Can manly, masculine men be better fathers and good parents?

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In some men, having traditional masculine characteristics such as competitiveness and adventurousness was linked to being better fathers and good parents to infants, a new study suggested. The findings of the study were published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinities. But the men in this study – highly educated and from dual-earner couples – combined those stereotypically masculine traits with the belief that they should be nurturing, highly involved fathers. The researchers were surprised that traits often seen as old-fashioned male stereotypes were linked to more positive parenting behaviours, said study lead author Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. It suggests that some men are looking for new ways to be fathers, Schoppe-Sullivan said.“These men are combining traditional aspects of masculinity with new nurturing ideals to create new fathering identities. They may be in …

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Cape Town baker takes bun out the oven – baby born on backseat of car

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The woman’s husband had dashed into Ohana Cafe in a panic once he realised they were not going to make it to the hospital. The baby ended up being born on the backseat of his car. Luckily for the anxious dad-to-be the restaurant’s baker Sam van Staden had been on duty since the early hours of the morning and was willing to come to the rescue. Cape Talk chats to Sam about her experience Listen to the podcast here: Read: Wonder Woman announces third baby on the way Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan blessed with a baby boy Photos: Ohana Cafe Facebook

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Harsh parenting may lead to smaller brains

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Repeatedly getting angry, hitting, shaking or yelling at children (“harsh parenting”) is linked with smaller brain structures in adolescence, according to a new study published in Development and Psychology. It was conducted by Sabrina Suffren, PhD, at Universite de Montreal and the CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre in partnership with researchers from Stanford University. The harsh parenting practices covered by the study are common and even considered socially acceptable by most people around the world. “The implications go beyond changes in the brain. What’s important is for parents and society to understand that the frequent use of harsh parenting practices can harm a child’s development,” said Suffren. “We’re talking about their social and emotional development, as well as their brain development.” Harsh parenting and brain anatomy Serious child abuse is sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect and even institutionalization. All …

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Women in cities are less likely to have babies

Women are less likely to procreate in urban areas that have more women than men in the population. Although the majority of modern cities have that statistic and thus suffer from lower fertility rates, the effects of female-biased sex ratios – having more women than men in a population – is less studied than male-biased ratios. A new study in Behavioral Ecology, published by Oxford University Press analysed how female-biased sex ratios are linked to marriages, reproductive histories, dispersal, and the effects of urbanisation on society. The research team from the University of Turku, University of Helsinki, and Pennsylvania State University used a massive internal migration event that occurred in Finland during WWII, when 10 per cent of Finnish territory was ceded to the Soviet Union and over 400,000 citizens were evacuated. The Finnish government implemented a settlement act to …

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Time magazine ‘Kid of the Year’

Gitanjali Rao

Gitanjali Rao (born 19 November 2005) is an Indian-American inventor, author, scientist and engineer, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) promoter. She won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017, and was recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 for her innovations. Rao was named TIME Top young innovator in 2020 for her innovations and “innovation workshops” she conducts across the globe and, on December 4, 2020 was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and named their first “Kid of the Year” She is a scout and working on getting her pilot’s license! Her interview for Time magazine was conducted by Angeline Jolie – check out her website here. health apps to improve diabetes treatment

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The THC in ganja can linger in breast milk for up to 6 weeks


Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado have found that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana, stays in breast milk for up to six weeks, further supporting the recommendations to abstain from marijuana use during pregnancy and while a mother is breastfeeding. The findings were published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. “With the increasing utilization of marijuana in society as a whole, we are seeing more mothers who use marijuana during pregnancy,” said Erica Wymore, MD, MPH, primary investigator, a neonatologist at Children’s Colorado and assistant professor of paediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. “However, given the lack of scientific data regarding how long THC persists in breast milk, it was challenging to provide mothers with a definitive answer regarding the safety of using marijuana while breastfeeding and simply ‘pumping and dumping’ until …

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Boys who play video games have lower depression risk: Study

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While it is always advisable to lessen the screen time for kids, however, the findings of a novel study say otherwise. The novel study advocates that boys who regularly play video games at age of 11 are less likely to develop depressive symptoms three years later. The study led by a UCL researcher was published in ‘Psychological Medicine’. It also found that girls who spend more time on social media appear to develop more depressive symptoms. Taken together, the findings demonstrate how different types of screen time can positively or negatively influence young people’s mental health, and may also impact boys and girls differently. Lead author, Ph.D. student Aaron Kandola (UCL Psychiatry) said: “Screens allow us to engage in a wide range of activities. Guidelines and recommendations about screen time should be based on our understanding of how these different …

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