Study Says Yelling Is As Hurtful as Hitting

Parents who yell at their adolescent children for misbehaving can cause some of the same problems as hitting them would, including increased risk of depression and aggressive behavior, according to a new study. A good, warm relationship with Mom ...

Sep 10

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Raising adopted children, how parents cooperate matters more than gay ...

A new study by psychology researchers suggests that whether parents are gay, lesbian or straight, how well they work together as a couple and support each other in parenting is linked to fewer behavior problems among their adopted children and is ...

Jul 15

Categories: LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues, Parenting

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Divorce early in childhood affects parental relationships in adulthood

Divorce has a bigger impact on child-parent relationships if it occurs in the first few years of the child's life, according to new research. Those who experience parental divorce early in their childhood tend to have more insecure relationships ...

Jul 1

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Child Development, Divorce / Divorce ...

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The Science of Fatherhood: Why Dads Matter

For decades, psychologists and other researchers assumed that the mother-child bond was the most important one in a kid's life. They focused on studying those relationships, and however a child turned out, mom often got the credit — or ...

Jun 22

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Happy Father’s Day! The Psychology of Papas

When thinking about parents and children, most people — including psychological researchers — tend to focus on the characteristics and importance of the mother-child bond. However, in honor of Father’s Day, I think it’s about time to focus a ...

Jun 17

Categories: Parenting

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Caregiving dads treated disrespectfully at work, new study finds

If policy-makers want to do something about falling birth rates, they may want to take a look at improving how people are treated at work when they step outside of traditional family roles at home. New studies show that middle-class men who take ...

Jun 14

Categories: Parenting

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Study says fathers should ask kids: 'Am I the dad you need me to be?'

As Father's Day draws near, psychologist Jeff Cookston says dads should ask their children for a little more feedback than they might get with the yearly greeting card. Just being a good parent may not be good enough, said Cookston, professor of ...

Jun 7

Categories: Parenting

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5 Tricks to Stop Yelling at Our Kids

Sometimes kids just don't listen! But yelling rarely works. So Doctor G has a few things to try before (or after) the screaming ...

Jun 5

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

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Why parents should leave their kids alone

Many parents' reasons for using controlled crying can be summed up in one word: work. Parents who want "routines" are keen on controlled crying, says Gina Ford, a famous British advocate of the system, and she comments that babies who have been ...

May 9

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Traumatized moms avoid tough talks with kids, study shows

Mothers who have experienced childhood abuse, neglect or other traumatic experiences show an unwillingness to talk with their children about the child’s emotional experiences, a new study from the University of Notre Dame shows.

May 7

Categories: Child Development, Parenting, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / ...

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Poor parenting - including overprotection - increases bullying risk

Children who are exposed to negative parenting – including abuse, neglect but also overprotection – are more likely to experience childhood bullying by their peers, according to a meta-analysis of 70 studies of more than 200,000 children. The ...

Apr 27

Categories: Bullying, Parenting

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Why do babies calm down when they are carried?

Parents know that crying babies usually calm down when they are picked up and carried, but why is that? In a study published today, researchers from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute show that human babies and mouse pups alike automatically and ...

Apr 22

Categories: Parenting

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Arguments in the Home Linked With Babies' Brain Functioning

Being exposed to arguments between parents is associated with the way babies' brains process emotional tone of voice, according to a new study to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The ...

Mar 26

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Differential parenting found to affect whole family

Parents act differently with different children—for example, being more positive with one child and more negative with another. A new longitudinal study has found that this behavior negatively affects not only the child who receives more negative ...

Feb 18

Categories: Child Development, Parenting

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Diet, Parental Behavior, and Preschool Can Boost Children’s IQ

Supplementing children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child’s intelligence, according to a new report published in ...

Jan 26

Categories: Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Parenting

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