Regular Bedtimes

Scientists studied the bedtimes of more than 10,000 children in the U.K. as reported by their mothers at age 3, 5, and 7. At age 7 the children's behavior was assessed by the mothers and teachers. The children with irregular bedtimes had more behavioral problems than those with regular bedtimes, and changing to regular bedtimes…

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Extra Sleep and Kids’ Behavior

Moderately increasing sleep in children made a big difference in their school behavior. Canadian researchers randomized 34 healthy children 7-11 who had no behavioral, academic or sleep problems to a group who received an extra hour of sleep and one who had an hour taken away from their usual sleep time (9.3 hrs.) for 5 nights. On…

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Can Nutritional Supplements Alter Student Behavior?

A group of researchers reported that children aged 6-12 years  given low dose vitamin-mineral supplements were involved in less violence and antisocial behavior than those who did not receive the supplements. [Ref: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2000, 6(1): 7-17] The setting for this study was two "working class" schools in Arizona…

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Children’s Media Use and Sleep Problems

The following information comes from the Kaiser Family Foundation website in a report called Children’s Media Use and Sleep Problems: Issues and Unanswered Questions.Research shows that poor sleep causes a wide variety of problems among children. Many of the issues faced by parents and pediatricians -- from obesity to aggression to hyperactivity -- are caused or increased by inadequate…

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The Power of Mentoring Youth

If you pay attention to trends among people working with adolescents, one word you'll hear frequently is "mentor".A mentor is an individual, usually older and always more experienced, who helps and guides another individual’s development without having a goal of personal gain.Some professions have "mentoring programs" where newcomers are paired with more experienced employees who advise and…

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