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Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Benefit Children’s Bones – Parents Article

Most experts recommend that pregnant women take a daily supplement of 400 units of vitamin D. Now a randomized clinical trial suggests that a much larger dose may be beneficial for children’s bone health.The study, in JAMA Pediatrics, randomized 517 women to take either a 2,400-unit vitamin D supplement or a placebo from 24 weeks of pregnancy until one week after birth.In addition, all the women were advised to take a 400-unit vitamin D supplement, in line with Danish health…

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Disruptive behavior problems: 12 evidence-based tips – Parents Article

© 2016 – 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Psychologists call them “externalizing” behaviors — acts of disruption, aggression, defiance, or anti-social intent. Just about every parent has to cope with them at some point, particularly during the toddler years. Young children are still developing the ability to regulate their emotions and impulses, and need to learn what is expected of them. Research suggests that more than two-thirds of American preschoolers experience temper tantrums (Wakshlag et al 2014). But…

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Donating Items in China – Is it Possible?! – Parents Article

Donating   It’s also come to fruition that there’s a heck of a lot of clothes that I no longer wear (for a variety of reasons!) As most of the clothes are still in good nick, throwing them away would seem a waste of some perfectly good clothing, so I thought perhaps I could donate them somewhere. I presumed it would be a rather simple task, either take them to a charity shop, a clothes bank or find a company…

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How to keep babies calm, happy, and healthy – Parents Article

© 2015 – 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Why should we care about stress in babies? Nobody wants a stressed-out baby. The stress is contagious, making everyone miserable. And when the stress is chronic — a regular feature of everyday life — children face long-term health consequences.If babies are exposed to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, they are more likely to develop behavior problems and stress-related diseases later in life (Asok et al 2013; Luby et al…

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The Wedding That Wasn’t Sad – Parents Article

Our wedding was about to begin. I wore an ivory embroidered Tadashi Shoji gown and clutched a bouquet of coral ranunculus and periwinkle thistle. My throat was tight, my cheeks were flushed, and my scarlet lipstick was probably fading, but I didn’t care. I was ready to marry David Sanchez.David’s father saw me. “Kim! Who’s giving you away?”“No one,” I said with a laugh. Even when my dad was alive, I had never intended him to give me away, like…

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What are babies thinking and learning? – Parents Article

© 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved What do newborns think about? During the first few weeks after birth, it might seem that your baby does little more than sleep, cry, and feed. But research tells us that there is much more going on. The newborn brain is busy processing information, searching for patterns, and learning. Here’s a fascinating look at newborn cognitive development, covering five major topics:how newborns can recognize your voice (and certain music, too);what newborns are learning about…

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My Son’s Friends Use Slurs in Online Games. What Can I Do? – Parents Article

To have this conversation, consider saying: “If people within a group want to claim ownership of a word that has been used to hurt them, that’s their call, even if not everyone else in that group agrees with their decision. But if you’re not in the group, the word is definitely not yours to use.”Your son might question this last idea if he is familiar with the concept of an “N-word pass,” by which a black person grants a nonblack…

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Are You EMF Smart?! Take the Quiz and Find Out! – Parents Article

If you’ve read some previous articles on this blog, then you’re already familiar with this subject – which is great! But, that’s not to say there is not more to learn on this. Answering the questions below will provide you with a link at the end of the quiz to download a very informative EMF booklet, that could quite possibly save you or your family’s lives!   Be sure to share this page with others to help keep everybody safe…

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Babi a Fi: Royal Correspondence – Parents Article

Did you know that anyone can write to the Queen? And that if you do, you’ll get a reply back from her. Well, not her personally, but one of her ladies-in-waiting. Apparently the Queen does get shown the majority of the post she receives each day, especially letters and pictures from children, and then her staff get to work answering them all, sometimes incorporating her personal comments.Back in November, Marianna decided she wanted to send a Christmas card to the…

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Torna a scuola dopo tre anni di cure contro la leucemia: è standing ovation! – Parents Article

Il piccolo John Oliver sconfigge al leucemia ed al ritorno a scuola è accolto con una standing ovation.Tre anni di cure per sconfiggere la leucemiaUna standing ovation da parte di tutta la scuola ha accolto John Oliver Zippay, un bambino di 6 anni tornato a scuola dopo un difficile ciclo di chemioterapia. Il piccolo si era ammalato leucemia quando aveva appena 3 anni. Una storia che ha fatto il giro del web, quella di J.O., un bambino un tempo malato…

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