Sunday, May 4, 2008

They needed to do a study to figure this shit out?

On MSNBC.com...

1 in 3 PARENTS LACKS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BABIES
Many have little understanding of infant development, study finds


REUTERS NEWS SERVICE
updated 3:13 p.m. ET, Sun., May. 4, 2008
CHICAGO - Nearly a third of U.S. parents know surprisingly little about typical infant development, and this lack of understanding can rob their babies of much-needed mental stimulation, researchers said on Sunday.

"There are numerous parenting books telling people what to expect when they're pregnant," said Dr. Heather Paradis of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

"But once a baby is born, an astonishing number of parents are not only unsure of what to anticipate as their child develops, but are also uncertain of when, how or how much they are to help their babies reach various milestones, such as talking, grabbing, discerning right from wrong, or even potty-training," said Paradis, who presented her findings at Pediatric Academic Society meeting in Honolulu.


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I thought this was common knowledge - and the very obvious reason behind the fact that there are so many fucked up, ignorant, stupid-assed, brain-dead people walking around in the world today. They didn't get the proper mental/ intellectual/ creative/ nurturing/ brain development fucking plain and simple "love" they need to be highly functioning human beings.

Didn't we all know this? I've known this since the 5th grade - when I knew I had my shit together better than most of my teachers. Okay, I exaggerate - 6th grade. It became brilliantly clear to me - like a superfuckingnova - in high school when I determined it was all an elaborate day-care system and that if I was going to learn anything, that I would have to avail myself of the resources before me, and edumacate my own ass.

They had to do a study? Come fucking on....

It's a good thing DiSarli's "Verdemar" just came on...I'm calming down...

3 comments:

studio wellspring said...

it is sad but so obviously true ~ especially, prevelant i noticed when shopping at a target greatland on a saturday afternoon. the way some children behave, and even worse how their parents behave, is really unfortunate. it is helpful to be reminded there are some very aware and wise parents out there who are raising aware & wise children ~ it's just seems they are a much smaller percentage of the population than one might expect {or hope} for one of the wealthiest leading nations in the world.
anyway thanks for the reminder that i need to add to my book collection some child development tomes as well. ;o)

Alex said...

I would like to believe most of us don't need books to tell us how to raise young'uns...first a big gigantic dose of UNCONDITIONAL love...from conception (in the beautiful belly) read to them... play classical (and tango) music for them to listen to...once they are born...continue reading...music...artistic/creative...visual stimuli/mobiles overheard...let them paint on their walls...let them climb trees and jungle gyms and fall and hurt themselves (tough for a parent to do, but how else will they learn)...talk to them as equals...play with them...don't shame or denigrate or talk down...let them spill their milk and cry over it...but don't yell at them...just clean it up...but let them help...(I hate seeing a 6 year old drinking from a sippy cup...)...don't plop them in front of the boob tube from age 2 on...dont' let them watch spongebobsquarepants....don't buy a vehicle with dvd players/screens in the headrests....don't let them get a cell phone until they turn 18...don't let them get married until they are 32...oh well...wishful thinking...

Books can be good though...I'm sure there are really good ones out there...I think we bought Dr. Spock's...and a few others...now that I recall...

The point is a little love and common sense will go a long way...but I guess the problem is that there is not a lot of love and common sense floating around...sadly...

studio wellspring said...

i definitely agree with you on all points ~ that's certainly how i was raised & i think for many fine folks that does come naturally. but i'm also a knowledge hungry girl and would love to know more of the intricate details of infant & toddler developmental stages, what to look for, what to encourage, what to consider. i think young child development is absolutely fascinating. that being said, i realize excellent parenting has way more to do with good instincts & unconditional love & support than it does with book knowledge. it's just that when there's something new to learn about & research, i just can't help myself. ;o)