DailyDirt: Parenting Tips
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Parents apparently have no idea how to raise children. Parenting is tough, but no worries, there’s always the unsolicited advice from family and strangers about what they think is best for children, and there are tons of parenting books available that may or may not help. There’s also no shortage of contradictory studies out there that just leave parents utterly confused. Here are just a few recent findings on what’s supposedly good or bad for kids. Remember correlation isn’t causation, etc, etc.
- Young children need regular bedtimes, otherwise it can have a negative effect on their cognitive development. Kids who had irregular bedtimes at the age of 3 — a crucial age for mental development — scored lower on reading, math, and spatial awareness tests. [url]
- Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can forget about using ADHD drugs to help them do better in school. More and more studies are finding that taking “cognitive enhancers” like Ritalin and Adderall really doesn’t make a difference in the long run for kids with ADHD. [url]
- Over-parenting is creating a generation of passive, disconnected, depressed, and anxious kids. These kids fail to find a “sense of self” and can’t cope with the real world because their well-meaning but misguided parents have been unnecessarily intervening in their lives, doing everything for them. [url]
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