The proportion of parents with children aged 2 to 12 years old who say they spank their child dropped from 50 percent in 1993 to 35 percent in 2017.
Almost half (46 percent) of American parents are experiencing a high level of stress during the pandemic, compared with 28 percent of non-parents. Pandemic-related stress is also having a disproportionate effect on communities of color.
“Teaching children to eat their greens is not something mothers should be doing alone,” says Kaisa Kahkonen, the study’s lead author.
Those parents also acknowledge that their teen’s video gaming habits interfere with their child’s sleep, schoolwork, friendships and family activities.
Interestingly, the effect of grandchildren on the lives of the people who took the survey was mixed.
Six years after the birth of their child, mothers in the study were sleeping about 20 minutes less and fathers were sleeping about 15 minutes less per night than before the pregnancy.
Researchers concluded that school districts could help reduce the likelihood of physical abuse by sending grades home earlier in the week.
Fortunately, corporal punishment is losing favor among parents in the United States.
Why do we continue to put the responsibility for turning around the obesity epidemic on individuals when it’s long-past clear that a much more comprehensive approach is needed?
Children need to learn how to self-regulate their emotions and behaviors — and it’s also essential that they learn that lesson early, before they start school, a new study suggests.
Parents are now told to avoid putting their babies to sleep on their stomach or side and to make sure the child’s sleep surface is hard and free of loose bedding.
The survey found that parents of children aged 5 and younger are remarkably cavalier about writing down emergency information for baby sitters.
The analysis also found that the death risk differences were stronger among men.
This finding may offer some solace for parents with children who are extremely picky about what foods they will eat or who refuse to try new foods.
Parents who use alternative therapies with their children because they view them as a more “natural” option are often unaware of the potential dangers posed by such treatments.
Children who specialize in a single sport and train intensively for it are at higher risk of experiencing overuse injuries, as well as burnout, anxiety and depression, a new report says.
Currently, the average American child aged 2 to 19 takes in about 80 grams of added sugar daily. The AHA recommends reducing this to 25.
Taking safety precautions, say the experts, reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), as well as accidental suffocation and strangulation.
What’s more, according to the research, spanking is not only ineffective at improving children’s behavior, it makes them more likely to defy their parents.
Almost all parents are ready, willing and able to influence something that really matters to their children’s success: the quality of their family relationships.