Category: Benjamin Siegel

Making New Year’s Resolutions with Your Child

December 18th, 2014 in 2014, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, PBS, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

For many of us, the New Year means it’s time to take stock of our lives and fix what we don’t like…

Expert quote:

“Each one of us is going to state a few things that we want to continue to do and things we’d like to change that would make us feel better about ourselves and how our family works.”

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Many parents feel spanking has its place, but doctors worry discipline can cross the line to abuse

September 21st, 2014 in 2014, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

In study after study, as many as eight out of 10 adults in America say spanking is an appropriate form of discipline. What the studies don’t show is how people define spanking and where they believe corporal punishment of children crosses a line to abuse…

Expert quote:

“The AAP does not advocate spanking and wants to discourage spanking as a means of discipline. The AAP wants to discourage spanking and corporal punishment because the AAP recognizes that spanking can be severe and lead to child abuse.”

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Is ‘Elf On The Shelf’ bad for kids?

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Metro, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

For most parents, “Elf On The Shelf,” serves as an extension of Santa, entertaining kids and a way to get them to behave until Christmas…

Expert quote:

“Kids up to four, five, six and seven live in what we call fantasy magic life years. If the myths are good and talk about sharing and helping your neighbor, then that’s really nice!”

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Affluenza: Court Rules Overindulgent Parents Can Be a Form of Abuse

December 13th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Time 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

Is bad parenting an excuse for murder?…

Expert quote:

“It’s a false argument at any level. All people, and even kids, have got to be responsible for their behavior. And it starts early, in first grade.”

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Is It Okay to Lie About Santa?

December 3rd, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Blogs, Newsmakers, PBS, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

As parents, we know that Santa doesn’t exist, but does that mean sharing this myth with our children is really lying?…

Expert quote:

“Kids up to four, five, six, seven live in what we call fantasy life magic years. They are influenced by what they see and hear around them. They get very excited about characters in their life that have special meaning for them.”

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Sorry, Justice Scalia: There’s no evidence that gay parents aren’t great parents

March 27th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

During Tuesday’s oral arguments, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan asked how same-sex marriage would harm “the institution of marriage”…

Expert quote:

“I can tell you we’re never going to get the perfect science, but what you have right now is good-enough science. The data we have right now are good enough to know what’s good for kids.”

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Social science struggles for data on effects of same-sex parenting on children

March 26th, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, Washington Post 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

Amid the legal arguments at Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, there loomed a social science question: How well do children turn out when they are raised by gay parents?…

Expert quote:

“I can tell you we’re never going to get the perfect science, but what you have right now is good-enough science. The data we have right now are good enough to know what’s good for kids.”

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U.S. pediatricians back gay marriage, adoption rights

March 21st, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

Gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married for the health and well-being of their children and families…

Expert quote:

“It is better that children have two parents than one parent, and assuming that these parents love each other and love the child and have economic and social security and stability, then that’s the critical ingredient for the optimal growth and development of the child.”

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Pediatricians support marriage for same sex couples

March 21st, 2013 in 2013, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine, USA Today 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

In a new, updated policy statement, the nation’s largest pediatricians group says that civil marriage for same-sex couples — as well as full adoption and foster care rights for all parents, regardless of sexual orientation — is the best way to ensure legal and financial security for children in these families…

Expert quote:

“Children thrive in families that are stable and that provide permanent security, and the way we do that is through marriage.”

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Smarter Ways to Discipline Children

January 1st, 2013 in 2012, Benjamin Siegel, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Benjamin Siegel, School of Medicine

When it comes to disciplining her generally well-behaved kids, Heather Henderson has tried all the popular tricks…

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