Study finds great fathers have smaller testicles

Study finds evolutionary trade-off between mating prowess and parenting involvement.

Fathers who are more involved in child care have smaller testes, and their brains are also more responsive when looking at photos of their own children, according to research published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1.

 

 

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How good fathers contribute to their kids’ lives

Men bring much more to the parenting enterprise than money, when many fathers are highly involved in childrearing.

Like many of her peers in Hollywood, Jennifer Aniston, not to mention scholars and writers opining on fatherhood these days, she has come to the conclusion that dads are dispensable: “Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child,” she said at a press conference a few years ago.

 

 

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1 in 5 American Moms Have Kids with Multiple Birth Fathers

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This kind of family structure is found at all levels of income and education.

One in five of all American moms have kids who have different birth fathers, a new study shows. And when researchers look only at moms with two or more kids, that figure is even higher: 28 percent have kids with at least two different men.

 

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Parents of New Babies Miss 6 Months’ of Sleep in the First Two Years

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New parents miss 6 months’ of sleep in two years.

Parents of new babies miss out on six months worth of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life, according to a study.  Most get less than four hours uninterrupted rest a night because of crying offspring.

Study: Moms and Dads Spend More Time With Their Families Than Parents of Earlier Generations

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Parents today spend more time with their families

Working parents perpetually agonize that they don’t see enough of their children. But a surprising new study finds that mothers and fathers alike are doing a better job than they think, spending far more time with their families than did parents of earlier generations.

 

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Mother’s Stress Contributes To Overweight Children

Mother’s Stress Contributes To Overweight Children 

A mother’s stress may contribute to her young children being overweight in low income households with sufficient food, according to a new Iowa State University study published in the September issue of Pediatrics, the professional journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study analyzed data collected from 841 children in 425 households in the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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