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Monday, April 14, 2014

Fussy Toddlers Watch More TV Than Calmer Kids, Study Finds

Parade – Lindsay Lowe

“Plenty of parents turn on the TV in hopes of calming their toddler down during a tantrum. And the fussier the child, the more screen time he gets, a new study finds, which could harm him developmentally down the line.”(more)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“Scientists have known about childhood amnesia for more than a century. But it’s only in the past decade that they have begun to figure out when childhood memories start to fade, which early memories are most likely to survive, and how we create a complete autobiography without direct memories of our earliest years.”(more)

Shouting at children ‘increases their behaviour problems’

The Telegraph – Hadley Malcolm

“Mothers who angrily tell off their children when they step out of line may be making behaviour problems worse, according to research.”(more)

Friday, April 4, 2014

When little voices take to a big stage

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Started 13 years ago, the festival aims to give children the chance not only to sing and play together in a school, but across Lambeth, says Lambeth council’s education improvement adviser Judith Hare…”There is a lot of research to show that if you play a musical instrument – the connections in the brain are stronger. People with a music background tend to achieve more academically.”"(more)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New insight into how children learn maths

BBC News – Helen Briggs

“Eight-year-olds gained a deeper understanding of mathematical principles by using their hands as well as their brains, say US psychologists.”(more)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Costs of childhood psychiatric disorders ‘mostly fall to schools’

Prevention Action – Staff Writer

“Around one in ten children and young people experience psychiatric disorders, creating huge additional costs for public services. But it is schools and special education that are bearing the brunt, rather than health or social care services, say economic impact analysts in the UK.”(more)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What kids need from their parents

News Herald – Juliann Talkington


When children enter this world everything is new and overwhelming. Not only do they need sustenance, but must learn how to interact with others, make wise decisions, care for themselves, and enjoy life.


This means parents have a demanding and rewarding job. In addition to meeting their children’s physical needs, they must serve as teachers, coaches, guides, mentors, and psychologists.


To make things more interesting and challenging, children learn gradually. This means parenting is a long-term commitment and parents must learn and grow as their children mature. Although the thought of filling all these roles can be overwhelming, parenting can be a fun, positive experience.


The first step in making parenting less overwhelming is to define the key things children need from you, their parents.


First, kids need a strong understanding of what is right and wrong, Life without core values is very disconcerting for children. Without this foundation, it is difficult for kids to make wise decisions.


Parents help children become independent by setting boundaries and providing feedback when their children make mistakes. This means kids need rules and reasonable consequences for poor choices.


Kids need affection. They need to know mom and dad care about them and that they are special.


Conversation is an essential element in a strong relationship. Having discussions with your children teaches them how to listen, make coherent arguments, and to respect the viewpoints of others. Dinner and driving to and from activities are excellent times to converse with your kids.


Children need to learn how to make good decisions on their own. This means kids need to be given age appropriate responsibility.


Encouragement, praise for effort and hard work, is extremely important. Not only does it reinforce core values, but provides kids with positive feedback, a critical component of self-esteem.


Everyone wants to have a good time. Make sure you include fun, family activities in your schedule. These activities will help build rapport and lasting memories.


Teach your children the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Provide high quality, minimally processed food and encourage exercise. Then teach your children how to cook.


Make sure you are around. Attend school events and go to arts and athletic activities. Presence communicates that you care.


Be a positive role model for your children. Children watch everything you do. Make sure you lead by example and apologize when you make a mistake.


Finally, relax and enjoy parenting!


Friday, March 14, 2014

When school discipline is unfair: four ways to do better

The Christian Science Monitor – Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

“A new set of reports dives deep into the complex causes of inequities in school discipline and offers details on what schools can do to create a climate that is both orderly and fair.”(more)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Simple and Not-So-Simple Steps Schools Can Take to Reduce Bullying

Education Week – Holly Yettick

“A research review has found that a reprimand from a teacher or a gesture of friendship from a fellow student can go a long way toward protecting victims from the harmful impacts of bullying. But in order to truly create a safe environment for all students, schools need to make more sweeping changes such as creating and enforcing anti-bullying policies that also address cyberharassment.”(more)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Violent Video Games and Bad Behavior: The Evidence Mounts

Pacific Standard – Tom Jacobs

“Still convinced that violent video games are harmless fun? You might want to put down that console and consider the findings of two new research papers…Violent video games can, and do, impact players’ attitudes and behaviors. And not for the better.”(more)