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The Parent Syndrome

Let's play "Mud, Chocolate, or Poop?"

Everyone says life is no longer the same once you have children, and it's not what you expected. So true. Despite the millions of self-help books, guides and advice literature out there, nothing really prepares you for being a parent until you've experienced it. No, raising a dog does not count as having a child, no matter how much you think it is. Yes, I've lived with dogs, lots of them ... and cats, and turtles, and hamsters, and chicks, and whatever else my siblings and I have raised growing up.


Middle-income family spends $235,000 to raise baby

For $235,000, you could indulge in a shiny new Ferrari - or raise a child for 17 years....


Babies can understand what you're saying at just 6 months old


Babies are easy to underestimate. This is understandable; after all, when most of us interact with an infant, we see a clumsy, messy creature — one more adept at stringing together strange gurgling noises than distinct consonants and vowels.


How Kids With Autism Spend Screen Time

Watching TV

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) tend to be preoccupied with screen-based media. A new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, looks at how children with ASDs spend their "screen time."

Senh: The study doesn't say whether or not watching too much tv or playing too much video games causes autism. It just says that autistic kids prefers to do those activities, and therefore parents should use those devices to teach their kids to be more social.


In schools, self-esteem boosting is losing favor to rigor, finer-tuned praise


For decades, the prevailing wisdom in education was that high self-esteem would lead to high achievement. The theory led to an avalanche of daily affirmations, awards ceremonies and attendance certificates — but few, if any, academic gains.

Senh: I guess they're taking the tough love approach now.


Back Off, Mom: How 'Helicopter' Parenting Is Making Kids Fat

Parents, if you want your kids to get more exercise, you'd be wise to get out of their way. In a new study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers sought to observe how kids play in parks.


Grandparents play a bigger role in child-rearing

Grandparents play a bigger role in child-rearing

America is swiftly becoming a granny state. Less frail and more involved, today's grandparents are shunning retirement homes and stepping in more than ever to raise grandchildren while young adults struggle in the poor economy.


Woman Convicted of Child Abuse in Hot Sauce Case

An Alaska woman was convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor child abuse after squirting hot sauce into the mouth of her adopted Russian son as punishment in what prosecutors said was a ploy to get on a TV show.


9 Ways to Help Your Child Adjust to a New School

Whether you're moving in, moving up, or moving over, going to a new school can be tough. Here's how to make it easier.


TLC Cancels 'Kate Plus 8'

The cable channel said Monday that it was cancelling its long-running reality franchise about Jon and Kate Gosselin's twin daughters and set of sextuplets.


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