When kids witness a death, suicide or violence close to home, the potential psychological damage is obvious. But could there be genetic or physical consequences as well?
A new Tulane University study suggests that there are; it adds to a growing body of evidence showing that traumatic events can leave ...Continue Reading →
Over time, the wrong kind of stress deforms young lives. Such stress often comes about when kids are exposed to traumatic experiences –abuse, neglect or parental addiction, for example. Researchers are finding that these early bouts with adversity have the power to disfigure young lives in lasting ways. As a general rule, the greater the stress and adversity you endure as a child, the more likely you’ll develop a whole Pandora’s box of health and social problems later in life.
Rigorous ...Continue Reading →
The role of sleep in children’s development is incompletely understood. However, perceived inadequate or poor-quality sleep is associated with a number of emotional, behavioral, and health problems.
Remarkably, although the physiological requirement for sleep is undisputed, there is little consensus on how much sleep children ...Continue Reading →
In America, poverty is a disease that comes with a host of symptoms. If you’re poor, you’re more likely to suffer from diabetes or asthma. You’re also, apparently, more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and dosed with a stimulant, even if you’re only 2 years old.
A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that thousands of children between the ages of 2 and 3 are being prescribed stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall for ...Continue Reading →
There has been plenty of hand-wringing in recent years about the “overscheduled child.” With after-school hours increasingly dominated by piano lessons, soccer practice, and countless other planned activities, many of us have a nagging sense that kids are missing out on something important if they have no time for unstructured play.
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