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Parenting Bulletin - September 2011 Archives


Extent of peer social networks influences onset of adolescent alcohol consumption (9/30/2011)

Most parents recognize that the influence of peers on their children's behavior is an undeniable fact. But, just how far do these influences reach? A study published in the September/October issue of Academic Pediatrics reports that adolescents are more likely to start drinking alcoholic beverages when they have large social networks of friends. ...> Full Article


How devoted moms buffer kids in poverty (9/29/2011)

Children raised in poverty often grow up to have poor health in adulthood, from frequent colds to heart disease. But there's one thing that might buffer them from that fate: a good mom. That is the conclusion of a new study by a multidisciplinary team led by University of British Columbia psychologist Gregory Miller. The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Kansas researchers find enriched infant formulas benefit brain and heart (9/28/2011)

University of Kansas scientists have found new evidence that infant formulas fortified with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are good for developing brains and hearts. In the randomized, double-blind study, 122 term infants were fed one of four formulas from birth to 12 months; three with varying levels of two LCPUFAs (DHA and ARA) and one formula with no LCPUFA, and tested at four, six and nine months of age. ...> Full Article


Low-fat yogurt intake when pregnant may lead to child asthma and hay fever (9/27/2011)

Eating low-fat yogurt while pregnant can increase the risk of your child developing asthma and allergic rhinitis (hay fever), according to recent findings. ...> Full Article


Preschoolers' grasp of numbers predicts math performance in school years (9/26/2011)

A new study published today in the journal PLoS ONE reports that the precision with which preschoolers estimate quantities, prior to any formal education in mathematics, predicts their mathematics ability in elementary school, according to research from the Kennedy Krieger Institute. ...> Full Article


New research: Milk-drinking teens reap health benefits through adulthood (9/25/2011)

Developing healthy habits like drinking milk as a teen could have a long-term effect on a woman's risk for Type 2 diabetes, according to new research in this month's issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. ...> Full Article


TV found to have negative impact on parent-child communication and literacy (9/24/2011)

Since the first television screens lit up our living rooms scientists have been studying its affect on young children. Now scientists in Ohio have compared mother-child communication while watching TV to reading books or playing with Toys to reveal the impact on children's development. The results, published in Human Communication Research, show that watching TV can lead to less interaction between parents and children, with a detrimental impact on literacy and language skills. ...> Full Article


Manipulative mothers subdue show-off sons (9/23/2011)

The gaudy plumage and acrobatic displays of birds of paradise are a striking example of sexual selection, Charles Darwin's second great theory of evolution. But new research shows that this powerful process may collapse when mothers can decide whether to have a son or a daughter. ...> Full Article


Raising a child doesn't take a village, research shows (9/22/2011)

It doesn't take a village to raise a child after all, according to University of Michigan research. ...> Full Article


Primary schoolchildren can be great tutors (9/21/2011)

Schoolchildren can boost their reading and mathematics levels when they tutor fellow pupils or are tutored by older pupils, according to new research. ...> Full Article


Watching the world in motion, babies take a first step toward language (9/21/2011)

Watching children on the playground, we see them run, climb, slide, get up, and do it all again. While their movements are continuous, we language-users can easily divide them up and name each one. But what about people -- babies -- who don't yet have words? How do they make sense of a world in motion? ...> Full Article


Fast-paced, fantastical television shows may compromise learning, behavior of young children (9/20/2011)

Young children who watch fast-paced, fantastical television shows may become handicapped in their readiness for learning, according to a new University of Virginia study published in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics. ...> Full Article


Mother's diet influences baby's allergies -- new research (9/19/2011)

A possible link between what a mother eats during pregnancy and the risk of her child developing allergies has been identified in new research published in this month's the Journal of Physiology. ...> Full Article


Early motor experiences give infants a social jump start (9/18/2011)

In a new study published today in the journal Developmental Science (Epub ahead of print), researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Vanderbilt University found that early motor experiences can shape infants' preferences for objects and faces. The study findings demonstrate that providing infants with "sticky mittens" to manipulate toys increases their subsequent interest in faces, suggesting advanced social development. ...> Full Article


Spring flings may explain teen pregnancies peak (9/17/2011)

Researchers have found that the relative likelihood of conceiving in the month of March is higher if you're a school-aged adolescent than if you're an adult. ...> Full Article


Structured homeschooling gets an A+ (9/16/2011)

A new study from Concordia University and Mount Allison University has found that homeschooling -- as long as it's structured or follows a curriculum -- can provide kids with an academic edge. ...> Full Article


Primary schoolchildren that sleep less than 9 hours do not perform (9/16/2011)

Primary schoolchildren that sleep less than 9 hours do not performA study by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB in Spanish) and Ramón Llull University have researched the relationship between the sleeping habits, hours slept, and academic performance of children aged between six and seven years of age. Experts have found that sleeping less than nine hours, going to bed late and no bedtime routine generally affects children's academic skills. ...> Full Article


Helicopter parents can impede child's ability to play (9/15/2011)

Parental safety concerns may prevent children from getting good exercise, according to a new North Carolina State University study that examined how families use neighborhood parks. ...> Full Article


Parents' behavior linked to kids' videogame playing (9/14/2011)

Children who think their parents are poor monitors or nag a lot tend to play video games more than other kids, according to a study by Michigan State University researchers. ...> Full Article


When infants gain the capacity for pain (9/13/2011)

A new study has for the first time revealed the time in development when infants appear able to tell the difference between pain and basic touch. The researchers, who report their findings online in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 8, say that the results, based on recordings of brain activity in preterm infants, may have implications for clinical care. ...> Full Article


Infants trained to concentrate show added benefits (9/13/2011)

