How to Create a Spoiled Brat: 9 Parenting No-Nos

Children's Health, Parenting
Kids need to know their parents love them. But some moms and dads think that the way to show love is to accept children's bad behavior. And that can turn even good kids into spoiled brats, says parenting guru Nancy Samalin, New York City-based author of "Loving without Spoiling" and other books on parenting. Here are Nancy's nine parenting no-nos from a report on CBS News: 1) Mistake: Always "Rescuing" Your Child Are you a "helicopter parent," always hovering overhead to make sure your child does things right - and swooping in at the first sign of trouble? Big mistake. Kids need to experience disappointment. They need to know what it's like to struggle with a problem. If it's a matter of protecting your child's safety or health, by all means…
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Friendly Bacteria (Probiotics) Help Calm Colicky Babies and May Help Constipated Babies

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
Italian researchers have published a study that may offer some hopeful news for parents of colicky babies: a daily dose of "good" bacteria may help their child to cry less. Here are some details from Reuters Health: After three weeks of treatment with probiotic bacteria, babies cried for an average of about a half-hour a day, while infants who received a placebo were still crying for an hour and a half daily. At the study's outset, babies in both groups were crying for five to six hours a day. The cause of colic, traditionally defined as inconsolable crying for at least three hours a day, on at least three days in a week and lasting for at least three weeks, isn't clear. It affects up to 28 percent of babies…
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Omega-Enhanced Margarines a Heart-Saver? Or Not?

Heart Health, Nutritional Health
They taste like butter and offer a boost of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, but these omega-enhanced margarines may NOT actually help your heart, according to new research from the Netherlands. Now, before you read the details, this study examined only older patients (age 60 - 80) living in the Netherlands and thus may not be applicable to the general United States population or to younger people as our diets, lifestyles, and risk factors differ. That said, this new study of almost 5,000 patients who had previously had a heart attack, eating a daily serving of omega-3 charged margarine had NO effect on the likelihood of a second heart attack. In other words, it didn't help or hurt. So, what should you do? Here are the details from ABC News: Margarines…
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