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Why You Should Teach Your Kids The Real Words For Private Parts

Using cutesy language can do more harm than good. By Caroline Bologna 11/20/2018 05:49am ET     MICHAEL H VIA GETTY IMAGES The conversation around body parts and bodily autonomy is an important one to have early on.    There’s no shortage of serious conversations parents should have with their children. And in the age of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, one fundamental lesson is the importance of our bodies and bodily autonomy. “Body awareness talks are the earliest conversations parents can have with young children to support their health and safety,” sex educator Melissa Carnagey said. Conversations about body parts and bodily autonomy lay the…

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Things Parents Should Never Post on Social Media

February 5, 2018 While posting photos of our children on social media may seem harmless, there are a number of things parents should keep in mind.           Not so long ago, sharing a photo or a video of our children meant loading it onto a computer and sending it by email, or putting              it onto a CD. That sounds unbearably tedious nowadays, but of course, it used to be even more complicated.  Today, with social media, sharing photos and videos of our children with family and friends has become so much…

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The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Facebook TwitterEmail Data & Trends HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic According to UNAIDS :   There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old). An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – about 5,000 new infections per day.  This includes 160,000 children (<15 years). Most of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and were infected by their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Currently…

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7 Phrases That Children Need to Hear From Their Parents

THE BLOG Dec 24, 2014 By Daniel Wong CAVAN IMAGES VIA GETTY IMAGES   Through my work with teenagers, I’ve realized just how much the parent-child relationship affects the child’s development, both emotionally and mentally. No surprises there. The stronger the relationship, the better the chances of the child becoming a well-adjusted, successful adult. This article lists seven simple phrases that will help you to build that relationship. The more often you use the phrases — I’m not asking you to repeat them every moment of every day, though! — the more likely it is that your child will grow up…

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Balancing Motherhood and Career

http://loveandfidelity.org A Response to WSJ article “Mother Madness” by Cassy Hough It has been my experience in working with many young college women, that even for the young college sophomore, for whom marriage is likely still another five to ten years down the road, the question surrounding balancing motherhood with a professional career is a relevant and highly significant one.  While these young women may heed the advice of professors and parents and become lawyers, get their Ph.D.s, and climb the corporate ladder, there remains in the back of their mind the question of how to “have it all” both…

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Motherly Love Helps Children’s Brains Grow Bigger, Scientists Find

                      Nurturing support from a loving mother help a child’s brain grow bigger Credit: Getty The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk April 26, 2016 Sarah Knapton, Science Editor   Motherly love can help children’s brains grow at twice the rate as neglected youngsters, a study has shown. Although it is known that a nurturing, stable home life improves overall childhood development, it is the first research to prove that it has a significant impact on brain size. Children who received the most support from their mother’s before school were found to have more growth in the hippocampus, which is associated with learning, memories and regulating emotions. Crucially,…

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