Parenting News

Fighting Parents Harm Child’s Emotional Balance

September 19th, 2014
New research suggests combative parents may impair a child’s ability to recognize and control emotions. Investigators discovered the effect of protracted household tension is cumulative as prolonged exposure to marital aggression takes a substantial toll on the emotional adjustment of young children. Moreover, ...

Childhood Trauma May Activate Gene Leading to PTSD

September 17th, 2014
New research suggests childhood adversity may influence genotypes which, in turn, can affect a person’s nervous system, placing the individual at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Specialists have known that abnormalities in a person’s nervous system, especially in the fight-or flight- response, are ...

Early Intervention Can Curb Aggression in Kids

September 17th, 2014
Timely new research discovers aggressive children are less likely to become violent criminals or psychiatrically troubled adults if they receive early school and home-based interventions. The Fast-Track Project study, by researchers at Duke, Pennsylvania State, Vanderbilt universities and the University of Washington, began ...

Why Parents Shouldn’t Play Favorites

September 13th, 2014
New research from Brigham Young University shows that perceived preferential treatment of one child by parents can lead to alcohol, cigarette, and drug use by the less-favored children. That’s in families that aren’t very close to each other -- what researcher Alex Jensen, ...

Youth Find it Hard to Resist Immediate Rewards

September 12th, 2014
University of Iowa investigators found teenagers are far more sensitive than adults to the immediate effect or reward of their behaviors. Thus, when a teen performs an action then pleads that they could not keep themselves from doing the deed, they may be correct. ...

Family Income, Kids’ Age Moderate Effects of Parental Separation

September 11th, 2014
Children of separated parents in high- as opposed to low-income families are more likely to experience problems, according to a new study in the journal Child Development. And going from a single-parent family into a stepparent family improved children’s behavior in higher-income families, but ...

Bullying Methods Change as Students Age

September 11th, 2014
New research suggests the way students are bullied changes as students’ age with verbal and physical bullying decreasing and cyberbullying increasing. Investigators also discovered non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as students transition from ...

Workout Before the Bell May Reduce ADHD Symptoms in Class

September 10th, 2014
Before-school physical activity may help improve a child’s attention span in the classroom. A new study suggests offering daily before-school, aerobic activities to younger at-risk children could help in reducing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the classroom and at home. Michigan State ...

Pilot Program Finds Early Autism Intervention Beneficial

September 10th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests treatment for autism during infancy can significantly reduce symptoms so that by age three, most who received the therapy had neither autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) nor developmental delay. Researchers from the University of California, Davis MIND Institute developed the ...

Parental Sleep Aids for School Kids

September 5th, 2014
Now that school has resumed for most school-aged children, parents face the challenge of overcoming summer sleep habits. Sleep, or lack thereof, and technology often go hand in hand when it comes to such kids, say researchers. Nearly three out of four children (72 ...