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Is the property ladder just a myth? | Money | The Guardian
a national ill-guided unfortune (for all in aggregate) bringing obsession. its a bubble. its heavily subsidizes. its political. it suck resources out of the "productive" economy. its a monopoly oligopoly duopoly vested interest industry. no consumer rights. and what is build is sub par compared to europe. UK is known for its bad quality house among EU expats. // The theory is that a couple owning a starter home and considering children could afford to move into a bigger property – but with household income falling, that idea is increasingly unrealistic
UK  housing  crisis  productivity  underinvestment  malvestment  bubble  economic  history  Politics  social  income  mobility  lottery  gini  Coefficient  postcode  parents 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
New medicines 'should prevent not just treat disease' - BBC News
Leading doctors say the NHS must prepare for much greater use of medicines to prevent rather than just treat disease. [...] The future of healthcare is a healthier lifestyle. [<< Professor Carl Heneghan from the Oxford University Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine,] [...] "Having a real impact on reducing demand and improving quality of care in the NHS will only happen when the root cause of lifestyle-driven disease is tackled head on // a 50% health tax on animal products and processed food (high in fat, salt, sugar), alcohol, tobacco products (+100% tax) - with plan to progressively increase tax further and further on every other year; which subsidises vegan school meals, NHS, care system, and fruit and veg go tax reduced.
NHS  prevention  intervention  diet-related  disease  chronic  diseases  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  cancer  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  western  diet  Standard  American  Dietary  Fiber  diet  cholesterol  pattern  diet  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  anti-inflammatory  diet  Big  Sugar  Meat  Industry  food  Public  Policy  awareness  perception  Policy  Makers  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  tobacco  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  sick  population  diabetes  heart  disease  obesity  epidemic  obesity  childhood  obesity  parenting  parenthood  parents  education  taxation  Nudge  theory 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Be bold on sugar tax, Jamie Oliver says - BBC News
"Governments over the past 30 years have done an incredible disservice to children" [] If people are well informed (unbiased), majority makes good choices. [] addresses that mandatory processed food labeling doesnt go far enough [] tax isnt radical, its very basic! //&! [A] tax would be the "single most important" change that could be made [] "deeply symbolic" as well as raising money. [] 20% sugar tax could raise up to a £1bn a year [] could be shared between the NHS & primary schools. [] [ GOV RESPONSE: ] "The causes of obesity are complex, caused by a number of dietary, lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors, and tackling it will require a comprehensive and broad approach. "As such, the government is considering a range of options for tackling childhood obesity." [ sticking to message and positioning by food industry! Intentionally confusing the public! no clear actionable message! ]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plea over mental health care funds
Children’s campaigners have called for a “radical rebalancing” of NHS budgets after figures showed less than 0.5% of all health cash goes on specialist services for children and young people with mental health problems. The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) called on ministers to increase funding on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). - http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/charities-urge-scottish-government-to-spend-on-mental-health-care-for-children.122984427 &! http://www.thescsc.org.uk/ - http://www.thescsc.org.uk/news/ &! http://www.thescsc.org.uk/new-health-board-figures-on-waiting-times-highlight-urgent-action-needed-to-deliver-on-mental-health-targets/ - http://www.thescsc.org.uk/scottish-health-board-figures-on-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-expenditure-highlight-critical-need-for-greater-spending/
NHS  CAMHS  mental  health  mental  illness  childhood  childhood  development  parenthood  parents  parenting  Public  Services  Social  Services  UK  austerity  medical  profession  stigma 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Wenn Kinder sterben - Menschen hautnah - Teil 1 - YouTube
Aus dem Leben gerissen -Wenn die Zeit des Abschieds fehlt- youtu.be/VFLQRVu_cTc &! Abschied für immer - Wenn die Eltern sterben (Doku) - youtu.be/ICccpNcx5IQ &! Wenn Kinder vor den Eltern sterben (Gott und die Welt) - youtu.be/gIpDi0Ebqxg &! gesund.: Mit Trauer leben - youtu.be/n-3ZJQJijdw
Trauer  parenthood  parents  grief  mental  health  loss  Psychiatry  psychology  trauma 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Complete Skinny on Obesity - YouTube
