A check on the evidence behind the latest news and advice about children. As a psychologist, former researcher and disgruntled consumer of the parenting media I debunk the latest claims about kids from breastfeeding and bullying to autism and attention deficits.
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The count-down to large holiday gatherings has begun offering a perfect time to clear up some misinformation about allergies, especially the food-related ones, that can mar the festive season. It's not only your second-cousin once-removed who doesn't get the fact her dog makes your kid wheeze or that a flu shot isn't going to kill her daughter. Research shows even doctors find allergies difficult to comprehend let well enough alone diagnosis and treat so there is work to be done here. […]
Unfortunately we still need a World Pneumonia Day. Pneumonia still kills more kids around the world than any other illness or disease. Credit: World Moms BlogEvery year about 1.4 million kids under 5 die from pneumonia around the world. World Health Organization Doubly tragic because it doesn't have to be so deadly. My own son had pneumonia when he was three and he didn't die from it. Though it scared me at the time I knew help was just a short car ride away. He went to bed […]
Add "emerging adulthood" to your concept of human development. Put down the basket of dirty laundry that I can only hope does not belong to your twenty-something living in the basement and try to think back to Psycholgy 101. Remember the theories explaining how humans develop from helpless infants to empty nesters with kids who come to visit then leave? Yep you're going to have to revise the faded memories to take into account the at-times helpless twenty-something in the […]
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