Finds of the Week:
- ‘Crack baby’ study ends with unexpected but clear result, The Philadelphia Inquirer — It turns out that in-utero exposure to crack is significantly less harmful to children than is poverty
- From our 2006 archives: Why I no longer believe babies should cry themselves to sleep, the Globe and Mail — “When the infant falls asleep after a period of wailing and frustrated cries for help, it is not that she has learned the “skill” of falling asleep. What has happened is that her brain, to escape the overwhelming pain of abandonment, shuts down. It’s an automatic neurological mechanism. In effect, the baby gives up. The short-term goal of the exhausted parents has been achieved, but at the price of harming the child’s long-term emotional vulnerability. Encoded in her cortex is an implicit sense of a non-caring universe.”
- Want To Be A Morning Person? Take A Few Tips From Campers, NPR — How late night exposure (or not) to artificial light impacts your circadian rhythm.
- We Had a Baby! (And Here is Our Unusual Story), Food Matters — James Colquhoun, Filmmaker Food Matters & Hungry For Change, tell the birth story of his son. This is interesting because, first, it’s a birth story from a dad, and, two, all the things they did to support the natural process. You know I’ll all about homebirth, but I couldn’t help thinking just how LA this birth was. 🙂
- What a Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around the World, Raw for Beauty — Clearly we do not eat like westerners. This is quite inspiring…I wonder if I could set up a similar picture with our groceries?
- What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain, Psychology Today — Why cursive is still so important, even in the age of computers
- Why Is the World So Shocked by Kate Middleton’s Belly?, NY Magazine — We all know that women still look pregnant the day after they have given birth, but apparently the fact that Kate Middleton didn’t hide it is worth discussing.