chronic disease are 75% of health care expenditure in western world & developing world! developing countries have bigger problem w obesity & metabolic syndrome than infections like cholera/tb // min13 (Structure of Sugar) fructose is equal 2 alcohol. glucose is metabolized by every organ in the body. even if you don't consume glucose, your body will make it. fructose can only metabolized by the liver. you are overloading your liver (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). fructose is a liver toxin (liver fat). fructose and alcohol is metabolized into fat! alcohol and fructose can be both nutrients, but they can also be addictive // min 20 Leptin resistance. Insulin turns sugars into fat. western diet (dietary composition, omnivore, fast & processed food) encourage body 2 up the production of insulin (sugar 2 fat) till the ceiling is reached (Pancreatitis -> diabetes). increased insulin response (from diet composition) blocks leptin-to-brain signal (feeling of full) &is addictive over time
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Pushy parents stress out children, Eton head says - BBC News
There has been a rise in the number of parents "living their lives through their ambitions for their children", the head teacher of Eton has said. Tony Little, who is leaving the school, said most parents had been "supportive" but there were now "more pressures on young people than ever before". And if his pupils failed to conform to parents' "outcome template", it could "add to the stresses" in their life. Eton employs a full-time psychologist to promote "good mental health". [...] "Children don't learn unless they are happy," she said. [...] In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Little also said he was "exasperated" by England's exam system and that learning subjects in "silos" prevented pupils from thinking laterally. "It's like an egg timer," he said.
education  policy  Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  parenthood  parents  parenting  helicopter  parent  childhood  childhood  development  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  Bulimie  lernen  bulimic  learning 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Best and Worst Places to Grow Up: How Your Area Compares - NYTimes.com
[ nurture over nature ] via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9485850 // &! http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/upshot/an-atlas-of-upward-mobility-shows-paths-out-of-poverty.html via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9485850 "Based on the earnings records of millions of families that moved with children, it finds that poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply better odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children elsewhere. The feelings heard across Baltimore’s recent protests — of being trapped in poverty — seem to be backed up by the new data. Among the nation’s 100 largest counties, the one where children face the worst odds of escaping poverty is the city of Baltimore, the study found. [...] How neighborhoods affect children “has been a quandary with which social science has been grappling for decades,” [...] “This delivers the most compelling evidence yet that neighborhoods matter in a really big way.” &! Obama on Letterman - bit.ly/1zxFZWn
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Mental Health Disorders Emerge in Your Early Twenties | VICE | United Kingdom
[ nurture over nature ] What kind of things should people be aware of? It's important to know what you're at risk of. Let's say you had a parent with psychopathology; that certainly is a risk factor. If you've had a difficult time engaging in your social world as a kid, that's another risk factor. If your parents sheltered you instead of giving you some exposure to difficult things and showing you how to cope, that's another risk factor. The type of parenting that you had as a child can really affect the way you cope with the new challenges as you launch into adulthood.
childhood  childhood  development  parenthood  parents  parenting  helicopter  parent  environment  mental  health  mental  illness 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Malcolm Gladwell Interview on Genius, Late Bloomers, Criminal Profiling, Intelligence Failure (2009) - YouTube
min10 Networking & making Conversation, "Everyone is interesting. Let them talk abt what they know well & do well. If not u may make them uncomfortable - ur fault. Just ask them the right inquisitive questions." // Career & Life Advice. Stay Humble (humility) & Smart. Overconfidence is the disease of the expert. Titans of Wall Street believed in such command that they were risk averse & believed never 2 fail (black swan, blind spot). Overconfidence & arrogance is a psychological problem of success. // Also, learning from experience, the elders, is so important ie 2015, Unicorns in Silicon Valley with burn rates greater than during the dot. com bubble & the youngsters do not listen 2 have plan b & c in their desk drawer as Bill Gurly mentioned in his 2015 SXSW talk w Gladwell. bc "U only learn certain things when youve been humbled." // 23:35 its not about IQ (intelligence), its abt environment & culture! Nature vs Nurture (Peers Cohort). + Innovation by Late Bloomers + Taleb
Networking  socialising  life  lesson  life  hacker  introvert  extrovert  Career  Politicians  Policy  Makers  advice  ladder  GFC  Success  education  environment  living  environment  culture  society  Gini  coefficient  American  Dream  income  mobility  social  mobility  peers  childhood  childhood  development  parenthood  parenting  parents  helicopter  parent  lifehacker  lifehacks  lifelessons  lifelesson  Nassim  Taleb 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Ballet star Tamara Rojo says modern children lack discipline - BBC News
