Parenting News

Guidelines for Media Use in Toddlers

November 23rd, 2014
Two experts on child development have released their research-based guidelines to help parents understand the impact of media use on very young children. The research includes tips about how much screen time is OK, parent participation, the effects of parental screen use, ...

Boosting Self-Regulation Helps At-Risk Kids

November 22nd, 2014
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills -- such as paying attention, following directions, and learning to stay on task -- has been shown to help prepare at-risk children for kindergarten. These skills are critical to a ...

PreSchool Sleep Deficits Up Risk of Obesity

November 21st, 2014
A new study suggests the majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night. Researchers believe the sleep deficits place the children at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year. Investigators also suggest ...

Early Puberty May Put Teens at Risk for Depression

November 20th, 2014
New research suggests kids who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression. Both genders are at risk, although depression typically develops differently in girls than in boys, said University of Illinois researchers. "Investigators believe their findings show that early ...

Mindfulness + Cognitive Therapy = Less Prenatal Depression Risk

November 20th, 2014
Mindfulness techniques combined with cognitive therapy have been shown to reduce the risk of depression relapse among pregnant women. Mindfulness approaches include meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga while cognitive therapy challenges and alters maladaptive thoughts and feelings. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers found pregnant ...

Social Network Games Can Enhance Family Ties

November 19th, 2014
Playing games on a social media site may actually improve communication among family members of all ages. In a new study, researchers discovered online games like CityVille are being played multi-generationally within families. "These interactions prove social networks are tools that break down ...

Family Rules Help Kids Learn to Eat Healthy, Stay Active

November 18th, 2014
New research provides timely suggestions to help parents guide their children to a healthy lifestyle. Indiana University investigators found that setting specific family rules about healthy eating and sedentary behavior actually leads to healthier practices in children. Alyssa M. Lederer, doctoral candidate and associate ...

Cookie Monster Helps Kids Learn Self-Control

November 17th, 2014
An innovative study has determined that watching the Sesame Street video featuring the Cookie Monster can help children improve their executive skills. Deborah Linebarger, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, discovered that when a group of preschoolers watched videos of ...

Brain Imaging Shows What Puts Teens at Risk for Substance Abuse

November 16th, 2014
A series of four experiments by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center are helping researchers zero in on what puts teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking. The experiments are part of the Adolescent Development Study, an ...

Moms Better at Helping Girls Develop Emotional Skills

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests the conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content than the conversations they have with their sons. Investigators surmise this learned emotional sensitivity will aid females as gender equity expands in the workforce. UK ...