The gray area of disciplining children

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As child abuse allegations continue to make front-page news, WAKR’S Ray Horner recently spoke with pediatric psychologist Geoffrey Putt, director of outpatient therapy centers at Akron Children’s Hospital, about discipline techniques and positive parenting. “Many people do what they were taught…and if that [spanking] is what you learned and experienced, it puts you in a […]

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Lax bedtime routines can blunt young children’s cognitive thinking

Bedtime stories help foster parent-child bonds and prepare kids for sleep.

A recent study revealed that children with no regular bedtimes or who went to bed later than 9 p.m. had lower test scores for reading, math and spatial awareness.