Can family leave policies be too generous?
Claire Cain Miller - The New York Times, 10 August 2014.
When measured by who holds a job, American women are falling behind women in other developed countries. Yet the American women who are working tend to have more high-achieving careers. Within that paradox lies a puzzle about how to shape maternity leave.
Kids diagnosed with depression can’t shake it later
Eliana Dockterman - Time, 8 August 2014.
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis tracked 246 children ages 3-5 to ages 9-12 and found that depressed preschoolers are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from the condition in elementary and middle school, according to the study published in the July issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.
World will have 13 ‘super-aged’ nations by 2020
Sarah O’Connor - The Financial Times, 6 August 2014.
Moody’s, the rating agency, says that the number of “super-aged” countries – where more than one in five of the population is 65 or older – would reach 13 in 2020 and 34 in 2030, according to a report that warns of ageing populations becoming a drag on global economic growth.
Study on parental longevity is short on causation
Susan Dynarski - The New York Times, 6 August 2014.
A recent paper by two sociologists purports to show that sending your children to college is a great way to extend your life. Why couldn’t it be the other way around? The theory is plausible, but the empirical test is inconclusive.
Why CEO chose his family over his job
Carter Gaddis - CNBC, 6 August 2014.
Max Schireson could have left his job without a detailed explanation. Instead, the outgoing CEO of software company MongoDB decided to use his story to help advance the cause of engaged fathers.
1/5 children just want to be rich when they grow up
Keith Perry - The Telegraph, 5 August 2014.
The desire for fame and fortune came ahead of professions involving helping the public, including being a fire fighter or a doctor.
UN concerned about children in Israel-Hamas conflict
Lisa Schlein - Voice of America, 5 August
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that children in Gaza are traumatized as a result of the hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians. Nearly 400,000 need immediate psychosocial support to help them deal with their distress. Half of Gaza’s 1.8 million people are children under the age of 18.
Protect your children from the dangers of the Internet
Adam Aronson - Daily Herald, 4 August 2014.
Parents must understand that the Internet can be dangerous for children. With a click of a mouse or a touch on a screen, children can be exposed to predators, ‘cyberbullies’ and inappropriate material.
A little video gaming ‘produces well-adjusted children’
Smitha Mundasad - BBC News, 4 August 2014.
Scientists found young people who spent less than an hour a day engaged in video games were better adjusted than those who did not play at all. But children who used consoles for more than three hours reported lower satisfaction with their lives overall.
Over 2 crore children in India are malnourished
The Economic Times, 4 August 2014.
About 2.3 crore children in India, up to 6 years of age, are suffering from malnourishment and are under-weight, according to a status report on the anganwadi (day care center) programme, officially known as ICDS.