Parenting News

Modern Families Challenge Stepfathers’ Mental Health

February 6th, 2015
New research suggests the complexity of raising a modern family can increase the risk of depression in mothers and fathers. New parental roles -- be it biological, stepparent, cohabitating, or non-cohabitating -- place new forms of stress on parents. Scholars at Brigham ...

Opinions on Vaccines Strongly Influenced by Online Comments

February 6th, 2015
In a new study, researchers investigated how comments on the Internet tend to affect people’s opinions on whether or not childhood vaccines should be enforced. With some still fearing that vaccines have an impact on autism development, the subject is becoming more ...

New Strategies May Reduce Autism in High-Risk Kids

February 5th, 2015
A new study finds that parents can use a group of simple approaches to help one-year-olds at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). University of North Carolina researchers from the departments of Allied Health Sciences, Psychiatry and Psychology followed 18 families with a ...

Prenatal Attention to Maternal Health May Reduce Childhood Obesity

February 3rd, 2015
A new U.K. study adds to a growing body of evidence that links a child's early environment before and soon after birth to their chance of becoming obese later in life. The study looked at the combined effects of a variety of individual ...

Babies Show Memory Consolidation During Sleep

February 2nd, 2015
Emerging research discovers that while infants sleep they are reprocessing what they have learned. German researchers found that babies of the age from nine to 16 months remember the names of objects better if they had a short nap. And only after sleeping can ...

Should Preschoolers Use an iPad?

February 2nd, 2015
Many very young children use mobile devices these days, and little is known about their effects. In a commentary in the journal Pediatrics, researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools. The ...

Diet, Nutrition Closely Linked to Mental Health

February 2nd, 2015
It’s extremely important that experts in the fields of psychiatry and public health recognize the undeniable link between mental health and diet and nutrition, say leading academics in a new paper published in the The Lancet Psychiatry. Research has overwhelmingly confirmed the relationship ...

Children Feel Most Positive About Mothers Who Respect Their Autonomy

January 31st, 2015
New research shows that mothers who support their children's need for autonomy tend to be viewed more positively by their children. "When mothers are highly controlling of small children's play, those children are less likely to want to engage with them," said Jean ...

Mouse Study: Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase Risk of ADHD

January 30th, 2015
A new lab study by scientists from several prominent universities suggests a commonly used pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Researchers believe the pesticide alters the development of the brain's dopamine system, the part of the brain ...

Teen Body Image Perceptions Influence Adult Body Type

January 29th, 2015
New research discovers that teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are at greater risk of obesity as adults. The finding confirms the belief that an inappropriate body image can lead to a variety of issues during adolescence and adulthood. “Our research shows that ...