You Should Know
A 2014 study that followed over 500 mothers and their preschool children found that the amount of physical activity that a mother and her child did each day was closely related. In the study, both mother and child were fitted with activity monitors. The findings suggest that mom is the biggest influence on the activity level of her kiddos because the more active mom was the more active her child was. While that’s interesting and all, it has to make you wonder.
Research shows that the more children know about their family history the better they feel about their own lives. Stories need to be age appropriate, of course, but should include both the good and the bad. When kids learn they belong to something bigger than themselves, they become less self-focused. At the same time, they develop self-confidence, a sense of self-worth and resilience through their “intergenerational identity.” So, the next time you hear, “One more story!” at bedtime, put down the storybook and tell one of your own. Remember, it’s the sharing that’s important, not the specific facts. Not sure where to start? Look up researchers Marshall Duke and Robyn Fivush’s original “Do You Know?” 20 Questions scale.
The symptoms of sleep breathing disorders are different in adults than they are in children. Some of the symptoms include behavioral changes; adults will exhibit characteristics of sleepiness, whereas children reflect hyperactivity. Unfortunately, many children are following an ADHD treatment pathway, instead of a sleep-breathing disorder treatment pathway. If the child has Sleep Apnea but is treated for ADHD, then they will not only experience the ill effects of misdiagnoses – often involving prescription medication, but the Sleep Apnea worsens because the underlying cause is left unaddressed.
Wish your teen would talk to you more? Then shush and listen! If you can resist the urge to interrupt (even if you think you’re being helpful), you might be surprised by what comes out of your kid’s mouth. It’s normal to want to offer advice or voice an opinion, but don’t - unless you want them to stop talking. Instead, just listen. Now if they ask for advice, that’s different. Even then, let them finish talking first and go easy on the lectures.