• Coach bullying: More frequent than you might think

    Pediatrician Dr. Nancy Swigonski shares why bullying by athletic coaches is a growing problem that needs to be addressed. A study showed that about 45% of kids were called names or insulted by their coaches while playing. But Dr. Swigonski says some parents and physicians aren’t clear on the best way to handle this issue with the school.

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  • Study: Wrong Bedtime Linked To Reason Some Children Can’t Sleep

    Do your kids have a ton of excuses for why they can’t get to sleep at night? It may be because their circadian rhythm, or their sleep clock, isn’t the same as their bedtime, new research from the University of Colorado, Boulder shows. It turns out that light may be to blame for this clock mismatch.

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  • Tablets a Hit with Kids, but Experts Worry

    Many kids learn to use tablets when they’re very young, but health experts worry about what that means for their future. It’s not uncommon for busy parents to pass their toddler an electronic device for the purpose of keeping the child occupied; this has even led tech companies to create tablets designed just for kids.

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  • Raising Children With an Attitude of Gratitude

    Raising Children With an Attitude of Gratitude

    What are you thankful for today? Have you taken the time to teach your children the importance of expressing gratitude? Kids who are taught gratitude are more likely to be appreciative of what they have, and new research has shown they experience a variety of other benefits, too.

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  • FYI, Parents: Your Kids Watch A Full-Time Job’s Worth of TV Each Week

    Nickelodeon’s latest research may be a bit shocking to parents: the average kid watches 35 hours of television a week, which is almost equivalent to a full work week. The data shows that kids watch 12% more TV than they did just 9 years ago.

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  • Cursive Handwriting Is On Its Way Out: Will That Affect Our Ability To Read?

    More and more states are taking cursive handwriting out of the curriculum, focusing instead on typing and digital communication. But the benefits of cursive writing can’t be denied. Linden Bateman, an Idaho state representative who is fighting to keep cursive writing in schools, argues, “Modern research indicates that more areas of the human brain are

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  • Childhood music lessons may provide speech benefits for adults

    People who take music lessons as children develop lasting speech benefits as adults because they have a faster brain response, according to a new study in the Journal of Neuroscience. “This study suggests the importance of music education for children today and for healthy aging decades from now,” says Nina Kraus, professor of neurobiology, physiology

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  • Pediatricians Set Limits on Screen Time

    How much screen time is too much for your child? A recent survey from Common Sense Media found that 17% of kids aged 8 and under use a mobile device every day, leading the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to revise its recommendations for children’s screen time.“Excessive media use is associated with obesity, poor school

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  • The selfie syndrome: Why teens use social media for validation and how parents can counteract it

    Do you find yourself waiting to see how many “likes” or comments you get after posting a picture of yourself? Writer Carolyn Savage, a mom and contributor to Mamaonthefly.com, says, “As the scenario plays out daily, it makes us parents wonder: Why are our children turning to social media for validation?” Teen development specialist Dr.

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  • Household chaos may be hazardous to a child’s health

    Did you know that a chaotic household can cause your children to have poorer health? New research from The Ohio State University (OSU) has found that having a routine is essential for young children to develop and stay healthy. While the study focused on low-income families, lead author of the study, Claire Kamp Dush, believes

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  • Teaching Children to Read Emotions

    Reading allows children to learn about emotional experiences. As author and clinical psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore says, “Books can give children a window into the emotional world. Through the eyes of a character in a story, children can explore feelings and viewpoints other than their own.” A recent study by the University of Pittsburgh offers further

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  • Girl’s Suicide Points to Rise in Apps Used by Cyberbullies

    Do you really know what your kids are doing when it comes to social media and mobile apps? The recent suicide by 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick in Lakeland, Florida is a sad reminder that cyber-bullying happens daily, and despite their best efforts, some parents may not even know about the apps that are being used to

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  • Happy families should tackle challenges together, says author

    In his new book, The Secrets of Happy Families, author Bruce Feiler recommends spending 20 minutes a week on improving family life. He says, “The easiest path to happiness is to do something. Tackle the challenge that’s been nagging your family, tweak the routine that’s not working any longer, have the difficult conversation, pull the

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  • From The Classroom To The Big Wide World, Empathy Matters

    We need to teach children that empathy matters, so organizations such as Ashoka are heading to classrooms to do just that. Ashoka celebrates “Changemaker Schools” that reinforce empathy, including Mission Hill School in Boston, the Inspired Teaching School in Washington, D.C. and Lake Forest Park Elementary in Seattle. “It helps us to identify the good work

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  • Tips to help increase breast-milk production

    Do you know any new moms who have struggled with breastfeeding? The beginning stages of breastfeeding are most important for ensuring a good milk supply for the baby, and there are a few things to be aware of. Dr. Deborah Bain, a pediatrician at Health Kids Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas, explains why breastfeeding can be difficult for

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