What to do with a screaming baby | Mary Beard on maternity manuals

There really are only three options on what to do with a screaming baby: leave it to cry until its next feed on your timetable (Truby King in the 1920s); leave it to cry for a little while (Soranus); pick it up and feed it straight away (Benjamin Spock, later backed up by some pseudo-science which claimed that the stress of crying would prevent the proper development of the baby’s brain). Source: What to do with a screaming baby | Mary Beard on maternity manuals Continue reading What to do with a screaming baby | Mary Beard on maternity manuals

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Study suggests your adulthood self-esteem has its roots in the way you were raised as a child

Ulrich Orth at the University of Bern has reported evidence that, on average, the higher the quality of a person’s home environment when they were aged between 0 and 6 years – based on warm and responsive parenting; cognitive stimulation; … Continue reading Study suggests your adulthood self-esteem has its roots in the way you were raised as a child

Exercise can benefit your unborn child too

After the mice had been living in these fun-house homes for 10 weeks, scientists looked inside some of their brains and found that, as expected, they had developed stronger neuronal connections than were seen in the brains of the mice that had remained sedentary. The active mice also performed better on cognitive tests. More interesting, when some of these active male mice mated with females that had not run, their pups were born with brains that, from the start, showed stronger neuronal connections in the hippocampus than did the brains of the babies born to sedentary fathers.These animals also learned … Continue reading Exercise can benefit your unborn child too