Infants born following planned birth more likely to have poor child development

Planned births occur where a considered decision is made to deliver an infant, and in recent years there have been significant changes in clinical practice resulting in an increase in planned births before the ideal time of birth at 39-40 weeks’ gestation. This is mostly attributable to the increased use of elective caesarean section and induction of labour.

The study of 153,000 Australian children published today in Pediatrics reports that overall, 9.6 per cent of children were developmentally high risk. In particular, infants born following planned birth before the optimal time of birth were more likely to have poor child development.

Using the Australian Early Development Census instrument, children in the study were assessed in five domains: physical health and wellbeing, language and cognition, social competence, emotional maturity, and general knowledge and communication.

Children scoring in the bottom 10 per cent of these domains were considered ‘developmentally vulnerable’, and children who were ‘developmentally vulnerable’ on two or more domains were classified as ‘developmentally high risk’.

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The Nation’s Children: Hillary Clinton at the Yale Child Study Center (Needham, MA)

When Cristie Andrews, a graphic designer from Los Angeles, asked Hillary Clinton why she wanted to be president in an interview with Glamour magazine, Clinton’s answer was hardly surprising: children.

“I’ve worked on a lot of issues during my career, and I have a lot of detailed plans for many things I want to accomplish as president,” Clinton wrote to Andrews, “But the one issue that has always mattered the most to me is children. That has been the work of my life. That’s my motivation.”

Clinton’s investment in the lives of children is a focal point of her campaign. She drafted Yale New Haven Hospital’s legal procedures for instances in which adolescent patients show signs of parental abuse. She worked for the Children’s Defense Fund, representing the legal rights of low income, minority, abused children. She later advocated for the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act in Massachusetts, spurring lawmakers to make education a civil right for students with disabilities.

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Raising appreciative, thankful and respectful children (Manila, Philippines)

Just a few days ago, we saw majority of our children stuff their Halloween baskets with sweets. In less than 50 days, we will witness once again, our children unwrap a mountain of toys under the Christmas tree.

No doubt, we all want our children to be more appreciative of the gifts they receive during the holiday season, but how do we raise a thankful child and teach them that the real pleasure of the holiday is in giving?

With so much distraction these days, it becomes more difficult to be mindful and appreciative of what is around us. Emphasis on tradition and togetherness, love and thankfulness take a sideline, as we tend to put more importance on the “frivolities” of the holidays. We forget that when our children grow up, it’s not the toys that they got or didn’t get that they are going to remember, but the traditions and family activities of the season.

Since thankfulness is a learned life skill, it needs to be nurtured daily through our own words and deeds, while keeping our child’s development in mind. For instance, since young children are only beginning to comprehend that “please” and “thank you” are more than magic words that please Mommy and Daddy, they don’t understand the concept of gratitude in the way that adults do. No matter, it is important to give a lot of attention to their spontaneous hugs and kisses as a measure of their show of gratitude towards you.

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What to discuss with other parents before playdates? (Needham, MA Parents)

Q: My children are 6 and 9 and are going to their friends’ houses to play. What is the best way to communicate our rules and boundaries to these parents who will be supervising my children while they are in their house?

A: Play dates are a way for children to learn and improve their social skills, says the Help for Families panel.

Going to another child’s house to play is a normal part of a child’s development and the first steps toward being independent. It is a transition for both the children and the parents.

The panel wonders: What is troubling you about this play date?

“If you are worrying about this, maybe you shouldn’t be sending them to play,” says Erin Stalsitz. “These are things that should be worked out in advance.”

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Daycare investigating after video of boy supporting Trump posted online (NEEDHAM, MA)

Daycare investigating after video of boy supporting Trump posted online

NATICK, Mass. – A video shot by a local daycare teacher that shows one student calling Hillary Clinton “a liar” and cheering for Donald Trump.

The video has more than 100,000 views on Facebook, and now the state and the company that runs the daycare is investigating.

The video was taken Friday at the Next Generation Children’s Center in Natick and initially shared on Snapchat by Angelina Grillo of Norwood.

In the video, you can hear a woman ask “who do you want to be president?” A male child responds “Donald Trump.” The woman then asks “who’s a liar?” The boy responds “Hillary Clinton.”

The woman behind the camera laughs at the response then several other children join in calling Hillary Clinton “a liar”.

When FOX25 went to ask Grillo about the video no one answered the door, but a short time later a man who identified himself as her father spoke to reporters.

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