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Proud Of Spreading Chills And Thrills Among Children: ‘Goosebumps’ Author R.L. Stine

I'm very proud of the millions of kids I have scared over the years, and proud that millions of kids were encouraged to read because of my books.

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R.L. Stine never imagined he’d carve out a successful future for himself by writing a horror book series, which he started by accident. The “Goosebumps” creator says he is proud of spreading chills and thrills among children, and helping youngsters develop a reading habit.

“I’m very proud of the millions of kids I have scared over the years, and proud that millions of kids were encouraged to read because of my books,” Stine told IANS in an email interview.

Born as Robert Lawrence Stine, he started writing when he was 9 and has been penning down his creative thoughts since then. Back in the early 1990s, he resisted the idea of writing “Goosebumps”, which is now one of the best-selling children’s series of all-time, because he already had “Fear Street”, a horror book series for adults, to his credit.

Stine only agreed to go for it with the right name and zeroed in on “Goosebumps”, in which he merged the world of horror with humour. The first edition of “Goosebumps”, which brings supernatural beings to life to haunt children, came out in 1992.

“I never dreamed that these books would be so popular. And I never imagined the ‘Goosebumps’ series would last 26 years. What I’ve learned is that kids really like to be scared! (As long as there is a happy ending),” said Stine, who is also referred to as Stephen King of Children’s Literature.

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“I’m very proud of the millions of kids I have scared over the years, and proud that millions of kids were encouraged to read because of my books,”-R.L Stine

It has been a long road for the franchise. Since 1992, the “Goosebumps” franchise has expanded its universe. The adventurous world came to life on the big screen with two feature films — “Goosebumps”, which was aired in India on &flix, and “Goosebumps 2”, which will premiere on the channel later this year.

Apart from films, “Goosebumps” series were adapted into a television series, six video games and six comic books.

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“I don’t know if they are timeless or not. But I do know that our fears never change. Fear of the dark… Fear of strange places… Fear of being pursued by someone or something… Those fears seem to be timeless,” said the 75-year-old.

R.L. Stine Author of kid’s favorite ‘Goosebumps’ (IANS)

Talking about his influences, Stine said: “I’m still influenced by the comic books I read as a kid. By authors such as Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Rod Serling. Your heroes and influences stay with you.”

He asserted that he works really hard at “keeping up with kids and what interests them”.

“All of my books start with real-world settings and events — and then the plot goes crazy,” said the author, adding that “some of my early readers are 30 or 35 years old. To them, I am nostalgia! That took some getting used to”.

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He was quick to dismiss the idea by saying, “My life story would be someone sitting in a room and typing every day, year after year. Who would want to see a movie like that?”

Back to the book franchise, Stine, who is also a television producer, editor and screenwriter, feels there are still many untold stories from the “Goosebumps” universe.

“I just signed on for six more ‘Goosebumps’ books. That should keep me busy. I’m also writing a series of graphic novels for kids. Fun.” (IANS)

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A Healthy Conversation With Kids About Pandemic Induced Job Loss Maybe a Good Idea

Discussing about the pandemic-induced job loss with your kids can be a good idea

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Talking to your children about pandemic-induced job loss can be good. Pixabay

The country is grappling with the radical effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, lay-offs and pay cuts being part of them. What a few parents are now scared to face is the inability to say no to certain things that their children look forward to simply because they cannot or may not be able to afford it. With the onset of economic distress, many professionals have been laid off, in some cases both parents. Parents may be able to conceal their fears about bringing food to the table; however, children are sharp and are quick to sense inhibitions.

“Job loss is a difficult subject for adults too, let alone children. However, kids take everything in black and white so the message needs to be age appropriate. This may involve some very difficult conversations to be had, however it is best to set the tone gradually and help them understand the situation,” says Dr Parul Tank, Consultant Psychiatrist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund. Often, parents are confused about utilising the ideal form of verbal communication when they sit their child down to explain things to them. During this discussion, make sure you do not set the expectations for the child, lest they be burdened with responsibility.

Here are a few tips to help in your conversation while talking about job loss with your child:

Stay calm when curious questions are being asked – aim for a candid conversation. Be honest without scaring them. Be cautious about setting promises, instead offer hope that the situation will pass and things will get better.

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Stay calm when curious questions are being asked by kids. Pixabay

Do not overshare or underprepare, as highlighted predefine your communication basis the age of your child. For smaller kids, it is best to refrain from sharing such information; but if they have overheard the conversation then it is worthwhile telling them that job loss is not the end of the world and mom or dad will definitely find something better. Older kids understand money and can get anxious about this news. It’s worthwhile telling them that you have saved for a rainy day, and are going to start looking at what’s new in the job market. Showing negativity or anxiety in front of kids is an absolute no-no.

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If they have suggestions, hear them out patiently and thank them for it; it is important for them to feel that their opinions are valued, this will inevitably build the factor of trust with your child. The message should also be clear that staying healthy and fit in these trying times is more important, and that certain things happen in life for a reason. When one door closes, other doors open.

