The effects of social media on body image and disordered eating among adolescents are becoming clear, so it’s important for parents to be aware and take steps to blunt the negative influences. That’s the message from Dr. Crystal Cole of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital. New studies are showing a pronounced […]
Whether you’re a parent of an infant and toddler or school-age kids and teens, you probably have a zillion questions about your children. What’s normal? What should I expect when my child is sick? When should I call the doctor? You’ll find the answers to these questions and more in this section.
Though the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned lead as an ingredient in paint in 1978, it still can be found lurking in our environment — perhaps scarier, our kids’ environment. The majority of exposures come from inside our homes from things like dust, dishware, toys, water that is passed through lead pipes and, of […]
You read about it in popular media or see first-hand how birth order has a potent impact on personality. The first-born is the achievement-oriented leader. The youngest is the attention-seeking rebel, and so on. But it may come as a surprise that there is no scientific basis behind the notion that birth order shapes personality. […]
Tearful, tantrum-filled goodbyes may be commonplace for you right now. Whether you need to leave your child with a sitter for the evening or drop her off at day care, your toddler might react by crying, clinging to you and resisting attention from others. “Separation anxiety is not easy for parents; it’s never easy to […]
An adopted child’s origins are never far from his or her thoughts. But the subject often occupies the shadows of family life. It’s up to parents to bring it into the light. Think of an adopted child’s history as a story worth telling and re-telling. “The best piece of advice I’ve heard is you should […]
Losing a pregnancy can be heartbreaking. Unfortunately, miscarriages are fairly common. On average, about 1 in 4 pregnancies will end in a miscarriage usually in the first trimester, according to the American Pregnancy Association. In the majority of cases, a miscarriage cannot be prevented because it is the result of a chromosomal abnormality or problem […]