parenting http://kuow.org en Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It http://kuow.org/post/many-kids-who-are-obese-or-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 11:58:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 38782 at http://kuow.org Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It The 'Luke I Am Your Father' Moment For This Adopted Woman http://kuow.org/post/luke-i-am-your-father-moment-adopted-woman <p>Earlier this month KUOW introduced you to Lynne Hogan, 48, one of hundreds of Washington adoptees seeking information about their birth parents. A new law that took effect July 1 gave adoptees access to their birth records through the Washington State Department of Health. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:36:30 +0000 Ruby de Luna 38478 at http://kuow.org The 'Luke I Am Your Father' Moment For This Adopted Woman The Truth About Miscarriages http://kuow.org/post/truth-about-miscarriages More than one in seven pregnancies result in miscarriage. But miscarriage is still often misunderstood by many couples &#8212; some of whom become discouraged and may seek help though reproductive technology such as drug and IVF treatments, when there is no need to do so.<p>Miscarriages may be widely misunderstood because they are not often talked about by people who have experienced them.<p><div class="pullquote" style="">&#8220;Virtually every woman has either had one or has a friend who has had one.<div class="pullquoteauth">&ndash; Dr. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:05:36 +0000 editor 38389 at http://kuow.org The Truth About Miscarriages Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager http://kuow.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 38321 at http://kuow.org Want More Stress In Your Life? Try Parenting A Teenager When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://kuow.org/post/when-work-becomes-haven-stress-home In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.<p>Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 38242 at http://kuow.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear http://kuow.org/post/3-scariest-words-boy-can-hear <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>It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.<p>Ehrmann — who played with the Baltimore Colts for much of the 1970s and was a lineman at Syracuse University before that — confronted many models of masculinity in his life. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:38:00 +0000 NPR Staff 38224 at http://kuow.org The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away http://kuow.org/post/long-babies-talk-theyre-plotting-away <p>A University of Washington <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/07/10/1410963111.full.pdf+html">study</a> published Monday in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Science</em> gives clues about how talking to babies from an early age helps them say their first words. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:06:46 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38204 at http://kuow.org Long Before Babies Talk, They're Plotting Away Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better http://kuow.org/post/teaching-4-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 38177 at http://kuow.org To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park http://kuow.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 38166 at http://kuow.org To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums http://kuow.org/post/looking-free-sperm-women-may-turn-online-forums Commercial sperm banks have operated in the U.S. since the early 1970s. Today, women who can afford to use them tend do so without stigma. But banks are no longer the only source for women hoping to get pregnant.<p>There are informal, unregulated websites popping up where men who are willing to donate their sperm for free can meet women who are hoping to have a baby.<p>The most established sperm donation website in the U.S., the Known Donor Registry, launched in 2010. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Rebecca Hersher 38139 at http://kuow.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://kuow.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 38133 at http://kuow.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws http://kuow.org/post/childcare-provider-debates-two-possible-preschool-laws <p>Patti Oliver Bailey sat on a sunny wooden deck in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on a recent afternoon, surrounded by toddlers digging through a box of pink sand and bright toys. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:28:11 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38063 at http://kuow.org Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In http://kuow.org/post/new-device-lets-you-track-your-preschooler-and-listen I was always thankful that my parents didn't "leash me" at the mall or grocery store when I was a child — but you'll never guess what parents can strap on their kids nowadays.<p>LG Electronics <a href="http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64572">introduced a device</a> Wednesday called the KizON. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 37999 at http://kuow.org A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone http://kuow.org/post/after-losing-only-child-chinese-parents-face-old-age-alone It's been nearly 3 1/2 decades since China's government started limiting most urban families to one child. The family planning policy successfully slowed the nation's population growth, but it has had some unintended consequences.<p>One is that some parents lose their only children to illness or accidents and end up with no one to care for them in their old age. Now, these parents have gotten together to demand their rights.<p>A group of parents meets at a Beijing restaurant to talk and console each other. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 38005 at http://kuow.org After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone New Summer Camp Launches For Kids With Autism And ADHD http://kuow.org/post/new-summer-camp-launches-kids-autism-and-adhd <p>It’s the season of summer camps, but kids with autism or ADHD are often left out because of behavior issues. But next week, they’ll get have another option, through a joint program between UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:15:23 +0000 Ruby de Luna 37454 at http://kuow.org