Let's Talk Kids http://wuis.org en After 7 Years, Moms Panelists Share How They've Changed http://wuis.org/post/after-7-years-moms-panelists-share-how-theyve-changed <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+7+Years%2C+Moms+Panelists+Share+How+They%27ve+Changed&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMDE0NjgyMDEzNDY0NDY5NTBmNTc1Yg004)"/></div><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 editor 30257 at http://wuis.org Where Do Dads Go For Parenting Advice? http://wuis.org/post/where-do-dads-go-parenting-advice <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Where+Do+Dads+Go+For+Parenting+Advice%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwMDE0NjgyMDEzNDY0NDY5NTBmNTc1Yg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 editor 30259 at http://wuis.org Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication http://wuis.org/post/taliban-pakistan-derails-world-polio-eradication Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.<p>"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.<p>"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."<p>Jaffar was shot four times: twice in her arm and twice in her chest. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 30199 at http://wuis.org Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery http://wuis.org/post/how-protecting-wildlife-helps-stop-child-labor-and-slavery When scientists talk about the destruction of rain forests or the acidification of oceans, we often hear about the tragic loss of plants and animals.<p>But ecologists at the University of California, Berkeley say there's also a human tragedy that frequently goes unnoticed: As fish and fauna are wiped out, more children around the world are forced to work, and more people are forced into indentured servitude, scientists <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6195/376.summary">wrote</a> Thursday in the journal <em>Science</em>.<p>"My students, postdocs and I spent a year stepping back an Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:00 +0000 editor 30165 at http://wuis.org How Protecting Wildlife Helps Stop Child Labor And Slavery UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe http://wuis.org/post/unicef-report-female-genital-mutiliation-holds-hope-and-woe Women and girls are less likely to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, than 30 years ago. That's the encouraging news from a UNICEF report on the controversial practice, presented this week at London's first Girl Summit.<p>The rate has dropped in many of the 29 countries across Africa and the Middle East where FGM is practiced. In Kenya, for example, nearly half the girls age 15 to 19 were circumcised in 1980; in 2010 the rate was just under 20 percent.<p>But there's a sobering side to the report. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 editor 29982 at http://wuis.org UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV http://wuis.org/post/us-teens-still-lag-getting-vaccinated-against-hpv Though the vaccine against human papilloma virus is highly effective in preventing certain forms of cancer, the number of preteens getting the vaccine is still dismally low, doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.<p>"One of the top five reasons parents listed is that it hadn't been recommended to them by a doctor or nurse," the CDC's <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/leadership/leaders/schuchat.htm">Dr. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 editor 29967 at http://wuis.org U.S. Teens Still Lag In Getting Vaccinated Against HPV Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol http://wuis.org/post/amid-wave-child-immigrants-reports-abuse-border-patrol Some of the immigrant children crossing the border say they are being subjected to abusive and inhumane treatment in U.S. Border Patrol stations in South Texas. This includes frigid holding rooms, sleep deprivation, verbal and psychological abuse, inadequate food and water, denial of medical care, and worse.<p>Dozens of children have come forward to make complaints against Customs and Border Protection officers. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 John Burnett 29901 at http://wuis.org Amid Wave Of Child Immigrants, Reports Of Abuse By Border Patrol Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://wuis.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and <a href="http://www.ymca.net/summer-food-program">non-profit groups</a> are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 29889 at http://wuis.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It http://wuis.org/post/many-kids-who-are-obese-and-overweight-dont-know-it Kids can be cruel, especially about weight. So you might think overweight or obese children know all too well that they're heavy — thanks to playground politics. But that's not necessarily so, according to government data covering about 6,100 kids and teens ages 8-15.<p>About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:29:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 29843 at http://wuis.org Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus http://wuis.org/post/high-school-lacrosse-surges-popularity-so-does-injury-focus Sometimes called the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse is also one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S.<p>Between 2008 and 2012, kids' participation in lacrosse climbed 158 percent to a little more than three-quarters of a million, according to a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303519404579350892629229918">survey conducted</a> by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association/Physical Activity Council. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:19:00 +0000 editor 29788 at http://wuis.org As High School Lacrosse Surges In Popularity, So Does Injury Focus When It Comes To Other People's Kids, Should Parents Intervene? http://wuis.org/post/when-it-comes-other-peoples-kids-should-parents-intervene Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. Today, we want to talk about public interventions into other people's parenting. And we're talking about this because it seems as though we're seeing more of this these days. