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Basis for eating disorders found in children as young as eight

New study shows that children as young as eight can experience unhappiness with the shape and size of their body that puts them at risk of developing eating disorders in their teens.

“At the age of eight, 5% of girls and 3% of boys in the study were dissatisfied with their body, which rose with . . . → Read More: Basis for eating disorders found in children as young as eight

How Poverty Stunts Kids’ Brain Development

A recent study, published July 20 in the JAMA Pediatrics medical journal, reports that analyses of MRI scans from 389 children and teens over six years show that poor kids have smaller brains that are linked to lower test scores when compared to middle class and rich kids.

Seth Pollak of the University of Wisconsin–Madison . . . → Read More: How Poverty Stunts Kids’ Brain Development

Snoring Children May Suffer From Sleep Apnea

In today’s article in the New York Times, Jane Brody writes about the sleep apnea disorder in young children.

“In most cases, the problem results when, during sleep, the child’s airway is temporarily obstructed by enlarged tonsils or adenoids or both — lymphoid tissues in the back of the throat — hence the name obstructive . . . → Read More: Snoring Children May Suffer From Sleep Apnea

New report finds growing number of US children living in ​poverty

A new report finds that growing number of US children are living in poverty and stark racial inequities, suggesting the economic recovery has not helped families return to their pre-recession economic security.

“The figure has steadily increased since 2000, when 9% of children lived in a high-poverty area. Fewer lived with parents who had full-time, . . . → Read More: New report finds growing number of US children living in ​poverty

Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

A new study finds that children with good social skills, like sharing and listening, are more likely to grow into successful adults.

“Put yourself, for a moment, with a bunch of kindergartners. Then try and predict which one of them might finish college and get a good job two decades down the road. Is . . . → Read More: Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

For many American kids the coming of summer is not the beginning of careless, unsupervised time to explore and play with friends, but more of the same over-scheduled, adult-supervised activities they have to endure the rest of the year.

This is a shame, as more child experts are starting to agree that “Unscheduled, unsupervised, playtime . . . → Read More: Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Stimulate Your Child’s Mind

Many experts believe that by enriching a baby’s environment, parents can stimulate their child’s brain development – an activity vital to cultivation of baby’s intelligence, learning and overall success in life.

What can parents do? Parents can do a lot. They can start by holding their infants frequently and using expressive facial gestures when communicating . . . → Read More: Stimulate Your Child’s Mind

How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

Jane Brody from the New York Times writes in today’s column that the most effective way for parents to help their children and teenagers curb excessive screen time usage is to set a good example and spend less time on electronic devices themselves.

“Young children learn by example, often copying the behavior of adults. I . . . → Read More: How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

A new documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, calls attention to the tragic effects excessive addiction to video games has on teenagers. Although filmed in China, the subject matter has great relevance for parents all over the world. Children have been known to play for hours on end, often without breaks . . . → Read More: Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Should I let my child take more risks?

In our helicopter-parent, safety obsessed society, we live in fear of our children getting hurt. We try to provide as safe a world as possible for our children to grow in. But are we doing our children a favor? Is that the healthiest way for them to grow and mature?

New research published in “the . . . → Read More: Should I let my child take more risks?