Category: Child Discipline

The Bad Effect of Computer Games and TV on Math and Reading Skills

– The more children spend time on computer games and watching TV, the worse are  their math and reading skills. According to a study by the Educational Research Centre (ERC) of 8,000 Irish primary students, the pupils who have a TV set in their bedrooms and those who have a mobile …
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The “Sugar High” Concept: Another Parenting Myth

– According to popular wisdom, if you give give candy or cookies to young children they will turn into rabid monsters until their metabolism returns to a normal level. Nonetheless, the “sugar high” concept is just another parenting myth, an urban legend. Much scientific research has shown that giving children …
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Forget ADHD, Your Child Is Probably Simply Immature

– ADHD is one of the most over-diagnosed disorders around the world. Many children that are diagnosed, especially the youngest in their class, may just actually be too young and not mature enough. The acronym ADHD is generally used to describe a range of behavioral problems like poor attention span, hyperactivity, …
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Is Parenting Really Collapsing?

– According to physician and psychologist Leonard Sax, America’s most important problems – like obesity, psychiatric illness and the eroding educational system – have a single cause: it’s the parents’ fault. However, the bossy style of parenting recommended by Sax in his new book “The Collapse of Parenting” may be …
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The Size of a Family Can Affect Both the Behavior and School Achievement of Children

– According to a new study conducted by economists Chinhui Juhn, Yona Rubinstein, and C. Andrew Zuppann, the size of a family can affect the behavior and achievement of children. Using data from two surveys conducted between 1986 and 2012, the researchers wanted to know if and how the number …
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Mothers Should Let Fathers Be More Involved in Boys’ Education

– According to parenting expert and former teacher Noël Janis-Norton, author of the new book “Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys”, mothers too possessive of their boys and who are reluctant to let men be strong father figures have a detrimental effect on their children’s upbringing. As role-models, fathers have a more …
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Why Babies and Toddlers Should Be “Screen Time” Deprived

– Michigan State University Extension does agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics: It’s really important to minimize TV-viewing time for children under two years old. A recommendation not only valid for television, but for all screen-devices, like tablets or other hand-held devices. Advice unfortunately not followed in practice since …
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Why Does Santa Have to Be the Bad Guy?

– All over the world, at the end of each year, a lot of children behave better because they are warned that Santa – you know, the white-bearded guy in the red suit – will punish them if they are not nice enough. To be added to the “naughty list” …
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Spanking? Never a Good Parenting Method!

– A US national survey done in 2012 showed that over 50% of women and 75% of men think that kids occasionally need a “good hard spanking” to behave. Researchers though beg to differ, stating that corporal punishment alters the brain – not only in the way of trauma, but also in …
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Four Game Theory-Based Solutions for Easy Parenting

– “Game theory” – the science of “strategic thinking” – is the means of picking the best possible choice based on the way other people are expected to act in a given situation. Game theory can provide some interesting answers in matters of parenting, for example on how to get your kids …
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