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Soccer Mom by Global X

Soccer Mom by Global X

Extracurriculars are really important for kids. You’ve heard it before. Research has consistently found that participation in sports and other activities has a positive effect on kids. In fact, extracurriculars seem to have a more consistent positive impact than homework does! There’s one potential effect of extracurriculars that parents seem to be increasingly aware of: they might improve a student’s chances of being accepted into college. In a competitive post-secondary environment, anything that improves one’s application could mean the difference between admission to one’s chosen program and having to attend a second-choice school.

Anatomy of Autism (Episode 82)

Autism - Ian Boddy/Science Photo LibraryDoctors Brian and Giuseppe speak with Dr. Gillian Graham Bevan, a psychologist whose son has autism.

How does a psychologist react when she discovers her own child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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Psychiatric Symptoms May Predict Internet Addiction in Adolescents

InternetCHICAGO – Adolescents with psychiatric symptoms such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), social phobia, hostility and depression may be more likely to develop an Internet addiction, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Although the Internet has become one of the most significant information resources for adolescents, addiction to the Internet can negatively impact school performance, family relationships and adolescents’ emotional state, according to background information in the article. “This phenomenon has been described as Internet addiction or problematic Internet use and classified as a possible behavior addiction,” the authors write. Previous studies report that 1.4 percent to 17.9 percent of adolescents are addicted to the Internet in both Western and Eastern societies; therefore, there have been suggestions to add Internet and gaming addictions to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical  Manual of Mental Disorders. “Identification of the risk factors for Internet addiction is therefore of clinical significance for the prevention of, and early intervention into, Internet addiction in adolescents.”

The Problem(s) with Punishment


Child in Barred Window - Meknes, Morocco by Adam Jones, PhD (via Flickr)

I came across an article today about how to “fix” the behaviour of tweens. It seems like disrespectful behaviour is a part of the rite of passage into adolescence, and the article had a lot of good suggestions to help parents address problems that arise as children individuate and question their parents’ authority. Although it wasn’t particularly surprising, I was a little disappointed by one of their suggestions: punishment for back-talk.

Most parents agree that there are 4 rules when it comes to punishment: it should be reasonable, consistent, immediate, and meaningful. This is where the problems come in.