The principal dancer at the English National Ballet says many of today's pupils lack the discipline to succeed. Tamara Rojo told Radio Times magazine that children were often praised for quick results rather than hard work. "We live in a society that rewards fast success based on little talent or commitment, which is transient and a dangerous place to be," she said. "Do we want to promote instant success and instant failure, or do we want to promote self-esteem and hard work?"
growth  mindset  helicopter  parent  parenthood  parenting  parents  Success  failure  discipline  education  policy  teaching  life  hacker  life  lesson  lifehacks  lifehacker  lifelessons  lifelesson  Millennials  generationy  childhood  childhood  development  perseverance 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
SPIEGEL.TV - Allergien Therapien
Immune System has a problem to differentiate between good and bad. Kids made, born & grown up on villages with traditional agriculture are much more less susceptible to allergies & Asthma. "Bauernhof-Effect" Thus one has to argue that non-allergic mom's should go regularly to villages with traditional agriculture to inform the unborn baby's immune system that xyz are normal. Still correlation isn't causation. But link is certainly there. // Studies have also found that mom's exposure to certain engineered chemicals during late-term pregnancy can cause asthma (ie Styrene from new carpets that air out, for the new yet to arrive childs room).
unintended  consequences  urbanisation  autoimmune  response  autoimmune  disease  immune  system  Asthma  parenthood  parenting  parents  epigenetics  genetics  western  lifestyle  western  world  western  society 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Case for Free-Range Parenting - NYTimes.com
Such narrowing of the child’s world has happened across the developed world. But Germany is generally much more accepting of letting children take some risks. To this German parent, it seems that America’s middle class has taken overprotective parenting to a new level, with the government acting as a super nanny. Just take the case of 10-year-old Rafi and 6-year-old Dvora Meitiv, siblings in Silver Spring, Md., who were picked up in December by the police because their parents had dared to allow them to walk home from the park alone. For trying to make them more independent, their parents were found guilty by the state’s Child Protective Services of “unsubstantiated child neglect.” What had been the norm a generation ago, that kids would enjoy a measure of autonomy after school, is now seen as almost a crime. &! via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9239553
childhood  childhood  development  parenting  helicopter  parent  parenthood  parents 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
7 things every kid should master - Magazine - The Boston Globe
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need. - 1. Reading - 2. Inquiry - 3. Flexible Thinking and the Use of Evidence - 4. Conversation - 5. Collaborations - 6. Engagement - 7. Well-Being // Children are born wanting to find things out. But schools have, by and large, done little to build on this valuable impulse. – Susan Engel // via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9217547
childhood  development  parents  parenthood  parenting  education  policy 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead : NPR Ed : NPR
But a study published in June suggests that the things that really make the difference — between prison and college, success and failure, sometimes even life and death — are money and family. // +++ see Alain De Botton - Status Anxiety.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Postcode variation in school success, inspectors warn
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-28319907 "The letter to pupils at Barrowford Primary School in Nelson told them the tests do not always assess what makes them "special and unique". It has been posted on Facebook, Twitter and featured in national newspapers. Head teacher Rachel Tomlinson said she had been "absolutely astounded" by the reaction in social media and elsewhere. Mrs Tomlinson said she found the letter on a blog from the US posted on the internet."
post  code  lottery  UK  education  policy  social  mobility  income  mobility  parenting  childhood  childhood  development  parents 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - The power and peril of the middle name + Names as indicator of parents background and child's potential future.
+ Does a baby's name affect its chances in life? || http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26634477 >> But more recent work has presented a mixed picture. Richard Zweigenhaft, a psychologist at Guilford College in the US, pointed out that wealthy, oddly-named Americans are more likely to find themselves in Who's Who. He found no consistent bad effects of having a strange name, but noted that both common and unusual names are sometimes deemed desirable. Conley, who is a sociologist at New York University, says that children with unusual names may learn impulse control because they may be teased or get used to people asking about their names. "They actually benefit from that experience by learning to control their emotions or their impulses, which is of course a great skill for success." But for the main part, he says, the effect of a name on its bearer rarely amounts to more than the effect of being raised by parents who would choose such a name.