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:07:00 +0000 editor 29776 at http://wuis.org Teens Say Looks Can Be Liberating Despite Fashion Police http://wuis.org/post/teens-say-looks-can-be-liberating-despite-fashion-police <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxrPOR3P3XU</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 editor 29742 at http://wuis.org Teens Say Looks Can Be Liberating Despite Fashion Police High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health http://wuis.org/post/high-performing-charter-schools-may-improve-students-health Many people are intensely interested in how publicly funded charter schools affect children, and that includes not just their academic achievement but their health.<p>Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corp. wanted to know whether attending a high-performing charter school reduced the rates of risky health behaviors among low-income minority teenagers.<p>They surveyed 521 ninth through 12th-grade students in Los Angeles who attended charter schools, and 409 students who attended local neighborhood schools. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29719 at http://wuis.org High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life http://wuis.org/post/straightening-sisays-spine-twist-fate-saves-boys-life One dewy morning back in May 2013, a dozen children gathered in an elementary school courtyard to play soccer in Addis Ababa. Seven-year-old Sisay Gudeta stood alone on the balcony above them.<p>Sisay poked his head through the arms of a rusty, blue <strong></strong>guard rail, staring down at his classmates as they kicked<strong> </strong>an empty plastic bottle across the pavement. The kids rarely ask him to play, Sisay says. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 editor 29698 at http://wuis.org Straightening Sisay's Spine: A Twist Of Fate Saves A Boy's Life White House Fetes 54 Kids With Serious Cooking Chops http://wuis.org/post/white-house-fetes-54-kids-serious-cooking-chops It's not easy to snag an invite to a White House State Dinner.<p>So, imagine how 54 children — one from each state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia — felt being honored in the elegant East Room by the President and first lady at an event Friday afternoon billed as a Kids State Dinner.<p>The pee-wee honorees were <a href="http://www.letsmove.gov/kids-state-dinner-winners">the winners</a> of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest for kids tied to the first lady's Let's Move Campaign. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:31:00 +0000 editor 29577 at http://wuis.org White House Fetes 54 Kids With Serious Cooking Chops Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager http://wuis.org/post/want-more-stress-your-life-try-parenting-teenager If anyone can handle the stress of parenting in the teen years, you'd think it would be a high school teacher.<p>That's how Amy Myers felt. She teaches high school English in a suburb of Boise, Idaho, where she says she has "pseudo parented" about 3,000 teenagers "who I have talked to, given advice to, guided, directed, even lectured about teenage issues," she says.<p>So Myers, 41, felt pretty prepared for her own children's teenage years. That is until her oldest son, Kamron, turned 15. Suddenly, their close relationship turned sour. "Everything I demanded, he fought back. Advice? Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 29366 at http://wuis.org Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech http://wuis.org/post/whats-going-there-how-babies-brains-practice-speech <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFJNTaPvXpk</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:08:00 +0000 editor 29350 at http://wuis.org What's Going On In There? How Babies' Brains Practice Speech With Elder Care Planning, Start Early To Avoid Conflicts And Crises http://wuis.org/post/elder-care-planning-start-early-avoid-conflicts-and-crises Transcript <p>JACKI LYDEN, HOST: <p>I'm Jacki Lyden and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Each week we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. And today we're turning the table to talk about caring for an elderly parent or a loved one. If you've been there, as I have, you know it can be exhausting, complicated to manage family relationships, finances and, of course, the needs and wants of your loved ones. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:20:00 +0000 editor 29319 at http://wuis.org Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids http://wuis.org/post/why-spoonful-medicine-can-be-big-safety-risk-kids We've all done it. The bottle of Pepto-Bismol says to take two tablespoons, so you grab the nearest spoon from the silverware drawer and drink down two of those. It's probably pretty close, right?<p>Maybe not. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:11:00 +0000 Kara Manke 29248 at http://wuis.org Why A Spoonful Of Medicine Can Be A Big Safety Risk For Kids Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better http://wuis.org/post/teaching-four-year-olds-feel-better You're 4 years old, building a block tower. Another kid runs up and knocks it down. What do you do? A) Tell her that's against the rules. B) Go tell a teacher. C) Hit her. D) Start to cry. E) What did you say again?<p>According to a <a href="http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/HSCares%20Impact_ExecSummary%20MDRC.pdf">large national study </a>just released, it's possible to teach kids in preschool to give better answers to that question — not only when asked by a researcher, but in real life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 editor 29222 at http://wuis.org To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park http://wuis.org/post/make-children-healthier-doctor-prescribes-trip-park When Dr. Robert Zarr wanted a young patient to get more exercise, he gave her an unusual prescription: Get off the bus to school earlier.<p>"She has to take a bus to the train, then a train to another bus, then that bus to her school," says Zarr, a pediatrician at <a href="http://www.unityhealthcare.org/">Unity Health Care</a>, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:29:00 +0000 editor 29209 at http://wuis.org To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection http://wuis.org/post/mississippi-child-thought-cured-hiv-shows-signs-infection A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say.