Parenting

Residential treatment: Last hope for parents of children with mental illness

The increasing rate of mental illnesses among children in the United States is a major health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20 percent children (aged 3 to 17) in the U.S. suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Of all the intervention methods for mental problems, residential treatment …

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Spanking and other physical punishment harm children’s mental health

Spanking has been widely used as a form of physical punishment for child misbehavior, particularly by parents in the United States. Although the acceptance of spanking and other forms of physical punishment has decreased over the past several decades, it is still commonly used as an approach to punish and reduce the frequency of child …

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Parents’ response to failure dictates a child’s self-perception

Consider the reactions of two parents whose son has come home with a bad grade: The permissive mother simply shrugs her shoulders, accepting that he’s just not the best student, while the authoritarian father criticizes the boy’s performance, expecting only perfection. While these reactions may exist on opposite sides of the parenting spectrum, both can …

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Learn about ‘Raising Men’ with parenting tips from former Navy SEALs

The Navy SEALs are a well-known part of our military. SEALs, an acronym standing for Sea, Air and Land teams, are a special operations force who are trained to operate in all environments. These are likely some of the toughest men you can meet. Some of these Navy SEALs become fathers who provide very unique …

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The 5 most common mental health disorders in children

A sick child inspires compassion, thoughts of chicken soup, blankets and time off from school. The thought of a mentally ill child, however, makes most people uncomfortable. Unfortunately, mental illness doesn’t care how old someone is. Mental disorders strike the young and old alike. Most mental disorders are chronic diseases often requiring management and treatment …

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Averting disaster with a voluntary ignition interlock device

You love your son and feel guilty the alcoholic gene runs as long in your family as the mustache of a Kung Fu master. Over the course of junior high you discover he’s got an alcohol abuse problem. You all agree to put him through detox quietly; no rehab for fear the community will alight, …

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The power of nurture: Early experiences impact brain development

Researchers have suggested that our vulnerability to developing problems such as substance abuse, mental illness and certain medical conditions derives from the interaction between our genes and the environment. Genetic factors underlie the development of certain mental disorders, including schizophrenia, alcoholism and depression, making it much more likely that children of parents with these psychiatric …

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