Pediatricians Revising Anti-Bed Sharing Stance: Dire Warnings “Backfired.”

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According to Dr. Melissa Bartick, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the strong stance against  infant co-sleeping/bed-sharing previously taken by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control may have actually caused more infant injuries and deaths. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics is currently reviewing its safe-sleep recommendations.Dr. Bartick notes the problems with the original recommendations.the AAP’s statement from w … [Read more...]

60% of American Children Show Signs of Poor Moral/Emotional/Relational Health, New Study Says.

58% of children in America suffer from  insecure attachment.

Research consistently shows that secure attachment is directly related to robust moral reasoning, empathy,emotional stability, and relational satisfaction.  By contrast, people with insecure attachments are more likely to be self-centered, emotionally reactive, impulsive, and dissatisfied with their relationships.   Secure attachment is essential to what people more casually refer to as an emotionally, well-adjusted child.A new study shows a dramatic drop in the number of young a … [Read more...]

Neuroscience Proves “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear.”

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There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear (1 Jn. 4:18).Perfect love may remove all fear, but a new study of the brain finds that even the hint of love is enough to begin to calm the fearful brain.Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for reduces the brain's response to threat, new research has found. The study discovered that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and affection, the brain's threat monitor, the … [Read more...]

Moms’ Response to Baby’s Cries May Indicate Unresolved Childhood Wounds/Need for Counseling

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A new study suggests that the way a mom feels about responding to her child's cries may indicate the presence of unresolved--and perhaps unrecognized--childhood wounds.The research found that moms who either come from healthy families-of-origin OR have successfully resolved their childhood issues tend to respond more sensitively and compassionately to their baby's cries, seeing those cries as a call for help.  By contrast, moms who had not adequately come to terms with their own negative … [Read more...]

Maximize Your Baby’s Word Power with This ONE Simple Tip!

Vigorous response to baby babbling leads to better verbal skills.

Parents may not understand a baby's prattling, but by listening and responding, they let their infants know they can communicate which leads to children forming complex sounds and usinglanguage more quickly. That's according to a new study by the University of Iowa and Indiana University that found how parents respond to their children's babbling can actually shape the way infants communicate and use vocalizations. The findings challenge the belief that human communication is innate … [Read more...]

Is It Time for a Catholic “Tenderness Revolution” In Parenting?–Updated

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Disturbing new research suggests that by the time they reach age 18, about 12 percent of American children are maltreated: neglected, or abused physically, sexually, or emotionally.Researchers at Yale University say the numbers are even more sobering for black and Native American children, with one in five black children and one in seven Native American children experiencing maltreatment during the time period studied. The results are published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.   The authors … [Read more...]

Attachment and Faith Style: How Parenting Affects Your Experience of God

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Yesterday, I linked a study reporting that 40% of US children suffer from insecure attachment.  To the degree that anyone thinks about attachment at all, most people tend to think of it in terms of its psychological and relational ramifications.  What fewer people realize is that, because attachment style predicts people's attitudes toward all their relationships, it also impacts our experience of God.  Let's take a look at four of the most common attachment styles and how each influences our fa … [Read more...]

Parenting Crisis in America: 40% of US Children Have Insecure Attachment to their Parents

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Attachment is psychological term for the process that wires the social brain.  Strong attachment is correlated with strong empathy, good moral reasoning, strong faith, insight, impulse control, and  emotional and bodily regulation (i.e., the ability to reset yourself after stress).Having poor attachment leads to deficits in all these areas.  If you've been wondering why so many kids are selfish, morally lax, faithless, deluded, impulsive and reactionary look no further than this study of 14 … [Read more...]


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