Gifts that Evoke Kids’ Creativity by Sandra Murphy Choosing thoughtful gifts for kids can be a challenge, especially when opting for creativity over this year’s hot toy. It’s possible to find gifts that appeal to both parent and child, involving the whole family or working as solo projects. Some expand beyond the boundaries of home.
Stressful Time of Year Impacts Birth Weight South Korean women in their first trimester of pregnancy during the country’s stress-producing new year’s holiday had babies that were a third of an ounce lighter
Hobbies Engage and Grow Healthy Kids by Marlaina Donato Unplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual arts enhances children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves academic aptitude.
Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions by Ronica A. O’Hara The statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has tripled to affect one in eight; those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have doubled to one in 10; and autism diagnoses have increased at least 10-fold, to affect one in 50 (one in 31 boys).
Improves Academic Performance Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory
By Roberta Bolduc Although osteopathic physicians use all the conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment, they differ from allopathic or traditional Western medicine doctors. They are trained to place additional emphasis on the achievement of normal body mechanics as central to maintaining good health. Another key point is the osteopathic physician is trained to view the patient as a whole person with certain key principles central to their care. Two major principles are that the body is a unit of mind-body-spirit, and that the body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
New Study Finds Effectiveness in Alternative Treatment Acupuncture reduces autism scores, according to a new meta-analysis of 27 clinical studies of 1,736 children. Researchers from Kyung Hee University, in
Impacts Children Later in Life Spanking—defined as using physical force to control a child’s behavior by inflicting pain, but not injury—can have profound effects on a child later in life, say University of Michigan researchers. Surveying records of 8,300 people that visited outpatient clinics for routine health
Why Less Means More Happiness by Deborah Shouse Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence. For a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.
Gardening Connects Kids to Nature by Barbara Pleasant Children benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow.