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Fatherly Advice: Therapist Helps First-Time Dads Experience the Joy of Fatherhood

The transition to fatherhood can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, journeys for dads today, says Jared Durtschi, a Kansas State University marriage and family therapist. Durtschi offers advice for all fathers, especially those experiencing parenthood for the first time.

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Doctors' Advice for Dad on Father's Day

Father's Day brings to mind one of the most important things about being a good dad -- staying healthy for his children's sake.

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foster families, Foster Care, Family, Parenting Inventions, Child Welfare

Intervention to Improve Foster Families' Trust, Connectedness

Researchers adapted a parenting program to help foster families address their greatest challenges, including overwhelmed foster parents and a lack of trust between caregivers and foster children.

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Aging, Nursing Home, Senior, Retire, Human Ecology, K-State, Kansas State University, Parent, Children

Aging Expert Discusses How to Talk with Parents About Moving Into Nursing Home, End-of-Life Wishes

Aging expert discusses how to talk with parents about moving into nursing home and end-of-life wishes.

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Fatherhood, Father's Day Feature, Father's Day, Parenthood, same sex parents, New Parents, first marriage

BGSU Experts Available to Talk About the Changing Face of Fatherhood

Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) has recently taken a closer look at the changing face of fatherhood.

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Facebook, Parents, Mothers, Fathers, Birth, Internet

Many New Mothers Spend More Time on Facebook After Birth

Many first-time parents - particularly mothers - actually increase the amount of time they spend on Facebook after the birth of their child.

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'Eat Your Vegetables!' New Book Redefines How to Raise Healthy Eaters

In her new book, "'Eat Your Vegetables' and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters" (Healthy Learning, May 2012), registered dietitian Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, a pediatric resident at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and mother of two, provides parents with a step-by-step plan to help kids embrace fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods without battles, bribes and coercion.

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Family Dinner, Family Meals, Adolescent Behavior, Child And Adolescent Mental Health

Does Dinner Make a Strong Family, or Does a Strong Family Make Dinner?

The family meal is often touted and encouraged for its social and health benefits, but a new Cornell University study questions the nature of this association, finding that the perceived benefits may not be as strong or as lasting once a number of factors are controlled for.

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Learning, Cognition, Babies, Infants, Attention, Brain, Behavior

The Goldilocks Effect: Babies Choose ‘Just Right’ Experiences

Infants ignore information that is too simple or too complex, focusing instead on situations that are “just right,” according to a new study. Dubbed the “Goldilocks effect” by the University of Rochester team that discovered it, the attention pattern sheds light on how babies learn to make sense of a world full of complex sights, sounds, and movements.

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Viewers' Family Background Affects How They React to Mtv Shows '16 and Pregnant,' 'Teen Mom'

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Two popular MTV programs about teenage pregnancy -- "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" -- were met with national debate. Critics said the shows glamorized teenage pregnancy, while supporters said they discouraged it. A new study by an Indiana University professor suggests they're both right.

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Marriage, couples of color, Intervention, Social Issues, Poverty, Federal

Healthy Marriage Interventions: A Boon or a Bust?

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Conventional wisdom, backed by years of research, suggests that healthy marriages equals a healthy society. And politicians and government officials have taken note, investing hundreds of millions of dollars each year in education programs designed to promote healthy marriages, focusing specifically on poor couples and couples of color. Is it working? No, says a Binghamton University researcher in a new study published in the current issue of American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association. And it’s because many of these programs were based on research data gathered from White and middle-class marriages, and when applied to poor couples or couples of color, just don’t work.

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Folic Acid May Reduce Some Childhood Cancers

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Folic acid fortification of foods may reduce the incidence of the most common type of kidney cancer and a type of brain tumors in children, finds a new study by Kimberly J. Johnson, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, and Amy Linabery, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. Incidence reductions were found for Wilms’ tumor, a type of kidney cancer, and primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET), a type of brain cancer.

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Loyola Lactation Consultant Reacts to Report on Toxins in Breast Milk

When writer Florence Williams was nursing her second child, she had her breast milk analyzed for toxins. What she found surprised her. Trace amounts of pesticides, dioxin, a jet-fuel ingredient and high-to-average levels of flame retardants were present in her breast milk. She reported on these findings in New York Times Magazine, which has since set off a wave of controversy. A Loyola University Health System lactation consultant puts these findings in perspective.

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book arts, Teen Behavior, Profanity, Parenting, Reading

Foul-Mouthed Characters in Teen Books Have It All

Analysis of best-selling teen novels shows that readers come across seven instances of profanity per hour spent reading, and the characters who cuss are usually rich, beautiful and popular.

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Families, Family, Women, Parenting, Motherhood, Labor Force, Economics

More Highly Educated Women Are Opting for Families

An increasing number of highly educated women are opting for families, according to a national study. The research clearly shows fertility rising for older, highly educated women since the 1990s.

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Sedentary Lifestyle, television & children, Video Games, Hispanic Children, Children, Exercise

Parents Important in Steering Kids Away From Sedentary Activities

Parents can have a significant impact in steering young children away from too much time spent in sedentary pursuits.

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Demography, Fertility, Working Mothers

Greater Numbers of Highly Educated Women are Having Children, Bucking Recent History

A national study suggests that a significantly greater number of highly educated women in their late 30s and 40s are deciding to have children - a dramatic turnaround from recent history.

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Parenting, Family, Motherhood, Breastfeeding, Children, Work-Family Conflict, Income, Sociology, Health

Breastfeeding Isn’t Free: Study Reveals ‘Hidden Cost’ Associated with the Practice

Pediatricians and other breastfeeding advocates often encourage new mothers to breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months of their infants’ lives based on the purported health benefits to both mothers and children. Many breastfeeding proponents also argue that breastfeeding has financial advantages over formula-feeding—breastfeeding is free, they say. But, according to a new study, the notion that there’s no cost associated with breastfeeding for the recommended amount of time is patently untrue.

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restorative practices, Social Work, restorative justice, child custody, Juvenile Delinquency, Familial Relationships, family conflict, family group conferencing, family group decision making, restorative circles, Juvenile Court

New Book Published on Family Group Decision Making

Aimed at professionals faced with hard choices on family matters, this book shows how restorative practices empowers families to solve their own problems with a minimum of government intervention.

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Child Abuse Prevention, Sexual Abuse, Parenting Advice

In Child Sexual Abuse, Strangers Aren't the Greatest Danger

Parents drill their children on "stranger danger," but when children are abused its most often by someone they know. This article helps parents protect their children from abuse closer to home: from family members, an adult the family trusts or another child.







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