December 18, 2017

Best not to be coolest kid in middle school later

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It might have been tough not being the coolest kid in middle school, but new research shows that teens who weren’t part of the in crowd go on to have healthier lives once they hit adulthood. A study published Thursday in the journalChild Development shares that teens who were so focused on being popular were often… Read more

McDonald’s reports disappointing sales


McDonald’s reported disappointing quarterly sales Thursday as fewer customers visited the world’s biggest hamburger chain. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company says global sales slipped 0.1 percent at established locations for the last three months of the year. In the U.S., where it recently revamped its Dollar Menu to include items that cost a little more,… Read more

Adolescence is hardest on parents


By Jennifer Senior Here’s what may be most powerful about adolescence, from a parent’s perspective: It forces them to contemplate themselves as much as they contemplate their own children. Toddlers and ­elementary-school children may cause us to take stock of our choices, too, of course. But it’s adolescents, usually, who stir up our most self-critical… Read more

Meal Planning: Why It’s Worth It

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By Julie Samrick Very recently I’ve begun meal planning because until now I’ve always had the same annoying thing happen.  I’d go to the store, stock up, look at my full shelves and refrigerator and then, undoubtedly, I’d still think by the next day, What should I make for dinner?  Or worse, there’d still be… Read more

10 Reasons to Sign with your Baby or Toddler

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By Lowry Manders As a parent and teacher, I have witnessed the strong connections that signing makes between children and adults, and in little brains, and it is so fun and simple! I just love it!  Top 10 Reasons to Sign with your Baby or Toddler: Because babies can sign “I love you” before they… Read more

Adults Worse Than Teens When it Comes to Texting and Driving

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It seems many adults do not practice what they preach. A new study finds experienced drivers are as bad, or even worse, than young people when it comes to texting while driving and the reasons for it are complicated. Read more

Eating Disorders: What Parents Should Know

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By Julie Samrick For many of us, eating disorders are a great mystery. What causes them? Why are they so difficult to cure?  Why doesn’t the young girl battling anorexia just eat?  We want to rationalize something that’s difficult to understand.  One common rationalization is that young people with anorexia or bulimia have controlling or… Read more

Percentage of Severely Obese People Explodes

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More people than ever are 100 pounds or more overweight, says a new report.  What’s frightening is the percentage of severely obese who are under 40 is similar to those who are over 40. “The younger group should normally be less overweight or obese,” says lead author Roland Sturm. “Yet for severe obesity, the young… Read more

Pediatricians Jump On Trampolines


We have a trampoline….I always thought the nets that enclose them make them safer- not like the free-falling trampolines with no nets that were around when I was a child.  Not so, says a new report. Read more about the latest safety findings. What are your thoughts on trampolines? 

Banned Olympic Athlete Unveils Pervasiveness of Marijuana Use

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American wrestler Stephany Lee is not contrite after officials found marijuana in her system, which got her banned from competing at the London Olympics. Instead, she explains how and why many other young athletes use the drug, and why it’s on the rise.  Read more