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How Fatherhood Alters Male Biology For Massachusetts Men

We know how women's bodies adapt to motherhood. Hormonal shifts, neurological flips, and, of course, the obvious post-partum biological changes. But only recently have scientists begun to focus on how men's bodies adapt to fatherhood. We now know that fathers experience changes in their hormone levels (especially testosterone and oxytocin); their brains respond differently to parent-related stimuli, and even their socioeconomic status tends to change once children arrive.

Here's the data behind these conclusions....

What Happens When You Tell Massachusetts Kids They're Just Like Dad

You have your mother's eyes, your father's temperament, your grandfather's wayChildren 29.jpg with language, and your grandmother's personality - or maybe not. It's possible those claims, echoing through the course of your childhood, became a self-fulfilling prophecy. It's all part of the nature vs nurture debate, a story that is often oversimplified in child development by making broad generational comparisons. And those comparisons can be misleading, if not downright damaging, precisely because they conflate fate and genetics.

High Energy, High Cost Massachusetts Parenting Isn't What Kids Need

A full 75 percent of parents believe the ideal form of parenting is hands-on, high-Sports 4.jpgenergy, and high-cost, according to a new study from Cornell University. The study, which queried parents from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, found that a large majority of parents believe the best parenting tactics are those in which the parent is very, very involved with their child. That involvement includes facilitating extracurricular activities, playing with children at home and discussing, rather than punishing,
misbehavior.
But as good as that sounds, this shift towards a norm of intensive parenting may actually have a harmful effect on families and the development of children. Because high-effort parenting leaves little time for play, imagination, and self-directed exploration, all qualities crucial to raising healthy productive adults.

In order to find how parents viewed two distinct styles of parenting, researchers brought in a diverse range of parents from a wide variety of backgrounds. These parents were exposed to various scenarios depicting one of two types of parenting.

The Massachusetts "Father Effect"

It's worth being an involved Massachusetts dad. Children with active fathers avoid risky sex, hold down high-paying jobs, have superior IQs, and are less likely to break the law or drop out of school. There's ample research out there on The Massachusetts Father Effect. Here's a breakdown of how it works.

The Scientific Ways Older Massachusetts Dads and Young Dads Are Different

An increasing number of Massachusetts men are choosing to delay parenthood.Father and child.jpgThere are clear scientifically-backed advantages that come with that. However, there are plenty of mental and physical health problems older Massachusetts dads may put their children at risk for, a growing amount of research shows.

Depression in New Massachusetts Dads Is Linked to Depression in Teenage Daughters

At least five percent of new Massachusetts fathers suffer clinical depression in thTeen Girl.jpge first few weeks of parenthood, according to a new study. And dad's depression may have long-term impacts on the family. Researchers have found that fathers who fight postnatal depression are more likely to raise daughters who, by age 18, were battling depression themselves. Though it's not entirely clear how this unfortunate inheritance is passed along, new data indicates a strong correlation.

How Our Careers Affect Our Massachusetts Children

What working Massachusetts parent hasn't felt guilty about missing soccer gamesWork Life Balance 1.jpg and piano recitals? When there are last-minute schedule changes at work or required travel to a client site, it's normal to worry that you're somehow permanently scarring your little one.

7 Signs You Might Be a Massachusetts Helicopter Parent

The term "helicopter parent" was first coined in 1969 when it was used to describeHeliocopter parenting 1.jpg parents who, well, hover over their kids. Almost 50 years later, the term has earned a place in common vernacular, code for parents who govern every aspect of their kids' lives. It's more than a bad habit with a catchy name: parents who always look over their kids' shoulders may be unwittingly preventing them from practicing emotional and behavioral control on their own.

7 Seemingly Harmless Phrases to Never Say to Your Spouse Around the Kids

While they meant well, whoever said "It's not what you say, it's what you do thatParent Phrases.jpg matters most" never had kids. Massachusetts kids learn a lot about how communication is supposed to work from observing you and your spouse interact with one another. If you're caustic? They'll be caustic. If you're angry? They'll probably be angry. If you use bad words, they'll use bad words. Of course, this also applies to less obvious territory: toss-away phrases you might say.

Massachusetts Lawmakers Are Trying to Save Kids from Tackle Football

Growing national consternation about the health effects of tackle football - theFootball 1.jpg head trauma, the concussions, the CTE - has pushed legislators in at least five states to introduce bills creating a minimum age for kids to participate. With HD 2501, "An Act for No Organized Head Impacts to Schoolchildren," a bipartisan group of Massachusetts legislators joins them.

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