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    Childhood obesity has more than doubled over the past three decades, which is why any study that sheds light on why this is happening is a godsend to worried parents. Science Daily, at least, has told us why children in China are obese: it's because they go to bed late and have a shorter sleep duration. It's a start. So here's the deal: scientists from the University of Birmingham in the UK found that kids in China who go to bed at a late […]  more>

    You can’t manage ADHD with drugs alone. Anyone who has ever parented one of the 6 million children in the United States age 4-17 diagnosed with the condition knows that. But with school now back in session, frustrated parents and their children may be asking what more can be done to manage ADHD and its symptoms. Because taking drugs isn't enough, and may not even be the right way to go. ADHD is complicated. It makes learning difficult. That's why children with ADHD need a great deal of support from their parents, teachers, and school c […]  more>

    Project Rousseau mentors high school students from low-income homes. The nonprofit organization does this by pairing these students with college student volunteers. The organization is one of the newest recipients of a Kars4Kids small grant. It's work with which we most definitely wished to partner! As always, we like to tell our readers a bit about our small grant recipients. If you're a Kars4Kids donor, that makes you a partner with our small grant recipients, too! If you're not yet a donor, well, […]  more>

    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), a brief, quick-paced form of exercise, has been found to help school children perform better on tasks involving the working memory and cognitive control. You always knew that exercise was good for your child's mind and body. Something about getting blood and oxygen circulating to the brain. Scientists knew it too—knew exercise improved academic performance. Researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, however, decided to check if HIIT (short bursts of high-intensity activity followed by brief intervals of low-intensity […]  more>

    Effective communicators are the kind of people who, when they speak with you in private, you hang on their every word. Listening from the audience as they speak from the podium, you know you're being silly, but you feel they're speaking only to you. And it works both ways: when you speak to them, it feels like they're really listening—like they really hear you. Now you might not have thought about this, but wouldn't it be great if you could teach your child to have those skills: to be an effective communicator? It's true that some people are just born to be effective communicators. That doe […]  more>

    Children's Eye Health and Safety Month takes place in August. That's when children have either filed back into the classroom or are in the thick of getting ready to do so. It's a good time to think about their eyes, which are important learning tools. During the first three years of school, children are learning to read. After that, they're reading to learn. In other words: children are always using their eyes to learn. Since learning is so very visual, the smart thing to do is to bring your child to an eye professional for regular e […]  more>

    Manners are all about the Golden Rule: “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, manners are about caring for others. Children tend to think they are at the center of the world. Teaching children manners helps them to develop empathy: to have real feelings for all those they encounter, and not to only think of themselves. The most important thing parents can do to teach children manners is to model those manners for their children. Always say “please” when you want something. Say “thank you,” when someone hands you something or does something nice for you. Say “e […]  more>

    Sex education, until recently, was sensibly handled. Today, alas, sex education has been politicized. Instead of thinking about what children are ready to hear, parents are told to confront children with confusing information. Planned Parenthood, for instance, is now disseminating sex education information to parents on how to discuss gender and sexual issues with preschoolers. This runs contrary to the sensible approach toward sex education that until now, has been the norm for explaining the birds and the bees. Parent […]  more>

    Whole30 was something I'd never heard of until I was schmoozing with a girlfriend about my intention to pursue bariatric surgery (surgery to lose weight). I'd gained a ton of weight, due to age and the necessity of taking steroids for an autoimmune conditions. The numbers on the scale were inching toward 200. I hated the way I looked. I hated myself. I cringed when I caught a glimpse of myself. I hid photos where people tagged me on Facebook. Now that I was going off prednisone, I knew I had to do something drastic to get that poundage off me. So I was telling my friend about this and sh […]  more>

    The Blue Whale Challenge. What is it? Is it real? To the first question, put simply, it's a game where the curator, also known as a "whale," gives a teen fifty tasks, one per day. At the end of the fifty tasks, the teen is told to commit suicide. Suicide is the only way to complete the Blue Whale Challenge.

    Blue Whale Challenge: Real or Hoax?

    It's unclear if the Blue Whale Challenge is real or if it's just an urban legend, a hoax. The Blue Whale Challenge was believed to have begun on Russian social media. A more>