Teen’s Science Project Could Lead to Cure for Those with Cystic Fibrosis

Marshall Zhang, photo by ANDREW WALLACE/torstar news service

If my last article made you despair that “kids today” are all junkies and gun runners, I want to assure you that kids with these types of problems are in the vast minority.  That doesn’t mean we, as parents, shouldn’t be vigilant; it just means that we don’t have to trade in our beloved cars and SUVs for hand baskets to hell anytime soon.  The kids are alright.

Some of them are better than alright. [Read more…]

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Doc Says Drug Test Your Kids

teens and young adults in suburban Dallas have been indicted in a sweeping heroin bust after three young people died of heroin overdoses last year.  These are not the kids you would imagine having a heroin problem.  They are from a middle to upper middle class bastion of suburbia. It’s a land of six bedroom homes and soccer camps and vacation bible schools.  Yet these kids are accused of trading things like guns and sex for drugs.  These kids are junkies. [Read more…]

Unhappy Marriages May Equal Sleepless Babies

My baby and I connected despite my strained marriage.

My marriage started to unravel before it began.  In fact, My ex-husband and I married in a misguided attempt to save our already broken relationship.  That’s never a good idea.  We separated when our daughter was two.  It was the right thing to do.

My baby was a bad sleeper.  She was cranky, colicky, and would only sleep when I was holding her, if she slept at all.  Sleep is still a struggle for her, at five.  It may always be an issue.

Now comes a study published in the journal Child Development from Oregon State University that finds a link between marital instability and infant sleep difficulties: [Read more…]

Seven Million Children on Facebook

Consumer Reports estimates more than seven million children under the age of thirteen have Facebook accounts.  Five million of those kids are under ten.  Nevermind that Facebook policy ostensibly bars those under thirteen from using the site.  Kids are plugged in to the social network.

So what do you do with that? [Read more…]