<p>This discovery is a setback for the child known as the "Mississippi baby." It also complicates efforts to test what had seemed like a promising new treatment for infants born with HIV.<p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/04/173258954/scientists-report-first-cure-of-hiv-in-a-child-say-its-a-game-changerhttp:/www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/03/04/173258954/scientists-report-first-cure-of-hiv-in-a-child-say-its-a-game-changer" Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:40:00 +0000 Richard Harris 29043 at http://wuis.org Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions http://wuis.org/post/doctors-face-ethical-issues-benching-kids-concussions Doctors have gotten much better at diagnosing and treating sports-related concussions, which is a good thing since Americans suffer up to 4 million sports-related concussions a year.<p>But we're not so good at is following their advice.<p>Student athletes and parents sometimes balk at doctors' recommendations to avoid play until concussion symptoms are gone, or to cut back on schoolwork. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 29017 at http://wuis.org Doctors Face Ethical Issues In Benching Kids With Concussions Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper http://wuis.org/post/why-we-published-photo-16-year-old-diapers The series on family caregivers that NPR ran over the Fourth of July weekend sparked an extraordinary response, with tens of thousands of comments and likes on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NPR/posts/10152656347696756">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/05/327706802/faith-strengthens-aging-parents-as-they-care-for-their-son">NPR.org</a>.<p>Many people responded to the intimate photographs of families caring for sick or disabled parents, siblings and children.<p>And not all those responses were positive. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 editor 29000 at http://wuis.org Why We Published A Photo Of A 16-Year-Old In A Diaper Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities http://wuis.org/post/math-nerd-or-bookworm-many-same-genes-shape-both-abilities <strong></strong>Many of us tend to align ourselves with either numbers or words. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:46:00 +0000 editor 28978 at http://wuis.org Math Nerd Or Bookworm? Many Of The Same Genes Shape Both Abilities Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress http://wuis.org/post/binging-bad-news-can-fuel-daily-stress If you're feeling stressed these days, the news media may be partly to blame.<p>At least that's the suggestion of <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/07/the-burden-of-stress-in-america.html">a national survey </a>conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>The survey of more than 2,500 Americans found that about 1 in 4 said they had experienced a "great deal" of stress in the previous month. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 28955 at http://wuis.org Bingeing On Bad News Can Fuel Daily Stress HPV Vaccine Doesn't Raise Risk Of Blood Clots, Study Finds http://wuis.org/post/hpv-vaccine-doesnt-raise-risk-blood-clots-study-finds The vaccine for human papillomavirus has been controversial from the get-go, partly because it protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer and is spread by sexual activity.<p>The vaccine's safety has also been contested, with media celebrities like <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/katie-couric-hpv-vaccine-show-criticism-valid/">Katie Couric</a> publicizing rare reports of people who became ill or died after receiving the vaccine, even though there was no evidence that the vaccine caused the problems.<p>Scientists were particularly concerned about the risk of potentially deadly blo Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:10:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 28852 at http://wuis.org Why Aren't Men Asked If They Can 'Have It All'? http://wuis.org/post/why-arent-men-asked-if-they-can-have-it-all Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms and dads in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice. Today, we want to talk about a hot topic among parents that's back in the news. Two female chief executives who are also mothers are creating buzz for their comments about balancing family and career. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi waded into the can-women-have-it-all debate proclaiming, no, we can't. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 editor 28833 at http://wuis.org Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was http://wuis.org/post/teen-tries-be-parent-his-own-dad-never-was <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series. </em><p>Marvin Ramos found out he was going to be a father when his girlfriend, Stephanie, called him during a basketball game. He says he sat down on a bench and looked up at the sky. He was 16. Stephanie was 19.<p>When his daughter, Hailey, was born, Ramos was overwhelmed. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 NPR Staff 28791 at http://wuis.org Teen Tries To Be The Parent His Own Dad Never Was Faith Strengthens Aging Parents As They Care For Their Son http://wuis.org/post/faith-strengthens-aging-parents-they-care-their-son A good night's sleep is rare for Judy and James Lee. They are on parenting duty 24/7 for their son, Justin.<p>Justin, who has cerebral palsy and was born missing parts of his brain, also has a seizure disorder, which has gotten worse lately. He's often silent during his seizures, which means he has to sleep with his parents so they can tell when he needs help. Judy says caring for Justin is a lot like taking care of a newborn.<p>"You're in that kind of survival mode those first few months, where your baby's schedule is your schedule. And you sleep when they sleep and you eat when they eat. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 28678 at http://wuis.org Faith Strengthens Aging Parents As They Care For Their Son