Tagged as Parenting

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the leading cause of death in infants under 12 months. While the exact cause has yet to be identified, sufficient evidence indicates that SIDS is primarily a physiological problem. A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) further supports this theory. The study found that babies who died from SIDS have lower amounts of...
April 16, 2010
Adult anxiety has many faces, manifestations and levels. The anxiety disorder I've had the most contact with in my experience as a therapist is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and from here on when I speak of "anxiety" I will be referring to this. I work from a family of origin perspective, in that, I believe that people's emotional and/or psychological distress as adults can partially be the result...
March 10, 2008
I've always taken decent care of myself but it wasn't until I became pregnant that I learned what it truly was to be healthy. All of my behaviors revolved around what was best to grow my baby. I chose foods that would fuel me, I drank more water and I stopped drinking caffeine and alcohol. I exercised but in moderation every day. Not too much, not too little. I meditated more and took time to breathe....
November 8, 2007
A report analyzing 35 different scientific studies of the effect of television on the viewer has identified 15 negative physical and psychological effects associated with watching television. While television has long been blamed for the rise in childhood obesity and diminished reading among children, this study, authored by Dr. Aric Sigman, suggests even more serious consequences for children who...
November 5, 2007
The blogosphere has buzzed lately with the voices of parents who are appalled and sometimes outraged at the idea of the schools sending home notices regarding their children's weight. Here's part of a recent posting from MotherTalkers: "At least a dozen states have passed legislation requiring schools to start sending reports home if a child's Body Mass Index (itself a controversial health-o-meter)...
November 2, 2007
Why are some women better mothers than others? Studies with animals implicate oxytocin in the bonding process - those with low oxytocin exhibit slower pup retrieval and less licking and grooming - but little research has been done with humans. Now a new study in the November issue of Psychological Science suggests that women with higher levels of oxytocin during their first trimester are primed to...
November 1, 2007
Britain's Channel 4 is under attack for its latest reality show. This one subjects newborns to a variety of childrearing methods, including some I think are barbaric. A recent episode of Bringing Up Baby with Claire Verity, a celebrity nanny who calls herself a maternity nurse but whose only qualification seems to be sleeping with Mick Jagger when she was supposed to be caring for his child, provoked...
October 31, 2007
Many parents, in an effort to give their baby the best head start in life, purchase educational DVDs such as Brainy Baby and Baby Einstein. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should not watch television until two years of age, countless parents rationalize contradicting this standard pediatric advice, seduced by the promise of a smarter child, or maybe at least by...
October 29, 2007
Once again I bring you something based on a personal experience and as has happened so many times before, some lessons learned while playing with my children. Not that long ago I took my kids to a local playground that had recently been re-built. Not surprisingly, the "new" playground looked very nice and colourful and as a result, was quite attractive on the eye. My children happily sauntered in to...
October 20, 2007
School has started all over the country, and all over the country children, parents, and teachers are discovering there's less time - or no time - being allotted for recess. I was reading an article at floridatoday.com called "Recess takes a time out: Law to increase activity eliminates recess at some schools." Anyone else see the contradiction in that title? If the goal is increased activity, why...
September 27, 2007