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Babies Learn Humor from Parents
get their sense of humor from their parents, as a study has found
babies as young as six months learn to laugh at the same thing as their
mothers and fathers.
Does Time Magazine Have, er... "Attachment Issues?"
or later, it had to happen. The parent-guilt monster is out of its
cage: It has been awakened, and it is looking for someone to blame. How
did this happen?
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5 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Make Your Child ... LISTEN!
of the most frequent questions I get is, How do I get my child to
listen to me? What lingers in the roots just beneath this question is,
How do I get her to respect me? The two are intimately entwined."
Teen Behavior Problems Linked to Early Chronic Stress
behavior problems in adolescence as aggression and delinquency are
linked to chronic stress in early childhood, which interferes with
children's development of self-control.
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|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Get Off Your Backs for a Birth Revolution!
you gave birth recently, did you feel you had real freedom? Freedom to
choose where you gave birth, who was present, what interventions took
place and how you delivered your baby? Were you given access to all of
the facts needed to make your choices truly informed? Who was the most
powerful person in the room at the moment of birth? And did the
experience leave you feeling exhilarated, disappointed, or downright
Moms Rally for Better Births
unexpected home birth "was a beautiful, empowering, adventurous day to
say the least," she said. "There is something incredibly powerful in
this, and if women can find their power in birth, we can change the
What Is the Evidence for Induction for Low Amniotic Fluid in a Healthy Pregnancy?
"Low fluid seems to be the new 'big baby' for pushing for induction.
What does the research say about low fluid at or near term? From what
Iíve been able to see in research summaries at least, there appears to
be no improved outcome for babies, but Iíd love to see the research
really hashed out. Iím also curious about causes of low fluid (theorized
or known), risks of low fluid, and perhaps as important if not more so,
measurements of low fluid."
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|Feeding with Love and Respect
Breastfeeding May Protect Infants from HIV Transmission
international team of researchers has found that certain bioactive
components found in human milk are associated with a reduced risk of HIV
transmission from an HIV infected mother to her breastfed infant.
A Quiet Place: 2012, Breastfeeding Awareness Year
there's been a lot of consternation this year over the sometimes
negative media coverage of breastfeeding, 2012 will be looked back on as
the tipping point in breastfeeding advocacy.
Reducing Pressure on Children to Eat May Help Prevent Obesity
An educational program for parents helps to reduce pressure on children to eat - which may reduce the child's risk of obesity.
Obesity Might Lower Teens' Thinking Skills
the childhood obesity epidemic continues in the United States, more
kids are developing an array of heart risk factors linked to obesity
known as the "metabolic syndrome." Now, a study suggests that these
obesity-linked changes may be affecting kids' minds as well as their
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|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
Fathers Biologically Attuned to Their Children When Sleeping Nearby
aren't the only ones who are biologically adapted to respond to
children. New research shows that dads who sleep near their children
experience a drop in testosterone. Previous research from humans and
other species suggests this decrease might make men more responsive to
their children's needs and help them focus on the demands of parenthood.
Decoding the Science of Sleep
today's always-on economy, we're tired like never before. Caffeine and
sleeping pills only do so much. How did we get this far away from our
most basic, ancient habits? And how can we get back on track?
High School Daze: The Perils of Sacrificing Sleep for Late-Night Studying
school students with heavy academic course loads often find the demands
of homework colliding with the need for adequate sleep. And a new study
finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need on a given night,
the next day all kinds of things can go poorly.
SIDS Risk Reduction and Infant Sleep Location: Moving the Discussion Forward
notion that infant sleep environments are "good" or "bad" and that
parents who receive appropriate instruction will modify their
infant-care habits has been fundamental to SIDS reduction campaigns.
However, infant sleep location recommendations have failed to emulate
the previously successful infant sleep position campaigns that
dramatically reduced infant deaths.
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|Practice Positive Discipline
Ban Spanking Outright, CMA Journal Urges
most prestigious medical journal is calling on parents, lawmakers, and
doctors to put an end to the practice of spanking children.
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Free but Not Cheap
"Jessica Valenti just wrote a new book called
Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and
Happiness, and wrote a piece for Babble summarizing her main argument in
the book, which is that we keep saying 'Motherhood is the most
important job in the world,' but at the same time we undervalue it
enormously. She buries what I think is the most important point in the
last paragraph of the Babble piece, which is that motherhood isn't a
job, it's a relationship."
Children Succeed with Character, Not Test Scores
child's success can't be measured in IQ scores, standardized tests, or
vocabulary quizzes, says author Paul Tough. Success, he argues, is
about how young people build character.
Delayed Development: 20-Somethings Blame the Brain
parents of 20-somethings worry that their offspring haven't yet found a
career path, gotten married, or become financially independent. These
parents should chill out, experts say.
Half of Teens Couldnít Live Without Their Phone for a Week
Teens may seem inseparable from their cellphones, but just how addicted are they?
Report Shows Violence in Movies, Games Can Trigger Aggressive Thoughts and Feelings
hope is that (the report) will inspire some parent groups and education
groups to redouble their efforts to help educate parents about the
importance of looking at the amount of media violence that's in their
children's diets," a researcher said.
The Mindset List
year's entering college class of 2016 was born into cyberspace, and
they have therefore measured their output in the fundamental particles
of life: bits, bytes, and bauds. They have come to political
consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America's future
and are entering college bombarded by questions about jobs and the value
of a college degree. They have never needed an actual airline "ticket,"
a set of bound encyclopedias, or Romper Room. Members of this year's
freshman class, most of them born in 1994, are probably the most tribal
generation in history and they despise being separated from contact with
friends. They prefer to watch television everywhere except on a
television, have seen a woman lead the U.S. State Department for most of
their lives, and can carry school books - those that are not on their
e-readers - in backpacks that roll.