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A study released in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry found that children with “a gene variation predisposing them to lower serotonin levels in the brain - which can lead to a gloomier disposition - were more likely to maintain happier emotions when exposed to positive parenting,” US News & World Report said.
Hovering parents who don't let their kids go play outside without adult interference aren't doing their children any favors, according to researchers.
“Into the 1950s, children were free to play a good part of their childhood,” researcher Peter Gray, Boston College psychology professor said. “If you stayed in your house around your mom, she’d say ‘go out and play.’ The natural place for a kid was outside.”
Citing the high price of gas and children with a whole lot to do, the Associated Press reported that more families are taking turns driving big vehicles in order to cart a lot of kids around when it’s their turn to carpool so the children can make it to their large numbers of activities. more
It seems that a lot of Gen Xers are upset that co-workers with kids always gets to sneak out early for "parent teacher conferences" or "pediatrician appointments." But part of the tension may be because they're having less kids than previous generations!
It turns out that being an involved dad may actually alter a man's hormone levels. A study of male testosterone levels found that the more time men spend parenting their children, the lower their testosterone levels.
Can structured homeschooling set children up for academic success better than public schools?
Message to working mothers: if you want to be happy, don't try to have it all!
According to the founder of a group which advises women on how to find contentment in their careers and lives while raising children:
“The happiest moms adopt an identity, a working-mother method, such as a primary parent, primary career or something in between.”