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Here’s a fascinating article on how long it takes to form a new habit. Hint: It isn’t 21 days.

People often believe that character causes action, but when it comes to producing moral children, we need to remember that action also shapes character.” An interesting article about the power of action vs. words when it comes to teaching character. (Note: This is an editorial, so it’s subjective by definition, but the author does reference professional research)

I can’t help being a little skeptical about the power of probiotics as a treatment for mental illness, but this is still intriguing: “For decades, researchers have known of the connection between the brain and the gut. Anxiety often causes nausea and diarrhea, and depression can change appetite. The connection may have been established, but scientists thought communication was one way: it traveled from the brain to the gut, and not the other way around. But now, a new understanding of the trillions of microbes living in our guts reveals that this communication process is more like a multi-lane superhighway than a one-way street. By showing that changing bacteria in the gut can change behavior, this new research might one day transform the way we understand — and treat — a variety of mental health disorders.” Interesting as this article is, it’s hard not to remember other health fads that supposedly had their basis in science, as well.

This is one of those stories that isn’t directly related to school counseling, but it pays to be informed. With that in mind: “As many as 1,400 children each year are harmed as a result of violent shaking, according to numbers compiled by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. More than 300 of those kids die. So … prosecutors are often inclined to file child abuse charges.”  And yet, “a 2001 postmortem study of children allegedly killed by violent shaking pointed to alternative causes of death beyond SBS.” Links to the research are included in the article.

I don’t disagree with the sentiment here. If (even if only by their demeanor) parents disrespect schools and education, their children probably will, as well. But I’m not sure a public forum will help.

There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that being hangry is a completely real thing — and that low blood sugar leads to bad behavior.” Okay, um … Yes? Didn’t people pretty much already know this? Certainly anybody who works with kids does. That said, if you need proof for whatever reason, this article links to some research on the issue.