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Spank-then-Cuddle Parenting Increases Child Anxiety

Children who are subject to corporal punishment then lavished with parental warmth and affection suffer heightened anxiety and aggression, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. “Being very warm with a child whom you hit in this manner rarely makes things better,” said Jennifer Lansford, lead researcher on the project. “It can make a child more, not less, anxious.”

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Early Education Reduces Need for Special Ed, Saves Money

Children enrolled in North Carolina’s state-supported  early education programs are less likely to be placed in special education by third grade, according to research conducted by Clara Muschkin, Helen Ladd and Kenneth Dodge. The research also showed that children who were not funded for a pre-k slot benefited by being in in the same classroom as children who had received pre-k education under the program’s high standards.

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