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This is how much praise kids really need

Amanda MacMillan - Time, 11 May 2017.
20-05-2017
To help children thrive emotionally and socially, aim to praise them for their good behavior five times a day, a new study suggests. The research found that parents who did exactly that saw a boost in their kids’ wellbeing and a drop in hyperactivity and inattention.
 

Can parenting be taught?

Cristina Odone - The Guardian, 20 May 2017.
20-05-2017
Mothers also often find it hard to ask for help. While we are ready to do so when we are expecting a baby – with as many as half of mothers-to-be enrolling in antenatal classes – once the child is born, we seem resistant to learning how to raise it.
 

How the wealthy talk to their children about money

Paul Sullivan - The New York Times, 19 May 2017.
20-05-2017
Talking about money with anyone is a famously difficult task. Old money, historically, has been stereotyped as having a Brahmin disdain for such a gauche topic. And then there is the secrecy shrouding what people earn, particularly among colleagues.
 

US could get first paid family leave benefit

Danielle Paquette and Damian Paletta - The Washington Post, 18 May 2017.
20-05-2017
President Trump’s budget proposal next week will include a new benefit for America’s working parents, one Democrats have long championed and Republicans have long opposed: paid family leave.
 

Mother’s Day: Giving the best gift of all

Rebecca Johnston - Marietta Daily Journal, 14 May 2017.
14-05-2017
What do mothers really want for Mother’s Day? The answer is poignantly expressed by saying that all they really want is time with “you,” her child. They want you to stop by, give her a call, and let her know what is going on in your life.
 

Grandfamilies deserve our attention

Michelle Singletary - The Washington Post, 14 May 2017.
14-05-2017
Across the country, there are households headed by grandparents or other relatives taking care of 7.8 million children whose parents may be absent for any number of reasons. These caregivers need help because, on a real economic level, they save all of us hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 

US: A national call to innovate children’s mental health services

Patrick J. Kennedy and Linda Rosenberg - Deseret News, 14 May 2017.
14-05-2017
One in 5 children in the United States show signs of a mental health condition. In a class of 25 students, it’s likely that five of them will deal with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders or other adverse childhood experiences that make learning a serious challenge.
 

Why moms should stay with children in their early years

Erica Komisar - New York Daily News, 14 May 2017.
14-05-2017
An epidemic of troubled children who are being diagnosed and medicated earlier and earlier with ADHD, early aggression and other behavioral and social disorders. Many people say these two phenomena are utterly unrelated. The author believes they are connected.
 

What children from Romanian orphanages can tell us

Charles A. Nelson - The Washington Post, 14 May 2017.
14-05-2017
There are many risk factors for autism, some genetic and others environmental. But few are more intriguing — and disturbing — than psycho­social deprivation in infancy.
 

A letter to my mother

Mary Schmich - Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2017.
13-05-2017
Children grow up seeking reassurance from their parents. It may take them a long time to understand the kind of reassurance their parents need from them. The author hopes to inspire a few people to think of what they would like to say to their mothers while they still have time, even if their mother is gone.
 
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