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Babies are socially smarter than you think

22 Nov

babyeinstein.jpgNew research shows that very early on babies are aware of who is nice or naughty to them. They have the ability to evaluate your actions and assess someone’s intentions towards them deciding who is a likely friend or enemy.  So when a baby does not laugh at your ooos and aaahhs, their little brains might be busy assessing your intentions.“We don’t think this says that babies have any morality but it does seem an essential piece of morality to feel positive about those who do good things and negative about those who do bad things – it seems like an important piece of a later more rational and moral system.”

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Sleeping is good for you and your children

6 Nov

Here’s another reason to get the kids to bed early: More sleep may lower their risk of becoming obese.University of Michigan researchers have found that every additional hour per night a third-grader spends sleeping reduces the child’s chances of being obese in sixth grade by 40 per cent.The less sleep children got, the more likely the children were to be obese in sixth grade, no matter what the child’s weight was in third grade, said Dr. Julie Lumeng of the University of Michigan, who led the research.If there was a magic number for the third graders, it was nine hours, 45 minutes of sleep. Sleeping more than that lowered the risk significantly.

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