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That’s Life: Helping Kids Deal with Disappointment

How Kids Benefit from Disappointment Whether it's a trip to the playground that gets ruined by rain or there are no more chocolate sprinkles at the ice cream shop, life is full of little and big disappointments. And as much as we'd like to spare our kids from letdowns, we can't -- and that's a [...]

Spanking Can be Detrimental for Children’s Behavior, Even 10 Years Later

Past research has indicated that physical punishment, such as spanking, has negative consequences on child development. However, most research studies have examined short-term associations -- less than one year -- between discipline and development. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that physical discipline experienced during infancy can negatively impact temperament and behavior [...]

New Trend: No Homework for Elementary Students

Sweeping our country is a new trend: No homework! Many parents are singing the praises of these policies, which remove the nightly nagging of “Have you done your homework?” Plus it frees up time where parents can genuinely connect with their child whether over dinner, or gardening in the backyard without the stress of impending schoolwork. Of [...]

By | 2017-08-07T15:54:18+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Kids, Cash, and Snacks: What Motivates a Healthier Food Choice?

What determines how children decide to spend their cash on snacks? A new study shows that children's experience with money and their liking of brands influenced purchase decisions -- and that for some children, higher prices for unhealthy snacks might motivate healthier choices. The study is published in the journal Appetite. Besides parents, many actors such [...]

By | 2017-08-07T15:05:07+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Eating Disorders, Obesity, Society & Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Clicks and Likes Contributing to a Teen Anxiety Crisis

An increasing dependency on activities associated with the brain's excitement-pleasure circuitry is partly to blame for the rising levels of anxiety and depression in teenagers today. Prominent in this cerebral circuitry is social media. A psychiatrist speaking to a group of teachers at the beginning of the school year warned of the "anxiety tsunami" that [...]

By | 2017-08-07T14:56:09+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Simple Strategies To Help Diffuse Anxiety in Children

If you suspect your child is suffering from anxiety or if your child has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you may feel rather overwhelmed and not knowing what to do. Beyond seeking help and support from a mental health professional, there are other things you can do to empower yourself as a conscious parent. [...]

When is a Friendship Toxic?

Friendships can be complicated. The childhood fantasy of a BFF who is always nice, kind, empathetic, available… is generally shattered relatively early when they come to the realisation that friendships are complex relationships that ebb and flow, weaken and strengthen and have other relationships attached to them. We all want and need friends. One, two, [...]

Why Telling our Sons to ‘Be a Man’ is the Worst Thing We Can Say

There's a three-word lie whispered to every little boy, over and over again, that's ruining society, trashing lives and can be blamed for everything from domestic violence, to rape culture, casual sexism and the rise of the hilarious-but-dangerous men's rights movement.The insidious lie we all believe by the time we can walk and talk is [...]

School Clamps Down on Phones and Fitbits to Ease Body Image Worries

Stroud high school for girls says tech gadgets and social media exacerbate pressures leading to low self-esteem A girls’ school is banning wearable activity trackers and smartwatches because of concerns that pupils are skipping lunch if they fail to meet their calorie and exercise targets. Teachers at Stroud high school in Gloucestershire fear the gadgets [...]

Optimal Sleep Times for Children and Adolescents

The question of how much sleep children and adolescents need seems simple on its surface, but is actually not that easy to answer definitively. The question is almost always raised in terms of how many hours of sleep are needed, and typically the question ends there. Not always stated but implicit in the question is [...]