This week in parenting: 9/7/14

A review of the literature has shown that zinc supplements may be useful in the prevention of ear infections, in situations where children are deficient.

A study of obese women has found that probiotic use had no influence on their glucose levels.

A study from Sweden has found parents are now less directive; more allowing of their children expressing anger toward them; and have less gender division in parenting than they had in 1981.

A study of African American children has found that when mothers engaged in more frequent home learning (e.g. sharing a book with their child) their children were considered by teachers to have better learning, self control, interpersonal skills and fewer problem behaviors.

Children who have more access to gardens, parks and playgrounds have been found to be less likely to have conduct, peer or hyperactivity issues between the age of 3 and 5.

Parent-child relationships that involve frequent use of interactions using perspective taking has been found to decrease externally motivated prosocial behavior and may increase internally motivated prosocial behavior.

A personality trait of mothers (hardiness) has been found to be associated with more problematic sleep-related thoughts, more involvement at bedtime and more troublesome sleep in 19 month olds.

A study has found that teenagers with high levels of religious belief were less likely to use substances in the context of harsh parenting.

A twin study has found that the relationship between increased parental monitoring and knowledge of their teenager is associated with decreased problem behavior is likely to be caused by the parental monitoring and knowledge and not by any genetic factors.

A study has found that negative peer events were the biggest factor in maintaining depression for teenagers, above that of parenting.

A study has found that teenagers who's parents have a permissive parenting style experience less academic stress. 

A study found that teenagers who's parents were higher in acceptance, supervision and psychological autonomy granting were more likely to have graduated high school compared to those who parents were lower in these measures.


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