The effect of Instagram, TikTok on psychological well-being
A flow state is achieved when people are so engrossed in an activity that little else seems to matter and will often continue the activity despite its negative consequences.
Harsh discipline increases risk of children developing lasting mental health problems
Children exposed to ‘hostile’ parenting at age three were 1.5 times likelier to have mental health symptoms which qualified as ‘high risk’ by age nine.
Hunter-gatherer childhoods may offer clues to improving education and wellbeing
Despite increasing uptake of baby carriers and baby massage in developed countries, levels of physical contact with infants remain far higher in hunter-gatherer societies.
More evidence that poverty leads to child abuse and neglect
We can be certain that increased pressures on family life will lead to the risk that more children will be subject to harm, abuse and neglect, unless government and service providers can respond more effectively.
4 in 5 parents say children today aren't as thankful as they should be
Over half of parents are worried that they’re giving their children too much and two in five saying they’re even sometimes “embarrassed by how selfish their child acts.” But most parents want to raise appreciative kids, with three in four saying it’s a high priority to teach their children gratitude.
Educated women increasingly likely to have first baby before marriage
A trio of recent studies show a profound shift in attitudes to parenthood and marriage and the effect of increasing inequality in the US on both.
Evidence against physically punishing kids is clear
63% of children between the ages of 2 and 4 worldwide—approximately 250 million children—are regularly subjected to physical punishment (such as spanking) by caregivers. 62 countries have banned the practice, with compelling evidence that physical punishment does not improve behavior and instead makes it worse.
A quarter of adults don't want children-and they're still happy
Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, right? Not for everyone, with more than one in four people identifying as "child-free"—someone who chooses not to have children.
Gender differences in brain in response to midlife stress linked to fetal stress exposures
A mother’s stress during pregnancy can result in a child born depressed or clinically anxious - but that was assumed to be temporary. However, men and women whose mothers experienced stressful events during pregnancy have been found to regulate stress differently in the brain 45 years later.
What makes a happy couple, a happy family, or a happy workplace?
Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important factors when it comes to longevity and overall health of your romantic, familial and workplace relationships.
Why experiences are better gifts for older children
All I want for Christmas is ... a gift that provides enduring happiness. New research compares the level of happiness children derive from material goods with the level of happiness they derive from experiences.
Childhood maltreatment linked to higher risk of multiple health conditions in later life
There is a growing body of research looking at the impact of childhood adversity on future health and social outcomes. One of the most worrying things about the current pandemic is the alarming increase in the incidence of child abuse.
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