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Study: Having 'The Talk' Just Once Won't Keep Teens From Having Unsafe Sex - Study Finds

"The talk," of course, is a rite of passage for teens meant to lay out both the risks and rewards of having sex, but does it really help? A new study finds that it can -- but having one conversation simply isn't enough.

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How to Help a Child With an Anxiety Disorder - The New York Times

When worrying gets in the way of a child’s functioning, parents need to get help rather than arranging the child’s life to avoid the occasions of anxiety.

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Five Ways to Help Teens Build a Sense of Self-Worth - Mindful

Teens are experiencing increased levels of anxiety and perfectionism. Encouraging them to develop their strengths and see beyond themselves can help boost their self-esteem.

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Vigorous Activity During Childhood Cuts Heart Disease Risk Later In Life - Study Finds

There are plenty of immediate and short-term benefits for children who regularly play sports, but a recent study shows that physically fit children may have the healthiest hearts during their adult years. 

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When There Is a Mental Health Crisis in Your Dorm - The New York Times

As colleges face criticism for asking mentally ill students to take leaves of absence, former students discuss their struggles, and their roommates and dorm mates recount what it’s like living with them.

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Medicaid Covers Foster Kids, But Daunting Health Needs Still Slip Through The Cracks | Kaiser Health News

Nearly all children in the foster care system are covered by Medicaid. Yet, foster parents still struggle to meet the extraordinary health needs of their children. To solve this, some states are experimenting with a coordinated approach to care — with m

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Workplace Gender Biases Differ Depending On if You Have Kids

A new study finds that workplace biases can be especially influenced by marital status -- but present different outcomes -- particularly when a parent is single.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Tech-Induced Anxiety is Real | Thrive Global

The New York Times published an op-ed by a psychiatrist who says tech-induced anxiety among teens is a myth, but the science shows otherwise.

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The Evidence on Kids, Sleep, and School Start Times | Psychology Today

Science demonstrates that when young people begin puberty, their biological clocks shift. But school start times don't follow suit.

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Is It Sleep Deprivation or Postpartum Depression? - National Sleep Foundation

Are you sleep-deprived—or is it more serious? Here’s what separates sleep deprivation and postpartum depression.

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How Can I Improve My Self-Esteem?

We all have problems with self-esteem at certain times in our lives. Here are some tips that might help.

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How Parents Can Help Their Freshman Teens Cope With Stress

School can always be stressful, but starting high school for the first time comes with its own fears and anxieties. Here's some simple advice for parents to help their freshmen navigate the new year.

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How to Eat Healthy in College with Food Allergies| Vitacost Blog

Heading off to college? If you have food allergies, check out this healthy eating guide for tips on who to talk to, what emergency snacks to pack and more.

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Telling Someone They were Unplanned Pregnancy May 'Doom Every Relationship' Afterwards - Study Finds

A new study finds that people who learn they were the result of an unplanned pregnancy have more difficulty than others in close relationships.

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Baby Talk May Sound Silly, But It's Crucial For Building Language Skills - Study Finds

When Mommy and Daddy use baby talk, it is more than child's play. That repetitive, cute speech pattern that seems to come so naturally to most parents, grandparents and caregivers also speeds up vocabulary development and language skills, a recent study f

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How Parents Can Help Their Freshman Teens Cope With Stress | Thrive Global

School can always be stressful, but starting high school for the first time comes with its own fears and anxieties. Here's some simple advice for parents to help their freshmen navigate the new year.

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How to Deal With Your Seriously Stressful Parents | Thrive Global

Meghan Markle’s rocky relationship with her father is playing out on the world stage, so we asked an expert for advice on how to handle a fraught relationship with your parents.

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Let Kids Play Outside | Psychology Today

Playing outside, digging for worms, planting vegetables, and essentially coming into contact with plenty of dirt and livestock are actually good things. Not just good – essential.

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Parents’ Screen Time Is Hurting Kids

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.

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Parenting Style Quiz

Parenting works best when parents are compatible in their parenting style. Discover what your parenting style is with this quick scientific quiz.

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Screen All Teens For Depression, Pediatricians Urge

The nation's leading group of pediatricians has updated its guidelines for tackling teen mental health issues. One recommendation: Annual depression screening for all adolescents 12 and older.

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A Case Study on Punishment

When you were punished as a child, did it work? Or did you just strategize how to get away with your behavior the next time?

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The ‘Problem Child’ Is a Child, Not a Problem

Suspending or expelling young students for behavior they can’t control makes matters worse. There is a better way.

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Under our noses: ADHD & Sleep

I tend to read the papers, such as those linking obstructive sleep apnea and ADHD, which support my contention that sleep deprivation is a major contributor.

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Compassionate Parenting

We teach children self-regulation by modeling our more humane values.

