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Childhood Obesity Rates Are Still Rising

Childhood Obesity Rates Are Still Rising | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The upward trend in obesity and overweight among children continues unabated, with the biggest increases among the severely obese youngsters

Via Peter Mellow
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Is it the emotional element that needs to be attacked instead of emphasizing providing healthy school lunches, formal education classes, etc?  -Lon

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Kids copy the in-crowd when they feel left out - Futurity

Kids copy the in-crowd when they feel left out - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"Humans have an evolutionary prepared ostracism-detection system," says Rachel Watson-Jones. This includes kids, new research shows.

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This provides support for parents who excuse their child's problems from "falling in with the wrong crowd."  This also can explain "group think" in offices, politics and social activities in general. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, January 5, 2016 11:33 AM

This is part of the reason why at Penrith Farms we try to change the peer culture of our residents and help them severe ties from the bad influences of the past.

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5 Early Signs Of Autism All Parents Should Know

5 Early Signs Of Autism All Parents Should Know | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Start keeping an eye out for these signs when your baby is around 12 months old, experts say.

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Gaze differs in autism, and not just for faces - Futurity

Gaze differs in autism, and not just for faces - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Visual perception differs among people with autism, and not just for faces. A new study could help pinpoint different forms of the disorder.

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BreakingCyclesBuildingHope's curator insight, November 2, 2015 4:43 PM

Gaze differs in autism, and not just for faces....

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2 types of child abuse have the same consequences - Futurity

2 types of child abuse have the same consequences - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The assumption that emotional abuse is less harmful to children than physical abuse is false, say researchers. How should this affect treatment?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This seems to support the criticism of thinking it is the act and kind of abuse that does the harm.  Actually, in my experience, much more important is how the child perceives it.  The same kind of abuse to two children will have significantly different manifestations or even no reaction or measurable harm to one while devastating the other. -Lon

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BreakingCyclesBuildingHope's curator insight, October 19, 2015 10:54 AM

Emotional abuse is just as harmful as physical abuse....

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Why Are So Many Parents Limited in Loving Their Children? | Psychology Today

Why Are So Many Parents Limited in Loving Their Children? | Psychology Today | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
In my observation of families, I have noted countless examples of well-meaning parents engaging in behavior that is insensitive, mis-attuned, or harmful to their children, while earnestly believing that they love them and have their best interests at heart. There are several reasons why it’s often difficult for parents to love their children.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

It has been my observation in working with parents of struggling children who are looking at residential placement that these parents all love their child as much as they can and do the best they can for them.  So parent bashing is not fair.  But, as this article points out, due to their own issues, some parents are more capable of providing emotionally what their children need than others.  We need to recognize these limits and have compassion for these parents. -Lon

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Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like. | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
'This is kindergarten. We force children to take tests that their brains cannot grasp. We ignore research that proves that children who are 5-6 learn best experientially. We rob them of precious free play that teaches them how to be good citizens, good friends and good thinkers.'

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

SCARY.  The fear this writer talks about, come to think of it, is probably similar to what is experienced at all school levels when they are faced with constant testing.  What are we doing to our children?  And, how is this proper raising of our young people? -Lon

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Is Technology Hurting Our Kids?

Is Technology Hurting Our Kids? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The promise of increased student achievement through the use of technology hasn't really produced any significant results in the past 20 years. And, even more troubling, studies show that increased screen time is harmful to children's social and physical development.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Makes sense.  The problem isn't necessarily total screen time, but a heavy use of screen time for entertainment instead of learning. -Lon

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Narcissistic parenting: When you compete via your child - CNN.com

Narcissistic parenting: When you compete via your child  - CNN.com | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A new book documents the dangers when parents are overly involved in their children's successes and failures.

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sounds like helicopter parenting to me - more than really caring about their child. -Lon

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Fitness levels dive as U.S. kids get older - Futurity

Fitness levels dive as U.S. kids get older - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A new study of American schoolchildren in first through twelfth grades finds that fitness levels sharply decline as students age.

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Swedish study suggests cases of autism have not been rising

In the largest study of its kind, a Swedish group has determined that actual autism rates probably have not changed in recent years, even though diagnoses of autism cases continue to climb.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Another "epidemic" that no longer exists?  :)  -Lon

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Video game link to psychiatric disorders suggested by study

Video game link to psychiatric disorders suggested by study | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Benefits, such as improved attention and perception, could come at a price, according to research
People who regularly play action video games could be at increased risk of developing neurological and psychiatric disorders, a study suggests.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

And the debate rages on whether video games are good or bad.  Myself, I think they are both right. :)  -Lon

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Love, Not Marriage, Gives Children a Stable Home

Love, Not Marriage, Gives Children a Stable Home | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The claim that children are suffering from a ‘trend away from marriage’ fails to recognise the many other ways to provide a happy home environment

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good points here.  But, how well does it pass the question:  How are Children doing in general?  And, is the decrease in marriage contracts contributing to that to more children in poverty and being their own worst enemy?  Or, as the author claims and what some of my own children claimed: its just a meaningless piece of paper?  There are a lot of children in trouble and the causes are multiple, and any aspect can be debated with multiple plausible explanations.  Just because a view is plausible does not mean it is truth.  -Lon

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Why Kids With Stepsiblings May Be More Aggressive

Why Kids With Stepsiblings May Be More Aggressive | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids with step- or half-siblings are more likely to behave aggressively than those who don’t have this added complexity in their family structure, researchers at the University of Michigan report in the journal Demography. 

