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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. 

Via Penrith Farms
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 Good Enough Parent is the Best Parent

The Good Enough Parent is the Best Parent | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. "Good enough parents" strive to....

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This puts the "helicopter" parent and the "neglectful" parent in context. -Lon

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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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Teens who stay up late on school nights are more likely to gain weight | Daily Mail Online

Teens who stay up late on school nights are more likely to gain weight | Daily Mail Online | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
The time that young people go to bed has a direct link to their body mass index (BMI), according to new research by the University of California, Berkeley, and Columbia University.

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The Staggering Price of Giving Kids the 'Perfect' Life — and the Toll it Takes on Your Marriage

The Staggering Price of Giving Kids the 'Perfect' Life — and the Toll it Takes on Your Marriage | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
According to a new survey, 44 percent of moms say they argue with their partner over money — and this percentage jumps to nearly 50 percent in households with two or more children.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This spending inflation seems to be part of the "doing for" the children instead of letting them create their own fun. -Lon

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Parents Weigh in on Screen Time Habits

Parents Weigh in on Screen Time Habits | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
As a developer of an educational application for mobile devices, I often find myself wondering how parents are adapting to the new paradigm presented by mobile gaming. There has always been a debate of good screen time versus bad screen time, but as more technology is being adapted into the home that debate has shifted

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

The debate over screen time for our children not only continues, but is constantly changing.  Except in a few relatively isolated conclaves, no screen time is no longer an option, but limits on the amount of screen time is also becoming complicated since some screen time is quite beneficial.  The next few years are going to see an adjustment and accommodation that aims toward minimizing negative influences. -Lon 

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Teenage Insecurities

Teenage Insecurities | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
5 Steps Parents Can Take to Help Remedy Them.

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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
American youths are plugged in and tuned out of the real world for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

The best summary of this article: "Technology is a poor substitute for personal interaction."  -Lon

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Liz Falconer's curator insight, July 9, 2015 10:28 AM

....and now we have screen-addicted parents raising kids....

Tyler Jacobson's curator insight, July 9, 2015 7:02 PM

It's crazy how many hours kids actually spend in front of screens, especially when they are connected to the internet!  Here was one infographic I found that really surprised me on the stats: http://www.liahonaacademy.com/teen-internet-addiction-infographic-info.html

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Parenting Without Punishment: A Humanist Perspective, Part 2

Parenting Without Punishment: A Humanist Perspective, Part 2 | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
What are the best non-punishing ways of correcting a child’s misbehaviors?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Good thoughts, but easier said than done.  Would work well if parents were perfect. :)  -Lon

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The Health Benefits for Kids Who Engage in 'Thrilling, Risky' Activities

The Health Benefits for Kids Who Engage in 'Thrilling, Risky' Activities | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Kids who take a few risks reap psychological and physical rewards, research shows.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Actually, this is not necessarily counterintuitive as the author mentions.  It just sounds like kids beingkids. -Lon

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Kids Are Safer Outside Than Inside Their Homes

Kids Are Safer Outside Than Inside Their Homes | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Active play outside prevents many childhood disorders

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

It looks like common sense is gradually making a come-back when it comes to raising children and assessing the risks.  Now if someone would tell the authorities to back off of parents trying to give their children practice in handling themselves like the "free-range children" parents, we might make a dent in some of the problems modern children are having like obesity, questionable health at a young age, and digital addiction. -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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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Both are important.  Fancy that! :) -Lon

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Get over the stranger danger and join the free-rangers

Get over the stranger danger and join the free-rangers | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
This movement, which has been growing for the past half-decade, is an attempt to free children from the thumb of adult oppression

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Let's see: the kids were traumatized.  Isn't that an element of abuse?  - Or, maybe it is just a symptom of demanding parents own the kids rather than parent them?  -Lon

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Why does “Caveman” Parenting Influence Adult Morality?

Why does “Caveman” Parenting Influence Adult Morality? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Babies develop dynamically in response to the care they receive, which influences later moral sensibilities too.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This seems to imply that if a child does not get proper care in their first years, the fear and aggressive tendencies will be permanent.  What about those who have been damaged in the early years?  They don't get to the part about; where hope might come from for those neglected children. -Lon

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What kind of digital parent are you?

What kind of digital parent are you? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
My recent piece for The Atlantic, Parents: Reject Technology Shame, tackles the question of how to raise kids in a digital world. Data from more than 10,000 North American parents shows that they are deeply divided on this question, and that there are three distinct approaches to navigating technolo

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Guiding a child about online behavior is easier said than done. -Lon

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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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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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Why Parents Are Okay With The 'Boomerang' Generation

There is a new life stage: 'emerging adulthood.' And, according to a recent study, it may be a good thing for parents and their adult children.

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Anybody ever consider that this boomerang generation thing with young adults living at their parents home is similar to how people lived a few generations ago when extended family was the norm? -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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What to do when your kid starts mouthing off — NewsWorks

What to do when your kid starts mouthing off — NewsWorks | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
You ve seen this other people s kids are acting up being fresh or mouthy Their parents are pulled into a vortex of embarrassment and helplessness Meanwhile you — safely perched on the sidelines

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Sounds like the author is saying - Listen carefully, and avoid power struggles. -Lon

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Why Parenting Advice Is So Hard to Take

Why Parenting Advice Is So Hard to Take | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
What is so distressing about a person I care about trying to tell me that I’m doing something wrong as a parent, or that I might want to consider doing it differently?

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Advice I heard many years ago that nothing irritates someone more than messing with their kids, or their money.  Education is doing a double whammy and no wonder how to teach chlldren has been so controversial and seems to unleash a primordial reaction. :) -Lon 

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I Taught My Kids How to Lie

I Taught My Kids How to Lie | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
"So often I say 'maybe' when I mean 'no'; I promise, 'next time' when I know there won’t be a next time; or I suggest that whatever toy they’re pleading for can be purchased for their next birthday while secretly hoping they’ll forget about it by then," writes Jaime Primak Sullivan. "I don’t think I’ve realized how closely my children have been watching this behavior — and I’m not alone."

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

This is part of what makes parenting so hard - we have to watch ourselves even closer than the kids do. :)  k-Lon

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Should I let my child take more risks?

Should I let my child take more risks? | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Play such as jumping from a height or letting a child get lost contributes to self-esteem and can reduce the risks they take as adolescents – and avoids a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to obesity and chronic disease

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This sounds like "let children be children.'  :)  -Lon

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Are 'helicopter parents' to blame for Canada's sedentary kids? - CBC.ca

Are 'helicopter parents' to blame for Canada's sedentary kids? - CBC.ca | Woodbury Reports Review of News and Opinion Relating To Struggling Teens | Scoop.it
Only nine per cent of children meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of activity per day, according to a new national study.

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Lon Woodbury's insight:

Maybe some additional evidence that we have to allow kids to be kids, since the consequences seem to be negative when they are overprotected and overcontroled. -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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