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Parenting Bulletin - June 2011 Archives


Do kids prefer playmates of same ethnicity? (6/30/2011)

Multicultural daycares don't necessarily foster a desire for kids of visibly different ethnicities to play together. A study on Asian-Canadian and French-Canadian preschoolers has found these children may have a preference to interact with kids of their own ethnic group. Led by researchers from Concordia University and the University of Montreal, the findings are published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology. ...> Full Article


Parent-adolescent cell phone conversations reveal a lot about the relationship (6/30/2011)

Parent-adolescent cell phone conversations reveal a lot about the relationshipThe nature of cell phone communication between a parent and adolescent child can affect the quality of their relationship, and much depends on who initiates the call and the purpose and tone of the conversation, according to an illuminating study reported online in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. ...> Full Article


Yale researchers pinpoint reasons for dramatic rise in cesarean births (6/29/2011)

In one of the first studies to examine the reasons for the rising number of women delivering their babies by cesarean section, Yale School of Medicine researchers found that while half of the increase was attributable to a rise in repeat cesarean delivery in women with a prior cesarean birth, an equal proportion was due to a rise in first time cesarean delivery. Among these deliveries, factors such as slowly progressing labor and fetal heart rate concerns were the largest contributors. ...> Full Article


Informal daycare may harm kids' cognitive development, study finds (6/29/2011)

Formal daycare is better for a child's cognitive development than informal care by a grandparent, sibling, or family friend, according to a study of single mothers and their childcare choices published in the July issue of the Journal of Labor Economics. ...> Full Article


Adequate midwifery could save over 3 million lives (6/28/2011)

Up to 3.6 million lives could be saved every year if midwifery services were upgraded in 58 developing countries by 2015, according to a major new report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the University of Southampton and 28 other organizations worldwide. ...> Full Article


Home learning experiences boost low-income kids' school readiness (6/28/2011)

A new study looks at more than 1,850 children and their mothers from predominantly low-income households, that is, households at or below the federal poverty line and finds that differences in the children's learning environments over time predicted their school readiness skills. For example, children whose learning environments were consistently low in quality were much more likely to have delays in language and literacy skills at pre-kindergarten than children whose environments were uniformly high. ...> Full Article


Look before you leap: Teens still learning to plan ahead (6/27/2011)

Researchers studied strategic planning and problem solving among 890 10-30 year-olds using a computerized test called the Tower of London. Older test takers did better on the tower test, showing a greater ability to plan ahead and solve problems. On the hardest problems, mature performance wasn't seen until at least age 22. These findings have implications for programs that target adolescents' still-emerging capacity to plan ahead, control impulses, regulate emotions, and resist peer pressure. ...> Full Article


Early experience found critical for language development (6/26/2011)

Researchers studying more than 100 children who were part of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project, a longitudinal study of institutional and foster care in Romania, have found that children who were placed in foster care before they turned 2 had substantially greater language skills at age 3-1/2 than children who stayed in institutional care, with those placed by 15 months showing language skills similar to the comparison group. Findings highlight the importance of early intervention. ...> Full Article


Too close for comfort? Maybe not (6/25/2011)

People generally worry about who their neighbors are, especially neighbors of our children. If high-fat food and soda are nearby, people will imbibe, and consequently gain weight. Or will they? With students' health at risk, a study in the July/August 2011 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior explores the influence food store locations near schools has on the student risk of being overweight and student fast-food and sweetened beverage consumption. ...> Full Article


Fathers benefit from seeking help as parents (6/24/2011)

Men are sometimes criticized for being unwilling to ask for directions when they travel, but they can benefit from looking for help as they begin their journeys as fathers, according to a researcher on fatherhood. Along the way, they should not shy from asserting their roles, the researcher said. ...> Full Article


Teens look to parents more than friends for sexual role models (6/23/2011)

