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Raise your hand if you’ve been there.  Your young child has just gotten into something that she knew was off-limits.  When met with an angry, red-faced you and the threat of punishment, she denies having done anything.  Now replay this scenario where she commits the forbidden act, but you approach her matter-of-factly and she knows [...]

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The scene: Jamie, a fourth-grader, knows that he is responsible for remembering to put his lunch in his backpack for school.  He has forgotten it today for the umpteenth time, which his mom does not notice until the school bus is pulling away.  She sighs and puts the lunch in her car, again.  On her [...]

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There has been a lot of research done on maternal depression and we know that it can have a big impact on children.  We don’t know as much about paternal depression because, quite frankly, there just hasn’t been the same focus on this issue.  I was excited to come across an article by Davis and [...]

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And the argument continues…time-out versus corporal punishment.  I could do a lengthy review of the research on both, but my bottom line will still be this: if you can utilize time-out and get desired (and better) results why hit your kids?  (See Nestor’s 9/27/10 post for a discussion on spanking.)

That being [...]

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Monday’s Briefs: Quick musings on child related research.

Editor’s note: Due to the yesterday especial editorial on bullying and suicide, Monday’s brief comes to you a date late. Wednesday’s post will be published tomorrow as expected. We will review the latest study on vaccines and autism.

The leading causes of childhood disabilities are prenatal [...]

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Monday’s briefs: Quick musings on child related research.

One drawback of our culture of individualism is that it perpetuates the myth that we all have equal opportunities for success and that the only thing that is needed to achieve our goals is personal effort. The research on environmental contributions to academic and professional success strongly [...]

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The most recent issue of the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics included a report on the use of physical violence as a form of discipline (aka “spanking”) and its relation to intimate partner violence. The study examined a large sample of close to 2,000 families participating in a nationally representative study of families across the USA. The authors [...]

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Given the high rates of ADHD diagnoses in the USA, and recent discussions about the likely misdiagnoses of tens of thousands of children, it is easy for some to dismiss ADHD as jus a term used by zealous clinicians to label kids who just want to be kids. But such an attitude ignores the real struggles [...]

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