September 1, 2008 |
Raised IN poverty, Dr. Shauna Blake Collins fought fear during nearly 14 years of education. A dropout from a South-Central Los Angeles high school, she earned a GED diploma at 22, became a licensed vocational nurse, a registered nurse, and finally, at 41, a physician. Confidence came only during the last two years of medical school. "Every step of the way, I was petrified," says the Winnetka mother of two toddlers, who recently graduated from UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine.
March 12, 2007 |
Girls seem to be growing up faster these days, and not just because they dress to show more skin. Compared with their mothers, they actually have more skin to show -- and that added fat seems to be altering their rate of development. Pediatric experts had noticed that girls appeared to be developing breasts (the first outward sign of puberty) at earlier ages -- and that they tended to gain weight around puberty. But no one knew which came first: earlier development or weight gain.
February 21, 2005 |
Years ago, when parents came to him worried because their kids seemed abnormally shy, Murray Stein, a psychiatrist at UC San Diego, would tell them not to worry -- that most children outgrow periods of intense shyness. "Now we're not so quick to dismiss their concern," he says. Although most very shy kids do emerge from their shells, as many as one in three become more and more troubled, according to Stein, one of the country's leading experts in childhood anxiety disorders.
July 27, 1994 |
Although her mother died 28 years ago of Hodgkin's disease, Gaile Price--who was 9 at the time--can't stop imagining her. In her aunts' faces she sees her mother aged to the appropriate years. In exchanges between mothers and children, she hears her mother's voice. And through her father's recollections, she composes a mosaic of the woman who was to be her lifelong nurturer, teacher, adversary and role model to womanhood.
September 29, 1997 |
Almost five years ago, Amy Waldroop came as close as she ever has to realizing her dream of having a carefree, normal life. She was about to graduate from Villa Park High School and had been offered a scholarship to UCLA, thanks to her stellar performances in the classroom and on the track team. Then Waldroop was called into a school administrator's office. She was told social workers were planning to remove her younger siblings from their grandmother's home.
December 11, 1987 |
"She's a perfect child." "He did a perfect job." "It was a perfect party." Perfection is an attribute many people strive to attain, and it's often a goal that some parents set for their children. Sometimes the desire to be perfect can be a strong motivation, but failure to achieve that goal can create anxiety, guilt and other undesirable emotions. When carried too far, it sometimes results in sickness or, in severe circumstances, even suicide attempts.
March 12, 1996 |
He looks down at the sidewalk, his hands shoved into the pockets of his faded corduroy pants. It's been almost a year since the last violent fight he had with his mother, but the incident still haunts the high school sophomore. "When I get mad, things are just a blur," the 16-year-old says. "I guess I pushed her into the wall or something. She was just bugging me, about my friends and stuff. . . . I just kinda went off." Most adolescent anger does not erupt into violence.
April 27, 1994 |
Sitting cross-legged on an outdoor deck sheltered by a huge rubber tree--a peaceful sanctuary from traffic jams, errands and the problems of child care--a small group of moms and dads surrounds six infants lying on a large, pale blue mat. For the next two hours, their babies crawl, creep, drool, sit, eat, roll over, nap, nurse and reach for objects and each other. The parents watch quietly, enchanted, asking occasional questions and exchanging bits of information and experiences.
May 6, 2008 |
Increased breast-feeding during the first months of life appears to raise a child's verbal IQ, according to a study of nearly 14,000 children that was released Monday. The study in Archives of General Psychiatry found that 6-year-olds whose mothers were part of a program that encouraged them to breast-feed had verbal IQs that were an average of 7.5 points higher than those of children in a control group.
March 5, 1996 |
He looks down at the sidewalk, his hands shoved into the pockets of his faded corduroy pants. It's been almost a year since the last violent fight he had with his mother, but the incident still haunts the Pacifica High School sophomore. "When I get mad, things are just a blur," he says. "I guess I pushed her into the wall or something. She was just bugging me, about my friends and stuff. . . . I just kinda went off." Most teenage anger does not erupt into violence.