Pacifiers Could Cause Emotional Immaturity For Boys

Popping a binky in a baby’s mouth is a quick way to stop them from fussing, but for boys, it may also short-circuit their emotional growth.

Before a baby can talk, he or she relies on non-verbal cues, especially facial expressions, to communicate. Babies also mirror those cues, and in so doing, discover the emotions the cues are attached to. In a recent study published in the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology, researchers from the University of Wisconsin scientists evaluated over 100 kids and found that that six and seven-year-old boys who had heavily used pacifiers were worse at mimicking emotions expressed by faces on a video.

“Females tend to be more precise both in both expressing and reading emotional cues,” lead author Paula Niedenthal, PhD, tells Shine. “We don’t exactly know how that occurs. One reason might be that be that society encourages girls to read emotions. They might work harder at it.” Since boys aren’t expected to be as emotional, parents may not compensate for pacifier use by helping them learn in other ways.

Niedenthal acknowledges that asking parents (and babies) to chuck their pacifiers puts her on shaky ground. She also says pacifier use while sleeping doesn’t harm boys emotionally. “We already know from this work that nighttime pacifier use doesn’t make a difference, presumably because that isn’t a time when babies are observing and mimicking our facial expressions anyway. It’s not learning time.”

How often do you offer a pacifier to your baby? Do you agree with this study that heavy use of pacifiers could hamper emotional growth of baby boys? Feel free to express your opinions!

Source: Yahoo News

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Teen Wears Prom Dress Made Of Starburst Wrappers

Diane McNease, a high school student from the northern Michigan town of Ishpeming, had sweet idea when she saw a friend folding Starburst wrappers. Eighteen thousand candies later, she fashioned the bodice of a homemade dress completely out of the colorful papers and wore it to the prom last Saturday night, May 5. Her date, Luke DeWitt, is one of her best friends from the swim team.

The teen told WLUC-TV it took her a year-and-a-half to collect all the wrappers and five months to create the dress which also features a black satin “ball gown” skirt layered with tulle. “It was kind of a dare,” she tells Shine. “Someone said I couldn’t do it. That’s the last thing you should say to me.” She says DeWitt encouraged her through the whole process.

McNease explains to Shine that she did have some help. “My friend Bria Johnson made the fabric part of the dress for me. I couldn’t have done it without her.” The high school junior also says that dad, David, pitched in. “Every night he would help hand sew the folded strips of wrappers to the dress for a few hours.” For the first month, McNease ate all the candy herself. Friends at her school, which only has about 300 students, were happy to assist in the eating phase of the project.

McNease isn’t the first young woman to don a candy wrapper dress on her big night. Last year, Tara Frye splashed out in a tutti-frutti colored gown that her mom, Kerrin, had spent six years crafting out of Starburst wrappers. The crafting website has an easy tutorial for how to make a cute Starburst bracelet with only 30-36 wrappers.

Future prom queens, would you wear a gown made of Starburst wrappers? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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