Sleep Deprivation and Its Effect on Bad Behavior

sleep deprivation affects behavior, food choices, and more

Dear Mr. Dad: In one of your recent columns you talked about how sleep deprivation can affect women’s fertility. During the summer, my kids get plenty of sleep, but during the school year they’re almost always tired. What are the effects of sleep deprivation on children?

A: There’s no question that sleep deprivation is bad for adults. Besides affecting fertility, is also increases the risk of depression, anxiety, diabetes, cardiac problem, and car accidents (about 100,000/year are caused by drowsy drivers), and decreases our ability to fight off infection. The effects on children are just as bad. Two new studies underscore just how important sleep is by showing how the lack of it influences children’s behavior and food choices.
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The Myth of Autism + Developing Loving Relationships + The Dangers of Food Additives

[amazon asin=1616081716&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Michael Goldberg, author of The Myth of Autism.
Topic: How a misunderstood epidemic is destroying our children.
Issues: The epidemic of autism—we’ve gone from 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 110 in just 30 years; autism is not a psychological or developmental condition—it’s actually a medical disease that attacks the brain’s immune system, and can be cured.


[amazon asin=B000W5MHY0&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Frank Lawlis, author of Mending the Broken Bond.
Topic: Developing a loving relationship with your child in 90 days.
Issues: Being the role model your child needs you to be; using empathy to resolve problems; learning when and how to forgive; channeling your child’s energy through diet, breathing exercises, and calming activities.


[amazon asin=0965110508&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 3: Jane Hersey, author of Why Can’t My Child Behave?
Topic: How foods and additives affect children’s behavior
Issues: Understanding the effects of additives, including asthma, depression, developmental delays, and autism; easy ways to eliminate additives.

Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting

[amazon asin=0142196924&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Noel Janis-Norton, author of Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting.
Topic:
Five strategies that end daily battles and get kids to listen the first time.
Issues: A step-by-step plan that will help you raise a child who is cooperative, considerate, confident, and self-reliant. The five strategies are: descriptive praise, preparing for success, reflective listening, never ask twice, and rewards and consequences.

Raising Happy, Successful, Cooperative Children–with Less Discipline

[amazon asin=B00A6HR884&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1:Carol Tuttle, author of The Child Whisperer.
Topic: The ultimate guide for raising happy, successful, cooperative children.
Issues:Have a happier, more cooperative child using less discipline; repair troubled parent/teen relationships; know exactly how to best motivate your child; foster more natural confidence and success in your child.

Kids Acting Out? Put ‘Em to Sleep

Most parents don’t need a scientist to tell us that if our kids (and we) don’t get enough sleep, life can sometimes get ugly. But if having a little research to back us up can be reassuring, a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics will help.

The study found that kids who slept less than 7 hours per night were more sleepy the next day (doh!), did worse on tests in school, and had more behavior problems. A different study also found a connection between lack of sleep and obesity, which makes getting enough sleep as important to children’s wellbeing as eating right and exercising.

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22 Discipline Ideas that Really Work

My three-year-old is a real handful at times. My wife and I have struggled to find the right approach to disciplining our spirited toddler. There are so many different parenting approaches out there, and as his mom and dad, we want the best for our child. We just don’t know which discipline approach to take. Do you have any suggestions?

At one time or another, all parents struggle with discipline-establishing and enforcing limits, and getting their kids to speak to them respectfully and do what they’re supposed to do. But remember: discipline isn’t only about correction. It’s also about teaching kids to control themselves and care about others so they can grow up to be productive members of society. Here are some approaches you can use to help your kids to do just that:
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