Why So Down? Studies Show Humans Are Wired to Emphasize The Negative, UNLESS….

Why is it that we can do 100 things right but obsess about the 1 thing that went wrong?  Or, why do we ignore the dozens of things the people around us do to be kind but then fuss about the 1 thing they miss?  It turns out that, except for one condition (which I'll share below) human beings are actually wired to be negative.In his book The Neurobiology of Human Relationships, Pepperdine psychologist, Louis Cozolino, reveals how research shows that the human brain is naturally wired to emph … [Read more...]

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Major New Research Finds 40% of US Kids Are Poorly Attached–Middle Class Families Included.

--New study reveals why parenting is THE social justice issue of our time.--In a study of 14,000 U.S. children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds -- what psychologists call "secure attachment"  Written by researchers from  Columbia University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, the report uses data collected by the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative U.S. study of 14,000 children born in 2001. The researchers also reviewed more t … [Read more...]

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Hate Attachment Parenting? So Did This Mom. Here’s The Surprising Thing She Discovered.

God gives us the children we need.  He speaks to us through our children.  We can listen for his voice, or let the noise in our heads tune it out. The choice is ours.  Here's one mother's heartfelt struggle to learn to listen--and experience the healing that comes in hearing.When my daughter Azalea was born, I was flooded with feelings of love. But it wasn’t long before I returned to a more familiar sense of myself, and that love was mixed with ambivalence, internal conflict, impatience, and … [Read more...]

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Millennials Less Promiscuous Than Any Generation for 60 Years. Here’s Why That’s TERRIBLE.

Some Christian news outlets are rejoicing at the recent study finding that Millennials are less sexually active than any other generation for the last 60 years. The perception by some is that this generation is experiencing a spontaneous outbreak of unusual moral fortitude.Confronting the NightmareWould that it were so.  If you read the reports, the reasons Millennials give for not being interested in sex is that they are not interested in relationship at all.  Millennials appear to be so … [Read more...]

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RIP Mary White, One of the Seven Original Catholic Founders of La Leche League, Dies at 93.

From WSJ.When Mary White and six other moms from the Chicago suburbs started an organization to encourage breastfeeding in 1956, they had to be careful about naming it.“They couldn’t say ‘breast,’” said Clare Daly, one of Mrs. White’s daughters. Newspapers, they were sure, wouldn’t publish notices about meetings involving such a crude term. Looking for something more discreet, they settled on La Leche League, derived from the name of a Roman Catholic shrine in Florida (Popcak Note:  see c … [Read more...]

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MRI Shows Breastfed Babies’ Brains Develop Better/Faster than Formula or Mixed-Fed Infants

Several weeks ago, I posted an article on how nursing facilitates the development of structures in the brain responsible for moral cognition, and a follow up article on how certain "high -touch" parenting practices (extended nursing, extravagant affection, skin-to-skin contact, "baby-wearing", prompt response to cries) facilitate the development of the social brain.  In that latter article, I walked readers through how such parenting practices facilitate moral and social development.  This l … [Read more...]

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New Study: Extravagant Affection in Infancy Leads to Healthier, Happier, More Relational & Moral Adults

From new study accepted for publication in the journal, Applied Developmental Science.Notre Dame professor of psychology Darcia Narvaez and two colleagues surveyed more than 600 adults. They asked about their childhood experiences. Darvaez was interested in things like how much affectionate touch did the adult receive as a child, how much free play, and what was family togetherness was like. What she found was, the adults who had positive childhood experiences evolved into adults with less … [Read more...]

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Breastfeeding Could Save Lives of Over 800,000 Babies & 20,000 Moms Annually

New report in the British Medical Journal The Lancet.  H/T HuffPo New research highlights the economic advantages of exclusive and continued breastfeeding in rich and poor countries alike, and the enormous cost of failing to support it writes Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General. As a young doctor working with refugees in the former Yugoslavia and Iraq, I saw how breastfed babies can prosper even under such challenging circumstances, and even when they are sick or small. So I am … [Read more...]

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