An unavoidable quirk of modern parenting is the nonstop stream of research and “findings” that make their way into our parent group chats and news feeds. That’s why Today’s Parent is compiling monthly roundups of the studies we think are worthy of your limited—and therefore precious—attention.
Go the f*** to sleep: In mid-July a study determined that ten hours of sleep is the magic number for kids entering kindergarten, leading to better social and academic outcomes; now researchers are saying that anything less than nine hours could lead to cognitive trouble and reduction in gray matter of the brain. (University of Maryland)
We ARE the world! The singsong-y tone we use to speak to babies is consistent across cultures — including in remote hunter-gatherer groups — leading researchers to believe it serves an evolutionary function. (University of Auckland)
Take it outside: Half of parents don’t realize that too much screen time for kids can cause nearsightedness, a condition that may be prevented by increased time outdoors. (University of Michigan)
And, in “I didn’t need a study to tell me that” COVID parenting news:
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