How Much Time Do You Spend With Your Children?

 “New University of NSW analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveals parents are spending four hours less a week in the company of their children than they did a generation ago.

However, of that time, fours hours more a week is spent on specific child-focused activities such as reading, playing and helping them learn.

University of NSW associate professor Lyn Craig said her research, to be published in The British Journal of Sociology, suggests a shift towards more intensive parenting, particularly of children under five…

Ms Craig believes the data also reflects thinking that a high level of parental involvement, especially during the early years, is crucial for a child’s development. Mothers, in particular, are more likely to sacrifice their own personal time so their children don’t miss out.

Article: Parenting Advice: Just Relax, Say Academics, The Sydney Morning Herald

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What Is the Cost of Bullying?

“What’s the No. 2 cause of death in the 10-to-24 and 12-to-18 age groups? It’s suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

The CDC says teenagers who are bullied online are three times more likely to make suicide attempts that require medical treatment.”

Article: Proactive parenting to stop cyberbullies, JDNews.com

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What’s the Effect of Early Childhood Stress?

Children in Finland who were temporarily separated from their parents during World War II were more likely to have elevated blood pressure than Finnish children who were not separated from their parents.  

  • Children who were separated had significantly higher systolic blood pressure than those who were not separated.
  • Those children who were separated at an earlier age had higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure from the non-separated children.  
  • Even children who were separated from parents for less than a year had higher systolic blood pressure than the control group.

Abstract: Early life stress and blood pressure levels in late adulthood, Journal of Human Hypertension