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Fathers Biologically Attuned To Their Children When Sleeping Nearby

Posted by Brad Duchaine | Raising Your Child | Wednesday 3 June 2015 4:31 am

New research from the University of Notre Dame has revealed that fathers who sleep near their children experience a drop in testosterone. Previous research from humans and other species suggests that this reduction might make men more responsive to needs of their children and help them emphasize on the demands of parenthood.

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In a recent study, Notre Dame Anthropologist Lee Gettler disclosed that close sleep proximity (on the same sleeping surface) between fathers and their children results in lower testosterone compared to fathers who sleep alone.

“Human fathers’ physiology has the capacity to respond to children,” Gettler says. “Our prior research has shown that when men become fathers, their testosterone decreases, sometimes dramatically, and that those who spend the most time in hands-on care — playing with their children, feeding them or reading to them — had lower testosterone. These new results complement the original research by taking it one step further, showing that nighttime closeness or proximity between fathers and their kids has effects on men’s biology, and it appears to be independent of what they are doing during the day.”

“There are so many intriguing possibilities here for future research: Why do fathers have lower testosterone when they sleep very close to their children? Does it reflect human fathers’ roles in our evolutionary past? How much do fathers vary in their nighttime care when their kids are close by? How does co-sleeping change fathers’ sleep architecture when we know that co-sleeping increases mothers’ arousals and mothers sync to their infants’ sleep patterns,” says Gettler.

“Testosterone is a hormone that frequently is a part of public discourse, but the false idea that ‘manliness’ is exclusively driven by testosterone often dominates the conversation. There is growing evidence that men’s physiology can respond to involved parenthood — something that was long thought to be limited to women. This suggests to us that active fatherhood has a deep history in the human species and our ancestors. For some people, the social idea that taking care of your kids is a key component of masculinity and manliness may not be new, but we see increasing biological evidence suggesting that males have long embraced this role.”

The study will appear in the September 5 issue of the journal PLoS ONE.

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Raising Your Child with minimal efforts

Posted by Sara | Video | Wednesday 26 May 2010 12:50 am

In this YouTube video, Asia’s no. 1 Parenting Guru Alan Yip shares some effective tips on raising your child with less stress. This video is a must-watch for every parent, especially those who are new to parenthood or want to soon join the league. The video could be the best guide to help your child attain beyond academic excellence.

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How to Raise Your Children?

Posted by Sara | Raising Your Child | Thursday 8 April 2010 1:18 am

How to Raise Your Children?
Raising your child can be one of the biggest hurdles before you consciously start making efforts to be a good parent. Read on how you can and each one of us can do this otherwise “almost impossible” task in an easy manner.

Parenthood is a kind of happiness which comes to you with responsibilities to be followed. Everybody parent wants to be the best parent and hope that his or her children should be raised in the best environment. But as we all know that raising children is one of the most difficult tasks for the parents, especially the newly blessed parents. So, let us learn how to raise our children in the best manner so that they will become successful, optimistic, and good individuals.

Let us check the below guidelines that will help us to raise our children:

  1. Parents are required to praise their children from the time they were toddlers. It is important for parents to show their love towards children as this feeling is not be kept hidden. Parents should let their children know that they are proud to have them as children.
  2. Make your children realize that you don’t like misbehavior and you are upset by their acts, when you feel so. But don’t raise your hand or yell at them, it is best to make them sit with you and explain them what you don’t like and why.
  3. Teach morals to your children but don’t forget to follow the same as children like to copy their parents and follow them. They learn more from what they see than what they are being told.
  4. Let your children do small things for themselves, even if they face some challenges, as after finishing that work they’ll experience the feeling of success that will help them to develop a sense of self-esteem and optimism.
  5. Let the children ask questions rather following the given orders without knowing there if’s and but’s, Take their suggestions to make rules.
  6. Don’t pamper or go strict on your children. Each child has his own individual weaknesses and strengths. While one may be good in studies, another may be good in sports.

By observing these small tips, you can provide the best environment to your child so that he or she can grow to the fullest. If you can do that, raising your child would be all fun!

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Raising Your Child – It is all about care and respect

Posted by Sara | Raising Your Child | Saturday 14 November 2009 4:56 am

Raising Your Child - It is all about care and respectYou may feel surprised to see the word ‘respect’ in context to your children but the truth is that unless you respect your children and elders before your children, you cannot expect them to do the same for you and others. Remember, a child gets the first lessons from his or her own family and if the lessons are wrong or misleading, he or she is bound to learn the wrong lessons and he or she cannot be blamed for these wrong learning.

One of the biggest mistakes most parents do is ignoring the care part from parenthood. The young minds are soft and need to be handled with very high standards of care and patience. While a right advice communicated to the child in harsh words may sound unpleasing or bad to him, an advice with calm and composed words and minds can easily do the trick.

If you can observe a high sense of care and respect your child in his or her childhood or teenage years, you can be sure of the same treatment in your later years.

Never abuse your child, even if he or she is wrong. Talk to them in a calm voice and try to find out what was the reason behind their acts. Allow your children to speak their mind so that they feel comfortable sharing their joys, fears, and everything with you. If your child is trying to seek some attention or advice from you, do not neglect the attention or advice he is seeking. Do not force a decision; communicate it in the best manner with clear words so that the essence of your advice is grabbed just like what you want.

Remember, raising your child is all about care and respect!

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