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Interstellar: the truth about wormholes

Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, sees astronauts leaping across galaxies via a 'wormhole'. Could it one day be possible?<p>The universe wasn't designed to make life easy for science-fiction writers. Nowhere is this more obvious than if you are trying to write a grand space opera.<p>You know …

Kids online a challenge for parents

<b>Nearly half of Kiwis surveyed think their children spend too much time on devices.</b><p>Kiwi parents believe their children spend too much time online and …

How to keep teens away from drugs and alcohol

It's not easy being a parent to a teenager these days. It's almost impossible to keep track of everything you need to be aware of. Danger seems to be …

How to start a hard conversation with your teen

“I can’t wait to start talking to my teen about their sex life,” said no one ever. Unfortunately for parents, there are several topics it’s vital to …

On Parenting - The Washington Post

The great benefits of shared family meals

Increased self-respect, less chance of depression, obesity, experimenting with drugs and alcohol...<p>When you first hear the results of national and …

Eating alone is turning kids fat

Children who have meals with their families are less likely to be fat than those who eat alone, research has found.<p>A comparison of studies from …

Sunshine reduces allergy, eczema risks in children: study

Playing in the sunshine reduces the risk of children developing eczema and food allergies, researchers claim.<p>Those living in areas with lower levels …

Women’s Health | Women’s Health | body+soul

Legal consultant, health advocate and mum of two Suzy Edward May lives life to the full, despite her crippling condition.<p>"All of a sudden I started …

Everyone loses out if children are coddled

We seem always ready to adopt a new fad. Currently there is the popular ''helicopter parenting'' approach, where parents constantly hover, reassure …

POSITIVE PARENTING: HAVING PATIENCE

As I’m getting older I find that my perspective on patience has changed. I no longer think it’s a crime that I move slower. If I can’t complete all …

What to Do When Co-Parenting Doesn't Work

In a good-enough divorce, exes work through feelings of anger, betrayal and loss and arrive at a place of acceptance. Frustrations over the other parent's values and choices are contained and pushed aside, making space for the Holy Grail of post-divorce life: effective co-parenting.<p>Co-parenting is …

The Upside of Peer Pressure: Social Networks Help Kids Exercise More

Peer pressure can be a powerful force, and sometimes a positive one. For example, hanging out with active peers may lead kids to exercise more, …

Real Business English - BeNative Pro

Features of BeNative Pro<p>Interviews with top<br>business executives<p>Real business English from American<br>business men and women<p>Common business phrases<br>and …

Pros and cons of digital devices in the hands of young students | Emerging Education Technologies

Are the benefits outweighing the downsides of potentially excessive use of these devices by younger and younger children?<p><i>I have three kids and they</i> …

Nearly 1 in 3 Teens Sext, Study Says. Is This Cause for Worry?

Nearly 1 in 3 teens has sent a nude picture of him or herself to someone else, and more than half have been asked to do so, according to new research …

The best apps for special needs kids

We asked Joan L. Green, a speech-language pathologist in Potomac and the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education,” to share some of her favorite iPad apps for kids with special needs.<p>These are the most expensive versions of the apps because they have the most …

Unplug! Too Much Light at Night May Lead to Depression

Here’s another reason to log off at a reasonable hour: exposure to dim lighting at night — such as that generated by a TV screen, computer or …

Why it's ok for your kids to play computer games

<b>Young children are naturals with computers, leaving their parents baffled. Should we be worried? asks Miranda Sawyer.</b><p>There are things in life I don't …

5 Myths About Technology and Parenting

As if parenting is not difficult enough, we now live in a world where our 2 year old children know more about technology we do. Let's face it. Technology has dramatically changed the manner in which we are able to parent. Let's take a look at some of the parenting fears we have classified as …

Study or Sleep? For Better Grades, Teens Should Go to Bed Early

Teens who stay up late at night cramming are more likely to have academic problems the following day — doing poorly on the test they studied for — …

Social Media and Video Games: the New Textbooks

<i>Today’s guest post is an interesting point of view about how social media (SM) and video games can help teachers and students. Of course, we at The</i> …

Back To School: Why Grit is More Important Than Good Grades

The back-to-school season is upon us, and once again, parents across the country have loaded their kids’ backpacks up with snack packs and school …

Background TV: Children Exposed to Four Hours a Day

Even if we aren’t actively watching TV, most of us leave the set on in the background. But that may have detrimental effects on children in the home, …