May 29, 2017

‘Every 15′ offers sobering reminder to teens

Every 15

By Julie Samrick One high school student lay dead, ejected from the vehicle her best friend drove seconds before. Only the frantic wails of a second passenger could be heard as she called her best friends’ names from the back seat, pleading for them to answer. The teenage drunk driver, also from the same high… Read more

Boys more likely than girls to be born early

Boys are slightly more likely to be born premature than girls, and they tend to fare worse, too, says a new report on the health of the world’s newborns. Read more

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick or treaters on the porch

Children are 4 times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than on any other night of the year, according to experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  They are also more likely to suffer burns and eye injuries.  The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following safety… Read more

Adults Worse Than Teens When it Comes to Texting and Driving

adults texting

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

Run, Don’t Walk, To See “Girl Rising”

Girl Rising

By Julie Samrick Every once in a while a book or a movie opens our eyes to things we haven’t thought much of before, things that really matter.  This week I had such an experience when I went to a screening of a new documentary called Girl Rising.  In it we see and hear nine… Read more

Eating Disorders: What Parents Should Know

eating disorder

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

How the Internet is Changing Adoption

Of the 135,000 children adopted annually, only 17% are infants adopted domestically and 15% are adopted internationally. In most cases, children are adopted from foster care or the child welfare system.  Read how the internet is dramatically changing adoption as we’ve always known it. Related post: How Adoption Can Transform Lives

Percentage of Severely Obese People Explodes

fat child progression

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

Cries for International Help Amidst Forced Abortions in China

pan chunyan

The story of Pan Chunyan, 31, has become a symbol of the egregious human rights violations in China.  Chunyan was 8 months pregnant in April when she was forcibly given an abortion- labor inducing chemicals were administered to her against her will even though her husband was doing his best to raise the fee for… Read more

Child Sexual Abuse Rates Are Down Nationally

parenting mistakes

Due to increased vigilance and awareness, child sexual abuse has actually declined in recent years, but many don’t want to broadcast this for fear we’ll grow complacent and not be as vigilant.  Read more about it