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Mommy Alert! Keep Reading to Baby

Many parents blessed with splendid pregnancies and angelic babies fear torrid toddler years and beyond. However a new study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology says that pleasant tempered babies are more likely to maintain good behavior later in life.

It is well known that teaching your child the importance of reading is one of the most powerful gifts you can give them. Researchers from the University of Chicago might agree after they followed nearly 1,900 children from infancy up to age 13. The findings published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology said:

Children whose mothers gave them plenty of intellectual stimulation in the first year of life — reading to them, talking to them and taking them out of the house — were less likely to have serious behavioral problems.

To see what else may determine a wee one's future behavior,


The study also found:

The odds of behavior problems were also linked to certain measures of the children's temperament during infancy — such as how "fussy" they were, or whether they had a generally happy or more moody disposition.

While many factors play a role in what kind of person an infant matures into, it certainly makes sense that a child who is coddled, hugged, read to and loved would encounter less behavioral problems than a youngster who missed out on those affectionate times. But, do you concede that a child's early fussy temperament could be a glimpse into an imminent troubled personality?

winnie17 winnie17 9 years
Ummmmm.... sounds like a flawed study to be honest. Isn't it MORE likely that happy easy-going infants are taken out of the house more, read to more and talked to more because... well, because they aren't screaming all the time????? I really hate the amount of correlational research that is interpreted in terms of cause and effect. It seems to be endemic in the whole baby/kid world. The WORST is that terrible 1970s study that supposedly demonstrated that breastfeeding increases a babies IQ. Utter rubbish as they didn't even control for maternal IQ.... which IS linked to infant IQ. Anyway - pls excuse the rant. Just think that "scientific studies" need to be taken with a huge grain of salt unless you have really looked at the methodology and statistical analysis used.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
This seems to be the case, my little cousin was the quietest baby ever and now he never stops talking! I think this is kinda true!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
kamiko82 formula feeding is not the same as junk food and it is rude and a bit malicious of you to imply so. Sorry for being off topic to everyone else.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
'taking them outside the house'?! who doesn;t do that! thats part of our daily routine, if mommy doesn't bother to do stuff like that i can see how a baby would get messed up! Tv is a nono too.. (for babies) i am assuming said mothers just sit in the house watching tv and eating junk and formula feeding their kids. guess i'm guilty of stereotyping, but its shocking to hear about these ppl who dont take babies out and dont read to them
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Not always, no. My second was very temperamental as a baby and needed to scream - loudly - before he could fall asleep every night. Now he's totally laid back. Whereas my oldest was a very calm baby and now is extremely emotional. We have structure, but it's not strict at all. It works best for us all.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
Yes, I think that a baby's temperament could be a factor for troubles later on. But I think that how parents deal with that temperament is going to be a factor as well. I think it is both environmental and genetic factors at work, here. It's my opinion that babies need structure to feel their best. Some babies are angelic right from the start - they aren't a lot of work and they wake up cooing and giggling whereas others wake up screaming and seem hard to please. Giving the hard to please type of baby a schedule is incredibly important. And then later on as they grow up, giving them guidelines and ENFORCING those guidelines will also help.
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