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Parenting Bulletin - October 2010 Archives


Is our too clean culture making our kids sick? (10/31/2010)

Rising levels of allergic asthma and eczema in North American children have Canadian scientists wondering if there is such a thing as being "too clean." ...> Full Article


Making school lunchrooms smarter (10/27/2010)

Making school lunchrooms smarterDon't ban it, move it. This is one conclusion of a new Cornell University study. In one set of schools, sales of fruit increased by 100 percent when it was moved to a colorful bowl. Salad bar sales tripled when the cart was placed in front of cash registers. ...> Full Article


Research looks at stuttering differences in boys, girls (10/26/2010)

A Michigan State researcher will use a $1.8 million grant to conduct a five-year longitudinal study on brain development of children who stutter. ...> Full Article


Too many sisters affect male sexuality (10/25/2010)

Growing up with lots of sisters makes a man less sexy. For rats, anyway. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that the sex ratio of a male rat's family when he's growing up influences both his own sexual behavior and how female rats respond to him. ...> Full Article


Authoritarian behavior leads to insecure people (10/24/2010)

Authoritarian behavior leads to insecure peopleResearchers from the University of Valencia have identified the effects of the way parents bring up their children on social structure in Spain. Their conclusions show that punishment, deprivation and strict rules impact on a family's self esteem. ...> Full Article


The real 'mommy brain': New mothers grew (10/23/2010)

Motherhood may actually cause the brain to grow, not turn it into mush, as some have claimed. Exploratory research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up in areas linked to motivation and behavior, and that mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the mid-brain. ...> Full Article


Study rejects benefits of fish oil capsules in pregnancy (10/22/2010)

A University of Adelaide study has found no evidence that taking fish oil capsules during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of post-natal depression, contrary to international recommendations. ...> Full Article


Culturally inspired mobile phone games help Chinese children learn language characters (10/21/2010)

Culturally inspired mobile phone games help Chinese children learn language charactersMobile phone-based games could provide a new way to teach basic knowledge of Chinese language characters that might be particularly helpful in underdeveloped rural areas of China, say researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Mobile & Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies Project. ...> Full Article


Watching violent TV or video games desensitizes teenagers and may promote more aggressive behavior (10/20/2010)

Watching violent films, TV programs or video games desensitizes teenagers, blunts their emotional responses to aggression and potentially promotes aggressive attitudes and behavior, according to new research published online in the Oxford journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Oct. 19. ...> Full Article


Better student performance with peer learning (10/19/2010)

Better student performance with peer learningEngineering students with average grades from upper secondary school can manage difficult courses just as well as students with high grades. Groups of them can meet an older student once a week during the first semester to discuss and solve maths problems and other difficult exercises from their courses. This is shown by a new evaluation from the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University of the "peer learning" sessions, or SI (supplemental instruction), as the method is also known. ...> Full Article


Young children are especially trusting of things they're told (10/17/2010)

Little kids believe the darnedest things. For example, that a fat man in a red suit flies through the air on a sleigh pulled by reindeer. A new study on three-year-olds, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that they aren't just generally trusting. They're particularly trusting of things people say to them. ...> Full Article


I want to see what you see: Babies treat 'social robots' as sentient beings (10/16/2010)

I want to see what you see: Babies treat 'social robots' as sentient beingsBabies are curious about nearly everything, and they're especially interested in what their adult companions are doing. University of Washington researchers are studying how infants use social interactions to learn. But what makes something social for a baby? In the new issue of Neural Networks, the researchers report that babies who watched a robot interact socially with people were more willing to learn from the robot than babies who did not see the interactions. ...> Full Article


The kids are all right: Few negative associations with moms' return to work after having children (10/15/2010)

Children whose mothers return to work before their offspring turn 3 are no more likely to have academic or behavioral problems than kids whose mothers stay at home, according to a review of 50 years of research. ...> Full Article


Pediatric hospitalizations for ATV-related injuries more than double (10/14/2010)

Pediatric hospitalizations for ATV-related injuries more than doubleAll-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are associated with a significant and increasing number of hospitalizations for children in the US, according to a new report by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Over a nine-year period (1997-2006) hospitalizations for ATV injuries increased 150 percent among youth younger than 18 years, with important demographic variations. ...> Full Article


Large study shows females are equal to males in math skills (10/13/2010)

The mathematical skills of boys and girls, as well as men and women, are substantially equal, according to a new examination of existing studies in the current online edition of journal Psychological Bulletin. ...> Full Article


Screen time linked to psychological problems in children (10/11/2010)

Children who spend longer than two hours in front of a computer or television screen are more likely to suffer psychological difficulties, regardless of how physically active they are. ...> Full Article


Alienated youths are more likely to lash out (10/10/2010)

When people are rejected by peers, they often lash out. In children, that aggression occasionally takes horrifying directions, leading to school shootings or other deadly acts. Researchers in the Netherlands found that some children are more likely than others to lash out in response to acute peer rejection: children who already feel like outcasts. ...> Full Article


Stressed-out mums may worsen their child's asthma (10/9/2010)

Mums who are often angry or irritated and those who suppress their emotional expressions can worsen the severity of their children's asthma symptoms, especially when the children are younger. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal BioPsychoSocial Medicine studied 223 mothers for a year, investigating how their stress levels, coping styles and parenting styles were associated with their 2- to 12-year-old children's disease status. ...> Full Article


Education program developed for preventing antisocial behavior in 3-year-old children (10/8/2010)

Education program developed for preventing antisocial behavior in 3-year-old childrenThe program Aprender a convivir (Learning to live together) found that 90 percent of children interacted more actively with other children, and that 86 percent reduced anxiety/depression, shyness or social isolation. The University of Granada researchers responsible for this project -- where puppets are employed -- worked with a sample of 131 children for 3 months. ...> Full Article


Have you ever seen a pink Batman? (10/6/2010)

Have you ever seen a pink Batman?Whether you're a boy or a girl doesn't really matter when it comes to being allowed to join in -- what really counts is your haircut, clothes and gender markers, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, that examines how gender is created during everyday life at preschool. The study also shows that stereotypical perceptions about gender are allowed to steer the planning of preschool activities. ...> Full Article


Are pre-teen babysitters able to deal with emergencies? (10/5/2010)

Nearly all of 11- to 13-year-old babysitters know who to contact in the event of an intruder or if a child is sick or injured (96 percent) or poisoned (85 percent), according to research presented Sunday, Oct. 3, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. ...> Full Article


Flow of empty calories into children's food supply must be reduced (10/4/2010)

Flow of empty calories into children's food supply must be reducedWith over 23 million children and adolescents in the US overweight or obese, the risks for many chronic diseases continue to increase. An article in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association examines the diets of American youth and finds some disturbing results. ...> Full Article


'Louder at the back, please' (10/1/2010)

Playing white noise in class can help inattentive children learn. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Behavioral and Brain Functions tested the effect of the meaningless random noise on a group of 51 schoolchildren, finding that although it hindered the ability of those who normally pay attention, it improved the memory of those that had difficulties in paying attention. ...> Full Article


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