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More TV, Less Self-Esteem, Except for White Boys,” ABC News

May 5, 2012
Researchers from Indiana University surveyed close to 400 boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12, of whom...
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Teaching Children Independence: It’s All About the Next Time

March 13, 2012
UCLA researchers studying middle-class families find that U.S. kids tend to be dependent on their parents for tasks they can do themselves, as WSJ reports, but when does leaning on a parent become problematic and how can parents teach kids to be more independent?
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Punishment without Spanking

November 5, 2011
Noël Plummer can't imagine making a conscious decision to inflict physical pain on her 8-year-old daughter as a punishment. She's only slapped her daughter once, without thinking, when her then-5-year-old was having an enormous tantrum.
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Tantrum Tamer: New Ways Parents Can Stop Bad Behavior

November 5, 2011
Forget everything you may have read about coping with children's temper tantrums. Time-outs, sticker charts, television denial—for many, none of these measures will actually result in long-term behavior change, according to researchers at two academic institutions.
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A Yale Psychologist Calls for Radical Change in Therapy

September 13, 2011
Dr. Alan E. Kazdin contends that treatments for mental health issues have made great strides over the last few decades, but the problem is that these evidence-based therapies aren’t getting to the people who need them.
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Pop Songs: Bad for Babies?

September 6, 2011
I can count on one hand the number of children’s songs I know. There are, of course, the ABC’s song, “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and … uh… does Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” count? Yes, I know I should learn more, but for the time being, my playtime singalongs and nighttime lullabies to my son tend to lean more toward the top 40 than “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” (hey, there’s another one!) A little One Republic here, a little Adele there … what’s the harm, right?
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Fighting In Front of Kids

November 11, 2010
Juju Chang on how arguing in front of your kids affects their development.
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Get Off Facebook and Do Something

May 17, 2010
One of the most common concerns for parents is the worry that their children, especially preadolescents and adolescents, are just not motivated to do anything. He doesn't really show much interest in anything or talk to anyone, and texting or Facebooking his life away seems like a pallid substitute. Understandably, parents worry that a child who seems inert now may be on a trajectory to become a full-time slacker in perpetuity.
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Parenting Expert Warns Against Physical Punishment

May 10, 2010
Corporal punishment of children has long been a topic of controversy in the United States. According to some studies, more than half of all U.S. parents condone spanking as a regular form of punishment for small children.
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The difference between bribing your child and rewarding your child

March 10, 2010
Rewarding the desired behavior is just one element of positive reinforcement, which a deep body of reputable research over several decades has established as the most effective way to change behavior.
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