The results of a national online study show that 45 peprcent consider their parents to be their sexuality role model. Shattering stereotypes that parents and society hold about teen sexuality, the survey also revealed that only 32 percent looked to their friends and just 15 percent took inspiration from celebrities. ...> Full Article


Study examines link between teen sex and divorce rate (6/22/2011)

A University of Iowa study found that 31 percent of women who had sex for the first time as teens divorced within five years, and 47 percent divorced within 10 years. The divorce rate for women who delayed sex until adulthood was far lower: 15 percent at five years, and 27 percent at 10 years. ...> Full Article


The top 5 actions parents can take to reduce child exposure to toxic chemicals at home (6/21/2011)

Controlling house dust tops a list of five ways parents can protect their children from toxic substances in and around the home, say leading health and environmental experts in Canada. ...> Full Article


Walking, sex and spicy food are favored unprescribed methods to bring on labor (6/20/2011)

More than half of the women in a recently published survey reported that near the end of their pregnancies, they took it upon themselves to try to induce labor, mostly by walking, having sex, eating spicy food or stimulating their nipples. Of the 201 women who responded to the survey at a Midwestern hospital, 102, or 50.7 percent, used these or other unprescribed methods to try to bring on labor. ...> Full Article


Undernourishment in pregnant, lactating females found key to next generation's disease (6/19/2011)

A study in primates establishes the critical role that undernourishment in mothers-to-be and lactating females has in creating Type 2 diabetes in offspring. ...> Full Article


Fathers still matter to kids who have moved out (6/18/2011)

Dads who blend love, high expectations and respect for the child's autonomy stood out in Nelson's analysis of fathers of young adults. These dads enjoy a closer relationship with their children, and the children demonstrate higher levels of kindness and self-worth. ...> Full Article


'Glowing hands' in the waiting room improves kids' handwashing (6/17/2011)

Hand-hygiene in children was improved with the use of a glowing gel that, when black lit, illustrates bacteria on hands, even after washing. The study was performed in a Children's Hospital waiting room. ...> Full Article


Children eschew the fat if dads aren't lenient (6/10/2011)

Children eschew the fat if dads aren't lenient This Father's Day, dad's choice of where to eat could literally tip the scales on his children's health. A father's use of restaurants and his perceptions of family meals carry more weight, so to speak, than mothers', according to a Texas AgriLife Research study. ...> Full Article


Children eat more vegetables when allowed to choose (6/6/2011)

A study conducted at the University of Granada has proved that children eat up to 80 percent more vegetables when they are allowed to choose. Researchers have also found that the bitterness of calcium -- which is noticeably present in vegetables such as spinach, collard greens cabbage, onions, chard or broccoli -- can be a factor negatively influencing children's consumption of vegetables. ...> Full Article


Study reveals how high-fat diet during pregnancy increases risk of stillbirth (6/5/2011)

Eating a high-fat diet during pregnancy increases the chance of stillbirth, according to new research at Oregon Health & Science University. The new data show eating a typical American diet, which is high in fat, decreases blood flow from the mother to the placenta, the temporary organ that nourishes the unborn fetus. Prior to this study, exactly how a fatty diet contributes to stillbirth was unclear. The findings are published in the June edition of the journal Endocrinology. ...> Full Article


Children of divorce lag behind peers in math and social skills (6/4/2011)

Children whose parents get divorced generally don't experience detrimental setbacks in the pre-divorce period, but often fall behind their peers -- and don't catch up -- when it comes to math and interpersonal social skills after their parents begin the divorce process, according to a new study. ...> Full Article


Why childhood obesity? It's so much more than what kids eat (6/2/2011)

University of Illinois scientists from a variety of disciplines have teamed up to examine the factors that contribute to childhood obesity. Why? Because individual researchers have found that the problem is too complicated for any of them to tackle alone. Strong Kids team members are looking at such diverse factors as genetic predisposition, the effect of breastfeeding, how much TV a child watches, and the neighborhood he lives in, among many others. ...> Full Article


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