middlename  middle  name  name  social  mobility  income  mobility  social  science  social  study  Higher  Education  ivyleague  formal  childhood  childhood  development  parenting  parents  Public  Policy  Gini  coefficient  inequality  opportunity 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Alter des Vaters ist ein Risikofaktor für psychische Störungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Aus medizinischer Sicht kann die insgesamt etwas spätere Familiengründung Risiken bergen, das legten schon mehrere Studien nahe. Experten vermuten, dass die Spermien der Männer mit zunehmendem Alter mehr Mutationen im Erbgut enthalten - darunter eben auch schädliche. Jetzt präsentieren Forscher aus Schweden und den USA im Fachjournal "Jama Psychiatry" eine weitere Studie, die zeigt: Das Risiko für verschiedene psychische Störungen, darunter ADHS, Autismus und Psychosen, nimmt mit steigendem Alter des Vaters zu. [...] Gleichwohl waren die Wissenschaftler über die deutlichen Effekte erstaunt. "Wir waren erschüttert von den Ergebnissen", sagt D'Onofrio. "Die Zusammenhänge mit dem Alter des Vaters waren viel, viel größer als in früheren Studien." Auch wenn natürlich viele Kinder älterer Väter überhaupt nicht mit den beschriebenen Problemen zu kämpfen hätten, sei es doch wichtig, über die möglichen Risiken aufzuklären.
epigenetics  genetics  mental  health  parenthood  parents  childhood  childhood  development  children  ADHD  Autism  Psychiatry  psychology  Psychosis  bipolar  disorder  addiction  Vegan  western  lifestyle  western  diet 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
Children of obese mothers 'have higher heart risk'
It is not known how much of the link is down to genetics, influences in the womb or later lifestyle. But the authors say their findings, in the British Medical Journal, are of "major public health concern". One woman in five in the UK is obese at their antenatal booking appointment. >> + http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12764721 More than half of women who gave birth in Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital last year were either obese or overweight, the BBC has learned. Consultant obstetrician Alyson Hunter said the problem was turning into an epidemic. + >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-22538518
parents  miscarriage  complexity  diabetes  parenthood  obesity  public  health  policy  obesity  epidemic  unintended  consequences  health  crisis  genetics  vegan  high  blood  pressure  unknown  unkown  epigenetics  pregnancy  IVF  childhood  health  policy  thrombosis  health  science  childhood  development  public  health  healthcare 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Effect of duration and age at exposure to the Stroke Belt on incident stroke in adulthood
Growing up in the Stroke Belt (the southeastern United States, in particular Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia) is associated with 17% higher risk of stroke - regardless of whether you flee from "the belt" after adolescence. Guess what's the confounding factor here? Being sedentary and consuming the crappiest incarnation of the SAD diet you can think of in a critical period of you live: childhood & adolescence. >> see http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21565573-some-effects-smoking-may-be-passed-grandmother & http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/opinion/sunday/why-fathers-really-matter.html?src=recg
parents  epigenetics  parenthood  western  lifestyle  parent  public  health  policy  obesity  epidemic  western  diet  parenting  health  crisis  public  health 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - A Point of View: The pain when children fly the nest
Parental love is infinite. Not infinitely good or infinitely ennobling, just infinite - and often, infinitely boring” [...] "when infinity is introduced into a scientific equation it no longer makes sense." [...] The parental emotion is as simple as a learning to count and as strange as discovering that the series of numbers, the counting, never ends. Our children seem, at least, to travel for light years. We think their suitcases contain the cosmos. Though our story is ending, their story, we choose to think - we can't think otherwise - will go on forever.
parents  sociology  parenthood  infinity  science  parenting 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
The Humiliations Of Motherhood : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
The greatest humiliation in life, is to work hard on something from which you expect great appreciation, and then fail to get it. E. W. Howe
parents  parenthood  parenting  humiliation 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
Psychologie: Psychologen lüften das Geheimnis psychischer Stärke - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wissenschaftler haben unter anderem beobachten können, dass resiliente Kinder im Säuglingsalter anpassungsfähiger, kontaktfreudiger, emotional ausgeglichener und fröhlicher waren als andere Kinder. Im höheren Alter wirkten sie proaktiver, handlungsorientierter und verantwortungsvoller. Sie hatten den Willen, ihr Leben zu gestalten und glaubten daran, dass dies möglich war.

