Another spanner in the nature vs nurture debate—apparently it’s your child’s position in the family pecking order determines their personality and life course.
If you need more impetus to indulge those pleas for one more bedtime story – more than the chance to cultivate a super-brain and capitalise on extra snuggles in the process, that is – check out this recent study claiming reading to be the literal font of youth…
I’ve always thought my husband was better equipped for reading bedtime stories.
For one thing, dads just seem to be genetically more fun (or perhaps just more adept at playing the fool); an inborn ability which lends itself well to the theatrics necessary for captivating narration – like their well-honed cache of character impressions, aided by a sonorous, comically varied, vocal range.
(Or it might simply be that come 7pm, after an entire day spent appealing to a toddler’s non-existent better judgement, assuaging bad tempers and mediating tantrums, mum’s not so much in the joking mood.) Continue reading
As soon as the word ‘why’ assimilates itself into a little one’s vocabulary, mum and dad are promptly expected to morph into walking, talking encyclopaedias.
But according to a new survey, when our kids ask us those typical, first few questions about the world – What is photosynthesis? Why doesn’t the moon fall down? Why is the sky blue? – we don’t have the answers. Or worse; we’re giving the wrong answers. Continue reading
The balancing act is made easier with recipes like this one; it indulges our palates’ predilection for the saccharine, and totally tastes like a treat – yet does only good things on the way down. Continue reading