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March 15, 2019

The Week in Early Learning

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This week’s best reads about early learning from around the web — March 15, 2019 edition.

It’s hard to stay in the loop of what’s going on in the world of early childhood. But we’ve got you covered!

Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting early childhood reads.

Link found between temperament of high-risk infants and obesity — via UBNow

Children born to mothers with gestational diabetes and who were easier to soothe as infants were at a higher risk to become obese children, according to a recent study. The study published in JAMA Pediatrics is thought to be the first to look at temperament traits as they relate to childhood obesity risks in infants whose mothers had gestational diabetes.

For Infants, Distinguishing between Friends and Strangers is a Laughing Matter — via NYU

Infants as young as five months can differentiate laughter between friends and that between strangers, finds a new study by researchers at New York University and UCLA. The results suggest that the ability to detect the nature of social relationships is instilled early in human infancy, possibly the result of a detection system that uses vocal cues.

Traveling for spring break? Check out this compilation of anecdotes and advice for families traveling via airplane! The advice includes everything from what to do before boarding, to what seats to choose, how to alleviate ear pressure and how to have fun.

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger — via NPR

Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger. At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to “adopt” her and “try to keep her alive,” as the anthropologist wrote in 1970. Briggs quickly realized something remarkable was going on in these families: The adults had an extraordinary ability to control their anger.

Everything You Need to Know About the Free-Range Parenting Method — via Good Housekeeping

Parents today are always talking about the increasing level of involvement they have in their kids’ lives, whether it’s to bemoan the increasing number of hours they dedicate to parenting tasks, or to chide each other for hovering or “helicopter” parenting. For those looking to take a step back, read this free-range parenting article. It even includes what the law says in different states.

Did we miss anything? Share in the comments!

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“I Love You” & “Thank You” — Making Cards With Kids

Cover image: Inuit parents tell their children to beware of the northern lights. If you don’t wear your hat in the winter, they’ll say, the lights will come, take your head and use it as a soccer ball!

Johan Hallberg-Campbell for NPR