New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

Maybe it’s a bit ironic in the current circumstances, but a new meta-analysis published in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB) builds on years of previous research studies and demonstrates the value of family meals. The news is shared by an organization that promotes families eating together, but the study is published in… Read More New meta-analysis and review study confirms the value of family meals

New longitudinal study on the benefits of reading: it does seem to matter what children read

Found this study based on Spanish longitudinal via professor Wouter Duyck many of my readers – pun intended – will think it to be relevant. First of all the study by Jerrim et al shows – again – the link between reading and better academic results: Consistent with the findings of Jerrim and Moss (2018)… Read More New longitudinal study on the benefits of reading: it does seem to matter what children read

An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China

The one-child policy of China – now already a thing of the past – has maybe lead to more women in education, a new study claims. Although the data doesn’t allow to give us real causal proof, the researchers did a lot to exclude other possible explanations. From the press release: A new study uses… Read More An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China

As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

I’m probably one of the worst persons to tell you, but sleep is important. This new study shows parents really can have a positive influence – although the sample size is not that big. In short: Parent-enforced bedtimes–along with later school start times–are the greatest predictors of sleep duration, daytime energy level, and depressive symptoms.… Read More As a parent you are not – entirely – powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?

In this study the answer is parents, but I do think this study needs replication in different regions to see how it differs based on different cultures. I can also imagine other elements playing a role that weren’t included in this study. From the press release: A new study shows that the elementary school a… Read More Who determines the higher education aspirations of kids? School or parents?