Parenting News

Media Screens Seem to Hinder Ability to Read Emotions

August 23rd, 2014
A new study found that sixth-grade students who went five days without looking at a smartphone, television, or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than students from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking ...

Poor Childhood Can Lead to Impulsive Adulthood, Lack of Persistence

August 21st, 2014
Growing up poor appears to influence a person’s sense of control, leading them to give up quickly on challenging tasks. Moreover, the perceived loss of control may contribute to impulsive decision-making and unwise behaviors, suggests research recently published by the American Psychological Association. "Two ...

Social Media Becoming Go-To Info Source for Moms

August 21st, 2014
Social media may now rival girlfriends and playground parents as a source of trusted advice for mothers. A new Australian study finds that Facebook and other web communities are now the preferred information conduit, a distinction that some believe offers a largely untapped ...

Physically Fit Kids Have More Compact Brain White Matter

August 20th, 2014
A new study shows that nine and 10-year-old kids who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in their brains than kids who are less fit. According to researchers, white matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve ...

Childhood Neglect, Not Abuse, Best Predicter of Violence in Teen Boys

August 20th, 2014
Boys who have been physically neglected are at greater risk of becoming violent teenagers than even those who have suffered from physical abuse, according to researchers at Penn State studying incarcerated male adolescents. Examples of physical neglect include not taking a sick or ...

Postpartum Difficulties Not Just Limited to Depression

August 19th, 2014
Beyond postpartum depression, there are several other lesser-known mental health risks during the perinatal period (just before and after a baby is born), and this includes the added pressure of becoming a “super” mom or dad, according to a University of Kansas ...

In Kids, Physical Disabilities Down But Others Are Up — Especially Among Rich

August 19th, 2014
Although physical disabilities have declined among U.S. children, there has been a sharp rise in mental and developmental problems, especially in those from wealthier families, according to a 10-year analysis published in the journal Pediatrics. Children from poor families, however, still bear the ...

In Quest for Work-Life Balance, Men Tend to Win Out

August 19th, 2014
A new study shows that when asking for flexible work arrangements, especially for childcare-related reasons, men are more likely to have an advantage. Researcher Dr. Christin Munsch, an assistant professor of sociology at Furman University, analyzed the reactions both men and women received ...

Certain Jobs Create Additional Stress for Parents

August 17th, 2014
New research has discovered that a person’s job -- and how society views it -- can create additional psychological baggage for some parents. The study, from researchers at the University of Iowa, found that parents who hold jobs viewed by society as aggressive, ...

For Many Kids, Parent in Jail Can Be Worse Than Divorce, Parental Death

August 16th, 2014
For Many Kids, Parent in Jail Can Be Worse Than Divorce, Parental DeathA new study has found significant mental health problems, including behavioral issues, in children whose parents are incarcerated. In fact, according to researchers ...