When Bad Headlines Happen to Good Programs

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The headline of the press release from Glasgow announces, “Researchers call for withdrawal of investment in Triple P parenting programme.” For those of you who are unaware, Triple P is one of the most studied parenting programs in the history of parenting programs.  Hundreds of peer-reviewed evaluations of Triple P have been published. The overwhelming conclusion […]

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What Say You, Stepping Stone?

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Five minutes ago, I received a push poll from Stepping Stone about children’s media. I tried to explain that I know way too much about this issue to be unbiased in my responses, but the interviewer, working from computer assisted interview software, insisted that I continue. I was read three questions and asked for a […]

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Protecting Kids from the Second Amendment

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In 2009, 7,391 children and youth were hospitalized for firearm-related injuries.  Death occurred in just over 6% of the cases.  This is from a new study released today by Pediatrics, the journal with which I continue to have a dysfunctional relationship.  For example, Pediatrics says that it is important that I know this number, but […]

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I Don’t Like Mondays

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On Monday, October 21, 2013, a shooting occurred at a middle school near Reno, Nevada. There are few details at this point, but sources agree that a 12-year-old boy returned from fall break with his parents’ handgun. He shot and killed a math teacher, wounded two other students, and then took his own life. Investigators […]

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Challenging the Cinnamon Challenge

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In my book, The 5 Simple Truths of Raising Kids, I advocate for challenging assertions about our kids, especially when the assertions come from popular media and employ copious amounts of hyperbole. In an effort to practice what I preach, I was skeptical of the recent headlines in the The Atlantic and The New York […]

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The Dog Kids Hate to Bite

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Despite my rosy outlook on the future of our children, I do recognize that they face many dangers. But is choking on hotdogs one of them? The people at Dog Dicer certainly think so. After watching this infomercial and perusing the Dog Dicer Web site, I set out to learn more about the unintentional inhalation […]

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Sharing Infidelity

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For many members of Generation X – Americans born between 1961 and 1981 – “sharing” often has a negative connotation.  Sharing sexual partners spread HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s.  So did sharing needles.  In the 1990s and 2000s, we learned that sharing ideas leads to lawsuits and lost fortunes. So it is of little […]

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From SpongeBob to Bosch

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A new article by Angeline Lillard and Jennifer Peterson in Pediatrics indicates that four year-olds have a difficult time focusing immediately after watching nine minutes of a fast-paced cartoon (i.e., SpongeBob SquarePants). You can read it here. A recent article by Costas Karageorghis and David-Lee Pries in the Sport Journal describes ten years of research […]

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Let Grandpa Drive

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Be honest. Do you worry about your kids’ safety when their grandparents, your parents, drive them places? Do you worry about your safety when your parents drive you places? A little bit? A lot? One of my daughter’s grandparents drives like a New York City cab driver; all acceleration and breaking with no in-between. (I […]

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Basketball on the Brain

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“National Study Finds 70 Percent Increase in Basketball-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries.” That is the headline of a press release from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one that was picked up almost verbatim by Bloomberg and dozens of other media outlets, which is how I learned of it. 70% increase […]

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