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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

‘Pink Slime’ in Your Meat? Labels to Tell You, USDA Says
As consumers clamor for more transparency about the beef product dubbed “pink slime,” federal agriculture officials have agreed to allow several meat producers to list the stuff on package labels.

For Young Women, Melanoma Rates on the Rise
In the past four decades, the incidence of melanoma has increased eight-fold among women ages 18 – 39.

Texas Granny Won Tug-of-War With Tornado Over Grandson
A Texas grandmother explained today how she piled three children into a bathtub to survive a rampaging tornado and hung on to a toddler’s feet as the twister tried to suck the boy into its vortex.

Child Abuse Pediatricians Recommend Basic Parenting Classes to Reduce Maltreatment and Neglect
A new sub-specialty of doctors — child abuse pediatricians — are certified as experts in determining whether a broken bone or a bruise is accidental or intentional.

Gay Student Sues Ohio school District Over T-Shirt
A gay student whose southwest Ohio high school prohibited him from wearing a T-shirt designed to urge tolerance of gays is suing the school, saying it’s violating his freedom of expression rights.

Film Inspired by ‘Abortion Survivor’ Is Quiet Hit
“October Baby,” inspired by a woman who claims to be an “abortion survivor,” is doing well in movie theaters.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

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How Parents Are Changing the Course of Autism Research
Science and medicine are catching up with parents’ understanding of the condition, and a more nuanced view is slowly emerging: Autism is not just a brain problem.

Pharmacies Deter Teens from Plan B, Study Shows
Even though it’s legal for 17-year-olds to get the so-called morning-after pill, a new study shows that pharmacy employees often dole out the wrong information, telling the teens they’re not allowed to have the drug.

Ind. Mom Who Lost Legs Saving Kids in Tornado Returns Home
Stephanie Decker had been working her way home — spending hours each day on weight training, balance training and other therapy. She reached her goal Monday — heading home 24 days after she lost parts of her legs while shielding her children from their collapsing house near Henryville, Ind., during the March 2 tornado outbreak and clinging to life beneath pounding hail.

Mother’s Strict Diet for 7-Year-Old Raises Controversy, Criticism
In a controversial article appearing in the April issue of Vogue magazine, author Dara-Lynn Weiss writes about the strict diet she imposed upon her daughter after a pediatrician suggested she was clinically obese.

‘Mama’s Boy Myth’: Sons Who Are Close to Mom Are Stronger
Author Kate Stone Lombardi contends in her new book, “The Mama’s Boy Myth,” that having a close mother-son relationship makes boys stronger and ultimately helps them be better partners and husbands.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

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Mom Who Saved Kids from Tornado: ‘It Was Instinct’
Indiana mom Stephanie Decker, who lost a leg and a foot while shielding her kids during a deadly tornado, tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer that she was merely acting on “mama bear” instincts.

Adopted Kids’ Drug Abuse Risk Affected by Biological Family
Adopted children are twice as likely to abuse drugs if their biological parents did too, suggesting that genetics do indeed play a role in the development of substance abuse problems.

Kids’ Concussion Symptoms May Persist for a Year
Children who suffer concussions may experience lingering problems with memory and attention, and may need help in school, according to a new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Minnesota School District Reaches Agreement on Preventing Gay Bullying
Minnesota’s largest school district has agreed to sweeping changes designed to prevent the harassment of gay students in a plan that federal officials call a national model.

F.D.A. Backs Respiratory Distress Drug for Babies
The drug, Surfaxin, which helps premature babies with their breathing, won approval on its fifth try.

Parents Forget Child, 3, at Chuck E Cheese, Find Out on Evening News
Parents of a 3-year-old girl had some explaining to do after they forgot their daughter at a Chuck E Cheese and did not realize it until they saw her picture on the evening news.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, March 5th, 2012

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Snoring Babies, Troubled Children?
Parents often think that snoring babies are deeply sleeping ones. But perhaps not, a new study suggests, finding that snoring, along with mouth-breathing and sleep apnea, are signs of disordered sleep that may predict long-term problems in children’s behavior and emotional well-being.

Toddler Found in Field After Tornado Dies of Injuries
A toddler who was found alive in a field in tornado-ravaged southeastern Indiana after her parents and two siblings were killed when a twister struck their mobile home died on Sunday of her injuries, her family said.

Youngest Kids in Class More Likely to Be Diagnosed with ADHD
Children who are the youngest in their class are more likely than their older classmates to be diagnosed and given medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — suggesting that immaturity may be part of the problem, not ADHD.

Movie Boozing Tied to Kids’ Binge Drinking
How much drinking kids and teens had seen in recent movies was linked to the chances they overdid it on alcohol themselves in a new study from six European countries.

Smoke Exposure Late in Pregnancy Might Boost Baby’s Eczema Risk
A mother’s exposure to tobacco smoke during the last three months of pregnancy may increase the risk that her child will develop the allergic skin condition eczema during infancy, a new study suggests.

How Beyoncé’s Public Breast-Feeding Changes the Nursing-in-Public Debate
When Beyoncé breast-fed Blue Ivy at a restaurant, was she intentionally making a statement about a woman’s right to nurse in public?

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How Parents Can Discuss Difficult Topics

Monday, June 13th, 2011

parent-child-talkA few weeks ago, we shared a few tips from Project Recovery Iowa on how parents can talk to kids about natural disasters.

We interviewed Project Recovery Iowa to provide you with more advice on the ways parents can discuss catastrophes and tragic news stories without traumatizing children. Advice includes being sensitive to your children’s reactions and emphasizing the government’s progress to prevent/reduce suffering.

There is also helpful responses based on different age groups (ages 1-5, 6-11, 12-18) and ideas on how to cope with grief.

Read the full interview on how to talk to kids about difficult topics.

 

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Tips for Talking to Kids About Natural Disasters

Friday, May 27th, 2011

tornado-oklahomaNatural disasters are making the news again, the most recent being an endless string of tornadoes that struck mostly midwestern and southern states in the U.S., including Oklahoma, Alabama, Iowa, Indiana, and Missouri.  Increasing TV updates and news photos focusing on the death toll and destruction brings to mind other disturbing images of the Japan tsunami from March.

Parents.com consulted experts from Project Recovery Iowa, a  Department of Human Services program funded by FEMA and administered by the state of Iowa. Project Recovery Iowa offers mental health counseling for those affected by natural disasters.  The program was started in 2008 to assist people coping with the after effects of severe storms and flooding in Iowa.  Amanda Gesme, Children’s Manager at Project Recovery Iowa and licensed mental health counselor, shared advice on how parents can talk to kids about natural disasters.

First, parents should approach the topic of tragic events in a calm, patient, and truthful manner.  If your children are aware of current events, it’s ok to ask them first to start a discussion and answer questions, even ones that are repeated over and over.  Kids are looking for reassurance when processing information, so be open to talking.  Even if you don’t have all the answers, says Gesme, validate what your child tells you.  However, make sure to limit exposure to media or any unnecessary details.  “Children are smart — even if parents are careful and talk in whispers or behind closed doors, they know that ‘something’ is going on,” explains Gesme.  Even children as young as 2 years old are aware when something important is happening.

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