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Discover the true potential of your children – turn them into “Kid-preneurs

Discover the true potential of your children – turn them into “Kid-preneurs

Discover the true potential of your children – turn them into “Kid-preneurs

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10 ways to guarantee you’ll pay your child’s bills forever…

10 ways to guarantee you’ll pay your child’s bills forever…

Does an “empty nest” equal an empty bank account? It doesn’t have to. But a nationwide trend shows over two-thirds of parents over the age of 50 financially supported a child older than 21 in the last five years. The practice is so common psychologists named this period of extended child dependency “emerging adulthood.”

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Almost three-quarters of parents turn car seats to face forward too early

Almost three-quarters of parents turn car seats to face forward too early

Many parents don’t follow guidelines that call for using rear-facing car seats until age 2, according to National Poll on Children’s Health data. Using a rear-facing car seat until a child is age two reduces risk of serious injury, but close to one-quarter of parents report they turned the seat around before their child was even one year old, according to a new University of Michigan study.

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Steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children

Steps to encourage an attitude of gratitude in children

I am learning to practice gratitude as an adult. But what would it be like if we could introduce the concept of gratitude to our children when they are young? If gratitude just became a part of their vocabulary, a daily habit like brushing their teeth or eating dinner? If they can experience the magic of gratitude early, perhaps the practice wouldn’t feel so challenging or foreign to them.

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The role of genetics in autism spectrum disorder

The role of genetics in autism spectrum disorder

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) seems to have increased significantly over the last thirty years, resulting in much speculation about the causes of this disorder. Everything from pollution to vaccines to labor induction/augmentation has been blamed, none of which has been supported by scientific research. However, autism has at least some heritable/genetic component because of the difference in rates between identical and nonidentical twins. A new study adds more evidence to the relationship between genetic factors and autism. Researchers from Kings College London led by PhD candidate Beata Tick used data from the Twins Early Development Study which included all twins born in England and Wales from 1994 through 1996. Evaluations were done on 128 twin pairs in which one twin had an autism diagnosis, using several common screening tools. Tools included a population-based measure (the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test), diagnostic measures (the Development and Well-being Assessment, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, and the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised) and a best-estimate diagnosis. Researchers found that correlation on these measures was higher for identical twins compared to non-identical twins, with a heritability estimate of 56 percent to 95 percent. According to researcher Dr. Francesca Happe, “Our findings suggest environmental factors are smaller, which is important because some parents are concerned whether things like high pollution might be causing autism.” Now, many scientists are working to discover the specific genes that may contribute to a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Dr. Happe says there may be hundreds. ACSH’s Ariel Savransky says, “Hopefully this current study will help to debunk some of the misleading information promulgated to the public regarding the causes of autism. Although this study may be just the tip of the iceberg and there is a long way to go before researchers get definitive results regarding specific genes that may contribute to ASD, the fear that autism is caused by some factor associated with modern lifestyles should be at least partially allayed.”

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Tips for easy family weeknight meals

Tips for easy family weeknight meals

Most families aspire to spend more time together around the dinner table, but between work and after-school activities, it's hard to find the time. If you're finding it tough to get your family to the table each night, here are a few simple tips:

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Parents split on delayed start time for teens

Parents split on delayed start time for teens

Should teenagers be able to hit the snooze button one more time before school? Ask their parents and half say they would support later school start times, according to today’s University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health

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Smart tips for healthier smiles

Smart tips for healthier smiles

A healthy smile builds confidence, self-esteem, and helps to create an emotionally healthy child! We find our patients are living longer, and in order to live a long, healthy life, one of the most important daily routines is preventive oral hygiene starting at a very early age.

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When children follow parents footsteps, even suicide

When children follow parents footsteps, even suicide

As we watch in horror as Bobbi Kristina Brown continues to fight for her life, after allegedly trying to kill herself almost three years to the day after her mother’s death, a teacher in Orange County California was found hung in her classroom. It has been reported that this teacher’s father had also committed suicide. According to Digital Journal Researchers estimate between 7,000 and 12,000 children lose a parent to suicide and the children of these parents are at higher risk to commit suicide themselves.

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Consumer Federation of America ATVs are dangerous to children

Consumer Federation of America ATVs are dangerous to children

According to data released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), child deaths increased slightly in 2013, while serious injuries caused by all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to ATV riders of all ages appear to have decreased slightly in 2013. Tragically, at least 62 children lost their lives and 25,000 were injured seriously enough to require treatment in a hospital emergency department.

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