February 18, 2008

Cranky Babies Becoming Stars in First Grade?

Parents of cranky babies take comfort: they can turn out to be star students in Grade 1 if they have a healthy dose of good care, according to new research.

Professors at two U.S. universities analysed data involving 1,364 children, starting at six months, and concluded that infants who cry more, are hard to settle down and do not respond well to new people and situations can develop stronger academic and social skills than babies who are easy to get along with from the start.

“Parents who have these babies who are hard to deal with can become very discouraged,” said lead researcher Anne Dopkins Stright, a psychologist at the University of Indiana.

“The results of this study suggest they should not give up, they should stick with it and their child can do very, very well, in fact better than those easy babies that they probably wish they had.”

Read full story: How good parents can turn cranky babies sweet

February 7, 2008

What do you do if your teen is afraid of everything?

A Teenager Writes:

I have a major problem. I’m afraid of everything, and I do mean everything. I’m 16 and everyone else has their driver’s license but me because I am absolutely terrified of cars. I can’t eat in the lunchroom at school because I fear people more than anything else. I can’t help it. I want to move far away after college but I’m afraid of planes and the place I want to live is across the country. I also have separation anxiety, so I might not be able to move at all. I can’t enjoy being a teenager because I’m too scared to do anything. I can’t give a speech in class because I feel like I’m having a heart attack while up there in front of everyone. I can’t go swimming at a lake because I’m afraid of fish. I have a huge fear of gaining weight, so I’ll just not eat for a day. I have so many more fears not mentioned. Please tell me what to do to get over these fears so I can live my life.

What would you do as a parent?

Check out the full story: “I’m afraid of everything”

February 6, 2008

Your Drinking Habits Could Influence Your Kids

“There is little question that parental behaviors influence adolescent alcohol use,” added Michael Windle, Rollins Professor and chair of the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University….

Researchers examined data from 4,731 adolescents (2,402 males, 2,329 females) and their parents (87% with data from both parents, 13% with data from only one parent), gathered through an ongoing Finnish population-based, developmental twin study of health-related behaviors and correlated risk factors. Parents were asked about their frequencies of alcohol use and intoxication, as well as their lifetime prevalence of alcohol-related problems. Adolescents reported on perceptions of the parenting that they received, as well as their own prevalence of alcohol use and intoxication at 14 and 17.5 years of age.

Full story: Parental Drinking And Parenting Practices Influence Adolescent Drinking

Your Drinking Habits Could Influence Your Kids

“There is little question that parental behaviors influence adolescent alcohol use,” added Michael Windle, Rollins Professor and chair of the department of behavioral sciences and health education at Emory University….

Researchers examined data from 4,731 adolescents (2,402 males, 2,329 females) and their parents (87% with data from both parents, 13% with data from only one parent), gathered through an ongoing Finnish population-based, developmental twin study of health-related behaviors and correlated risk factors. Parents were asked about their frequencies of alcohol use and intoxication, as well as their lifetime prevalence of alcohol-related problems. Adolescents reported on perceptions of the parenting that they received, as well as their own prevalence of alcohol use and intoxication at 14 and 17.5 years of age.

Full story: Parental Drinking And Parenting Practices Influence Adolescent Drinking

January 29, 2008

Common Parenting Mistakes

No parent — indeed, no person — intentionally makes mistakes, but in our innocence as humans, we all make mistakes unintentionally. Here is a short list of some of the more common ones parents make:

* Overexplaining

* Making assumptions

* Passing on constraints

* Child be in charge

Full story: Beware of common parenting mistakes