March 26, 2013

Parenting roundup: Children need boredom, skim milk makes children fatter, rise in autism


BBC News - Children should be allowed to get bored, so they can develop their innate creativity. 

"Children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them."  It is this sort of thing that stimulates the imagination, she said, while the screen "tends to short circuit that process and the development of creative capacity".

Skimmed milk 'doesn't stop toddlers getting fat': Children who drink whole milk actually gain fewer pounds

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine found two-year-olds who drank mainly low-fat and skimmed milk were 57 per cent more likely to become overweight by the age of four.  But the average weight of children drinking full-fat milk was lower over the same period.

Academics believe this is because higher fat milk makes children feel fuller for longer, and they eat less as a result.

Huge rise in number of autistic children in US schools as health officials say 1 in 50 now has disorder

A government survey of parents says one in 50 US schoolchildren has autism - far surpassing an earlier federal estimate for the disorder.
Health officials say the new number does not mean autism is occurring more often, but instead suggests doctors are diagnosing the condition more frequently - especially in children with milder problems.

For decades, autism referred to children with severe language, intellectual and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors - but the definition has gradually expanded and now includes milder, related conditions.

The new estimate released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would mean at least one million children have autism.
Posted by Jill Fallon at March 26, 2013 11:33 AM | Permalink