[...]

Indem sie ihre Probleme bewältigten, steigerte sich auch ihre Selbstachtung und ihre Selbstwirksamkeit. Oft reifte schon früh ein Lebensplan.

[...]

Werner und Smith stießen bei den resilienten Kindern auf eine frappierende Gemeinsamkeit: Alle hatten eine stabile Beziehung zu einer Bezugsperson, einem Mentor, Lehrer oder Freund. Es musste nicht die Mutter sein, aber ein Mensch, der ihre Entwicklung mit Anteilnahme begleitete.

[...] Parental Overprotection = negative. Lack of Values = Negative. Keeping a Journal/Diary = Positive. Is equivalent to therapy.
resilience  self-respect  parents  self-improvement  resiliency  parenthood  psychology  childhood  childhood  development  parenting 
february 2013 by asterisk2a
Vitamin A and systemic inflammation as protective factors in multiple sclerosis
New findings on multiple sclerosis: An above minimum vitamin A level in the 2nd of five quintiles is associated with a -62% reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Moreover, higher hs-CRP levels (=greater inflammation) in the younger years offer protective effects as well (-64%).

Conclusions: Our results suggest that sub-optimal vitamin A levels may be associated with MS risk. The association between hs-CRP levels and MS risk in young subjects may support the role of the hygiene hypothesis in MS aetiology.

- hygiene hypothesis calls for breast feeding
- hygiene hypothesis calls for less over protective over less cleanliness environment for kids. let kid be kids. what can't kill them, doesn't kill them.

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02759/facts-about-vitamin-a
- Eat your vegetables and colourful fruits. Not pills. Food.

Years of chronic deficiency leads to chronic diseases.

http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=multiple+sclerosis
parents  autoimmune  response  immune  system  Vitamin  A  autoimmune  disease  parenthood  hygiene  hypothesis  multiple  sclerosis  Vegan  parenting 
january 2013 by asterisk2a
Epigenetics and health: Grandma’s curse | The Economist
Some of the effects of smoking may be passed from grandmother to grandchild

The DNA sequence itself is not being permanently altered. Even those epigenetic changes that are inherited seem to be subsequently reversible. But the idea that acquired characteristics can be inherited at all is still an important and novel one, and a worrying example of the phenomenon has been published this week in BioMed Central Medicine.

[...] In a nutshell, Dr Rehan showed that if pregnant rats are exposed to nicotine, not only will their offspring develop the asthma induced by this drug, so will the offspring of those offspring.

[...] The cause of the grand-offsprings’ asthma, Dr Rehan believes, is epigenetic modification. Nicotine is not only affecting lung cells, but also affecting sex cells in ways that cause the lungs which ultimately develop from those cells to express their genes in the same abnormal ways.

- Health and Public Health has to be viewed in a HOLISTIC way -
science  unintended  consequences  public  health  policy  public  health  parents  parenting  cancer  smoking  health  epigenetics 
november 2012 by asterisk2a
Why Fathers Really Matter - NYTimes.com
Doctors have been telling men for years that smoking, drinking and recreational drugs can lower the quality of their sperm. What doctors should probably add is that the health of unborn children can be affected by what and how much men eat; the toxins they absorb; the traumas they endure; their poverty or powerlessness; and their age at the time of conception. In other words, what a man needs to know is that his life experience leaves biological traces on his children. Even more astonishingly, those children may pass those traces along to their children.

[...] Genes matter, and culture matters, and how fathers behave matters, too.

**A certain lifestyle and environment switches on/off certain genes and functions - point in time information - that gets carried on to the baby.**

[...] Our genes can be switched on or off by three environmental factors, among other things: what we ingest (food, drink, air, toxins); what we experience (stress, trauma); and how long we live.
psychology  environment  pollution  diet  nutrition  health  science  evolution  childhood  development  lifestyle  DNA  epigenetics  genetics  gene  parenthood  parents  parenting  medical  advances  medical  research 
september 2012 by asterisk2a
Frdern und Fordern: Schalter fr Stress - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wissenschaft
Die Gene sind nicht an allem schuld: Die Umwelt, also auch die Erziehung, entscheidet, welche Anlagen sich entfalten. Die frühkindliche Prägung wiederum hinterlässt Spuren im menschlichen Erbgut.

ob Lebewesen, und damit auch der Mensch, durch ihr genetisches Erbe geprägt sind oder durch ihre Umwelt. Körper oder Kultur, Vorbestimmung oder Eigenmacht, so lautet das Gegensatzpaar, das die englischen Begriffe "nature" (Natur) versus "nurture" (Pflege, Erziehung) besonders prägnant zusammenfasst.

Meaney und Kollegen wiesen auch nach, dass gehegte Rattenbabys später selbst eher fürsorgliche Eltern werden, während einstmals vernachlässigte Kinder später selbst zur Kaltherzigkeit neigen.

