Babies should share their mother’s bed until they are at least three years old, a pediatrician has advised. The controversial advice comes from a pediatrician who found that two-day-old babies who were placed in cots slept less well than those who dozed on their mother’s chest and their hearts were also under more stress.
Sleeping alone makes it harder for mother and child to bond – and damages the development of the brain, leading to bad behavior as the child grows up, researchers fear.
Dr Nils Bergman, of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, says that for optimal development, healthy newborns should sleep on their mother’s chest for the first few weeks After that, they should stay in the mother’s bed until they are three or even four years old.
However, studies linking bed-sharing with an increased risk of cot death and fears that a mother will roll over and smother her child means that women are generally advised against this. In a recent British study of sudden infant deaths, almost two-thirds of those that were unexplained occurred when the bed was being shared.
But Dr Bergman said,
‘When babies are smothered and suffer cot deaths, it is not because their mother is present. It is because of other things: toxic fumes, cigarettes, alcohol, big pillows and dangerous toys.’
Sixteen infants were studied while they slept on their mother’s chest and in a cot by her bed. Monitoring revealed the baby’s heart to be under three times as much stress when he or she slept alone.
Being in a cot also disrupted sleep, with the babies’ brains less likely to ‘cycle’ or make the transition between two types of sleep called active and quiet. In the cots, only six out of the 16 had any quiet sleep and its quality was far worse.
Making this transition is thought to be key to the normal development of the brain. Animal studies have linked the combination of stress and lack of sleep to behavioral problems in teenage years.
Dr Bergman said that changes to the brain brought on by stress hormones may make it more difficult to form relationships later on, leading to problems such as promiscuity.
The National Childbirth Trust is in favor of bed-sharing, as long as the parents have not been smoking, drinking or using drugs and are not obese, ill or excessively tired.
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Off-Duty Cop Immediately Interrupts Date After Overhearing This Conversation
Being quick to help someone in trouble can sometimes be the
deciding factor between a potentially life or death situation. Knowing this
well, an officer did not hesitate to jump in and save the day when he noticed a
man treating his date inappropriately. In a recent Reddit.com thread, an
anonymous user explained the incident in the post below:
“So, possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I mean you know how
you hear the “women want him, men want to be him” stuff in old movies? Well I’m
a man and by god I wanted to be this guy. Anyway!
I’m having dinner with my girlfriend at the time, and behind us are a couple on a date. It is not going well. Guy was being rather creepy and making some pretty inappropriate comments, the girl doesn’t look at all comfortable.
The girl finishes her appetizer really quickly, my guess is she wanted to
get it over with. Guy proceeds to comment on it and says “well, least I know
you can swallow right?”. Loudly.
Girl goes red and tells him that isn’t appropriate, he literally waves his
hand in a “shoo” type motion and says “oh calm down I was going to find out in
a few hours anyway”.
I missed her exact reply as she moved to a hushed tone, but it was fairly
obvious what was being said – f*ck no, f*ck off, f*ck this. He responded with
“sweetheart I picked you up, I know where you live”. She lost the color in her
face and said nothing.
I’m not one of those “get involved” type of people, but there is no way I’m sitting here watching this go down. I get up. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m 23, fighting fit and happy to put that man through a wall.
I was halfway out of my chair when a hand came down on my shoulder and I
look up to this mid-50s but super fit guy who says “Easy.. I’ve got this one
son”. Absolute, total confidence in his voice..
He walks over, grabs a nearby chair, flips it around and sits down with the
couple. Then.. he pulls out his police ID and puts it on the table. Now the guy
doesn’t have any color in his face.
Cop: “So, I’m quietly celebrating my daughters birthday with my family when
I distinctly hear you threaten this young lady, would you care to explain
Guy: “I, ah, well, um, you see..”
Cop: “That’s what I thought. Now see, we take a very dim view of that kind
of thing, so right now I’m deciding if I want to have some of my buddies come
pick you up.”
