Showing posts from September, 2010

Regular time with dad is key to kids' happiness

Regular time with dad is key to kids' happiness BY  ROSEMARY BLACK ,  DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER,  Friday, June 18th 2010 The key to childhood happiness might be more face time with Dad. Kids who chat regularly with their father are happier than kids who don’t, according to new research. Children who converse with their father “most days” rated themselves 87 out of 100 on a happiness scale, while those who rarely talk to their dads scored a 79. The study results, released by the Children’s Society in  Great Britain  just in time for Father’s Day, called the findings “highly significant” because research has demonstrated that a person’s well-being later in life has a lot to do with their relationship with both parents during the teen years. Of the 1,200 children in the study, who were 11 to 15, nearly 50% said they “hardly ever” talk to their dads about important subjects, as compared with just 28% who report rarely discussing important subjects with their moms. Dads may not have as m

Cyberbullying Linked to Teen Health Problems

 Cyberbullying Linked to Teen Health Problems Katie Drummond  Contributor (July 5) -- Teasing and bullying are no longer confined to the schoolyard: Digital abuse -- whether via cell phone, social networking sites or e-mail -- has become increasingly common among kids and teens. In the wake of troubling incidences of  cyberbullying-related suicides , a new study has concluded that the psychological and physical impact of the aggressive activities are remarkably common among both victims and perpetrators. A research team out of Finland's Turku University, whose work appears in this month's issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, surveyed 2,215 teens ages 13 to 16. The teens were asked about their health, substance use, bullying experiences and psychosomatic symptoms. Teens who'd been victims of cyberbullying suffered from emotional distress, concentration problems, headaches and abdominal pain, and had difficulty sleeping. Cyberbullies indicated seve

Toddler TV linked to low math scores

Toddler TV linked to low math scores Last Updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 | 10:36 AM ET The Canadian Press Too much time in front of the tube as a two-year-old can predict some negative consequences at the age of 10, a new study suggests. Researchers studied more than 1,300 children in Quebec and found that higher TV exposure as toddlers corresponded to less achievement in math, an increase in being victimized by classmates and less physical activity at age 10. The children also had a higher likelihood of consuming more junk food and soft drinks and of having a higher body mass index, according to the study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Parents reported their kids' viewing habits at age 29 months and at 53 months as part of the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. Teachers were asked to evaluate the students' academic, psychosocial and health habits, and body mass index was measured at 10 years old. Researcher Linda Pagani,

Before Your Teen's First Date

Do you have young children?  It's not too early to start preparing them to interact with the opposite sex.  This is an excellent article to help you get started.  Let me know if it is helpful. Al Menconi, editor Before Your Teen's First Date Taking Some of the Stress out of Dating By Christina Crawley published 5/4/10 in YM Prep early. Ideally, the process of preparing your teen to date should start when he or she is young. Healthy dating is, in part, about learning how to relate well to others (and it's never too early to teach that). Kids learn from watching others and will build their worldviews based on what they see around them. If you want your teen to live out functional relationships, do what you can to create a healthy and Christ-centered living experience for them. Get involved in a small group at church. Invite other families over for dinner or a movie and popcorn. Expose your kids to others who live Christ-centered lives. Fill in the gaps. Te