationships
teens have with their parents or their parent's partner.
The Secret to Fixing School Discipline? Change the Behavior of Adults
If fixing school discipline were a political campaign, the slogan would be, "Itís the Adults, Stupid!"
Against Rising Poverty, Children Show a Stiff Upper Lip
children and their families are showing greater resilience and support
in the face of rising poverty that has now wiped out the historic
financial gains of the 1990s.
Parents' Unemployment Affects Students at Home, School
the unemployment rate in many places in the country is dropping, the
recent recession and jobless state that lingers for many parents is
having a profound effect on children and their education.
|Provide Consistent and Loving Care
Arguments in the Home Linked with Babies' Brain Functioning
Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babies' brains process emotional tone of voice.
Future Criminals Can Be Identified as Early as Age 6
problems and hurtful and uncaring behavior in children as young as 6
years are accurate predictors of violent and nonviolent criminal
convictions in young adulthood.
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Positive Family Relationships Linked to Healthy Marriages
who have positive relationships with their parents tend to have stable
and satisfying relationships in their early adult marriages as well as
In Defense of Parents: A Child Therapist's Dissent
it has always been this way, but recently, it seems that parents are
under attack. The criticisms come from all sides. We are over-involved
or overly permissive. We fail to teach traditions and values. We
over-diagnose, over-medicate, and over-accommodate our kids, often to
excuse our own poor parenting.
Children Should Be Allowed to Get Bored
Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative.
Emotional Responsibility and Parenting
How owning our inner selves can help us become better parents.