Parenting

4:03pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Harsh In Hard Times? A Gene May Influence Mom's Behavior

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:51 am

A gene known as DRD2 affects the brain's dopamine system and is known to be associated with aggressive behavior.
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A gene that affects the brain's dopamine system appears to have influenced mothers' behavior during a recent economic downturn, researchers say.

At the beginning of the recession that began in 2007, mothers with the "sensitive" version of a gene called DRD2 became more likely to strike or scream at their children, the researchers say. Mothers with the other "insensitive" version of the gene didn't change their behavior.

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11:37am

Tue July 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

The Family That Tweets Together Stays Together

Snapchatting, Dad? Could be helping you stay close to the kids.
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Retweeted by Mom? Teenagers might say they'd die of embarrassment. But teenagers who are connected with their parents via Twitter and other social media have better relationships with them, and fewer behavioral problems.

A study that asked teens if they used social media to communicate with their parents found that half said yes. And 16 percent said they used social media with their parents every day.

Half of the teens in a this study said they used social media to communicate with the folks. Almost 20 percent said they communicated with Mom and Dad that way every day.

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12:28pm

Mon July 15, 2013
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Kids Watch TV As Parents Do, Not As They Say

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 1:28 pm

You think it's fun, and they do, too.
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Parents who think their children don't pay attention can take heart. They're doing their best to emulate your bad TV-watching habits.

Parents have been told repeatedly that setting rules and banning TVs in children's bedrooms will help limit TV time. But those much-researched and oft-touted methods don't seem to matter at all, according to a survey.

The only thing that really mattered was parental screen time. The more parents watched, the more their children watched.

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3:46am

Thu June 27, 2013
Around the Nation

Expecting Parents Ask For Help Naming Their Son

A Connecticut couple couldn't decide whether to name their soon-to-be-born son Jackson or Logan. So according to the New Haven Register, they decided to take a poll of customers at Starbucks. In the end, they went with their own suggestion: Logan Jackson.

4:41am

Tue June 25, 2013
Around the Nation

Daughter Bills Dad For IT Support Chores

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 9:10 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. If you're on the younger side, do you ever feel like your parents treat you like their own personal IT support? Well, one woman decided to send her dad an invoice. She posted it online. It comes from a company called Your Awesome Daughter.

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