Every now and then late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asks parents to prank their own kids, video tape it and post the results to You Tube. Since 2011, he has been asking parents to pretend that they have eaten all their kids’ Halloween candy and then tape their reaction.
Often the kids cry and scream and are pretty upset that their Halloween candy is all gone. Kimmel has also asked parents to give their kids terrible Christmas presents and pick out horrible fake first-day of school outfits.
The videos are wildly popular on his show and on You Tube. The post-Halloween videos have been viewed more than 106 million times online since 2011.
But now psychologists are saying these pranks are not fun and games and can truly harm a child’s trust in their parent.
“Pranking your own children is not harmless fun, but is cruel and potentially damaging,” said Mark Barnett, a professor and graduate program coordinator at Kansas State University’s
I love the Carolyn Hax column in The Washington Post and recently she posted a discussion about does how you care for your dog translate into how you will care for your kids?
A person wrote in that they spoiled their dogs terribly and assumed that meant they would equally spoil their kids.
“… The dogs have too many toys, I plan most vacations so I can bring them along, and I have a habit of praising them for existing. If one of them comes over all waggy, I’ll put down my book in a heartbeat to lavish unearned adoration on them.
“This means my kids are going to be entitled, self-centered, unsympathetic, instant-gratification-focused nightmares, right? And they probably won’t run the vacuum, either. “
Carolyn replied in part:
“Treating your dogs in a way that’s right for dogs, though, usually means you’ll treat kids in a way that’s right for kids, so it’s a fine indicator.”
“Although I suspect the dog owner was being
If your teen comes out of the SAT and says they did “GREAT!” that may be a bad sign according to Debbie Stier, author of the forthcoming book, The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT.
She recently wrote in Time magazine that research tells us that most students are overly optimistic when it comes to evaluating how they did on a test. In fact, a 2006 Brown Center Report on American education found that with the highest confidence in their math testing actually did the worst. Other studies found similar results: High confidence equaled low scores; under-confidence equaled higher scores.
It all comes down to familiarity versus mastery.
“People overestimate their performance because they have the feeling of knowing something, which turns out to be highly unreliable. Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham explains that having seen or experienced something before can give the illusion that we know more than we do. Repeated exposure to a particular
My son started our most recent round of illness last week. He had a cold and was home from school three days. I caught it, and Rose caught it. Lilina has been draining and coughing for a month due to allergy and asthma.(She went to the doctor three weeks ago and did a phone consult two weeks ago.) I took both girls to the pediatrician yesterday and both were put on antibiotic. The cold has turned into a sinus infection for my oldest and the youngest has developed a throat infection from all the draining from the allergies. Mom is sick too but no doctor for me — yet.
I made hot and sour soup last night to soothe our throats. (More on the soup later — I used Swanson’s new soup starter, and I want to report in on the product.) I bought ice pops and got the ingredients to make the hot tea my mom used to make me when I little. Here’s the recipe for the hot spiced tea. It’s very 1970s but it’s good.
Spiced Tea from Vera at the First Baptist Church of Decatur
(Vera used to work with
We had a babysitter Saturday night and about 10:30 p.m. I got a text that one of the kids had thrown up. The child had been coughing a lot before we left. She threw up in the bathroom but didn’t quite make it to the toilet. When we got home, the puke-covered bath mat was in a trash bag by the back door.
The babysitter didn’t complain at all about having to deal with it and was very compassionate to the child. She patted the child’s back in bed until she fell asleep after the incident.
I added in $15 extra bucks for cleaning up throw up.
So my question is would you throw in extra money if the babysitter had to deal with throw up?
One day after class one my college students said “Can I ask you a mom question?”
I said sure. She said, “I have this pain in my chest. “
So I started asking her questions like I would with one of my kids. I asked her if her chest hurt or if her heart was beating quickly? And I immediately thought she’s probably had too much caffeine and asked her about her consumption. But then she started pointing to an area more under her ribs. After asking if her bra underwire was sticking her in the chest (she said no) I worried it was asthma/breathing-related problems. At this point, I told her she needed to see the doctor on campus. I asked her if she had enough money to see the doctor and if she knew how to make an appointment and she said yes. And I said, OK well you need to go because I have no idea what is wrong with you.
It made me wonder what most college students do when they have ailments other than the obvious head cold. Do they know when they need to see a doctor?
One of my
I know the effectiveness and safety of flu vaccines are a hot-button issue so I wanted to share this article from a science writer debunking common myths about flu shots.
It is written by science journalist Tara Haelle, and recommended as a good read by my friend and favorite science writer Maryn McKenna, who Is Senior Fellow at Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and Science of Health columnist and contributing editor at Scientific American.
Haelle, has gone through and addressed 25 myths about flu shots. I can only pull a few but you should go and read her entire article on her site. She links out to other articles and explains why the myths are not true. I pulled some of the ones I hear the most from other parents.
“First, an important note: I am a science journalist but not a medical doctor. I’ve compiled research here to debunk common myths about the flu vaccine. You should always consult a
A new study out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has found the men do look at women’s bodies more than their faces.
Lead author and social psychologist Sarah Gervais explained that the study used eye-tracking technology to prove out what women have long reported.
The surprising part of the study was the woman in the study also looked at the chest and hips longer too.
“The participants – 29 women and 36 men – were outfitted with the eye-tracking system, which measures in milliseconds how long the eyes are fixed on certain spots. Their gazes reacted to photographs of the same 10 women, each with three different digitally manipulated body shapes – curvaceous, much less curvaceous and in-between. (Only women’s bodies were viewed by study participants.) Both sexes fixed their gaze more on women’s chests and waists and less on faces. Those bodies with larger breasts, narrower waists and bigger hips often prompted longer looks.”
“The explanation may be partly
I have never been this creative, but I love it when families dress as a theme for their costumes.
The Ney family in Gwinnett has five kids ages 5 to 17, and mom Amy says they do family-themed costumes every other year.
“We have been or seen: armed forces (all in camo and such), Mario Kart (Mario, Luigi, Peaches, Toad, Etc) Power Puff Girls (dating myself), last year we were Doctors with Mustaches (pic here on Facebook), Zombie Apocalypse (we were all zombies)…,” Amy told me via Facebook.
Even Amy’s mom has gotten in on the action the last two years – see photo above.
“On the “every other year” we aren’t a family
October is Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness month so I wanted to make people more aware.
“Sensory Processing Disorder is really confusing to explain, but here is how I do it: Brains have roadway systems that allow cars to get to point A to B without getting lost. Some roadway systems are not yet complete so cars will come to a screeching halt or will go Dukes of Hazzard and jump onto another road. Sometimes it causes traffic jams. This is when we see children (and adults) who cannot process what is going on in their environment. For example, while many of us can tune out the sound of a blender, my son couldn’t. Therefore the only way for him to “tune it out” was to cover his ears.”
“Now that I have kids with SPD, I can spot others with it. These kids are the ones who are constantly touching other kids (or their parents) to the point of annoyance or hugging on others, not understanding personal space. In order for them to understand their space, they