Parenting

Parenting – if only there were a manual.

Family meals – still a great idea (for more and more reasons)

Public Policy Should Promote Family Mealtimes, Researchers Urge ScienceDaily (Sep. 9, 2009) ”” In a new report, University of Illinois professor Barbara H. Fiese urges local, state, and federal governments, businesses, and community leaders to promote family mealtimes as a matter of public policy. “There are few things parents can do that are as effective …

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Good luck on this parenting effort…

All-Nighters Equal Lower Grades ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2007) ”” With end-of-semester finals looming, here’s an exam question: Will pulling an all-nighter actually help you score well? To the dismay of college students everywhere, the correct answer is “no.” Pamela Thacher, associate professor of psychology at St. Lawrence University (Canton, N.Y.), studied the sleeping patterns and …

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Your child’s academic performance

Sleep Helps Reduce Errors In Memory, Research Suggests ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2009) ”” Sleep may reduce mistakes in memory, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by a cognitive neuroscientist at Michigan State University. See also:Health & Medicine Sleep Disorder Research Insomnia Research Alzheimer’s Research Mind & Brain Memory Sleep Disorders Insomnia Reference Memory bias Sleep …

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Home birth as safe as hospital births

Planned Home Birth With Registered Midwife As Safe As Hospital Birth, Canadian Study Finds ScienceDaily (Sep. 1, 2009) ”” The risk of infant death following planned home birth attended by a registered midwife does not differ from that of a planned hospital birth, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The study …

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When in doubt, imitate nature – breastfeeding great for all parties.

Breast-Feeding Benefits Mothers, Study Finds By RONI CARYN RABIN Published: April 21, 2009 Most doctors agree that breast-feeding is best for babies’ health. Now a large study suggests that the practice benefits mothers as well: women who have breast-fed, it says, are at lower risk than mothers who have not for developing high blood pressure, …

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Dad

This is a wonderful piece by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers large and small, and president of NBC News. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. My father never drove a car. Well, that’s not quite right. I should say I never saw him drive a car. He quit driving in 1927, …

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