Children's Health

Nothing happy about divorce season

Nicole M. King | 14 January 2016
Filing for divorce accelerates after the holiday season, and the effect on kids is long-term.

“When my parents got divorced”

Tamara El-Rahi | 08 October 2015
A surprisingly real video by BuzzFeed.

Fatherless and fat

Nicole M. King | 22 April 2015
Children from one-parent families have higher odds of obesity than children from two-parent families.

Happier kids in eight steps

Tamara El-Rahi | 25 February 2015
Simple tips for raising your kids to be happy people.

Married parents vs cohabiting parents

Nicole M. King | 20 August 2014
Married parents are economically advantaged and less likely to separate.

Don’t hand the kid the phone

Tamara El-Rahi | 20 March 2014
A phone’s not a pacifier - 10 reasons to keep technology away from the kids.

The untold story behind child obesity

Nicole M. King | 22 November 2013
It's uncomfortable to admit, but childhood obesity often starts with family life patterns.

Electronics in the bedroom add pounds to kids waists

Carolyn Moynihan | 23 October 2012
"If you want your kids to sleep better and live a healthier lifestyle, get the technology out of the bedroom," says Canadian public health professor Paul Veugelers.

Working moms spend less time on kids’ diet and excerise

Mariette Ulrich | 14 September 2012
Moms who are employed full-time outside the home simply have less time for everything outside of working hours. It’s a logistical reality, not a moral judgment.

Will Big Government save us from Big Appetites?

Mariette Ulrich | 22 February 2012
The Obama Administration has gone nuts. Literally. The czars fiddle with peanut vending machines while Washington burns ever deeper into multi-trillion dollar debt. But oh, it’s for the children.

Can’t drink milk?

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 July 2011
Remember baked rice puddings? I do. In fact rice was pretty well the only milk pudding I could stand as a child.

Child obesity: Tater Tots are not the problem

Mariette Ulrich | 08 January 2011
I have just taken another look at the Obama's Christmas present to the nation -- the nutrition bill and I do not find it to my taste.

Three home routines reduced obesity

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 February 2010
With Michelle Obama heading up a new anti-obesity programme in the United States studies analysing the problem of childhood obesity are coming thick and fast.

Help parents and you help the whole family

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 October 2009
British family researchers seem to be working overtime to keep up with trends that have won the UK the label, Breakdown Britain. A new report from the relationship support organisation One Plus One reviews the evidence on the effects of marital or partnership breakdown on the wellbeing of both adults and children. It finds a definite negative impact and argues that better interventions to support parents could prevent some family ruptures.

Working mums have less healthy kids

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 September 2009
Last night on New Zealand television the British female lead of the live show Mamma Mia! joked about how she went to work to get away from her four young children -- a firstborn plus triplets who are on tour with her. Great for her, but how are the kids doing?

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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