October 2016

Happily Chatty Toddlers Who Start to Stutter

Many smart toddlers develop a stuttering problem sometime between 18 months and 4 years. Usually, they grow out of it but parents can help by being patient and channeling Mr Rogers

Addressing Gender-Specific Issues Can Improve Co-Parenting

Although most agree that co-parenting after a divorce provides the best environment for kids, successful co-parenting is often challenged by a variety of gender-specific issues. More than half of America’s courts require some type of education for divorcing parents to help them establish workable co-parenting plans. Nevertheless, successful co-parenting remains difficult.

What If Your Child Crosses the Line?

Maybe most important, instead of feeling like he has crossed a line that leaves him disconnected, beyond the love of his parents, he has learned that he is loved unconditionally.

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Unfortunately too many social services and legal professionals are unaware or unwilling to be aware of the harm of parental alienation syndrome and it hurts children.

For Kids, More Time on Digital Devices = Less Homework Completed

New research finds that the more time children spend using digital devices, the less likely they are to finish their homework, complete other tasks, or display interest in learning new things. Moreover, the more digital media time, the more difficult ...

Childhood Trauma Affects Development, Physical Health

While it’s well-known that adverse childhood experiences carry over into adult life, a new study focuses on the effects of these experiences during the childhood years. For the study, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 National Conference & Exhibition, researchers conducted a systematic literature review to identify some of the clinical signs that can be used to recognize children at risk after experiencing trauma.

Parents’ Social Media Posts Could Harm Kids

What parents share on social media about their children presents new and often unanticipated risks, according to new research. Researchers, who presented the study at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference & Exhibition, ...

Kids of Bipolar or Schizophrenic Parents More Likely to Face Early Mental Health Issues

New research shows that children born to one or both parents with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are more likely to suffer mental health problems by the age of seven. Presented at the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy, in October 2016, the Danish High Risk and Resilience Study — VIA 7 — included 522 children who were seven at the start of the study.

Kids who cut:

American youth are stressed. Non-suicidal self-injury is one response to stress that’s common among adolescents and young adults. To prepare adults, training programs are emerging.

An Overview of ADHD Care

ADHD affects far more than just attention, and affects not only children but their family and relationships. Here's what you need to know to manage it comprehensively.

Six Reasons Teens Turn to Drugs

There comes a time in a teen’s life where he or she is faced with the single decision to take a drug. The power of that one decision is oftentimes underestimated.

Middle School Mental Health Program Educates, Reduces Stigma

Mental Health Matters, a middle school-based mental health program, is successfully educating students about mental illness and helping to reduce the associated stigma, according to a new study published in the Journal of School Health. Today, the Mental Health Matters program is in place in 35 classrooms in Santa Barbara County, California.

Sleep-Deprived Preschoolers May Eat More

A new study shows that preschoolers who are sleep-deprived for just one day tend to consume a greater number of calories on both that day and the following day. The findings, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, shed light on how sleep loss can...

New Study Finds 15 Percent of 6th Graders Commit Cyber Abuse

According to a new study, 15 percent of sixth-grade students report they have perpetrated at least one form of abuse toward a dating partner through technology. For the study, researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (...

9 Signs That a Child Has Entitlement Issues

Most of us have watched as the youngster—your child or a friend or relative's child—tears into her gifts. She sees what is in one package and quickly moves on to the next. A parent stands by reminding her to say "thank you," often fruitlessly. Feeling somewhat helpless, the parent herself comments on how special the gift is, just what her son or daughter wanted.

When You’re Gone: Deployment Effects On Parenting

“It’s hard, but I think it must be harder for my husband, being away for so long. He missed a lot of firsts when the girls were babies. Thankfully, between deployments he got to see with one, the things he missed with the other.” Blair Johnson, mother of two, Mackenzie age 5, and Macey age 2, has experienced firsthand the hardships of having a spouse away on deployment, as her husband Nathan, an American marine, has spent half of their marriage overseas and in training.

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