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Parenting Bulletin - March 2014 Archives


When mothers are active so are their children -- but many mothers are not (3/31/2014)

A study of physical activity patterns of women and their four-year-olds reveals a strong association between the two. It also shows that only 53 percent of mothers achieved the recommended guideline for moderate-to-vigorous activity. Taken together, these results provide valuable pointers for policy makers. ...> Full Article


Study: Stress impacts ability to get pregnant (3/31/2014)

Study: Stress impacts ability to get pregnantWomen who have trouble getting pregnant may be under too much stress, according to a new study in the journal of Human Reproduction. According to researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, women who had the highest levels of stress actually took 29 percent longer to get pregnant compared to other women, and their risk of infertility doubled. ...> Full Article


Preterm children at increased risk of having maths problems (3/30/2014)

Researchers have found that preterm children are at an increased risk of having general cognitive and mathematic problems. ...> Full Article


Miscarriage clues identified in new DNA test according to researchers at Montefiore and Einstein (3/29/2014)

S. Zev Williams, M.D., Ph.D., along with researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center used an alternate DNA test to better understand miscarriage. ...> Full Article


Ruling with an iron fist could make your child pack on pounds (3/28/2014)

Kids whose parents are demanding but not emotionally responsive are about one-third more likely to be obese than kids whose parents set healthy boundaries, are affectionate and discuss behavior. ...> Full Article


Studies of gut flora in infants and toddlers could lead to better health (3/27/2014)

Breastfeeding until at least nine months of age increases prevalence in the gastrointestinal tract of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria, species which are known to contribute to development of a healthy immune system, according to a paper describing the establishment of the intestinal microbiota during the first three years of life. The research was published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. ...> Full Article


Safety first, children (3/26/2014)

Safety first, childrenChildren are experts at getting into danger. So, how can parents help prevent the consequences? One answer, University of Iowa researchers say in a new study, is for parents to better understand how their children rate hazards and then use conversation to explain why certain situations can be dangerous. Results appear in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. ...> Full Article


Future generations could inherit drug and alcohol use (3/25/2014)

Parents who use alcohol, marijuana, and drugs have higher frequencies of children who pick up their habits, according to a study from Sam Houston State University. ...> Full Article


Parents should try to find middle ground to keep teens safe online (3/24/2014)

Parents might take a lesson from Goldilocks and find a balanced approach to guide their teens in making moral, safe online decisions, according to Penn State researchers. ...> Full Article


Genes play key role in parenting (3/23/2014)

Genes play key role in parentingScientists have presented the most conclusive evidence yet that genes play a significant role in parenting. ...> Full Article


Lied-to children more likely to cheat and lie (3/22/2014)

Lied-to children more likely to cheat and lieUC San Diego experiment is the first to show a connection between adult dishonesty and children's behavior, with kids who had been lied to cheating more and then lying to cover up the transgression. ...> Full Article


Children's preferences for sweeter and saltier tastes are linked to each other (3/21/2014)

Scientists from the Monell Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences also relate to measures of growth and can have important implications for efforts to change children's diets. ...> Full Article


One out of 2 parents do not see their child's weight problem (3/20/2014)

One out of 2 parents do not see their child's weight problemOne out of two parents of children with overweight feel that their child's weight is normal. Four out of ten parents of children with overweight or obesity are even worried that their child will get too thin. These are the findings of a European study of parents of more than 16,000 children, including 1,800 children from Sweden. ...> Full Article


Why antisocial youths are less able to take the perspective of others (3/19/2014)

This is a neuroimaging study of social interaction with delinquent adolescents. ...> Full Article


No one likes a copycat, no matter where you live (3/19/2014)

Very young children often don't view an artistic copycat negatively, but that changes by the age of 5 or 6, even in countries that place less value on intellectual property rights than the US. ...> Full Article


Bread, cereal drive UK children's high salt diet (3/18/2014)

Children in London eat an unhealthy amount of salt, with a third of it coming from breads and cereals. In the largest UK study to date measuring children's salt consumption, researchers found that teens ate more salt than that country recommends for adults. On average, kids in all age groups eat more salt than the American Heart Association recommends. ...> Full Article


Girls born small or underweight twice as likely to be infertile in adulthood (3/17/2014)

Girls born unexpectedly small or underweight seem to be twice as likely to have fertility problems in adulthood as those of normal size at birth, suggests research published in the online only journal BMJ Open. ...> Full Article


Malnourished children are better fed when mothers have network of peers (3/16/2014)

Malnourished children are better fed when mothers have network of peersWomen in rural India who participate in a vocational training program learn more than just life skills. A recent University of Illinois study found that mothers who participated in a program designed to educate and empower women gained a network of peers that led to increased bargaining strength in the home, and significantly improved their children's consumption of rice and dairy. ...> Full Article


Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm delivery (3/15/2014)

Healthy eating may reduce the risk of preterm deliveryA diet based on fruits and vegetables, whole grain products and some types of fish seems to reduce the risk of preterm delivery. This is the conclusion of a Nordic study on 66,000 pregnant Norwegian women published in the British Medical Journal. ...> Full Article


Preschoolers can outsmart college students at figuring out gizmos (3/14/2014)

Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work because they're more flexible and less biased than adults in their ideas about cause and effect, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Edinburgh. ...> Full Article


Infants using known verbs to learn new nouns (3/13/2014)

New research from Northwestern University demonstrates that even before infants begin to talk in sentences, they are paying careful attention to the way a new word is used in conversations, and they learn new words from this information in sentences.  ...> Full Article


Some metallic toys and low-cost jewelry present health risks for young children (3/12/2014)

Some metallic toys and low-cost jewelry present health risks for young childrenWe know that babies and young children often put non-food items in their mouths, a behaviour that occasionally leads to swallowing of foreign objects. Metallic toys and low-cost jewelry oWe know that babies and young children often put non-food items in their mouths, a behavior that occasionally leads to swallowing of foreign objects. Metallic toys and low-cost jewelry often contain toxic substances such as lead and cadmium. Do these objects present a health risk for young children?ften contain toxic substances such as lead and cadmium. Do these objects present a health risk for young children? ...> Full Article


Are bilingual kids more open-minded? (3/11/2014)

New research from Concordia University shows that, like monolingual children, bilingual children prefer to interact with those who speak their mother tongue with a native accent rather than with peers with a foreign accent. ...> Full Article


Playing with Barbie dolls could limit girls' career choices, study shows (3/10/2014)

In one of the first experiments to explore the influence of fashion dolls, a researcher has found that girls who play with Barbie dolls see fewer career options for themselves than for boys. ...> Full Article


Head Start more beneficial for children whose parents provide less early academic stimulation (3/9/2014)

A new study finds that one year of Head Start can make a bigger difference for children from homes where parents provide less early academic stimulation. The study analyzed data from the Head Start Impact Study, a nationally representative sample of nearly 5,000 3- and 4-year-olds. The study suggests that working with parents to increase what they do at home may be an important way Head Start can improve children's readiness for school. ...> Full Article


Military dads have to re-learn parenting after deployment (3/8/2014)

Fathers who returned after military service report having difficulty connecting with young children who sometimes don't remember them, according to a study released this week. ...> Full Article


Barbie could dampen a young girl's career dreams (3/7/2014)

Although the marketing slogan suggests that Barbie can 'Be Anything,' girls who play with this extremely popular doll see fewer career options available to themselves compared to boys. So say Aurora Sherman and Eileen Zurbriggen, who conducted one of the first experiments on how playing with fashion dolls influences girls' perceptions about their future occupational options. The findings, which the psychologists describe as 'sobering,' are published in Springer's journal Sex Roles. ...> Full Article


Young children form first impressions from faces (3/6/2014)

Just like adults, children as young as 3 tend to judge an individual's character traits, such as trustworthiness and competence, simply by looking at the person's face, new research shows. And they show remarkable consensus in the judgments they make, the findings suggest. ...> Full Article


New school meal standards significantly increase fruit, vegetable consumption (3/5/2014)

New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health. ...> Full Article


Frequent childhood nightmares may indicate an increased risk of psychotic traits (3/4/2014)

Children who suffer from frequent nightmares or bouts of night terrors may be at an increased risk of psychotic experiences in adolescence, according to new research from the University of Warwick. ...> Full Article


Study shows why breastfed babies are so smart (3/3/2014)

Responsiveness to children's emotional cues boosts kids' math and reading skills. Reading to children as early as 9 months of age also significantly improves school readiness.The two parenting skills can give kids an extra 2-3 months' worth of brain development. ...> Full Article


Study ties father's age to higher rates of psychiatric, academic problems in kids (3/2/2014)

Study ties father's age to higher rates of psychiatric, academic problems in kidsAn Indiana University study with the Karolinska Institute found that advancing paternal age can lead to higher rates of psychiatric and academic problems in offspring than previously estimated. Compared to a children born to a 24-year-old father, children born to a 45-year-old father are 3.5 times more likely to have autism, 13 times more likely to have ADHD, twice as likely to have psychotic disorders and 25 times more likely to have bipolar disorder. ...> Full Article


Breast-feeding benefits appear to be overstated, according to study of siblings (3/1/2014)

A new study comparing siblings who were fed differently during infancy suggests that breast-feeding might be no more beneficial than bottle-feeding for 10 of 11 long-term health and well-being outcomes in children ages 4 to 14. ...> Full Article


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