parenting

Misbehaving Teenager Forced Into Relationship: Verulam

verulam

KZNA – 16 year old girl was forced into a relationship with an adult male due to her misbehaving and acting out against her family. The girl, her father, stepmother and the 25 year old male who she is in a relationship with arrived at Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) offices in Verulam at 13:36 after the teenager was assaulted by her dad. She informed Reaction Officers that her dad forced her into a relationship with her stepmother’s brother in December 2020. The two lived on the same property near the Verulam Quarry and moved to Buffelsdraai two months later. Her father informed Reaction Officers that he and the girl’s biological mother were divorced and she wanted nothing to do with her daughter. Her father accused her of being a prostitute however she denied the allegation. The teenager was allegedly …

Read More »

Proven: Stress turns hair gray

gray hair

A new study by researchers at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons found the first quantitative evidence linking psychological stress to graying hair in people. The findings were published in the journal eLife. While it may seem intuitive that stress can accelerate graying, the researchers were surprised to discover that hair colon can be restored when stress is eliminated, a finding that contrasts with a recent study in mice that suggested that stressed-induced gray hairs are permanent. The study has broader significance than confirming age-old speculation about the effects of stress on hair color, said the study’s senior author Martin Picard, PhD, associate professor of behavioural medicine (in psychiatry and neurology) at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Understanding the mechanisms that allow ‘old’ gray hairs to return to their ‘young’ pigmented states could yield …

Read More »

Mothers’ depression will affect the relationship with their babies

mothers depression

A new study has found that women with depression during pregnancy, or with a history of depression, have a reduced quality of mother-infant relationship. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘BJPsych Open’. The study was funded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). In the study, researchers examined whether depression, either before or during pregnancy, affects the mother-infant relationship.Researchers looked at the quality of mother-infant interactions eight weeks and 12 months after birth in three groups of women; healthy women, women with clinically significant depression in pregnancy, and women with a lifetime history of depression but healthy pregnancies. The study used a sample of 131 women: 51 healthy mothers with no current or past depression, 52 mothers with depression referred to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Perinatal Psychiatry …

Read More »

Ballies who zol: Parents who smoke it up determine teens usage of dagga

cannabis_leaf

Teens dagga use: During a recent study, a team of UBC Okanagan researchers found that kids who grow up in homes where parents consume dagga will more than likely use it themselves. The study was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors. Parental influence on the use of dagga is important to study as it can help with the development of effective prevention programs, explains Maya Pilin, a doctoral psychology student in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “Adolescence is a critical period in which drug and alcohol experimentation takes place and when cannabis (dagga) use is often initiated,” said Pilin. “Parents are perhaps the most influential socializing agent for children and early adolescents.” Pilin said it has long been assumed that parental use of dagga contributes to higher levels of adolescent use. However, while there has …

Read More »

Make everyone happy – start school at a later time 🙏

sleep child

A new study explored the significant benefits of later school start times for middle and high school students’ sleep schedules. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Sleep’. Sleep is essential to a student’s overall health, social development, and academic achievement, yet lack of sleep is common among children and adolescents. Biological changes to sleep cycles during puberty make falling asleep early difficult for adolescents. This, coupled with early school start times, means that students often end up with insufficient sleep. Approximately 28,000 elementary, middle, and high school students and parents completed surveys annually, before changes to school start times and for two years afterward. Participating elementary schools started 60 minutes earlier, middle, 40-60 minutes later, and high school started 70 minutes later. Student and parent surveys separately asked about students’ typical bedtime and wake time on …

Read More »

Aryan Benevolent Home to celebrate 100 years 1 May, 2021

Aryan Benevolent Home

The Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) will be celebrating their 100th milestone on 1 May 2021. The Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) is one of South Africa’s largest and oldest NPOs. The Home cares for 726 residents which include the elderly, frail, children and victims of domestic violence. The history of the ABH goes back to 1918, when Mr DG Satyadeva, witnessed a police officer assaulting a homeless old man for taking shelter overnight in a public toilet in Durban. Deeply distressed by this incident and inspired by the teachings of the Arya Samaj, whose ninth principle states that everyone must see his own welfare in the welfare of others (a parallel to the African concept of Ubuntu), Mr DG Satyadeva and his colleagues, Pt. Nayanah Rajh and Mr SL Singh resolved to provide a home for the city’s neediest. Three years later, …

Read More »

Can manly, masculine men be better fathers and good parents?

parents with baby

In some men, having traditional masculine characteristics such as competitiveness and adventurousness was linked to being better fathers and good parents to infants, a new study suggested. The findings of the study were published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinities. But the men in this study – highly educated and from dual-earner couples – combined those stereotypically masculine traits with the belief that they should be nurturing, highly involved fathers. The researchers were surprised that traits often seen as old-fashioned male stereotypes were linked to more positive parenting behaviours, said study lead author Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. It suggests that some men are looking for new ways to be fathers, Schoppe-Sullivan said.“These men are combining traditional aspects of masculinity with new nurturing ideals to create new fathering identities. They may be in …

Read More »

Cape Town baker takes bun out the oven – baby born on backseat of car

baby born backseat cape town

The woman’s husband had dashed into Ohana Cafe in a panic once he realised they were not going to make it to the hospital. The baby ended up being born on the backseat of his car. Luckily for the anxious dad-to-be the restaurant’s baker Sam van Staden had been on duty since the early hours of the morning and was willing to come to the rescue. Cape Talk chats to Sam about her experience Listen to the podcast here: Read: Wonder Woman announces third baby on the way Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan blessed with a baby boy Photos: Ohana Cafe Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ohana.kalkbay/

Read More »

Harsh parenting may lead to smaller brains

harsh parenting

Repeatedly getting angry, hitting, shaking or yelling at children (“harsh parenting”) is linked with smaller brain structures in adolescence, according to a new study published in Development and Psychology. It was conducted by Sabrina Suffren, PhD, at Universite de Montreal and the CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre in partnership with researchers from Stanford University. The harsh parenting practices covered by the study are common and even considered socially acceptable by most people around the world. “The implications go beyond changes in the brain. What’s important is for parents and society to understand that the frequent use of harsh parenting practices can harm a child’s development,” said Suffren. “We’re talking about their social and emotional development, as well as their brain development.” Harsh parenting and brain anatomy Serious child abuse is sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect and even institutionalization. All …

Read More »

Women in cities are less likely to have babies

Women are less likely to procreate in urban areas that have more women than men in the population. Although the majority of modern cities have that statistic and thus suffer from lower fertility rates, the effects of female-biased sex ratios – having more women than men in a population – is less studied than male-biased ratios. A new study in Behavioral Ecology, published by Oxford University Press analysed how female-biased sex ratios are linked to marriages, reproductive histories, dispersal, and the effects of urbanisation on society. The research team from the University of Turku, University of Helsinki, and Pennsylvania State University used a massive internal migration event that occurred in Finland during WWII, when 10 per cent of Finnish territory was ceded to the Soviet Union and over 400,000 citizens were evacuated. The Finnish government implemented a settlement act to …

Read More »