Friday, August 17, 2018

domain name vs. family name

A new trend has emerged - Millennial parents are picking baby names based on available domain names. A new study examined how the internet is shaping approaches to parenting and how thinking about a child’s online presence now starts while they’re in the womb. According to the research, as many as one in five (20%) millennial parents said they changed or seriously considered changing their baby’s name based on what domain names were free at the time. The study compared the parenting approaches of millennial parents against those of Gen X and found a huge growth in the number preparing their kids for a life online before they’re even born. The importance of a strong internet presence for children has nearly doubled among parents between the generations — 48% of millennials believe it’s important for their child to have an online presence early in life, compared to just 27% of Gen X respondents. The results provided a revealing insight as to how the internet is an ever-growing presence in a child’s life — the average child of a millennial has 107 photos of themselves posted online before they can even walk. new york post more

lifetime of personality traits

Do you wonder what your toddler will be like when they grow up? According to a new study, our personalities stay pretty much the same throughout our lives, from our early childhood years and throughout our lifetime.  Results show personality traits observed in children as young as first graders are a strong predictor of adult behavior. "We remain recognizably the same person," said study author Christopher Nave. "This speaks to the importance of understanding personality because it does follow us wherever we go across time and contexts." Previous research has suggested that while our personalities can change , it's not an easy undertaking. Personality is "a part of us, a part of our biology," Nave said. "Life events still influence our behaviors, yet we must acknowledge the power of personality in understanding future behavior as well... Future research will "help us understand how personality is related to behavior as well as examine the extent to which we may be able to change our personality." live science more

friendships matter

Your calendar might be filled with play-dates for your kids, but it's important to plan some adult get-togethers for yourself. Existing friendships may take a back seat to raising children, work and other priorities, and making new friends might seem impossible, but research suggests that friends may be more important to well-being than even romantic and family relationships. Not having this kind of social connection can be as damaging as smoking, overdoing alcohol or not exercising. Friendship is even linked to longevity. medical xpress more

measles in florida + vaccinations

Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are vaccinated against measles after three cases of the disease were reported in Florida - adding to the 100 + cases throughout the U.S. this year. In the last month, health officials have issued warnings about measles exposure in Minnesota, Boston and Michigan after isolated cases linked to international travel were confirmed. Health officials are encouraging parents to get the recommended vaccinations for their children. Federal officials declared the contagious virus had been eliminated in the U.S. in 2000; however, infections periodically occur nationwide, as the virus is still common in many other parts of the world. Travelers can bring into the country, where it can spread among people who are not vaccinated.more

toddlers learn with predictability

Arizona State University research data has concluded that toddlers learn better within predictable scenarios. 2-year olds were taught novel words in both predictable and unpredictable situations and they by far retained more words in the predictable situations. "We have known for some time that infants and children are amazing statistical learners. The findings from this study have important implications for both education and parenting. Regularities in the everyday lives of children and in the classroom can support learning." Parents can help by organizing routine and familiarity while expanding a toddler's vocabulary. science daily more

robots + children

As cute, social robots with humanlike facial expressions and personalities have begun to infiltrate our homes, experts are beginning to worry about how these machines will influence human behavior — particularly in children.  A new study published in  Science Robotics  reveals how easily robots can influence the judgment of children, even when the robots are clearly in error — raising warning flags for parents and anyone who may think robot regulations are not necessary.  “Children are known to suspend disbelief,” said Anna-Lisa Vollmer, a researcher at Bielefeld University in Germany, who led the study. “Rather than seeing a robot as a machine consisting of electronics and plastic, they see a social character. This might explain why they succumb to peer pressure by the robots.”more

preemie beach party

Surf's up dude! The Swedish Hospital in Chicago, Illinois decided to throw a little Aloha beach party to try and help parent's cope with the stress of having a preemie in the hospital. The photos of their little ones dressed in leis and tiny swimsuits helped bring smiles to the families struggling with powerful emotions. Check out the smiles and the fun photos here: today more

breastfeeding tweets

Breastfeeding elicits various emotions ranging from sweet, to painful, to hysterical. Therefore, huffington post has gathered some funny tweets about breastfeeding you can enjoy while feeding your wriggly, tooth-growing, fidgety, hungry baby. Like: "How do you know when your baby is done with nursing? Is it when the wire in your last nursing bra snaps?"more

rediscover older children's books

Reading with your child has tons of benefits both for you and for your child's mental health, well-being and early childhood education.  totz+ Therefore, if you have tapped out on your current selection of children's books, why not rediscover some older classics? Titles like Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and Cricket in Times Square have entertained children for years. Check out romper to find more books to add to your reading list.more

an 11-year old saves a river

All she wanted to do was swim in the LaHave River by her house in Novia Scotia. When her mom said "no" because of contamination, she did not understand why. So this bright young 11-year old started testing the water to determine why it was so contaminated and discovered that 600 homes in her community owned straight pipes which dumped fecal matter directly into the river water contaminating it above Canada's federal standards for boating and swimming. Therefore, she created a science project to track her research, put up signs warning other families of the contaminated water and posted her findings on social media. The result? The Canadian government has vowed to spend over $15 million to replace all straight pipes to the LaHave River with septic tanks by 2023. Well that, and she took first prize for her science project! citylab more
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