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

It seems like "The Brady Bunch" doesn't happen all that much in real life blended families. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, February 10, 2016 1:16 PM

I posted a similar article like this yesterday speaking to the many clients we receive at Penrith Farms that are adopted.

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The Dual Citizenship of Today's Adolescents

The Dual Citizenship of Today's Adolescents | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Older adolescents who have grown up since birth as citizens of both offline and online worlds have to keep these twin realities adequately separated, integrated, and balanced.

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Many adolescents and millennials have problems keeping this balance. -Lon

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Penrith Farms's curator insight, December 14, 2015 1:25 PM

This concept of dual citizenship is rather fascinating.  The idea of children and young adults living in an offline and online world.  For some the failure is separating the two and prioritizing the offline world.  It is very important for a failure to launch program to address this issue head on and it is why most programs completely disconnect students from the internet upon arrival.  

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Generation meds: the US children who grow up on prescription drugs

Generation meds: the US children who grow up on prescription drugs | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Millions of US children are on medication for behavioural problems and depression – but what are the long-term effects? Photographer Baptiste Lignel followed six boys and girls to find out

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Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children

Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Julie Lythcott-Haims left Stanford to write a parenting manifesto.

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Much of the program in the top quality therapeutic boarding schools is to reverse the student's dependency and to face consequences of their actions.  Perhaps that is the most important skill they learn. -Lon 

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How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead

How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in an Age of School Shootings, Police Shootings and Lockdown Drills? | John W. Whitehead | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Who is calculating the damage being done to the young people forced to watch as their homes are trashed and their dogs are shot during SWAT team raids? What are we to tell our nation's children about the role of police in their lives?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

I think if we add up the negative consequences from our various "wars" (war on poverty, war on drugs, along with our various foreign wars) and fear and anger regarding authority abused, we would be astounded. -Lon

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What to Do if You Wonder if Your Child Is Gifted | Psychology Today

What to Do if You Wonder if Your Child Is Gifted | Psychology Today | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Instead of asking ‘Is my child gifted?’ or ‘What is his IQ?’ it’s better to ask, ‘What does my child need in order to continue learning to the best of his ability?’ ‘Does he have areas requiring special attention?’ and ‘What can we do to help?’

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This is focused on a possible gifted child, but it seems to me it is basically listening to what the child can and cannot do or learn which is what a parent or teacher should be doing with all children.  Individualized instruction is not just a mantra. -Lon

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Teenage girls' mental health overlooked by parents, survey finds

Teenage girls' mental health overlooked by parents, survey finds | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Parents worrying about drug and alcohol abuse by daughters than more prevalent issues such as cyberbullying, self-harming and finding a job

Via Penrith Farms
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In other words, listen to what your teen is saying, and to do that you have to convince them they are open to listening instead of presenting packaged problems/solutions. -Lon

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How's a Failed Cholera Vaccine Helping Millions of Children With Autism?

How's a Failed Cholera Vaccine Helping Millions of Children With Autism? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Let's start from the beginning. Ever wonder how this whole recent gluten thing started?

Cholera and a rock star, of course... well, a scientific rock star, that is. Yes, there are rock stars eve

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So gluten free diet might help many on the autism spectrum?  -Lon

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Why telling kids to dream big is a big con – Leslie Garrett – Aeon

Why telling kids to dream big is a big con – Leslie Garrett – Aeon | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Our culture is rich with esteem-boosting platitudes for young dreamers, but the assurances are dishonest and dangerous

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good insight into the misdirected "self-esteem" movement of the past few decades. -Lon

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Nevada Abandons Public Education

Nevada Abandons Public Education | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Nevada has made its bid for a gold medal in the race to the bottom of the barrel for public education. The state's GOP legislature, with help from Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education (a name that belongs in Orwellian annals right next to "Peacekeeper Missile"), has created an all-state voucher system.

Via Penrith Farms
Lon Woodbury's insight:

Wow, if you want an example of an opinion piece that is all opinion, speculation and demonization of those who disagree but contains few real facts, this is one of the best examples I've seen.  You'll have to look elsewhere for an objective treatment of this issue. -Lon

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Nature or nurture? Twins suggest it's a tie - Futurity

Nature or nurture? Twins suggest it's a tie - Futurity | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
A new review, including studies with 14.5 million pairs of twins in total, suggests that health comes down to both nature and nurture.

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Both are important.  Fancy that! :) -Lon

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Hardcore porn and online dating are what teens really get up to on laptops

Hardcore porn and online dating are what teens really get up to on laptops | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Do you know what your teenager looks at on their laptop or smart phone? Former teacher Chloe Combi spent two years finding out, and the truth will no doubt terrify parents everywhere.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Someday we will figure out how to "civilize" the Internet, just like we learned to build a civilized society out of the late middle ages. -Lon

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