If iPads, smartphones, and screens seem like drugs for Massachusetts kids, it's because they have a lot in common with uppers when it comes to a child's developing brain. Screen time, sugar, and reward all flood kids' brains with dopamine, the same feel-good chemical released when people do cocaine or see that someone liked their Instagram post.
Massachusetts babies don't lie. Massachusetts toddlers rarely lie. Little kids lie a lot. And it's all good. When a child begins lying, it's a pretty good sign that they are experiencing some healthy cognitive development. Lying tends to give way to honesty and solid communication skills over time when parents aggressively police behavior. Development and education on right and wrong (don't steal cookies) leads to a multi-faceted understanding of the complex concept of honesty.
Yelling at Massachusetts kids feels like an inevitability as a parent. Yelling seems like the perfect tool for getting a preoccupied kid's attention, or punishing them for doing wrong, or simply expressing feelings of anger. But all of the shouting, screaming, or yelling at kids is deeply unhelpful to parenting. Because getting loud is not communication.
Substance abuse and drug addiction are issues that affect many Massachusetts families. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 24 million Americans are currently suffering from some form of drug or alcohol addiction. This is an issue that affects people of every background - including parents.
For Massachusetts parents of school-aged children, it can be difficult to ascertain if academic success a matter of nature or nurture. Do smart, rich parents raise smart, rich kids through genetics and socioeconomics-or by sitting next to them and helping with math homework? What role do father figures play in a child's odds of succeeding at school? A new study in the Journal of Labor Economics suggests that the main factor, stronger than DNA, is involved, active parenting.
Here's the data behind these conclusions....
It's worth being an involved Massachusetts dad. Children with active fathers avoid risky sex, hold down high-paying jobs, have superior IQs, and are less likely to break the law or drop out of school. There's ample research out there on The Massachusetts Father Effect. Here's a breakdown of how it works.
An increasing number of Massachusetts men are choosing to delay parenthood.There are clear scientifically-backed advantages that come with that. However, there are plenty of mental and physical health problems older Massachusetts dads may put their children at risk for, a growing amount of research shows.
At least five percent of new Massachusetts fathers suffer clinical depression in the first few weeks of parenthood, according to a new study. And dad's depression may have long-term impacts on the family. Researchers have found that fathers who fight postnatal depression are more likely to raise daughters who, by age 18, were battling depression themselves. Though it's not entirely clear how this unfortunate inheritance is passed along, new data indicates a strong correlation.
Many Massachusetts parents claim the child tax credit to help offset the cost of raising children. Tax reform legislation enacted last year made changes to that credit. Here are some important things for taxpayers to know about the changes to the credit.