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Parenting Bulletin - January 2013 Archives


Teenagers avoid early alcohol misuse through personality management (1/31/2013)

Personality-targeted school interventions delivered to high risk adolescents manage to reduce and postpone problem drinking, which is responsible for nine percent of the deaths in young people between the ages of 15 and 29 in developed countries. ...> Full Article


Children's complex thinking skills begin forming before they go to school (1/30/2013)

New research reveals that children begin to show signs of higher-level thinking skills as young as age 4 and a half. Researchers have previously attributed higher-order thinking development to knowledge acquisition and better schooling, but the new longitudinal study shows that other skills, not always connected with knowledge, play a role in the ability of children to reason analytically. ...> Full Article


Brain structure of infants predicts language skills at 1 year (1/29/2013)

Using a brain-imaging technique that examines the entire infant brain, researchers have found that the anatomy of certain brain areas - the hippocampus and cerebellum - can predict children's language abilities at one year of age. ...> Full Article


Genetics plays major role in victimization in elementary school (1/28/2013)

Genetics plays a major role in peer rejection and victimization in early elementary school, according to a study recently published on the website of the journal Child Development by a team directed by Dr. Michel Boivin, a research professor at Université Laval's School of Psychology. ...> Full Article


Parents' financial help linked to lower college GPAs, higher graduation rates (1/27/2013)

A new study found that college students' GPAs decreased with increased financial support from their parents. The study also found that students with financial aid from their parents were more likely to complete college and earn a degree. ...> Full Article


New study challenges links between day care and behavioral issues (1/26/2013)

Researchers from the US and Norway studied 75,000 Norwegian children and found no evidence that time spent in child care leads to behavioral problems. ...> Full Article


When mom is the CEO at home, workplace ambitions take a back seat (1/25/2013)

It's often said that women can have it all -- motherhood and a successful career. But a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that women who rule the household have less energy for or interest in being a rising star in the workplace. ...> Full Article


Light exposure during pregnancy key to normal eye development (1/24/2013)

New research in Nature concludes the eye -- which depends on light to see -- also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy. Scientists say the unexpected finding offers a new basic understanding of fetal eye development and ocular diseases caused by vascular disorders -- in particular one called retinopathy of prematurity that can blind premature infants. ...> Full Article


Growing up bilingual (1/23/2013)

Language mixing -- using elements from two languages in the same sentence -- is frequent among bilingual parents and could pose a challenge for vocabulary acquisition by one- and two-year-old children, according to a new study by Concordia University psychology professor Krista Byers-Heinlein. ...> Full Article


New research finds slower growth of preterm infants linked to altered brain development (1/22/2013)

Preterm infants who grow more slowly as they approached what would have been their due dates also have slower development in an area of the brain called the cerebral cortex, report Canadian researchers in a new study published today in Science Translational Medicine. ...> Full Article


Developing a guide for parents of children with disorders of sex development (1/21/2013)

University of Michigan researchers were awarded funding to develop decision-making aid for parents that outlines all viable treatment options. ...> Full Article


Deal or no deal: 5 year olds make smart decisions in games of risk (1/20/2013)

You may have to be over a certain age to be a contestant on "Deal or No Deal", but children as young as five start to maximize their profits -- in cookies -- when making decisions similar to those on the show, according to research published January 9 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Valerie Dufour and colleagues from the National Center for Scientific Research in France. ...> Full Article


Supplements and cow's milk play biggest roles in determining vitamin D levels in children (1/19/2013)

Taking a vitamin D supplement and drinking cow's milk are the two most important factors that determine how much vitamin D is in a child's body, new research has found. ...> Full Article


Online message boards provide outlets for mothers' concerns, researcher says (1/18/2013)

Online message boards provide outlets for mothers' concerns, researcher saysParenting infants and toddlers can be challenging, and for generations, mothers have turned to other moms for advice. Now, with the availability of the Internet, mothers are consulting each other using modern venues: online message boards. Research from the University of Missouri indicates online discussion boards provide safe environments for mothers to anonymously express child-rearing concerns and receive support from other moms. ...> Full Article


Study identifies infants at highest risk of death from pertussis (1/17/2013)

A study released today from the upcoming issue of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society found that taking early and repeated white blood cell counts is critical in determining whether infants have pertussis and which of those children are at highest risk of death from the disease. ...> Full Article


Limiting polyunsaturated fatty acid levels in pregnancy may influence body fat of children (1/16/2013)

Southampton researchers have demonstrated that mothers who have higher levels of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in cooking oils and nuts, during pregnancy have fatter children. ...> Full Article


Fussy babies spend more time in front of the TV (1/15/2013)

Moms, especially those who are obese, are more likely to use TV to entertain and soothe infants who are more fussy and active, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The finding adds to the growing body of knowledge that may help explain the escalating rate of obesity and inactivity in US children, and has led to behavioral and educational strategies that may help mothers combat these effects. ...> Full Article


Which study strategies make the grade? (1/14/2013)

Students everywhere, put down those highlighters and pick up some flashcards! Some of the most popular study strategies -- such as highlighting and even rereading -- don't show much promise for improving student learning, according to a new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research shows (1/11/2013)

Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame. ...> Full Article


Baby started to crawl? You might be up more at night (1/10/2013)

Infants who have started crawling wake up more often at night compared to the period before the crawling, reveals a new study from the University of Haifa. The baby will probably resume previous sleep patterns about three months after beginning to crawl. ...> Full Article


Breast milk contains more than 700 bacteria (1/8/2013)

Spanish researchers have traced the bacterial microbiota map in breast milk, which is the main source of nourishment for newborns. The study has revealed a larger microbial diversity than originally thought: More than 700 species. ...> Full Article


Your brain on Big Bird (1/7/2013)

Your brain on Big BirdUsing brain scans of children and adults watching Sesame Street, cognitive scientists are learning how children's brains change as they develop intellectual abilities like reading and math. The novel use of brain imaging during everyday activities like watching TV, say the scientists, opens the door to studying other thought processes in naturalistic settings and may one day help to diagnose and treat learning disabilities. ...> Full Article


While in womb, babies begin learning language from their mothers (1/6/2013)

Babies only hours old are able to differentiate between sounds from their native language and a foreign language, scientists have discovered. The study indicates that babies begin absorbing language while still in the womb, earlier than previously thought. ...> Full Article


Stuck in the throat (1/5/2013)

It is a well known fact that children often swallow things. Children aged 6 months to 6 years are most often affected, but even adults sometimes end up with a foreign body stuck in their throats -- and not only there. Peter Ambe, Düsseldorf University Hospital, and his coauthors review this clinical problem in this issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. ...> Full Article


Kindness key to happiness and acceptance for children (1/4/2013)

Children who make an effort to perform acts of kindness are happier and experience greater acceptance from their peers, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside. ...> Full Article


For pre-teens, kindness may be key to popularity (1/1/2013)

Nine to twelve-year-olds who perform kind acts are not only happier, but also find greater acceptance in their peer groups, according to research published Dec. 26, 2012 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Kristin Layous and colleagues from the University of California, Riverside. ...> Full Article


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