• Toddler tech: How young is too young for a smartphone?

    Many parents are giving their children smartphones at younger ages. A new study found that 25% of kids age two and younger now have their own device. While some parents may look at smartphones as a learning tool for their children, experts like psychiatrist Gail Saltz believe these devices may actually do more harm than

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  • Raising royal baby: ‘Fall crazily in love with him’

    Are you nervous about being a new parent? Here’s some expert advice for new parents (including Prince William and Duchess Kate): fall in love with your baby, enjoy every moment, and trust your own instincts. As Berry Brazelton, a pediatrician and author of more than 30 books on child development, says, “You know your baby

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  • Kids Watch TV As Parents Do, Not As They Say

    Do you limit how much television your children can watch, but then let yourself watch as much as you want? “If the parents watch TV in their free time, the kids are being socialized to watch TV in their free time,” says senior research scientist Amy Bleakley, who led a recent study by the Annenberg

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  • Lack of regular bedtime may affect kids’ learning skills

    Do you give in when your kids ask to delay their bedtime? Not going to bed at the same time every night may be harmful to the developing brain, new research suggests. Amanda Sacker, author of the study, says, “Early child development has profound influences on health and well-being across the life course. Therefore, reduced

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  • A big push for a different birthing experience

    Los Angeles Times, 6/22/13While some women opt to have their babies at home, some are looking to redefine the more traditional experience of giving birth in a hospital by bringing movement into the delivery room. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s new “Rock-and-Roll” program encourages women to move and change positions about every 20 minutes, since staying in

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  • Social media could be teen suicide prevention tool

    New research has found that young adults who are feeling suicidal tend to show signs through text messages and social networking sites, demonstrating how important it is for family and friends to pay attention to those signs. Oftentimes teens post how they are feeling or share song lyrics that may hint at suicide. “It leads

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  • Digital Dementia On The Rise In South Korea; Childhood Internet Addiction Must Be Addressed, Experts Say

    A study in South Korea has found that the rise of smartphone use by young people is causing what’s known as “digital dementia,” a deterioration of cognitive abilities and functioning that results from constantly spending time in front of digital screens and the internet. “Overuse of smartphones and game devices hampers the balanced development of

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  • The Science of Siblings

    The relationships that we have with our siblings may last longer than any other relationships that we have in our lives, and the impact that our siblings have on us doesn’t stop in adolescence. We’ve all heard the usual stereotypes associated with birth order: the first born is a high-achiever, the middle children tend to

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  • At-home dads joining forces and shattering stigmas

    More men are stay-at-home dads than ever before, yet many of them still face the common misconception that they can’t fill the shoes of stay-at-home moms or can’t find better jobs. A study by Boston College’s Center for Work and Family has shown that stay-at-home dads are not only surviving, but thriving in their new

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  • A Smart Answer to the Season of ‘I’m Bored’

    Summer vacation has arrived and many parents are trying to fill their kid’s schedule to prevent summer boredom. When kids say “I’m bored,” they aren’t necessarily being lazy; they may just be struggling to engage and focus. “One thing you don’t want to do is mask the state of boredom with excessive stimulation,” Dr. John

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  • Sleepaway camp gives kids a tech break, and might even save your marriage

    Our children have gotten used to a world with constant communication, access to social media and packed schedules, but sometimes they need a chance to power down and just be kids. Places like Camp Matataponi in Maine help kids to get a much needed break from electronics, collecting phones from campers upon arrival to allow

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  • A Better Way to Treat Anxiety: For Teens, Therapy Turns Parents Into ‘Exposure Coaches,’ Not Protectors

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and other institutions are finding that exposure therapy (which slowly exposes patients to the things they are anxious about) can be highly effective in helping children overcome anxiety. Teenager Georgiann Steely overcame her anxiety this way by taking part in a Mayo Clinic exposure therapy program where her parents acted

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  • Most parents admit to texting, other tech distractions while driving — even with kids in the car

    When researchers from the University of Michigan surveyed over 600 parents, 90 percent of those surveyed admitted they fiddle with their phones, food, CDs or navigation systems while driving with their children. The distracted drivers were more likely to have been in accidents. NY Daily News, 5/9/2013

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  • Study: Half of teen drivers text behind the wheel

    Dr. Andrew Adesman, who co-authored a study for the CDC on teens texting while driving, explains, "Texting while driving is becoming a sort of epidemic, and it's a higher cause of deaths than even drinking while driving. The impairment that comes with texting is worse than drinking while driving." CBS News, 5/13/2013

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  • How to Swaddle an Infant Safely

    Now that new concerns have emerged regarding the safety of swaddling, U.S. maternity wards are starting to use sleeping sacks (wearable blankets) instead of swaddling blankets as part of a campaign to promote safer sleep for babies. The Wall Street Journal, 5/14/2013

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