The saying goes: 'It doesn't matter where you came from. All that matters is where you're going.' But new research suggests that this might not be the case. A study now suggests that children of supportive parents are richer and happier in later life. Researchers from Kobe University in Japan found that mothers and fathers who help their children in their early years ensure they have higher salaries when they grow up.
It sounds like the setup of a wacky science fiction comedy, but this is actually real life. A five-month old baby boy was just revealed to be the first kid in the world with three biological parents, according to New Scientist. The infant was created by a technique that has only been legally approved in the UK, and it lets parents with genetic disorders have healthy babies. The study is believed to fast track progress in the field, and is the latest in a series of advances in genetic science we've seen recently. The method used in this case was slightly different from the one legalized in the UK.
Sure, tweens and teens spend hours a day as relative screen zombies, eyes fixed and faces aglow in the radiant light of their pocket screens. On average, parents are spending what amounts to more than a full workday connected to screen-based media, according to a new survey from Common Sense Media. Just like their kids, parents are spending upward of nine hours or more engaging with media. "If you think about it, that's more time than you spend sleeping … or anything you do," said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that helps families navigate media and technology. They asked a sample of about 1,800 parents of tweens (ages 8-12) and teens (13-18) from across the country this summer about how they spent their time using media, whether it was using computers or hand-held digital devices, watching television or reading.
"I know I want this to be sustainable and be able to continue to grow," she said. "I've had so many people say we'll send you so much money or we'll be a partner with you in your business venture, but I knew that if I wanted to be true to what folks are asking for in the community I had to do it alone, just because I know my intention, I know my heart, I know the mission of what I saw for this space based off folks in the community, and I didn't want to have any other influences that could change that thinking."