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Break your child from these 7 harmful health habits

Fox News – Julie Revelant

“Thumb sucking, picky eating and nose picking are not only a nuisance, but they can have lasting effects on your child’s health. Here, experts weigh in on why these habits are harmful and offer their best tips for how to deal with your child’s behaviors.”(more)

Confident fathers have happier children, says study

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Confident fathers who embrace becoming a parent are less likely to have children who display behavioural issues before the teenage years, a study says. The Oxford University research stresses the importance of a man’s attitude to fatherhood soon after birth. This can influence later behaviour more than undertaking childcare and chores. The study assessed if fathers were confident with their child, formed a strong bond and felt closer to their partner as a result of parenthood.”(more)

How to Develop Mindsets for Compassion and Caring in Students

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“Early in his career Dr. Robert Brooks became the principal of a school in a locked-door unit at McLean Psychiatric Hospital. He and his staff of teachers worked with children and adolescents who were severely disturbed and whose behavior showed their turmoil. Within the first few months, Brooks felt demoralized and dreaded work each day. “I had a very negative mindset,” Brooks said at a Learning and the Brain conference on mindsets in San Francisco. Brooks is now a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is the author of over a dozen books, including Raising Resilient Children. He has spent his career researching how to help develop resilience in children and adults, working extensively with educators in many contexts.”(more)

Preventing adolescent substance use may need to start in early childhood

Medical X-Press – Cathy Wilde

“Research from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions suggests the approach to preventing alcohol and drug use by some adolescents should begin in early childhood. “The children of parents with alcohol problems are at much greater risk for underage drinking and developing a substance use disorder,” says the study’s author, Rina Das Eiden, PhD, senior research scientist at RIA. “It’s important to understand when and under what circumstances such problems develop, so we can craft interventions to steer this high-risk population away from substance use and its attendant problems.” Eiden examined different pathways to adolescent substance use, starting in infancy, for children of parents with alcohol use disorder (AUD), and found that maternal warmth and sensitivity in early childhood played a significant role.”(more)

Can urban greenspace have an effect on children’s behaviour?

The Guardian – Justine Larson

“A creative study in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry examined levels of aggression in 1,287 twins and triplets in Southern California born between the years of 1990 and 1995. The authors used satellite imagery to find an aggregate measure of vegetation called the Normalised Differential Vegetation Index (NVDI) surrounding the home. The study found that both in the short term (6-months to 1-year) and the long term (1 to 3 years), having greenspace within 1000 meters was associated with reduced aggressive behaviours in this group of 9 to 18 year olds. Even when authors controlled for things like socioeconomic factors, age, gender, race, self-rated neighbourhood quality, maternal depression, traffic density, and even ambient temperatures, the difference in aggressive behaviours remained. In the sample studied, boys, people with lower perceived neighbourhood quality, children born to mothers who smoked, and those with lower socioeconomic status were more likely to be aggressive.”(more)

Video Games Teach Kids To Smoke Tobacco, Drink Alcohol, Study Says

Medical Daily – Elana Glowatz

“Popular video games might make young people more likely to smoke or drink, a new study has asserted. Many of the bestselling games contain explicit use of alcohol or tobacco, implied use, or paraphernalia, and in a paper in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, U.K. researchers suggest that young people “who play these video games are more likely to have experimented with tobacco and alcohol.” The authors compared this influence to that of films, noting that exposure to alcohol- and tobacco-related content in movies makes adolescents more inclined to try the drugs themselves. However, “tobacco and alcohol content is highly prevalent in a range of other popular media, and the interactive nature of video games provides multiple opportunities to promote products and behaviors.” The team from the University of Nottingham looked at a few dozen of the bestselling video games in the U.K. in 2012 and 2013 that had avatars that look and behave like actual people, and took surveys of more than 1,000 kids between 11 and 17 years old that involved self-reported substance abuse.”(more)