Children's Health

Why we should play with our kids
Tamara El-Rahi | Apr 12 2017 | comment  
Playing benefits both parent and child.

Losing a parent to death or divorce - which is worse?
Nicole M. King | Apr 20 2016 | comment  
Research shows that “Parental separation was significantly associated with almost all disorders.”

The children of divorce: anything but resilient
Nicole M. King | Feb 24 2016 | comment  
Research shows that parental divorce has impacts right into adulthood.

Should we fix mental health issues or prevent them?
Nicole M. King | Feb 17 2016 | comment  
Mental distress can be lessened by a secure family unit.

Missing fathers, swelling waistlines
Nicole M. King | Feb 12 2016 | comment  
A Danish study shows that children born in a fatherless home are physiologically prone to obesity.

Nothing happy about divorce season
Nicole M. King | Jan 14 2016 | comment  
Filing for divorce accelerates after the holiday season, and the effect on kids is long-term.

“When my parents got divorced”
Tamara El-Rahi | Oct 8 2015 | comment  
A surprisingly real video by BuzzFeed.

Fatherless and fat
Nicole M. King | Apr 22 2015 | comment  
Children from one-parent families have higher odds of obesity than children from two-parent families.

Happier kids in eight steps
Tamara El-Rahi | Feb 25 2015 | comment  
Simple tips for raising your kids to be happy people.

Married parents vs cohabiting parents
Nicole M. King | Aug 20 2014 | comment  
Married parents are economically advantaged and less likely to separate.

Don’t hand the kid the phone
Tamara El-Rahi | Mar 20 2014 | comment  
A phone’s not a pacifier - 10 reasons to keep technology away from the kids.

The untold story behind child obesity
Nicole M. King | Nov 22 2013 | comment  
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 | Oct 23 2012 | comment  
"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 | Sep 14 2012 | comment  
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 | Feb 22 2012 | comment  
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 | Jul 6 2011 | comment  
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 | Jan 8 2011 | comment  
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 | Feb 12 2010 | comment  
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 | Oct 14 2009 | comment  
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 | Sep 30 2009 | comment  
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?
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