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Don’t Hate Your Husband: Advice for New Mothers

The first years of parenthood are tough on couples. A few survival tips.

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Touch Screens May Be Ruining Toddlers' Sleep

This is the first study to look at the link between toddlers' touch-screen use and sleep, the researchers said.

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Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Movement stimulates the brain and may help students become better learners.

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The Unexpected Loneliness of New Mothers

Loneliness might be the last thing new mothers expect to feel, but it is far more common than we realize.

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Is a Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?

With reports of an increase in teenage depression, experts say parents should watch for major changes in their own children.

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New Study Shows How Dads Bond With Their Kids

A new brain imaging study shows that fathers given the hormone oxytocin show increased activity in brain regions associated with reward and empathy when viewing photos of their toddlers. "Our findings add to the evidence that fathers, and not just mothers

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When Do Children Start Making Long-Term Memories?

Dima Amso, an associate professor in the department of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences at Brown University, answers

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Fact or Fiction?: Vaccines Are Dangerous

Overwhelming medical evidence proves that negative side effects are rare and minor

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Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk in kids

Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing problem.

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You Asked: What Causes a Miscarriage?

A lot of factors can contribute to a miscarriage, but you probably can't control any of them.

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Self-Control is Important Predictor of Success: Increase it In Kids

A world renowned study thas found self-control is one of the greatest predictors of future success and happiness. How to increase self-control in children.

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The Cure for Campus Loneliness

It’s strange to think that you could feel lonely on a campus of 500 or 5,000 students, but it happens all the time.

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Creating An Ideal Learning Environment

New research uses computer games and wearables to assess the physical and mental states that correspond to optimal attention and self-control among children and

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How Parents Can (and Should) Utilize Principles of Play Therapy

The goals of play therapy easily translate into the goals of parenting: a good mix of responsiveness and nurturance, clear communication and firm boundaries

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10 Current Psychology Studies Every Parent Should Know

Whether parents are happier than non-parents, why siblings are so different, the perils of discipline, bedtimes, TV and more…

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Conscious uncoupling before it was cool

Some of you may know that I was inspired to start thenewfamily.com and the #1000families project in part because my own family is a little unique. While the catch phrase “conscious uncoupling” may have come roaring into popular discourse this

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Memo to Parents: Back Off, and Children Learn More

In “The Gardener and the Carpenter,” Alison Gopnik says children are naturals at learning and have a better chance to develop if parents lighten up.

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Three Developmental Charts: Erikson, Kohlberg, and Piaget

As a follow-up to my blog posts in the Guide Your Child’s Intellectual Development series, I’ve laid out three developmental charts capturing Erik Erikso...

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Off to College? Maybe These Devices Should Go Along

From computers to coffee makers, choosing the right devices for students can be tough. Here’s a guide to make back-to-school shopping a little easier.

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What #Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages

Our kids don’t need to be taught in order to learn.

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#Breast-Feeding the #Microbiome

In an excerpt from his new book, “I Contain Multitudes,” Ed Yong explains how a mother’s milk helps strengthen her baby’s microbiome and brain.

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Can Attachment Theory Explain Our Relationships?

The most important parenting you’ll ever do happens before your child turns one — and may affect her for the rest of her life. One mother’s journey through the science of attachment.

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Moving as a child can change who you are as an adult

Researchers have figured out the true impact of moving -- and it's pretty bad.

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'Tell Me About When You Were Little'. Children and Storytelling

Children and storytelling were made for each other. Here are the stories that will intrigue them and expand their world more than any other.

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Excuse Me While I Lather My Child in This Toxic Death Cream

It's Memorial Day weekend. We are up at the cabin with family. A time where we are supposed to be resting and relaxing. A time of thankfulness. A time of...

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Learning to Live With a Child's Allergies

You read every ingredient in everything you buy. You come to know certain products so well that when they get a new ingredient, it’s like a friend getting a haircut.

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A Child Care Gap in the Résumé: Whether to Explain or Not

Though many women follow “don’t ask, don’t tell” when job-seeking after a child care gap, a study says it may be better to explain why they stayed home.

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Phobias and Fears in Children - Powerful Strategies To Try

Phobias and fears in children are very manageable. Here's how to empower them to move straight through the middle of the fears that get in their way.

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Seeing the benefits of failure shapes kids' beliefs about intelligence

Parents' beliefs about whether failure is a good or a bad thing guide how their children think about their own intelligence, according to new research. The research indicates that it's parents' responses to failure, and not their beliefs about intelligenc

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Gap Year May Have Benefits Long After College

In “There Is Life After College,” Jeffrey Selingo explores how the post-college experience doesn’t look much like the journey we ourselves took a generation ago, and how a gap year can help.

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Where's the Magic in Family Dinner?

Regular meals serve as an easily measured proxy for one of longest-standing and sturdiest determinants of adolescent well-being: authoritative parenting.

