Birth Defect Risk Rises With Some Fertility Treatments
Test-tube babies have higher rates of birth defects, and doctors have long wondered: Is it because of certain fertility treatments or infertility itself? A large new study from Australia suggests both may play a role.
All-Girl Classes Can Help in Math, Sciences
A Georgetown University study says 8 million jobs will be open in the math, science and technology fields by 2018. But the next generation of American workers will be unprepared, especially girls.
Parents Aren’t Destined to Be Unhappy
Findings from two new studies suggest parents today may indeed be happier than non-parents, and though parental happiness levels do drop, they don’t dip below the levels they were before having children.
Restaurant Owner: Parents Force Kid Ban
A Pennsylvania restaurant owner who is banning loud children from his eatery tells Fox 29 the behavior of their indignant parents is a big problem, in addition to noisy children.
Parents charged after youth baseball brawl
A youth baseball tournament turned ugly in Metzler Park, Colorado in June. Three parents are facing criminal charges because of a fight over what some said was a bad call.
Can your little cutie be a little meanie in disguise? If your toddler pushes, hits, or hurts another kid, is he a bully and will he grow up to be one?
TODAY Moms has a fascinating article about whether pre-K kids should be labeled as bullies if they show aggression toward others. According to Dr. Heather Wittenberg, a child pyschologist and parenting expert for Parents who was quoted in the article, it’s typical for toddlers to be more aggressive, but they’re still too young to hurt someone deliberately, with premeditation. It’s not until age 6 when kids start to understand the concepts of power and right vs. wrong. Other experts disagree, saying toddlers understand the concept of bullying at age 4 — and it only gets worse from there.
Take our poll and share what you think in the Comments area — do toddlers understand what it means to bully?
Marlo Thomas, the actress and activist behind the “Free to Be…You and Me” movement that helped kids to be proud of their individual personalities and culturally diverse personalities, is speaking out against bullying.
Kevin Jacobsen, the father of a bullied teen, inspired Thomas when he wrote to her. Jacobsen had started a website, KindnessAboveMalice.org, in honor of his 14-year-old son, Kameron, who committed suicide in 2010 as a result of the bullying. In an article for the Huffington Post, Thomas urges parents to be more aware and involved in their children’s lives. After speaking to Kevin Jennings, the assistant deputy secretary at the Department of Education, the actress shares how certain questions can help parents determine if their child is being bullied:
Does your child not want to ride the school bus any more?
Does your child often wake in the morning complaining about stomach aches and asking to stay home from school?
Are your child’s friends not coming around so much any more?
Has your child stopped receiving invitations to parties?
The most important and helpful thing parents can do is initiate conversations about bullying, especially since most kids are ashamed and embarrassed to tell their parents. Instead of letting kids handle the bullying alone, parents need to step in and support them through every crisis and to continue carrying the “Free to Be” message of acceptance and tolerance.
The White House announced today that StopBullying.gov has been launched, a new government-funded website that will be an online resource for kids, parents, and educators that will explain bullying and cyberbullying and provide information on how to prevent and protect against bullying.
As part of the all-day White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, U.S. Secretary of Eduation Arne Duncan and Assistant Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools Kevin Jennings, shared some of the initiatives that have been implemented to support schools across the nation dealing with bullying.
Since 2010, federal funds and grants have been provided to 11 schools with deep-rooted bullying problems, and the grants also include a survey for students give them a voice to address bullying openly. A “Dear Colleague” letter was also sent to schools to address how bullying violates civil rights and a memo was distributed to revise state policies on bullying.
With the launch of StopBullying.gov, the White House encourages parents to be vigilant about having open conversations and giving them guidance on bullying.
Toddler Landon Schultz Eats Only 5 Foods or Goes Into Shock Fallon Schultz, a 28-year-old clinical social worker from Howell, N.J., has known since her son Landon was two weeks old that something was wrong. He had horrible eczema and would scream day and night, projectile vomiting after feeding as if he were allergic to her own breast milk. [ABC News]
Bullying Issue Reaches White House Stage In the wake of increased national attention to the problem of bullying President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the first ever White House conference on the issue Thursday. [Field Notes-MSNBC]
Happiest in Hawaii: Aloha State Tops Well-Being List Sun and waves might be good for the soul, according to a new national survey naming Hawaii as tops in well-being among U.S. states — but the sunshine doesn’t necessarily elbow out Northern Lights and snow, as Alaska also made the top 10 happiest states list. [Yahoo News]
Since bullying (and cyberbullying) is an ongoing, escalating issue, the White House will be holding a conference call on Thursday, March 10 to address ways to prevent it.
Yesterday, the Office of the Press Secretary shared a statement that President Obama, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services will be holding a Conference on Bullying Prevention. The conference will be an open dialgoue for students, parents, teachers, communities, and others who have been affected by bullying or are working to stop it.
Childhood: Sick in Day Care May Mean Healthier in School
The Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development followed 1,238 Canadian children from 5 months old, in 1998, to 8 years, in 2006 and found that Children who started going to large-group care centers before age 2 ∏ had 61 percent more ear and respiratory infections with fever than those at home. But, once they reached elementary school, they had 21 percent fewer respiratory infections and 43 percent fewer ear infections. (New York Times)