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In the news: between Feb. 23 - March 2, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

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J.K. Simmons Was Right -- All Those Calls To Your Mom Really Do Matter - Mic.com 

On Sunday night, as J.K. Simmons accepted his first Oscar for best supporting actorthe Whiplash actor reminded viewers that it's our parents who we have to thank for our greatest achievements. And that we should call them.

As it turns out, Simmons is right on the money: Calling our parents may be the best way to make our parent-kid relationships great. Studies have shown that spending those few extra minutes a week to contact the people who raised us can do wonders for the health of each individual's relationship.

A 2014 study from the University of Kansas examined the relationships and communication patterns between emerging adults and their parents. Surveying 367 adults ages 18 to 29, the study found that "communication competency," or how effectively individuals got their point across, played the largest role in determining relationship satisfaction between adult kids and their parents. In other words, it really pays to call Mom.

Yes, even texting works: While Simmons' "Don't text, don't email" motto may have something to it, the study determined that the child-parent relationships that experienced the most satisfaction (on the end of the children) were those that used three or more methods to keep in touch. Facebook, email, texting, Snapchat, the good old landline — any combo can work.

Communication studies doctoral student Jennifer Schon, who authored the study, told the Chicago Tribune that it may be tough to get parents to embrace new technologies. "They don't see the point in them, or they seem like a lot of trouble," she said. "But this study shows while it might take some work and learning, it would be worth it in the end if you are trying to have a good relationship with your adult child."

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