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Parenting Bulletin - June 2010 Archives


Toddler foods too sweet (6/30/2010)

More than half of foods specifically targeted to babies and toddlers in Canada have excessive sugar content, says a new study by U of C professor Charlene Elliott, published in the Journal of Public Health. ...> Full Article


The image in the mirror and the number on the scale both count (6/29/2010)

Adolescent girls who think they are overweight, but are not, are at more risk for depression than girls who are overweight and know it, according to Penn State sociologists. ...> Full Article


Teens and alcohol study: After a few drinks, parenting style kicks in (6/25/2010)

Teens and alcohol study: After a few drinks, parenting style kicks inThe teens least prone to heavy drinking had parents who scored high on both accountability and warmth.So-called "indulgent" parents, those low on accountability and high on warmth, nearly tripled the risk of their teen participating in heavy drinking."Strict" parents -- high on accountability and low on warmth -- more than doubled their teen's risk of heavy drinking. ...> Full Article


Computer fun helps improve girls' food choices, fitness (6/24/2010)

Computer fun helps improve girls' food choices, fitnessLively, educational comic strips, geared to 8- to 10-year-old African-American girls, can help these young viewers make better food choices and improve their physical fitness. That's what happened in a preliminary study, reported several years ago, with 78 Internet-savvy African American girls age 8 to 10. Now, the program's creators hope to repeat the study in a larger test with 400 young volunteers and their parents. The scientists also want to develop a version targeted to Hispanic girls. ...> Full Article


Work travel may reinforce gender roles (6/23/2010)

A new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, concludes that traditional gender roles and norms about "proper" motherhood makes women experience more guilt than men when traveling for work. Female business travelers also tend to feel more insecure and vulnerable. ...> Full Article


Teenagers want to finish their studies and leave home (6/22/2010)

Teenagers want to finish their studies and leave homeTwo researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied the relationship between teenagers' goals and antisocial behavior. The results show that the principal goal of young people is to finish their studies and leave home. The most antisocial among them place greater importance on popularity with others. ...> Full Article


Father involvement in pregnancy could reduce infant mortality (6/18/2010)

Father involvement in pregnancy could reduce infant mortalityA new study suggests that a father's involvement before his child is born may play a vital role in preventing death during the first year of life -- particularly if the infant is black. The study, which evaluates the effects of absent fathers during pregnancy on racial/ethnic disparities in infant survival, is reported online in the Journal of Community Health. ...> Full Article


Youth clubs strengthen kids' self image to keep them out of trouble (6/16/2010)

When children belong to a youth club, they gain a stronger sense of who they are as a person, an Ohio State University study has revealed. The study suggests that even small improvements in self concept go a long way toward keeping children out of trouble. ...> Full Article


First-time parents' daily sleep duration predicts their relationship satisfaction (6/14/2010)

Self-reported relationship satisfaction among new parents was strongly associated with objective total sleep time measured by actigraphy. This association was stronger than the association between subjectively reported sleep and relationship satisfaction. Mothers significantly underestimated fathers' self-reported relationship satisfaction; fathers underestimated mothers' subjective sleep quality. Participants were 22 couples who were first-time parents; their average age was 27.6 years. Data were collected from each couple an average of seven weeks after the birth of their child. ...> Full Article


Do toddlers pick up gender roles during play? (6/13/2010)

The differences in mothers' and fathers' interactions with their children, particularly in play situations, may influence toddlers' associations of specific behaviors with male and female genders. According to Eric Lindsey from Penn State Berks in the US, and his colleagues, context, gender of the parent and gender of the child combine in a complex pattern to shape parent-child interaction. Their findings1 are published online in Springer's journal Sex Roles. ...> Full Article


Changing young people's eating habits (6/12/2010)

Changing young people's eating habitsA thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals how school initiatives are succeeding in getting the message across to young people, but also points out that food advertisements are using health arguments to market unhealthy products. ...> Full Article


Teen automobile crash rates are higher when school starts earlier (6/11/2010)

Teen automobile crash rates are higher when school starts earlierIn 2008 the teen crash rate was about 41 percent higher in Virginia Beach, Va., where high school classes began at 7:20 a.m., than in adjacent Chesapeake, Va., where classes started more than an hour later at 8:40 a.m. There were 65.4 automobile crashes for every 1,000 teen drivers in Virginia Beach, and 46.2 crashes for every 1,000 teen drivers in Chesapeake. The two adjoining cities have similar demographics, including racial composition and per capita income. ...> Full Article


Age gap really does matter (6/10/2010)

Age gap really does matterA Northwestern University study of mentor-protégé relationships has found that the generation gap is real and it matters. The researchers analyzed a "family tree" of mathematicians and the doctoral students they advised and found very successful academics do a good job mentoring students during the first third of their careers, but they do a bad job during the last third of their careers. The implications stretch beyond academia, including to business, government, sports and art. ...> Full Article


How smarter school lunchrooms increase fruit sales (6/9/2010)

How smarter school lunchrooms increase fruit salesLed by Professor Brian Wansink, researchers from Cornell's Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative observed a 58 percent increase in fresh fruit sales at one Upstate New York school simply by moving the fruit from a stainless steel tray and into a basket lit by an ordinary desk lamp. ...> Full Article


Regular bedtimes linked to better language, reading and math skills in preschool children (6/8/2010)

Regular bedtimes linked to better language, reading and math skills in preschool childrenChildren in households with bedtime rules and children who get adequate sleep scored higher on a range of developmental assessments. Scores for receptive and expressive language, phonological awareness, literacy and early math abilities were higher in children whose parents reported having rules about what time their child goes to bed. Having an earlier bedtime also was predictive of higher scores for most developmental measures. The study involved a nationally representative sample of approximately 8,000 children. ...> Full Article


Good grades? It's all in who you know (6/5/2010)

Adolescents who have more friends who attend the same school had higher GPAs than those who had friends from out-of-school they met elsewhere. Further, these associations were similar for boys and girls, and cut across all ethnic groups. ...> Full Article


Teens getting creative with Web 2.0 tools (6/4/2010)

A pilot study of teens and their use of Web 2.0 technologies confirms what most parents probably already know: Teens are really good at it. ...> Full Article


Books in home as important as parents' education in determining children's education level (6/3/2010)

Whether rich or poor, residents of the United States or China, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study lead by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno, associate professor of sociology and resource economics. ...> Full Article


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