The findings reported online on Sept. 1 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, are in contrast to reports in adults showing that training at one task generally doesn't translate into improved performance on other, substantially different tasks. They also may have important implications for improving success in school, particularly for those children at risk of poor outcomes, the researchers say. ...> Full Article


Faster progress through puberty linked to behavior problems (9/12/2011)

Children who go through puberty at a faster rate are more likely to act out and to suffer from anxiety and depression, according to a study by researchers at Penn State, Duke University and the University of California, Davis. The results suggest that primary care providers, teachers and parents should look not only at the timing of puberty in relation to kids' behavior problems, but also at the tempo of puberty -- how fast or slow kids go through puberty. ...> Full Article


Songs about sex - how they affect kids (9/11/2011)

Do sexualized lyrics in popular music have an impact on the sexual behavior and attitudes of adolescents? Researchers Cougar Hall, Joshua H. West, and Shane Hill from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, take a look at the trend of increasing use of sexually explicit lyrics in music. Their findings, published online in Springer's journal Sexuality & Culture, provide food for thought for educators whose focus is to promote healthy sexual development. ...> Full Article


Mother's postpartum oxycodone use: No safer for breastfed infants than codeine (9/11/2011)

The death of an infant exposed to codeine through breast milk has many health care providers questioning the safety of the drug when used by breastfeeding mothers. Because of the potential risks, some doctors have begun the practice of prescribing oxycodone as an alternative to codeine; however, a new study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics finds that oxycodone is no safer for breastfed infants than codeine. ...> Full Article


Protecting adolescent girls from unwanted unprotected sex (9/10/2011)

Partner abuse leads to HIV infection, and black women are most at risk. A new study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that 46 percent of African-American adolescent girls report that their partner did not use a condom the last time they had sex -- often because of partner abuse. ...> Full Article


Parents need an attitude adjustment to improve their children's homework motivation (9/9/2011)

Parents can improve a sense of competence by allowing children to structure their own tasks and by giving the child the feeling that he is loved and admired no matter how successful he or she is in math or language," the researchers said. ...> Full Article


Like mama bears, nursing mothers defend babies with a vengeance (9/8/2011)

Women who breast-feed are far more likely to demonstrate a "mama bear" effect -- aggressively protecting their infants and themselves -- than women who bottle-feed their babies or non-mothers, according to a new study in the September issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ...> Full Article


Youths' social goals help determine response to bullying (9/7/2011)

This study finds that the types of goals children set in their relationships help determine how they respond to being bullied -- and whether they choose responses that are effective. For the study, researchers surveyed 370 children across grades two and three and their teachers. Findings suggest that by working to develop social competence, children orient themselves toward efforts to solve problems with their peers, handle their emotions, and think positively when relationships go awry. ...> Full Article


Hands-on dads give kids an edge (9/6/2011)

Hands-on dads give kids an edgeFathers who actively engage in raising their children can help make their offspring smarter and better behaved, according to new research from Concordia University. Published in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, the long-term study examined how fathers can positively influence the development of their kids through hands-on parenting. ...> Full Article


40-year follow-up on marshmallow test points to biological basis for delayed gratification (9/6/2011)

A landmark study in the late 1960s and early 1970s used marshmallows and cookies to assess the ability of preschool children to delay gratification. A newly published follow-up revisits some of the same children, now adults. The findings are published in the Aug. 29 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...> Full Article


Mother-son ties change over time, influence teen boys' behavior, Wayne State study finds (9/5/2011)

Relationships between mothers and their sons change during childhood and adolescence, however, not all relationships change in the same way. A Wayne State University-led study has found that how the relationships change may affect boys' behavior when they become teens. ...> Full Article


Secure attachment to moms helps irritable babies interact with others (9/4/2011)

New research suggests that highly irritable children who have secure attachments to their mothers are more likely to get along well with others than those who aren't securely attached. For this study, researchers followed 84 infants from birth to age 2, along with their mostly low-income mothers. Findings from this study can inform interventions for caregivers who have highly irritable children. ...> Full Article


Ability to remember memories' origin not fully developed in youths (9/4/2011)

During childhood and adolescence, children develop the ability to remember not only past events but the origin of those memories. New research finds that the ability to remember the origin of memories is a relatively long process that matures during adolescence but isn't fully developed until adulthood. This study included18 children, 20 adolescents, and 20 young adults, all of whom completed a two-part computer-based memory task developed by the researchers. ...> Full Article


There's your cue: Using transitional cues helps kids switch tasks (9/3/2011)

Remember when your little league football team lost the game because someone ran the ball back into their own end zone? Take heart, one University of Alberta researcher says it may be the player's unfamiliarity with perceiving transitional cues and not a reflection on their playing skills. ...> Full Article


Anxiety interferes with some children's capacity to form friendships (9/2/2011)

Socially withdrawn children, who have less contact with peers, may miss out on the support that friendships provide. In a new study about the peer relationships of almost 2,500 fifth-graders who are socially withdrawn in different ways and those who aren't withdrawn, researchers have found that withdrawn children who can be described as "anxious-solitary" differ considerably in their relationships with peers, compared to other withdrawn children and children who aren't withdrawn. ...> Full Article


Bilingual babies' vocabulary linked to early brain differentiation (9/1/2011)

Bilingual babies' vocabulary linked to early brain differentiationResearchers at the University of Washington are investigating the brain mechanisms that contribute to infants' prowess at learning languages, with the hope that the findings could boost bilingualism in adults, too. In a new study, the researchers report that the brains of babies raised in bilingual households show a longer period of being flexible to different languages and the relative amount of each language -- English and Spanish -- babies were exposed to affected their vocabulary as toddlers. ...> Full Article


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