Parenting News
Monday, June 24, 2019

little liars

Most children begin to lie around the ages of two or three. Little liars are not particularly good at being deceitful - with their far-fetched tales and over dramatic stories. However, parent's attitudes towards lying can have an impact on how often a child lies. More permissive parents, those who tell their children that lying is wrong but is sometimes necessary - tend to have children who lie significantly more often.  Additionally, kids who have older siblings learn to tell lies at an earlier age than those who do not have an older brother or sister. But, it is parental attitudes about lying that seem to have the greatest influence on how dishonest children can be. psychology today  more

processed foods + autism

With the number of children diagnosed with autism on the rise, the need to find what causes the disorder becomes more urgent every day. University of Central Florida researchers are now one step closer to showing the link between the food pregnant women consume and the effects on a fetus' developing brain. UCF scientists have discovered that high levels of Propionic Acid (PPA), used to increase the shelf life of packaged foods and inhibit mold in commercially processed cheese and bread, reduces the development of neurons in fetal brains - "This research is only the first step towards better understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. But we have confidence we are on the right track to finally uncovering autism etiology." science daily more

signs of anxiety

Identifying if your child is suffering from anxiety might be confusing because anxiety initially manifests as changes in behavior.  Therefore, check for the following signs to determine if your child might be suffering from anxiety and talk to your pediatrician: usnews
  • sleep disturbance - trouble falling asleep, frequently waking up, nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking
  • school refusal - tantrums leaving the house, physical complaints before school, separation anxiety, inflexibility + defiance
  • avoidance behaviors - refusal to attend play dates, parties or school activities
  • physical complaints - headaches, dizziness, stomach problems, muscle aches, racing heart, shortness of breath

missing the underlying lesson

Many educational television programs for children often have an underlying lesson within their stories. However, these lessons are going over young kids' heads. Experts say, the lessons within plot lines are too nuanced for young children to understand.  They grasp concepts of fairness and right or wrong - but more complex concepts, like morality, are getting lost. Researchers recommend that children's programs contain inserts with brief but explicit explanations or discussions of the lessons presented in the show. When researchers experimented with inserted explanations, children's comprehension improved. "Just putting 30 seconds of explanation in the program helped the children to understand what the lessons were in a 12-minute segment," said Drew P. Cingel, University of California - Davis. more

alert - infant formula recall sold at Walmart

An infant formula sold only at Walmart was voluntarily recalled on Friday because of the potential presence of "metal foreign matter" in a single lot of the product, Perrigo Company said in a news release . The recall affects a single lot, or 23,388 containers, of the 35-ounce, 992-gram containers of Parent's Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron. Perrigo said consumers who bought the product should look on the bottom of the package for Lot Code C26EVFV with a "use by" date of February 26, 2021. Those consumers should stop using the formula and go to Walmart for a refund.

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