Tonya McClung

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When Kids Think Parents Play Favorites, It Can Spell Trouble

If you have siblings, you probably think that your parents liked one kid best — and you're probably right. Scientists say the family pecking order does affect children, but not always in the way you might think.<p>The vast majority of parents do have favorite child, according to research — about 80 …

Google Launches YouTube Kids on Android and iOS

It’s been rumored for a while, but now it’s official: Google has launched YouTube Kids.<p>The company says it’s been working with parents over the past year to create a more family-friendly version of YouTube . The new app is designed to be simpler for children featuring a brighter and bigger …

Autism Group Urges Parents To Vaccinate Children: 'Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism'

<i>Updated on February 9, 2015; 3:18 p.m. EST.</i><p>A leading autism advocacy group is advising parents to vaccinate their children, as a movement by caretakers who oppose the common practice continues to stir up controversy nationwide.<p>In a statement posted to Autism Speaks' website, the nonprofit's chief …

Here are six science experiments for cold winter days you should definitely try at home

When the cold and snow settles in for the winter, so begins the challenge of how to entertain your kids indoors for long stretches of time.<p>Well, if you've got baking powder, a couple of lemons, a magnet, a balloon and straw, you've got all you need for some snowy day science experiments — no fancy …

The Opposite of Spoiled

• <b>Author:</b> Ron Lieber<p>In the spirit of Wendy Mogel’s The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s Nurture Shock, New York Times “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that explains how talking openly to children about money can help parents raise …

Playful Parenting

• <b>Author:</b> Lawrence J. Cohen<p>Parents have heard that play is a child's work--but play is not for kids only. As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., demonstrates in this delightful new book, play can be the basis for an innovative and rewarding approach to parenting. From eliciting a giggle during …

Don’t fine parents of obese kids: The health crisis isn’t just a family affair

Puerto Rico mulls a novel way to tackle childhood obesity<p>Here's an idea so terrible you'd think it was fiction: punishing parents for having obese children. But in Puerto Rico, public hearings are set to start Friday over a proposed bill that could fine parents if their children don't lose …

7 Ways for Parents to Stay Calm, Cool and Connected

<i>"I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way."</i><p>George Benson recorded the first version of <i>The Greatest Love of All</i> in 1977. Whitney Houston topped the charts with her version, released in February 1985 - thirty years ago.<p>Despite being one of the all-time greatest …

Help Your Child Develop Strong Self-Esteem

As parents, it can be challenging to help your child with their self-confidence and self-esteem. You can’t control the world they live in once they …

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Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why Read

In a Sunday article, New York Times reporter Nick Bilton said he once assumingly asked Jobs, “So your kids must love the iPad?”<p>Jobs responded:<p><i>“They</i> …

50 Shades of Disempowerment: Teach Your Children Well

<i>Feb. 12, 2015 “What people do in private is their own business.” But what happens when Hollywood makes a movie glorifying, promoting and normalizing</i> …

Use Yoga to Get to Know Your Kids Better

<b>After my oldest child</b> <b>was born, I practiced yoga during her naps for a long time.</b> But one day, I decided to try it while she was awake. To my …

5 Ways Being An Adult Beats Being a Teen

Dear Teenage Self,<p>Those years between 13 and 18 certainly weren't easy, were they? It's amazing that we got through them. Some of us got through them relatively unscathed, while others are still self-conscious about the very issues that we got teased about back then. We as adults need to express …

The Parent Fat Traps

Having kids is wonderful, fulfilling, glorious—and fattening. Here are nine ways the pounds can sneak up on you, and how to fight 'em off.fat-traps<p><b>Fat Trap No. 1</b>You polish off your kid's fries/scrape the last spoonful of chocolate pudding/lick the peanut butter off the knife.<p><b>Skinny Solutions:</b> Don't …

Nutrition

The best ways to teach your child safety around strangers

Want to know the worst way to teach children about stranger danger? Earlier this month, a mother in Missouri set out to teach her six-year-old boy a lesson in talking to strangers with the help of the boy's aunt and grandmother. A co-worker in on the act allegedly kidnapped the boy, told him he'd …

Monsters Inc.

How to thwart the $17 billion marketing effort to steal your kids' dreams, infiltrate their friendships, plaster their PJs with logos, hijack their imaginations, fragment their attention spans, make them obese, and drive a wedge into their relationship with you.<p>I thought I could win the battle for …

Kids

My Prescribed Life

When I was diagnosed with a mental illness at age eleven, my doctor—soft-spoken and straitlaced, with a thick moustache—explained that I was …

As trans issues become mainstream, question of how to address variant gender expression comes to forefront

When Zane Bernhard, then six years old, arrived for an appointment with a psychologist at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, his …

45,000 Suicides Every Year: The Sad Cause Which is On The Rise - PsyBlog

One in five suicides around the world is caused by this and the figure is rising.<p>Unemployment is linked to 45,000 suicides around the world each …

Living Life on Autopilot? 3 Steps to Find Your Vitality

<i>Do you feel bored in your life?</i><p><i>Do you enjoy happy occasions less than you should?</i><p><i>Do you sometimes feel emotionally numb?</i><p><i>Do other people seem to</i> …

Numb

Before You Meet the Woman of Your Dreams: 5 Things You Need To Do To Fix Your Life

Shares 0<p>Don’t like ads? Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free<p>—<p><i>Self-improvement doesn’t work if you don’t have the proper</i> …

Today's Pothead Is Yesterday's Cigarette Fiend

In his 1997 book <i>The Selfish Brain,</i> Robert DuPont, the first director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, describes marijuana's impact on its …

The Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis Nexus: “Mental Disorders” Drives Big Pharma Profit and Social Control | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>A century ago the fledgling, brand new “science” of psychology was still in the throes of struggling for cultural and academic recognition,</i> …

OCD: When intrusive thoughts overwhelm the brain

We've all seen listicles on the web declaring "24 images that will drive the OCD in you crazy" or that friend who has to keep everything tidy because they are "totally OCD." While the term "OCD" is often used in jest, the real condition is often more serious and debilitating than many people …

The Human Brain Is A Tangled Clump Of Wires But A New Theory Suggests That's Why We Are So Smart

The complexities of the human brain are what make humans such a unique species. But how our brains end up so different from those of other …

Drinking doesn’t make you dumb, but being dumb does make you drink

We’ve always been told that booze kills your brain cells… but that could all be wrong.<p>However, IQ levels are still linked to the amount that we drink.<p>…

Alcohol

Are you emotionally intelligent? Here’s how to know for sure

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 per cent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source …

Is self-disgust the emotional trigger that leads to self-harm?

To help people who perform non-lethal self-harm, such as cutting and burning themselves, we need a better understanding of the thoughts and feelings …