Story highlights Firstborns get better grades in school, according to a study The study's authors say parents might be easier on later-born children Empower children no matter if they're youngest, middle or oldest, one mom said (CNN)I am a middle child, and I don't think my older sister would be too upset to hear me take issue with the latest study to find that firstborn children do better in school than us kids who were born later. (Hint: I was the kid who loved school!) But science is science, and this study, a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, follows several other studies that came to similar conclusions about the children who came first. In the latest one, the authors found that firstborns got better grades and concluded, based on their research, that it's because parents are stricter with the firstborns and get a bit more lax when it comes to enforcing TV rules, monitoring homework and even getting upset over bad grades for subsequent children. "You … [Read more...] about Study that says firstborns are smarter leads to debate among parents
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Ben Boyer can still picture the expression on his wife's face that night six years ago, as they talked over dinner at their favorite Italian restaurant in London. It had been four years since Xenia Trejo had been diagnosed, at the age of 33, with a malignant brain tumor that doctors said would eventually end her life. But as she sat across the table from Ben that evening, Xenia radiated joy. She felt strong, and after numerous rounds of treatment, her doctors had just told them that Xenia's tumor was stable enough to do something she had long dreamed of: pursue a pregnancy. Now Xenia was asking Ben, What do you think? Should we try? They had always planned to be parents, and the possibility had hovered even since Xenia's diagnosis, but now it finally felt within reach. "Let's do it," Ben told her. By the time they left the restaurant and walked home together, they knew they would try to start a family. In that hopeful moment, the reality of their circumstances felt far away. There are … [Read more...] about What does it mean to create new life when one parent is dying?
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A scenario familiar to any parent: Dina Badie and her 3-year-old daughter were in the car on the way home from a music class when the toddler asked if she could listen to her favorite song from the "Rapunzel" soundtrack. Badie pulled up the song on her phone, but it took a moment before the sound piped through the car's speakers. "By the time I turned it up, the song was, I don't know, five or six seconds in," she says. Her daughter was instantly beside herself: "She flipped out." This sort of over-the-top reaction is pretty typical for kids her age. Because of that, lots of parents have heard warnings about the infamous "threenager" phase, which of course follows the "terrible twos." Of the various idioms meant to explain away all manner of toddler outbursts, these are the milder examples. "Terrible twos" has been around for generations. "Threenager" started making parenting blog headlines in 2015, an acknowledgment that the challenges of toddlerhood don't vanish with a poof on a … [Read more...] about How does using negative words like ‘terrible twos’ to describe an age group affect parents – and kids?
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