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In France children are not the centre of universe

3 Mar

French are the champions (in child education)

A Sudden Boom in Parenting Magazines

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At least that is what is saying in her book an American mother who lives in Paris since ten years. According to the press release marketing her book French parenting would be a world model for parenting. This American mother recommends copying the French mothers for the following reasons: a) in France children are not the centre of universe and have to say hello and good-bye to adults, as well as please and thank you (the four magical words), b) French mothers do not thing they have to be involved all the time, c) from infancy children have to adapt to the adults, d) the French want their children to taste all sorts of food, e) kids eat the same food than their parents, and f) French parents let their children alone and thus they learn to play by themselves.
So in conclusion French women have the highest birth rate in Europe and are a model of parenting abroad… what else! Congratulation ladies!
But is the French model to strict?
Indeed my cousin who managed a shop of souvenirs in a region receiving clients from all nationality: “Les Baux de Provence” observed that French parents were the only ones who hit physically their children. Nobody is perfect… Should that be the negative aspect of considering them like adults? Indeed researchers advise parents not to overreact on their heirs when the latter are between 9 months and 27 months of age unless they risk incurring emotional instability at school age according to the findings of their study.

References:
1) Over-reactive parenting linked to negative emotions and problem behavior in toddlers
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-02-over-reactive-parenting-linked-negative-emotions.html

2) France vs America; who are the best at parenting?
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/46438823#46438823
3) Why French Parents Are Superior
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204740904577196931457473816.html

4) Bringing up a baby, one American mother discovers the wisdom of french parenting.
http://online.wsj.com/video/why-french-parents-are-superior/050F4A55-A27A-4A82-A9FF-6698D07EC08F.html

Preferences for art or science are genetically rooted Princeton University’s researchers say

5 Feb

Student’s centre of interest stems from the psychiatric condition of their relatives.

Nassau Hall, the university's oldest building....

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Psychiatric conditions of parents and intellectual interests of their heirs are closely linked.

Students could choose their academic orientations depending of the type of psychiatric disease their parents are suffering from according to a recent survey of Princeton’s students in their freshman year conducted by two searchers from the Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America. They found that students with a historic of mood disorders in their parents or sibling show a trend to prefer humanities, social sciences and writing whereas a historic of autism spectrum disorders (like Asperger Syndrome) in their family leads more often the student toward a scientific or technical speciality orientation. The class of 2014 Princeton University freshmen year was pooled for the survey.

Read the full text paper in Plosone:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0030405

And the press release at the Princeton University website:

http://www.princeton.edu/research/news/archive/?id=6643

 

Communicator

19 Nov

National Institutes of Health

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How  to communicate Public Health Data to the Public?

The department of health and human services, the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute are three major official institutions implied in public health in the USA. They publish an interesting document explaining how to communicate scientific quantitative public health data to lay audiences (ie general public, policy makers and press journalists). In the introduction the Office of Communications and Education of the

National Cancer Institute describes the objective of the document as follows: to answer to the question “why should I care?”

To give sense to scientific data is actually a difficult exercise. As a scientist, lay audiences give you an a priori trust which you must not betray. Maintaining the trust between the general public and scientists is a very high ethical responsibility. This book will help scientists to send a message that sounds rationale and clear for the public.

Read the entire report: communicating data to lay audience

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