Older Dads Have Geeky Sons With Higher IQs
June 22, 2017
The latest study, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry on Tuesday, indicates there are evolutionary advantages for men having children later in life. In a study of over 30,000 twins, researchers found boys who had older fathers scored higher on the “geek index”—and that the older the father, the higher the score. (The geek effect was only seen in boys.)
By the age of 12, boys with older fathers were found to be more intelligent, more focused on their interests and were less concerned about whether or not they fitted in with their peers.
From this, the researchers were able to produce a “geek index score” for each child in the study and to compare it to the age of the parents.
Their findings showed a correlation between the age of the father and the geekiness of the sons, with a positive correlation between the two—the older the father, the geekier the son. They also noticed geek traits appeared more after the age of 45.
Geeky boys did better in school exams, especially STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, suggesting they would be more successful in their careers as adults.
Reading With Your
Child 'Turbocharges' Their Brain
June 05, 2017
A new study has shown that engaging with children while reading books to them gives their brain a cognitive boost. Researchers from the Cincinntai Children's Hospital Medical Centre looked at the effects of reading on the brains of pre-schoolers.
Twenty-two girls, age four, were observed using fMRI while reading a story with their mother. The scans showed that children displaying the greatest interest in the narrative had increased activation in the right side of the cerebellum – an area of the brain thought to support cognitive skill acquisition and refinement.
The researchers now hope to do more long-term studies to better understand mother-child factors contributing to healthy brain development.
Parents' Using Cellphones Too Much Can Harm Their Family's Life
April 25, 2017
More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.
And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it.
Among the pupils:
- 82% felt meal times should be device-free
- 22% said the use of mobiles stopped their families enjoying each other's company
- 36% had asked their parents to put down their phones
Of pupils who had asked their parents to put down their phones, 46% said their parents took no notice while 44% felt upset and ignored.
Despite this, only a minority of parents (10%) believed their mobile use was a concern for their children - although almost half (43%) felt they spent too much of their own time online.
Helping Your Toddler Learn To Put
Himself To Sleep
March 27, 2017
While some kids have a harder time falling asleep than others, all children do eventually start falling asleep without a parent's presence, and sleeping through the night most nights. It may take some time to develop that habit, but your child can learn to put himself to sleep, and to stay asleep, eventually. Here's how:
1. Toddlers who've been racing around the apartment can't simply switch gears and decompress when you decide it's bedtime. The last few hours before bed should be calm and quiet.
2. Beware of too elaborate a routine, because they have a way of expanding to take more time. But don't think of bedtime as a chore that's taking too much time. Think of it as the best part of the day, when you get premium quality time with your little one.
3. Toddlers need a set time to go to bed every night, their body begins to expect sleep. Most toddlers do better with an early bedtime; between 6:30 and 8 pm. You'd think a later bedtime would help them fall asleep more easily, but when they stay up later, they get over-tired, and stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol kick in to keep them going.
The Habits You Should Steal
From Your Toddler
February 28, 2017
1. Throw a tantrum
Obviously, you're not going to throw yourself on the floor and start kicking and screaming the next time your boss gets on your nerves (even though you may want to!), but don't bottle up your emotions.
2. Make physical activity fun
When you try to exercise and your toddler joins in, it's as if she's having the time of her life.
3. Just say "no"
Is "no" your toddler's favorite word yet? If not, it's coming. If you ask him if he's sleepy, tell him "Good Morning", or offer him an apple, his response will be the same: "No!" Though his negativity can be frustrating, try following his example. Of course, you don't have to be as blunt as your toddler, but say no to things you don't want to do or don't have the time to do. It will reduce your stress and free up time and energy for things you really enjoy.
4. Find joy in the little things
When was the last time you smiled simply because the sun was shining? As adults, we tend to overlook the small stuff.
5. Take a power nap
You know how your kid conks out right after lunch every day? Start doing the same.
Huggies Created the Smallest Diaper Ever
February 10, 2017
The brand has announced the launch of an adorable, teeny-tiny diaper line for premature babies: Huggies Little Snuggler Nano Preemie Diapers.
These diapers are specially crafted to protect the sensitive skin of preemies weighing less than two pounds. According to a press release, fewer than 1.4% of newborns fall into such a weight category, so it's hard to get a hold of tiny diapers in hospitals. According to Daireaux, Huggies was able to bring the concept to life in just six months. After extensive research and interviews, Huggies produced the diapers, which feature specially-sized fasteners as well as a narrow, absorbent pad, comfortable for baby despite his/her position.
The tiny diapers now occupy hospital NICUs around the U.S. — only after going through an intense, individual inspection process.
"Good-fitting diapers are important to the healthy growth and development of our smallest patients," said Anjanette Lee, MS, CCC/SLP, NTMTC, an infant development specialist at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston, Texas, one of nine Level III and Level IV NICUs that tested the new diaper.
Mom Says Kids Kidnapped to Mexico By Father
January 27, 2017
A woman who just moved to South Florida with her children may be gearing up for an international custody battle after she says her ex-husband showed up to take his kids for the weekend and may have taken them across the border in to Mexico. Hernandez said it all started when her ex-husband Odair Perez was recently visiting from Mexico. He had been in the U.S. for about two months. Every other Saturday the father would pick up the kids to spend time with them. But, this pass Saturday Hernandez said the father picked up the kids and never returned.
The 28-year-old, who is Cuban, married Perez in Mexico, where they had 3-year-old Logan and one and a half year-old Nyan. She says her ex gave her written permission to cross the border eight months ago. And since she's Cuban she was able to claim asylum. "Since all three have paroles a year after coming in which is a few months away, she can adjust status to that of a permanent resident. What happens is if they leave the country they could abandon their parole and they may not be able to come back," immigration attorney Wilfredo Allen said.
"Does she remain here and fight here and try to become a resident and then fight the kids taking or does she abandon her chance to become a resident and follow this case back to Mexico? It's a very difficult situation," Allen said. Hernandez said she's determined to keep fighting.