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Attention Parents: Recent Neuroscience Says Your Teen Still Needs YOU

For some parents, parenting teens conjures up feelings and beliefs that raising an adolescent is challenging and fraught with conflicts and negative emotions. However, an upcoming journal article from the UC Berkeley Institute of Human Development (scheduled for publication in the July edition of Family Relations) cites neuroscience findings which indicate parents should reframe their […]

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More Guidelines & Research Out on Kids’ Screen Time – How Should Parents Respond?

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization released new guidelines recommending no screen time at all for children under 2 and no more than one hour for children between the ages of two and four. These are similar to recommendations published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2016 for that age group. For older […]

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Recent Research Says 95% of US Kids and Teens Are Overdoing Screen-Time: A Family Approach May Be The Solution

A new study states that only 5% of teens in the USA are following recommended guidelines for screen time, sleep and physical activity. The study points out that failure to meet these guidelines is a risk factor for health problems such as obesity, mental health problems including depression, and engaging in at-risk behavior such as […]

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How to Talk to Your Teen About Vaping

Recently, the US surgeon general issued an advisory on teen use of e-cigarettes, with experts also stating that it’s reaching epidemic proportions. Alcohol and cigarette consumption have fallen among high school students, but the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping, is steadily increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

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World Health Organization Adds Video Game Addiction to Its List of Disorders

On June 18th, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially added Video Game Addiction to its publication, The International Classification of Diseases (ICD). While the United States uses the ICD for medical conditions, psychiatric conditions are diagnosed using the criteria in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association. For now, Video […]

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5 Foods That Negatively Affect Your Child’s Mood

Parents intuitively know that food can impact their child’s behavior and mood. We know that sweets, for example, can cause bouts of hyperactivity. But mood-altering food isn’t limited to sugar – there are other culprits in the snacks and meals that we feed our little ones. The following five foods are the most common contributors to […]

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How Gadgets and digital screens are harming your child

How Gadgets and Digital Screens Are Harming Your Child

The amount of time children spend watching digital screens is worrying. Children don’t seem to get tired of watching TV or playing with the iPad. This obsession with gadgets is a matter of concern, but the immediate worry is about its adverse impact on their vision. Why gadgets and kids don’t mix well Kids use […]

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How to Keep Your Child Active During Summer Break

How to Keep Your Child Active During Summer Break

  Remember when you were a kid dreaming of summer days spent hiking, fishing, and playing outdoors? Childhood looks a lot different today than it did 30 years ago. Today it is a rarity to see children and teens without their heads buried in their phones, iPods, and video games. With the increasing reliance on […]

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