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How Nurturing Babies Cultivates Empathy
Sue Gerhardt, author of Why Love Matters, illustrates the important connection between nurturing infants and the development of empathy.
Baby's Health Is Tied to Mother's Value for Family
value that an expectant mother places on family - regardless of the
reality of her own family situation - predicts the birthweight of her
baby and whether the child will develop asthma symptoms three years
Digested Formula - but Not Breastmilk - Is Toxic to Cells
fatty acids created during the digestion of infant formula cause
cellular death that may contribute to necrotizing enterocolitis, a
severe intestinal condition that is often fatal and occurs most commonly
in premature infants.
Early Stress Linked to Weaker Brain Connections, Anxiety
levels of family stress in infancy are linked to differences in
everyday brain function and anxiety in teenage girls, according to new
results of a long-running population study.
Little Thank You, Big Impact
you go out of your way to note what others do for you - praising a
store clerk, thanking a waiter who was particularly agreeable - you do
more for them than you think. You might not realize how far your
seemingly "little" thank you goes. It's energizing to know that you have
the power to start a chain effect of good deeds.
Available Now! The Attached Family: Making Sense of Parenting in the Media 2012 Issue
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|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Colic Treatment? Manipulative Therapies May Be Beneficial Treatment for Infantile Colic
A review of studies into manipulative therapies for colic suggests that the treatment technique may be of some benefit.
What Kind of Parent Are You?
are bookshelves filled with options: Tiger Mom or free-range,
attachment or laissez-faire. Pick a guide, and become the parent that
you wish to be. But a new study suggests that is exactly backwards.
Parenting is not a system you choose, but an outgrowth of who you are;
you don't select it as much as you let it find you. What is "good"
parenting depends on the life you've lived and the values you hold.
Parenting Style Has Big Impact on Kids with Disabilities
approach that parents take with their children who have developmental
disabilities is directly tied to how cooperative and independent they
|Feeding with Love and Respect
Breastfeeding and Emotional Development
is becoming increasingly popular among new mothers across the United
States. Many families are finding that breastmilk is nutritious for the
baby and more importantly it helps to strengthen the emotional bond
between mother and child.
Duration, Not Initiation, Is the Real Breastfeeding Battle
ways to increase breastfeeding initiation is easier than finding ways
to increase breastfeeding duration. It's the long haul that's tricky.
Baby Formula Ads in Sweden May Soon Be Banned from Featuring Babies
Sweden's government is on deck to take the next big stand against formula feeding. The Local
reports that they have prepared legislation to remove images of babies
from formula advertisements because such photos could "idealize" the
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|Responding with Sensitivity
Skills That Make Us a Good Partner Make Us a Good Parent
your partner is sensitive, cooperative, and supportive,
congratulations: He or she will probably be a good parent. The same
skills that make people successful romantic partners also make them good
parents, a new study finds.
MenCare: A Global Fatherhood Campaign
organization MenCare bases its fatherhood campaign on evidence from the
Global South and the Global North that "confirms that engaged,
responsive fatherhood and men's participation in the lives of children
are generally positive for children, women, and for men themselves."
MenCare Media and Resources
MenCare Media & Resources page of the MenCare website displays the
campaign's latest videos from around the world that demonstrate the ways
in which men are engaging in fatherhood and caregiving. It lists
publications on topics taken up by the videos and provides resources on
campaigns to stop sexual violence against children.
|Ensure Safe Sleep, Emotionally and Physically
U.S. Kids Getting Enough Sleep After All: Survey
Amounts reported for infants, children, teens are in line with CDC recommendations.
Breastfeeding and Cosleeping with Baby Affects Mom's Welfare
decisions whether to breastfeed and share a bed with the baby not only
affect the welfare of the infant but also the mother, a new study finds.
The women in the study with the best stress hormone patterns were the
ones who breastfed but refrained from sharing a bed with their baby,
researchers found. The women who fared the worst were those who coslept
and didn't breastfeed.
|Special Section: Combating Violence and Abuse
Stopping It before It Starts: Strategies to Address Violence in Young Childrenís Lives
document advocates for systematic and reliable measures of the effect
of violence on young children and presents evidence that violence in
young children's lives can be prevented through programmes such as home
visitation, family strengthening, women's economic empowerment, alcohol
regulation, and efforts to change social norms. It asserts that leaders
need to engage more effectively in areas of social policy, such as
social protection, employment, women's rights, and public security, and
it suggests that more sophisticated communications strategies can drive
sustained public political engagement and gain new champions for
Awareness Campaign Aims to Prevent Child Abuse
response to the alarming prevalence of child abuse cases in Lebanon,
the Social Affairs Ministry, in cooperation with Save the Children and
the Higher Council for Childhood, launched a national awareness campaign
Wednesday to combat all forms of violence against children.
Bridges to Adulthood: Understanding the Lifelong Influence of Menís Childhood Experiences of Violence
report explores the prevalence and nature of violence against children
as well as its potential lifelong effects. Using the International Men
and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) data from six countries - Brazil,
Chile, Croatia, India, Mexico, and Rwanda - the report expands
understanding of these issues by examining data from low- and
middle-income countries, by analysing men's reports of experiencing and
perpetrating violence, and by examining broad categories of lifelong
Website: "Violence Prevention"
website is designed to provide a violence prevention resource for
policy makers, practitioners, and others working to tackle and prevent
violence both in the United Kingdom and globally. The centre seeks to
promote and facilitate a public health approach to violence prevention
through conducting original research and systematic literature reviews,
and maintaining intelligence systems for measuring and monitoring
"Violence Prevention": Evidence Base and Resources
destroys the lives of millions of people throughout the world. In the
UK alone, almost three million incidents of violence are estimated to be
committed towards adults each year, with thousands more directed at
children. Yet, violence and its devastating impacts on individuals,
families, communities and wider society can be prevented.
|Consistent and Loving Care
Daycare Linked to Being Overweight
children who attend daycare on a regular basis are 50% more likely to
be overweight compared to those who stayed at home with their parents.
Spending Time with Dad Good for Teen Self-Esteem
kids retreat to their rooms when you try to ask them how they are and
hide out with their friends so often that they spend less and less time
with family, right? Maybe not so much, according to a new study.
Many Parents Unaware of Children's Experiences in Daycare
1.5 million Canadian children grow up living double lives: one at home
with their parents and another in some form of childcare environment.
While parents hope to be informed of what goes on when they're not
around, a recent study suggests that parents ought to be more involved
in the daycare experience, a major component of their child's
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
How to Overcome Neediness
you ever felt needy? What comes to mind when you hear the word? When
we're gripped by the terror of neediness, we feel completely out of
control. When we bear witness to it, we feel confused and overwhelmed,
wondering if any amount of reassurance will ever be enough. How can we
understand these moments? More importantly, how can the needy find
What Ails Us
Gabor Matť challenges the way we think about chronic illness, drug addiction, and Attention-Deficit Disorder.
Reducing Sibling Rivalry in Youth Improves Later Health and Well-Being
conflict represents parents' number-one concern and complaint about
family life, but a new prevention program demonstrates that siblings of
elementary-school age can learn to get along. In doing so, they can
improve their future health and well-being.
ForbesWoman and TheBump.Com "Parenthood and Economy 2012" Survey Results
results reveal everything from how moms feel about giving up their
career (or not) for their baby to whether they resent the size of their
husband's or partner's paycheck.