Tips for managing stress during the back-to-school rush

Change, even positive change, can be difficult. That’s why the beginning of the school year — with its new routines, increase in activities and, in some cases, a new environment — can be a stressful time for both students and parents. “Many people do not do well with transitional periods,” said Nancy Stockton, director of […]

Wake up — time for school!

A new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that encourages middle and high schools to push back start times for the benefit of the students has been receiving a lot of attention this week in social and traditional media. Part of me wonders if later start times would result in more before-school activities.

Gaming and kids: Fun and games and learning?

The Indianapolis Star ran an interesting article about video games recently. As a parent of kids who enjoy video games, I found some of the insights about the potential for “playful learning” reassuring. But as school approaches, I’m reminded of how video games can interfere with academic performance, including homework and wakefulness at school.

Men have biological clocks, too?

When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I recall my doctor mentioned my “advanced age” several times. A bit aggravated, I planned to assure her that I was aware of my “advanced age” — 37 — so she didn’t need to keep bringing it up, but she didn’t bring it up again (maybe I […]

It’s that time of year

With research centers on my “beat” such as the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, it’s not unusual for me to be writing about one sexuality discovery/insight or another. But this time of year, I just can’t keep […]

Advice on talking with children about sex and consent

Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, offers parents and guardians some nuts-and-bolts tips in this New York Times article that discusses talking with children about sex and the important topic of giving and receiving consent. Think your kids are too young? (And don’t […]

Choose a full evaluation over a vision screening to make sure eyesight isn’t hampering athletic performance

In a recent ESPN article, Steven Hitzeman, OD, FAAO, clinical associate professor of optometry at Indiana University, had some pointed comments concerning Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis “Squintston” Winston and his decision to forgo contact lenses during football games. Winston said his squinting is never a factor in his performance as Florida State University quarterback. Hitzeman […]

Help for children born preterm might need to extend to their sibs

An unprecedented study of preterm birth suggests that only some of the problems previously associated with preterm birth are actually caused by preterm birth itself. The study, for me, is an example of how ambitious, well-designed studies can shred conventional wisdom — ideas that otherwise would make sense and might even be supported by earlier […]

What’s wrong with Molly?

As a somewhat introverted person, I can see the appeal of the party drug “Molly,” with its purported feelings of emotional warmth, empathy. It’s often associated with dancing and fun. Who doesn’t want to have fun? And who doesn’t want to have hyperthermia, seizures, stroke, and kidney and liver failure while they’re at it? Uh, […]

Talking to kids about money, giving

As a parent, this paragraph jumped out at me: “Role-modeling alone does not appear to be as effective as talking to children about giving, the researchers found. Parents who want to raise charitable children should talk intentionally with them about their own philanthropic values and practices throughout childhood and adolescence in addition to role-modeling, they […]