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A phone app to get your baby back to sleep

A phone app to get your baby back to sleep

It’s something that parents crave like nothing else, a good night of sleep. However achieving this is sometimes easier said than done. Don’t you wish there was a simple way of grabbing information just as you need it.. quickly, easily and accessible in the middle of the night (with a gentle light that you can take with you?) The Safe Sleep Space team have created a mobile phone ‘App’ that might just get your baby to sleep tonight!

When you’re in the pressure cooker world of settling a new baby into sleep routines your nerves are jangled, your thinking skewed and your reasoning is shot to break...

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Children who watch more television sleep less

Children who watch more television sleep less

Pre-school and school-aged children who spent more time watching television got less sleep according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Sleep is important and prior research has suggested that television viewing can cause irregular sleep habits. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended in 2009 that children under 2 years avoid exposure to any media and that for older children time be limited to one to two hours per day.

The authors examined the association between hours of television viewing and sleep in 1,713 children in Spain through parent-reported sleep duration.

Children who ...

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Learning to say no

Learning to say no

If you are kind, helpful and struggle to say no, people will always expect you to say yes unless you become more assertive. When you realise you’re giving all your time and energy to things you don’t want to do, it’s a problem.

You can be lovely as long as you have a choice in it. Before any tricky situation, ask yourself, ‘Do I believe I have the right to say no?’ If you do, then put your needs first. Just remember, that doesn’t make you a horrible person.

In your hands

Saying no in the workplace can be difficult, so if someone asks you to help with something or do them a favour, ...

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6 Grossest Things Kids Do

6 Grossest Things Kids Do

Your kids are perfect, right? They say «please» and «thank you» at the right times. They chew with their mouth closed. Wash their hands often. And they never, ever use potty talk.

Well, at least that’s how you like to view them. Reality, however, paints a very different picture. It makes no difference who you are or how you raise your children. No matter what your race, nationality, financial situation, or location, there is one hard and fast rule: Kids are gross.

Maybe some kids are grosser than others. Maybe some are only gross on occasion...

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Rewards get kids active, but don’t improve health

Rewards get kids active, but don’t improve health

Children will meet activity goals to earn rewards, but the extra effort doesn’t necessarily affect their weight and health, according to a new study.

The findings reinforce earlier research showing that incentives work to get kids more physically active, but the goal might need to be more challenging to show any health benefits.

«If I had to do it again I would do it at a higher level. It was too easy,» said Eric Finkelstein at the Duke-National University of Singapore, who led the new study.

Inactivity among kids is a pressing concern in the U.S. and abroad.

«Kids are known to be inactive, ge...

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How to get your kids to really talk to you

How to get your kids to really talk to you

Does it seem like an effort to get your children to say anything to you besides, “Fine” and “What’s for dinner?” Lack of communication can make parents feel closed off from their own kids.

But don’t despair! You can get kids to talk to you — really. Try these six suggestions from experts:

1: Don’t compare yourself to TV families.

If you watch shows like Modern Family or The Middle and wonder why your kids aren’t as chatty as the kids on those shows, you’re not alone...

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Traditional family values – without the smacking

Traditional family values – without the smacking

Should one discipline one’s children by smacking them? This question has long been debated without reaching agreement. We could settle it by a controlled manipulative experiment: we’d assign England’s 47 counties at random to either of two sets: one set of 24 counties where parents are strictly forbidden to smack children; and another set of 23 where they are ordered to discipline kids by smacking. Thirty years later, psychologists could measure in which set of counties the resulting young adults are more creative, self-confident, law-abiding, prosperous, and happy.

Such a manipulative experim...

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Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests

Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests

Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

«Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago,» says Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame professor of psychology who specializes in moral development in children and how early life experiences can influence brain development.

«Ill-advised practices and beliefs have become commonplace in our culture, such as the use of infant...

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Kids with food allergies, weight problems are more likely to face bullying: study

Kids with food allergies, weight problems are more likely to face bullying: study

Kids who have food allergies or are overweight may be especially likely to get bullied by their peers, two new studies suggest.

Not surprisingly, researchers also found targets of bullying were more distressed and anxious and had a worse quality of life, in general, than those who weren’t picked on.

Bullying has become a concern among parents, doctors and school administrators since research and news stories emerged linking bullying — including online «cyberbullying» — with depression and even suicide.

«There has been a shift and people are more and more recognizing that bullying has real co...

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Motivation and study, not IQ, are keys to kids’ math success

Motivation and study, not IQ, are keys to kids’ math success

Do you believe you’re not good at math? A new study suggests that with motivation and good teaching strategies, even those who are convinced they’ll never be facile with figures can succeed in mathematics.
Innate intelligence — as defined by IQ tests — may provide a head start, but it’s learning skills and determination that ultimately add up to success, according to the new research.
«The critical determinant of growth in achievement is not how smart you are, but how motivated you are and how you study,» said lead study author Kou Murayama, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Californi...

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