Nope, ‘mommy brain’ doesn’t sap attention

The idea of "mommy brain" affecting moms' attention and memory doesn't seem to hold up under testing.

Joseph Paul-Purdue • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention parents memory mothers brains science-and-technology

Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: children mental-health parents mothers nature plants prisons green-space jails landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners prison-design jail green-spaces moms

Why do kids call their parents 'Mom' and 'Dad'?

One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.

Denise Bodman, Principal Lecturer in Social and Family Dynamics, Arizona State University • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: children linguistics language parents mothers curious-kids curious-kids-us fathers dad names words baby-talk dads

You’re probably wrong about mom’s favorite kid

Though it can be a tough thing to admit, parents really do have favorite kids. But their adult children are usually wrong about which sibling mom favors.

Joseph Paul-Purdue • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: parents mothers families relationships society-and-culture siblings

Newborn babies weigh less today – possibly due to the increased popularity of cesarean sections and induced labor

The decline in US birth weight is somewhat of a puzzle for public health researchers.

Andrea Tilstra, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  children  pregnancy  parents  mothers  parenting  research-brief  demography  birth  obstetrics  babies  caesarean-section  cesarean-section

Young male chimps still need their moms

Young male chimpanzees who have their mothers around are more likely to survive later in life, research finds. The same isn't true for chimp daughters.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Feb. 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: teenagers parents mothers primates chimpanzees families science-and-technology apes

Higher rates of post-natal depression among autistic mothers

Autistic mothers are more likely to report post-natal depression compared to non-autistic mothers, according to a new study of mothers of autistic children carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge. A better understanding of the experiences of autistic mothers during pregnancy and the post-natal period is critical to improving wellbeing. The results are published in Molecular Autism.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 15, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience children autism mothers

Little Devil frogs feed their babies poison eggs for good reason

Two species of poison frogs from distant parts of the world both feed their young unfertilized, toxin-laced eggs. New research uncovers why.

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 22, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: evolution mothers frogs eggs toxins science-and-technology

Easier breastfeeding at work benefits productivity

Moms who don't have to worry about breastfeeding at work being a problem feel better and get more done, researchers find.

U. Arizona • futurity
Nov. 14, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: parents mothers jobs babies breastfeeding society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Caring moms may prevent teen dating violence

Teens who experienced warmth and caring from their mothers in eighth grade are less likely to be involved in an abusive relationship later on, research finds.

Marcene Robinson-Buffalo • futurity
Oct. 30, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: teenagers parents mothers abuse families relationships health-and-medicine

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