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An Age By Age Guide to Sex Education

When it comes to sex education, parents often have many questions. How do I start? What do I say? And when? Here is an age guide for what kids need to know.

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Childhood Trauma, Mental Illness & Diagnostic Distractions

The vast majority of people diagnosed with a mental illness have suffered from some form of childhood trauma.

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The Family Footsteps We Follow

The glory of a close family is that you never lack for cheerleaders, enveloping you in support. The flip side is that you never lack for judges, weighing you down with expectations.

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The 4 Questions To Ask Students Who Don’t Know What They Want To Do | Improving Job Placement Outcomes | Better Weekda

Some students enter, or even graduate, their university without a clue as to what they want to do, which industry to pursue, and how to go about making that

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    Young Mice, Like Children, Can Grow Up Too Fast

    We often act as if children should grow up as quickly as possible, says Alison Gopnik. But a full childhood is necessary, new research about young mice shows.

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    Parenting advice from a teacher of the year, a children’s author, and more

    Seven very different parents. Seven pieces of their best parenting advice. Read on.

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      Announcing the Sleep Revolution College Tour

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      Phew! It's Normal. An Age by Age Guide for What to Expect From Kids & Teens - And What They Need From Us

      Being a kid or a teen is not for lightweights - it's tough out there! There are important things that need to be done, that only they can do. The nature of these jobs depends on the developmental stage they are at. 

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      5 Questions to Ask a Child Psychologist

      Find the right psychologist for your child and your family.

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      Calming Stormy Feelings: A Child's Introduction to Psychotherapy: Sarah Abel, Karen Zilberstein:

      Calming Stormy Feelings: A Child's Introduction to Psychotherapy- Knowing how to help children with their feelings can be challenging for all parents, but when feelings grow too strong, they create storms that burst through and change the way children act. This book aims to introduce parents and children to the world of feelings and psychotherapy.

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      Being a Stepparent: What You Need to Know to Make It Work - Hey Sigmund - Karen Young

      Stepfamilies come with their own unique challenges and being a stepparent isn't easy. Here are eight ways to make stepfamily life much easier,

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      Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

      College personnel everywhere are struggling with students' increased neediness.

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      Parenting Practices that Influence Brain Development - For Better or Worse

      Parenting, like all things, has gone through its phases but modern beliefs and practices might be hindering healthy brain development in children.

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      A Prudent College Path

      There’s a way to combine an intimate academic environment with a state school’s sweep and socioeconomic diversity. More students should consider it.

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      The Fundamental Way That Universities Are an Illusion

      Research suggests that colleges are not unified by teaching standards, and that the real differences are within departments and classrooms.

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      The Proven Way to Build #Resilience

      Adolescence and childhood can be fraught with social adversity. Relationships are tested, sometimes lost and then there is the challenge of making new ones. Being seen in a positive light socially often trumps other challenges as the most critical to mast

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      Teaching #Kids How To Set & #Protect Their #Boundaries (And Keep #ToxicPeople Out)

      Teaching kids how to set boundaries is an important life skill. Here's how to to protect your kids from the people who might shrink them.

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      Essays About Work and Class That Caught a College’s Eye

      Few students applying to college write about their family financial situations. But those who take the risk — whether poor or well-off — can stand out from the crowd.

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      How to Teach Children to Share

      Don’t force them: when given a choice, children’s sharing behaviour increases in the future.

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      Be Less Irritable With Your #Child Today

      The key to any kind of successful parenting is keeping our cool -- self-regulation. We have to model the behavior that we want to see in our kids. This means that our adult-tantrums (a.k.a. yelling fits) are not helping us folks....

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      8 Ways To Maintain A Strong #Connection With Your #Kids

      As we become more connected to our smartphones and other devices, there's an increasing sense of disconnection and loneliness that pervades our lives. While we may expect this feeling with

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      7 Fun Ways To Teach Your Kids Mindfulness

      I taught a mindfulness class at my daughters’ elementary school this week. Unsurprisingly, the kids taught me way more than I taught them. While I was doing research to develop the class, I came

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      #Anxiety in #Kids: How to Turn it Around and #Protect Them For Life

      Anxiety in kids can be particularly distressing but they respond well to intervention. Here's are the skills that will build them and protect them for life.

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      How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

      The obsession with elite colleges distorts reality, hurts kids and perverts education.

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      25 Ways To Ask Your #Kids 'So How Was #School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'

      As my kids get older, I know I am going to have to work harder and harder to stay engaged with them -- but I know it's going to be worth the work....

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      28 Ways To Ask Your Teens 'How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'How Was School Today?'

      When you get engaged dialogue with a teen, it's never disappointing. It's guaranteed to be interesting; sometimes it can be very enlightening; and it's ALWAYS worth the work. ALWAYS....