Parenting News
Thursday, November 14, 2019

do babies cry in a different language?

New York Times Parenting takes a closer look at the question, "do babies cry in a different language"? As reported, in 2009, Dr. Wermke’s and her colleagues made headlines with a study showing that French and German newborns produce distinctly different “cry melodies,” reflecting the languages they heard in utero: German newborns produce more cries that fall from a higher to a lower pitch, mimicking the falling intonation of the German language, while French infants tend to cry with the rising intonation of French. With further research, newborns whose mothers speak tonal languages, such as Mandarin, tend to produce more complex cry melodies. Swedish newborns, whose native language has a “pitch accent,” produce more sing-songy cries. So bottom-line... yes, they do cry in a different tone - a first step in language. ny times parenting  more

stop calling it "screen time"?

"Screen time" can be used for an expanding range of activities in the digital world. But the phrase is loaded with negative connotations, and associated with guilt and addiction. Kids are internalizing the equation of screen-time = bad-time .. and that may backfire on adults. Screens are where we keep our cookbooks, music collections, research libraries, banks, newspapers, teacher-parent and teacher-student communications and the list goes on and on - there is a lot of value behind those screens. "I don't like the stigma attached to 'screen time,' or the way it is coded. It makes us talk about the things our kids love as if they are drugs. They are not drugs, even if they sometimes have some things wrong with them," said Jordan Shapiro, author of " The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World ." Perhaps the language we use to define "screen time" needs to change? It is suggested, we replace "screen time," with the names of specific digital activities: video games, television, Facetime, YouTube, etc... that way the complex worlds behind the screen can be considered on their own terms with their own values - good or bad. cnn more

90% of working moms are pumping

Despite breastfeeding being one of the biggest challenges when returning to work from maternity leave - a new report finds that 90 percent of moms are either pumping at work or are planning on to pump. "With the increasing trend of moms wanting to feed their babies human milk, companies need to better support breastfeeding employees returning to work. When looking at some of the key statistics in our report, only 50 percent of our moms' employers have a lactation/mother's room to pump in and 78 percent of these moms stated their employer has greater than 50 employees, meaning these companies are not meeting the federal requirements for protecting breastfeeding women in the workplace," Acelleron's Human Resources Report. prnewswire more

adding breast milk shipping to company benefits

Employers realize how important it is to retain good employees - which include mothers! To help these essential employees, some companies are now offering "breast milk shipping" services to their benefits. For moms that travel for their jobs, breast milk shipping is an emerging trend. Bazaarvoice, SAP, Pinterest, Home Depot, Zillow, Activision Blizzard and Hilton are among the employers offering the perk in hopes of retaining new moms and making their transition back to the workplace easier. In the process, the benefit is helping to transform workplace culture, “There’s this immediate-impact benefit to nursing moms coming back in the workforce, and they like the fact that, ‘My employer is recognizing that I’m in a different spot, this is something I want to do for my child and you’re making it easier for me,’ ” says Jason Russell, director of North America total rewards at SAP America. human resources executive more

toddlers + babies getting too much sugar!

A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that 61% of infants and almost all toddlers (98 %) consume added sugars in their average daily diets, primarily in the form of flavored yogurts (infants) and fruit drinks (toddlers). "Our study, which is the first to look at trends in added sugars consumption by infants and toddlers, documents that most infants and toddlers consume added sugars. This has important public health implications since previous research has shown that eating patterns established early in life shape later eating patterns," explained lead investigator Kirsten A. Herrick, Ph.D., National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. cnn + eurekalert more

organized sports

A new study looks at what makes organized sports fun for kids, "Our data indicate girls and boys are more similar than different when it comes to what makes playing sports fun. What counts most for girls and boys are things like 'trying your best,' 'working hard,' 'staying active,' and 'playing well together as a team.' These findings are the same for athletes at younger and older ages and across recreational and more competitive levels of play," said Amanda J. Visek, Ph.D.,George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Kids just want to have fun! medical xpress more

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