20 February 2013

The shaming behind excessive TV use

Did you see the latest headlines on February 18? That TV and antisocial behaviour are linked? There was a lot of attention garnered by this recent study released from New Zealand that was published in Pediatrics. This study linked “excessive” television watching to antisocial and criminal behaviour.

What is impressive about this study is that it involved a large number of participants, 1,037 to be exact. All participants were born in New Zealand in 1972 and 1973. Even more impressive is that the participants were followed for 5 to 15 years tracking their TV watching hours.


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01 February 2013

Create safety and security at home while travelling

One observation I am having when working with parents is that children who come from a two parent house seem to go to bed better when both parents are home and engaged in the bedtime routine. There is a sense of safety and security for children that when the lights go out, mom and dad are home. The same seems true for children who have grown up in a single parent house.

This may be why when only one parent is home, or after a recent divorce, or for a babysitter, children seem to be difficult to get to bed and to sleep.


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