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While securing your child’s emotional needs for them to stay positive, it is also important for you as a parent to take care of yourself. Make sure to treat yourself with self-respect by reassuring yourself that you are a devoted, conscious and focused parent even during this unforeseen situation. It is advisable to set a plan in place, consider your child and whole family’s requirements without getting hassled by emotions or the impending situation; trust in yourself and your close circle that you will get through this. Make sure to consider the benefits of today’s healthcare options. Consult a psychologist via a telemedicine service if you are feeling the mental pressure. (IANS)

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Lifestyle Intervention Reduces Bad Cholesterol Concentration in Children

Lifestyle changes can cut cholesterol level in primary scool children

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Researchers suggest taht family-based physical activity and dietary intervention may cut the plasma LDL cholesterol concentration of kids. Pixabay

An individualised and family-based physical activity and dietary intervention may reduce the plasma LDL cholesterol concentration of primary school children, say researchers.

The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, explored the effects of an individualised and family-based physical activity and dietary intervention on the plasma lipids of more than 500 Finnish children aged between 6 and 8 years at baseline.

The researchers were also interested in which components of the lifestyle intervention had the greatest impact of plasma lipids.

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“The LDL cholesterol concentration of kids from families who participated in the lifestyle intervention was slightly reduced during the two-year follow-up, whereas no similar change was observed in children in the control group,” said study researcher Aino-Maija Eloranta from the University of Eastern Finland.

“The lifestyle intervention did not have an impact on other plasma lipids,” Eloranta added.

During the two-year follow-up, families participated in six individualised dietary and physical activity counselling sessions. The sessions were individually tailored to each family and they focused on improving the quality of the family’s diet, increasing physical activity and reducing screen time.

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Increased physical activity explained some of the decreases in the LDL cholesterol concentration. Pixabay

In addition, children were encouraged to participate in weekly after-school exercise clubs. Children’s plasma lipids were analysed at the beginning and at the end of the study.

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The study showed that increasing the consumption of high-fat vegetable oil-based spreads and decreasing the consumption of butter-based spreads played the most important role in decreasing the LDL cholesterol concentration.

Replacing high-fat milk with low-fat milk, and doing more physical activity, also explained some of the decreases in the LDL cholesterol concentration.

Having an elevated LDL cholesterol concentration in childhood may predict artery wall thickening in adulthood, the researchers said. The results of the findings thus suggest that a family-based dietary and physical activity intervention may prevent the development of atherosclerosis in adulthood. (IANS)

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60% Decrease in Pediatric Fractures During Pandemic: Study

There is a significant decline in sports-related fractures among kids during lockdown

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Children are reporting less sports fractures and injuries during the lockdown, says a recent study. Pixabay

By Siddhi Jain

COVID-19 social distancing measures, including the closure of schools and parks and the indefinite cancellation of team sports, has led to nearly 60 percent decrease in overall in pediatric fractures, according to a new study?.

The study also revealed an increase in the proportion of fractures sustained by children at home. Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) found that although the overall rate of fractures is down significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the proportion due to bicycle and trampoline injuries has gone up substantially?

The findings, published in the ‘Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics’, suggest a need for increased awareness of at-home safety measures.

“It is important to remind parents about the importance of basic safety precautions with bicycles and trampolines, as many children are substituting these activities in place of organised sports and school activities,” said Apurva Shah, MD, MBA, an orthopaedic surgeon in CHOP’s Division of Orthopaedics and senior author of the study.

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Researchers found a nearly 2.5-fold decrease in the daily incidence of fractures during the pandemic compared to the pre-pandemic period. Pixabay

The research team gathered data on 1,735 patients who presented at CHOP with acute fractures between March 15 and April 15 and compared that information with patients who presented with fractures during the same timeframe in 2018 and 2019. The researchers found a nearly 2.5-fold decrease in the daily incidence of fracture cases during the pandemic compared to the pre-pandemic period.

Sports-related fractures saw a particularly dramatic decline, accounting for only 7.2 percent of fracture cases during the pandemic versus 26 percent of all fracture cases in the same month in 2018 and 2019.

Despite these significant declines, the researchers found an increase of more than 25 percent in fractures occurring at home, which was accompanied by a 12 percent increase in fractures caused by high-energy falls, like those resulting from trampoline injuries, and bicycle injuries. With families spending more time at home due to social distancing guidelines, the researchers suggest this shift in injury location is a natural result of families finding alternative recreational activities for their children.

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Patients aged 12 and over saw a five-fold reduction in the monthly number of fractures. Pixabay

The decline in fracture incidence was bigger for some age groups than others. Patients aged 12 and over saw a five-fold reduction in the monthly number of fracture cases, whereas children aged 5 and under saw only a 1.5-fold decrease.

The researchers surmise this is due to younger children substituting other active pursuits for pre-pandemic activities, like playground outings and other outdoor activities, whereas adolescents, who are more likely to play team sports, are making fewer of those substitutions. (IANS)