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Beating the Bullies

Bullying is an issue with which many parents today are faced— and sadly, children with differences tend to be targeted. While you are…

Now You’re Talking

When a partnership fails, the possibility that the family will become poverty-stricken greatly increases. Not only that, research shows that people in failing relationships are less productive at work, and more likely to fall into substance abuse. Children from fragmented homes do not perform as well in school as their peers from stable two-parent homes. And both children and adults with a poor-quality family life experience more emotional distress, anxiety and depression.

Mind Your Child’s Mind

Overall brain health is about more than what kids eat. When they sleep, their activity level and how secure they feel are also key contributors to their overall well-being and brain health, experts say. So parents need to help their kids find the right balance of food, activity and sleep—and make sure kids feel secure—so those developing brains function better. 

Silent Sufferers

In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents.

Teaching Kids to Think for Themselves

Most brain development in children happens before the age of 3. So parents are encouraged to actively engage in their child’s initial touching, talking, reading and playing experiences, which leads to successful parent-guided parent-child collaborations in the future. That’s right: The molding of good decision makers starts at infancy and grows from there.

She's Not There

PANDAS was first identified and labeled in the mid-1990s by investigators at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Basically, a bacterial infection such as strep prompts the immune system to produce antibodies.

How to Stepparent

Blended families are becoming a new norm and taking on the position of stepparent is no easy feat. We spoke with experts to get advice on handling the tricky role of stepparent.