 "dass das Tiermodell bis zu einem gewissen Grad das widerspiegelt, was bei uns Menschen passiert". Liegt er richtig, dann wären die Folgen weitreichend: Dann würden Eltern mit ihrer Art der Brutpflege die genetische Ausstattung ihrer Kinder prägen

Book Jörg Blech
genes  education  parents  parenting  study  book 
september 2011 by asterisk2a
Work and parenting: Motherly love | The Economist
five-year-olds whose mothers had been at home when they were babies were more likely to have behavioural problems than other children.  Housebound women were also far more likely to report symptoms of depression than their working counterparts, problems which can only make the process of childrearing more difficult. 
What complicates this picture is the correlation between work patterns and other factors like lower household income, poorer education and depression, which might affect whether a woman chooses to go to work. Interestingly, when the study adjusted for these factors, the relationship between bad behaviour and maternal unemployment remained strong for girls but not for boys. This may reflect, the authors said, “the importance of gender in family role model processes”—the inference being that girls benefit from having a mother as an exemplar of a woman who is successful and independent, while the effect is less pronounced for boys.
parents  parenting  children  study  research 
july 2011 by asterisk2a
Do Parents Matter? - ReasonTV
In his best-selling book The Myth of the Rational Voter (2007) George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan demythologized the notion that American voters know what they are doing when they step into the ballot booth.
In his new book, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think, Caplan does the same for the conventional wisdom about parenting. In a world of Tiger Moms and helicopter parents who monitor and agonize over every minor activity in which their children engage, the father of three says that parents actually have minimal influence over long-term outcomes for their children. Rather than fretting over whether junior is admitted into Baby Einstein violin programs, Caplan argues that parents should relax and learn to enjoy their kids' childhood.
parents  parenting  liberalism  economics 
july 2011 by asterisk2a
YouTube - Geena Davis on her Quest for Gender Equity in Film and Television
self reinforcing circle ...? the power of images and messages 

Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis talks with the "PBS NewsHour's" Simon Marks about her fight to bring more realistic and numerous roles for women in film and television. Most recently, she has teamed up with ITVS to present a series of documentaries about women making a difference.
gender  equality  equity  media  society  culture  TV  movies  gap  change  employment  income  parenting  parents  feminism  sexuality  sexism  generationy  generation  millennials 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
Raising an Accidental Prodigy - WSJ.com
Some researchers estimate that as few as 50% of children with extraordinary gifts achieve their potential as adults, according to a study published last year in Roeper Review, a scholarly journal. Many obstacles can block these kids, from poverty or poor-quality schools, to adults' high expectations, fear of failure or pressure from peers to fit in, researchers say.
Many parents of famous, high-achieving adults in the past had domineering parents who projected their own failed ambitions onto their kids, says Ted Goertzel, a sociology professor at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J., and co-author of "Cradles of Eminence," a study of the childhoods of 700 famous people. Researchers say kids don't excel for long, however, unless they are also driven to achieve by their own internal motivation.

"The key," "is for the parent to find out what the child's interest is." When the child is encouraged to pursue something that truly interests him, "that talent will never disappear."
highpotential  parents  kids  IQ  child  children  development 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
Generation 30: Hört auf zu jammern! - Familie - Gesellschaft - FAZ.NET
Warum also dieses Unwohlsein? Wie fügen sich die ökonomischen Statistiken zu der latenten Unzufriedenheit? „Das ist ein Wahrnehmungsproblem“, so lautet die nüchterne Antwort des Soziologen Heinz Bude. „Es hat noch nie eine Generation gegeben, die so wenig an ihre eigenen Chancen glaubt wie diese.“

Zudem verweist Generationenforscher Bude auf eine scheinbar paradoxe Gesetzmäßigkeit in Bildungskarrieren: Die heute 30-Jährigen sind Kinder einer Aufsteigergeneration. Kinder von Aufsteigern schaffen es in der Regel aber nicht, abermals die eigenen Eltern zu übertreffen.

Zurückzubleiben hinter den Eltern tut weh, egal wie hoch und angenehm das Niveau tatsächlich ist - Eltern wie Kinder empfinden dies als Versagen. Eine Schmach, die es um jeden Preis zu vermeiden gilt.

„Die 30-Jährigen starten reich in das Berufsleben. Das ist ein vergiftetes Geschenk“, sagt der Philosoph Dieter Thomä.
germany  paradox  generation  rich  middleclass  society  parents 
july 2010 by asterisk2a
Counsyl Brings Genetic Screening to the Masses - NYTimes.com
Now, a Silicon Valley start-up is making the bold claim that it can help eradicate that disease and more than 100 others by alerting parents-to-be who have the carrier genes.

The company, Counsyl, is selling a test that it says can tell couples whether they are at risk of having children with a range of inherited diseases, including cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, spinal muscular atrophy, sickle cell disease and Pompe disease (the one afflicting the children in the movie).
gene  testing  analysis  children  parents  genetics 
january 2010 by asterisk2a

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