Pressure from rising costs can escalate violence against children

MALAYSIA: Experts are ringing alarm bells that child abuse cases are bound to escalate and a contributing factor is mounting pressure on families in trying to deal with the high cost of living. The Malaysian Mental Health Association says the ...

Jan 11

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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5 effective parenting programs to reduce problem behaviors in children

All parents want what's best for their children. But not every parent knows how to provide their child with the tools to be successful, or how to help them avoid the biggest adolescent behavior problems: substance use, delinquency, school dropout, ...

Dec 19

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Parent behaviors linked to kids' anxiety, depression

Young people whose parents tend to fight with each other or are over involved in their kids' lives are at increased risk of depression and anxiety, according to a new comprehensive review of past studies. Kids tend to first experience depression or ...

Dec 16

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting

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Can stressed out parents cause obesity in children?

Parental stress is linked to weight gain in children, according to a new study from St. Michael’s Hospital. The study found that children whose parents have high levels of stress have a Body Mass Index, or BMI, about 2 per cent higher than those ...

Dec 13

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting

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How to Raise Thankful Kids

My husband and I are incredibly lucky to be able to give our son what he needs and often what he wants, and we are raising him in a wonderful town in which many families do the same. Yet he’s growing up in a bubble, and that terrifies me. If he ...

Dec 10

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Working Odd Shifts Can Hurt Parent-Child Relationships

Research from North Carolina State University shows that working a job that doesn’t keep 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours can hurt the relationships between parents and adolescents, increasing the likelihood that children will engage in delinquent ...

Dec 9

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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How Important are Dads to their Children?

Even with today’s technology, it still takes both a male and a female to make a baby. But is it important for both parents to raise that child? Many studies have outlined the value of a mother, but few have clearly defined the importance of a ...

Dec 6

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Kids whose bond with mother was disrupted early in life show changes ...

Children who experience profound neglect have been found to be more prone to a behavior known as "indiscriminate friendliness," characterized by an inappropriate willingness to approach adults, including strangers.

Dec 4

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Newborn body odor may contribute to building maternal-child ...

Body odor conveys a wide variety of cues about gender, age, family, stress, and disease states. Body odors are also believed to direct mating and bonding between individuals. Now, a new study finds that newborn body odor may contribute to building ...

Nov 22

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Toddlers' focus on hands rather than gaze opens new approach to ...

Shifting the emphasis from gaze to hand, a study by Indiana University cognitive scientists provides compelling evidence for a new and possibly dominant way for social partners -- in this case, 1-year-olds and their parents -- to coordinate the ...

Nov 15

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Protecting Children From Toxic Stress

Imagine if scientists discovered a toxic substance that increased the risks of cancer, diabetes and heart, lung and liver disease for millions of people. Something that also increased one’s risks for smoking, drug abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, ...

Nov 6

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting, Stress ...

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Can putting your child before yourself make you a happier person?

While popular media often depicts highly-involved parents negatively as “helicopter parents” or “tiger moms”, how does placing one’s children at the center of family life really affect parental well-being? This paper finds that parents who ...

Nov 5

Categories: Parenting

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Abuse, Lack of Parental Warmth in Childhood Linked to Multiple Health ...

The effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically. There are many reports assessing the psychological damage resulting from childhood abuse, and the effects on physical ...

Sep 28

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Parenting

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Why some parents think your partner isn’t good enough

It is common for parents to influence mate choice — from arranged marriages to more subtle forms of persuasion — but they often disagree with their children about what makes a suitable partner. A new study has found an evolutionary explanation ...

Sep 20

Categories: Parenting, Relationships & Marriage

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Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up. But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.

Sep 18

Categories: Parenting, Teenage Issues

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