Category Archives: Relationships


Many Fathers Struggle to Balance Work, Family

More than half said they’d consider being a stay-at-home dad if financially feasible   Most working fathers say they want to share child-raising duties equally with their spouse/partner, but a lot of them admit that they aren’t actually doing so, a new survey shows.  The findings suggest that many dads are conflicted about finding a […]

When Pregnant Mom Smokes, Baby’s DNA May Change

Finding helps explain why some kids more apt to develop asthma, other diseases, study says Women who smoke during pregnancy may be putting their unborn children at increased risk for a DNA change, a new study suggests. The change, called DNA methylation, can change a gene’s usual function. The researchers argue that the altered genes, […]

The ties that bind: Grandparents and their grandchildren

  Close your eyes for a moment, open your treasure trove of memories and take a step back in time to your childhood. Do you remember your grandfather gently scooping you up into his warm and comforting embrace? Or sitting by your grandmother’s side as she lovingly baked pies chock full of delicious, juicy warm […]

New mothers can learn a lot from watching their babies

  The best teacher for a young mother is her baby, contend experts who train social workers to interact with first-time moms. “We like to think of babies as ‘ordinary miracles,’” said Victor Bernstein, a research associate at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. But adjusting to a baby can […]

Pampered Pooch Syndrome

Several years ago I stopped the execution of Teddy by adopting him. Sorry, “put down” is the polite euphemism. Today, Teddy is 98 in human-equivalent years. Inevitably, I will soon have to decide if I should spend thousands of dollars to extend Teddy’s life when he undoubtedly begins to suffer from cancer, kidney failure, or […]

Preschool beneficial, but should offer more

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 – As more states consider universal preschool programs, a new study led by a Michigan State University scholar suggests that two years of pre-K is beneficial – although more time should be spent on teaching certain skills. In the current issue of the Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Lori Skibbe and colleagues […]

Putting Children to Bed: A Win-Win Proposition

The wise and older parent. By Kevin D. Arnold, Ph.D. Created Jan 29 2011 – 8:23am   Probably one of the most challenging things parents face is putting our children to bed…..and helping them stay there. When they are babies, they don’t have a routine way of sleeping. But, as they get older, around six […]

What’s Your Story Grandma? Rx for Care

The Invisible Embrace of Your Ancestors – How Family Shapes and Inspires.  What’s Your Story Grandma? Rx for Care The power of story to strengthen seniors in illness Published on January 28, 2011 by Mary Beth Sammons “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the […]

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