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Kids Pick Up On Everything: How Parental Stress Is Toxic To Kids [Kindle Edition]

David Code
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Book Description

Want healthy kids? Relax and socialize more!

Parents worry about BPA in plastics and chemicals in food, but when it comes to children's health, the real toxin is parental stress, because kids pick up on everything.

Research shows that children can "catch" their parents' stress just like they catch a virus, soaking up the stress that pervades a household until their developing nervous systems reach "overload." Then kids act-out, or get sick.

Award-winning author David Code explains the medical research showing how parental stress is a major risk factor in today's epidemic of child health problems, from allergies and obesity to ADHD, asthma, and sensory disorders. Parents need to know:

• Parental Stress Can Alter a Child's Genes
Scientists have discovered that our genes are not set in stone. There is a kind of "on-off switch" on genes, called the epigenome. Stress hormones can switch some "good" genes off, and some "bad" genes on.

• Parental Stress Affects Almost Every Child's Health
It's just a matter of degree. The higher the stress levels in the parents, the higher the risk that good genes will be switched off, and bad genes will be switched on during a child's development.

• It's Never Too Late
Yes, stressed parents create stressed children, but the damage can be reversed. Research suggests that, when parents relax more, children display fewer symptoms. As one Duke geneticist remarked, "I've got goose bumps right now talking about it. You're looking at the book of life, how it's read and how you can change it."

Author David Code gives readers a "doctor's note," offering parents permission to relax, have fun and socialize more, so that our children can grow up healthier and happier. Edited by Sharon Begley, the former science editor of Newsweek, Code's book explodes the myth that good parenting is about giving your child more attention.

Our healthy relationships are the best gift we can give our children, and this book shows you how.


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"David Code's book does a great service for families, providing insights that promise better health for our kids. He sets out to teach parents, in a compassionate and accessible way, how their stress may affect their children's health, without laying on blame or guilt. David's book is a great way to get the message to parents, starting a dialogue that absolutely needs to begin now."

--Rosalind J. Wright, MD - Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Principal Investigator, Asthma Coalition (ACCESS) Project

About the Author

As featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS and Fox News, David Code is an Episcopal minister and award-winning author who draws on the latest research in neuroscience and his own study of families in more than twenty countries across five continents.
David studied at Yale, Princeton, and the Georgetown Family Center (formerly part of Georgetown Medical School). He lives in State College, PA, with his wife of fifteen years and their two children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Code is correct September 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
David Code is 'right on the money' with his analysis and conclusions about how to keep children emotionally, and hence physically, healthy. David correctly points out that stress carries over from parent to child. As physicians, we often see over-involved parents creating unhealthy parent-child dynamics. This book is a gift to couples by teaching them how to raise happier children and at the same time, increase their passion for each other.
James W. Serene, MD, Mary B. Serene, MD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging news for stressed parents! September 16, 2011
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The effect of stressed parents on their children has been in the news lately so this book is a timely exploration of both the pre-natal and post-natal effects of parental stress upon children. Dave Code (an old college friend of mine), does a fantastic job of breaking down many, many complex studies done on the effects of stress. He then translates the (often distressing) results of these studies into clear action items for parents. I was fascinated by the book's description of how helicopter parenting is bad for kids' health. It's interesting how society has changed, because helicopter parenting simply wasn't possible in the past when 4+ kids were the norm and moms - who lacked modern "conveniences" like washing machines and grocery stores -- were much busier simply keeping their families alive and fed. For me, the book reinforced the importance of not only family time but the importance of reaching out to friends and neighbors and making time for more socializing -- and just plain fun -- in our communities. My favorite quote: "If I could wave my magic wand and reduce the stress of today's parents, I would give them a glass of wine, a friend, and an Italian village square to go socialize in every evening." Italian villages aren't in my immediate future but I will make an effort to sit outside with my neighbors and a glass of wine while we watch the kids play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agree with the author's advice whole-heartedly December 27, 2011
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This book has been an eye-opener for me, and reminds us to put our marriage first if we truly want a solid family unit. I hope I will be able to 'walk the walk' from the author's insight. Thank you, David Code for sharing your knowledge, experience and insight!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stressed Out? September 16, 2011
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I'm sure everyone has heard the expression "stress kills", but what most of us fail to realize is the damaging effects our stress can have on a child's upbringing. David Code's book explains how a stress free house can exponentially help a child's development. As the father of four kids, I can't help but wonder why some children act one way while others act another. Kids Pick Up On Everything helped in answering this question.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get healthy to have healthy children February 9, 2014
By sammyj
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David Code's book is easy to resonate with what we 'already know', I didn't have to be convinced it just made sense to me. I changed my lifestyle, am healthier, not just for me but for my children.
A huge motivator to live a life of higher integrity.
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David Code is an Episcopal minister and award-winning author who draws on the latest research in neuroscience and his own study of families in more than twenty countries across five continents.

David's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, "Parenting" Magazine, CBS News, and Fox News. He also received a Book of the Year award from ForeWord Reviews for his previous work, "To Raise Happy Kids, Put Your Marriage First."

David studied at Yale, Princeton, and the Georgetown Family Center (formerly part of Georgetown Medical School). He has more than five years of supervised experience as a pastoral counselor, a hospital chaplain, and a volunteer with AIDS and cancer patients.

Born on a farm in Canada, David has lived in Tokyo, Moscow, and Paris. He now resides in State College, PA, with his wife of fifteen years and their two children.

Video about his latest book, "Kids Pick Up on Everything"--http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1431776586001.000000/kids-pick-up-on-everything/

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