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When 'Beasts' Are Out of Their Cages: Why Are Some People So Mean, and How Can I Protect Myself From Them?

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

My 20-year-old client, a college senior, was both sobbing with pain and shaking with rage. She had learned just a few hours before she called for an ...

A Brain Benefit Of A Good Night's Sleep For Kids

Posted 03.03.2013 | Healthy Living

Here's another reason to make sure your child gets enough sleep each night. A small new study in the journal Nature Neuroscience shows that brain's...

Kids and Team Sports: Should Parents Push Their Children to Play?

John McCormick | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

For me, spring begins when the air fills with the crack of the bat or the snap of a ball hitting a glove. It begins in February, when baseball spring training gets underway. As a parent, my real joy comes from watching Little Leaguers play. I can't wait to root for my kids on the ball field.

The Childhood Snacks We Still Want To Eat

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Orchant | Posted 02.20.2013 | Taste

Which childhood snacks have stood the test of time for you?

WATCH: Basketball Game Will Leave You With Goosebumps

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.15.2013 | Sports

Nathan Mitcham won't soon forget the night of Feb. 12, when thousands of fans crowded into a gym in Owasso, Okla., and cheered his name. That even...

6 Critical Reasons to Rethink Football and Kids

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

The physical risks to football players should be taken with the utmost seriousness, but the more important questions are about what lessons kids are learning about how to define themselves and to relate to one another.

Eric Cantor's Ancient Endeavor

Paul A. London | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Paul A. London

Steering the Republican Party away from its accustomed negativism is an ancient endeavor. Henry Simons, a founder of the ardently free enterprise Chicago School, tried unsuccessfully to do so in the 1930s.

WATCH 17-Month-Old Boy Drives Golf Balls Like A Pro

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.28.2013 | Sports

This 17-month-old boy goes by "Peanut," and the Internet is going crazy over how he can crack a golf ball. In this YouTube video titled "Golf Baby,...

How I Found My Calling

Ruth Riley | Posted 02.11.2013 | Sports
Ruth Riley

As a child, I was clueless to the level of poverty we were living in. Mom raised us to work as hard as possible at whatever task was before us, be willing to help others in need and be grateful for what we are given... all lessons that made the foundation of who I am today.

Cheerleading Needs Sports Safety Rules, Docs Say

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 01.02.2013 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO -- Cheerleading isn't just jumping and waving pompoms – it has become as athletic and potentially as dangerous as a sport and should be ...

Pediatricians Warn Trampolining Is Too Dangerous For Kids

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

By: MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Published: 09/24/2012 08:59 AM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Trampolining is a dangerous activity for kids and should not...

Minimizing the Risk of Concussions in Sports

Teena Shetty, MD | Posted 01.04.2013 | Parents
Teena Shetty, MD

Public concern has been growing about the long-term effects of concussions for athletes, professional and otherwise. Here's how parents of young athlete can best minimize the risk of concussions in contact sports.

Why Do Sports Matter?

Gilbert Guo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen
Gilbert Guo

These athletes have special stories that make all of these things true. Athletes are role models in the world for a reason and they all have stories to share that should never be untold.

Youth Sports Injuries: What a Headache!

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

As kids return to school and embark upon a new school sport season, stories like Tracy's have put MTBIs -- as well as other sports-related injuries -- at the center of a debate that asks whether the price of getting hurt for the game is too high.

The Key to Raising Confident Kids? Stop Complimenting Them!

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.04.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The point isn't to criticize children. But it's to recognize that self-esteem really, truly comes as the result of achievement -- in the classroom, on the field, at home -- rather than false accomplishments.

Concussions: Is Your Child Safe Playing Youth Athletics?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Concussions in children and adolescents over 10 years of age are more likely to occur in organized sports than other activities. It is sometimes amazing that our children survive their early childhood.

Sports Can Empower Youth in Refugee Camps

Lauren West | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lauren West

Wearing his #10 jersey, Heemo is glued to the TV screen watching the Olympics soccer matches. The refugee camp boundaries may confine him physically, but soccer lets him see beyond the end zone to his next goal.

Why Sleepaway Camp Is Good For Kids

Michael Thompson, Ph.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Michael Thompson, Ph.D

Does an overnight camp experience still make sense in this competitive, resume-building world? From this psychologist's point of view, the answer is a resounding YES.

Coaching Our Kids To Fewer Injuries

Kate Carr | Posted 01.04.2013 | Impact
Kate Carr

If you are a parent or young athlete, do you know how much training in sports injury prevention your coaches have had? How do you help coach a child to fewer sports injuries?

The Hardest Part Of Hating Duke

Tessa Blake | Posted 01.02.2013 | Parents
Tessa Blake

Outside of basketball, we teach Lucy tolerance and compassion. When it comes to Duke, we teach her hate. We may emphasize that it's all for sport, but is hating in good fun any different from just plain hating?

When Life Loses Meaning for Our Young: Healthy Competition and Balance

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

Again and again in my hours with college and grad students I learn of families who stressed excellence in achievement above all else.