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Bibs & bobs — 8 September 2019

By Mums At The Table 1 min read

The secret to doing well at school | Breakthrough in postnatal depression cure | Teenager lacking independence? It could be your fault 😦 

The secret to doing well at school

Both primary school children and early high school children are less likely to have concentration problems and behavioural issues at the end of a school year if their parents made a greater effort to be engaged with their schooling earlier in the year. Parents can explore getting involved with their child's schooling in a variety of ways. Options outside of the home include attending school functions, volunteering at events and joining parent groups. However, parents and family members can also take a more active role by helping with homework and keeping in touch with the child's teacher(s). University of Missouri

Breakthrough in postnatal depression cure

About 10 to 20 per cent of women experience postpartum depression after childbirth. Postnatal depression contributes to poor maternal health and has negative effects on a child's development. A number of studies have found that children of depressed mothers are at risk for a wide range of cognitive, emotional, behavioural and medical problems. Oxytocin is widely referred to as the love hormone and plays an important role in the regulation of social and maternal behaviour. New research led by a biologist and his students at Louisiana State University has discovered a group of cells that are activated by oxytocin in one area of female mouse brains that are not present in the same area in male mouse brains. This new discovery opens doors to potential new treatments and drugs for postnatal depression targeting oxytocin receptor cells.
Louisiana State University

Teenager lacking independence? It could be your fault 😦 

The process of transitioning from childhood to adulthood includes everything from preparing for work and financial responsibility, to taking care of one's health and wellbeing. A poll conducted by the University of Michigan has however revealed that parents aren't letting go of the reins as often as they could be to help teens successfully make that transition. Researchers suggest parents position themselves as a back-up resource, to be consulted only if the teen cannot handle the matter independently. Parents should also establish specific milestones and create opportunities to mentor their teens in gaining experience and confidence while reaching those goals. University of Michigan