Mothers Have a Favorite Child

 Mothers Have a Favorite Child

 Almost 20 percent of the 1,000 parents quizzed said that
they love one of their children more than the others
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Far from being a social myth, there really are mummy’s boys and girls out there who get preferential treatment from their mother ahead of their other siblings. One in six mothers admitted that they favored one or another of their children in the survey by parenting website Netmums.

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Study: Cesareans Weaken Mother-Baby Bond

 Study: Cesareans Weaken Mother-Baby Bond

Doctors may need to rethink their quick decisions for c-sections

Cesarean childbirth may weaken the attachment of a mother to her baby, a study published today claims. Scientists found women who had chosen to give birth naturally were more emotionally responsive to the cries of their child than women who had a cesarean delivery.

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China To Offer Free Schooling for Migrant Kids

China To Offer Free Schooling for Migrant Kids

 A new era for China’s migrant children

Children of migrant workers will have the same education opportunities as their urban counterparts before the end of this year, the China Ministry of Education (MOE) said Tuesday. “The central government will allocate funds to local education departments sufficient to cover extra education expenses in accordance with the number of migrant children they accept,” the ministry said on its website.

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Childhood Exposure to Lead Linked to Adult Crime

 Childhood Exposure to Lead Linked to Adult Crime

Possibles sources of lead poisoning

In what may be the strongest link yet between lead exposure and crime rates, researchers at the University of Cincinnati on Tuesday released new evidence, spanning more than 20 years, that draws a direct relationship between the amount of lead in a child’s blood and the likelihood he or she will commit crimes as an adult.

 

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More Mothers Breast-Feeding

More Mothers Breast-Feeding

Breastfeeding has become a popular sport among newborns

About 77 percent of new mothers breast-feed their infants at least briefly, the highest rate seen in the United States in more than a decade, according to a government survey released on Wednesday. In 1993 and 1994, just 60 percent of new mothers breast-fed their babies, but rates have been gradually rising ever since, according to regular surveys by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Pics)

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Puberty Arriving Earlier for American Females

 

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At 8 or 9 years old, the typical American schoolgirl is perfecting her cursive handwriting style. She’s picking out nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in sentences, memorizing multiplication tables and learning to read a thermometer. She’s a little girl with a lot to learn. And yet, in increasing numbers, when girls this age run across the playground in T-shirts, there is undeniable evidence that their bodies are blossoming. The first visible sign of puberty, breast budding, is arriving ever earlier in American girls.

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The Crying Baby Translator

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Wouldn’t it be great to know why they are crying?

Pedro Monagas, an electronics engineer in Castellar del Valles, Spain (a village not far from Barcelona), reasoned that the epic crying spells of his newborn son, Alex, must be a language of their own. He studied Alex’s cries for a year, then spent three years touring nurseries, monitoring another 100 or so other infants, noting differences in the volume and frequency of cries, and the intervals between them. His invention, WhyCry, hit Spanish department and specialty stores, where it sells for 95 euros, in October.

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