Guy: “oh no well that…”
Cop: “But that would disrupt everyone’s dinner, so how about you hand me
your ID, because I wouldn’t want you running off on me, then you go see one of
the staff here and settle your bill.. the full bill now, this young lady
shouldn’t go hungry on account of your poor behavior. Or we can go with the
first option, I’ll leave it up to you.”
Guy: “No no! That’s perfectly fine!” *hands over ID, gets up and walks very quickly in the direction of the counter*
Cop: *while writing down the guys details* “Sorry about that miss, I hope
I’m not intruding it just seemed like you could use some help. Oh and don’t
worry, if you want to pursue this further I’ll have some of the boys pick him
up on his way home, we can definitely take this further.”
Girl: “No, thank you so much, I wanted to run out 30 minutes ago but he
drove me here”.
Cop: *shifts from hard-ass cop to comforting father figure in about half a
second* “Well I’m here with my daughter, she’s about your age, perhaps you’d
like to finish your meal with us? We can take you home afterwards if you’d
like, unless you’d prefer to call someone else?”
Girl: “Oh.. that would be really nice.. thank you so much!”
*guy returns, so does the cop*
Cop: “There you go.. now I have your details right here so I highly
recommend you don’t go near or contact this young lady ever again.”
Guy: “Yes yes of course, I’m so sorry!”
The guy pretty much fled the restaurant, the girl went and sat with the cop
and his family and by the time we left they were still sitting around talking
and laughing about random crap.
It was hands down the best way I have ever seen anybody handle any
That cop is my hero.
What a way to handle the situation!”
Making Fun Of Your Partner Can Make Your Relationship Stronger, According To Study
Having a good sense of humour is one of the principal requirements in most relationships, so much so that some people consider a lack of it to be a total deal-breaker. But can you really imagine being in a relationship without any laughter between you and your other half?
According to one study, making fun of your partner can actually strengthen a relationship – as long as you’re both laughing.
Of course there is a line that definitely should not be crossed. When we say making fun of your partner, we are talking about laughing at a silly outfit, funny haircut or a certain mispronunciation. This does not include hurling abuse at one another, making snide comments to put each other down or anything that could be hurtful to each other.
According to Joyscribe, Jeffrey Hall from the University of Kansas conducted 39 studies involving over 15,000 people over the course of 30 years.
From his studies, he concluded that humour was a critical part of building a
successful relationship. More specifically, Hall goes on to explain that
partners should share a similar sense of humour to get the best results from a
In a statement, Hall explained, “People say they want a sense of humour in a mate, but
that’s a broad concept. That people think you are funny or you can make a joke
out of anything is not strongly related to relationship satisfaction.
What is strongly related to relationship satisfaction is the humour that couples create together. Say you and your partner share a quirky sense of humour, but romantic comedies or sit-coms do nothing for either of you… It’s not that any style or a sense of humour is any better or worse.
What matters is that you both see quirky humour as
hysterical. If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms
your relationship through laughter.
Playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security. Particularly shared laughter, is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates.”
“Having an aggressive sense of humour is a bad sign for the
relationship in general, but it is worse if the style of humour is used in the
relationship. If you think that your partner tells mean-spirited jokes, then
it’s likely you’ve seen that firsthand in your relationship.” He added.
Teacher fired from Catholic high school for getting pregnant while unmarried
has a board of governors who sit and set rules and regulations or what others
may call policies and code of conducts to ensure that those working there
maintain certain standards.
The Code of Ethics for the Catholic
School are the same for the teachers, students, parents and employees. They
statethat, anyone who fails to conduct themselves in accordance with the
Catholic morality and the rules of the school and the diocese will be dismissed.
All are to avoid any embarrassment or scandal to the individual school or the
The policy states:
“If the Professional Employee engages
in conduct in or out of the workplace which, in the judgment of the Principal,
constitutes serious or public immorality, sacrilege, lewd conduct, endangerment
of health or safety, abusive conduct, public scandal or the rejection of, or
the holding up to doubt or question of, the official teaching, doctrine or laws
of the Catholic Church, the Professional Employee may be terminated immediately,
without prior notice.”
Naiad Reich, a teacher who taught at Our Lady of Lourdes
Regional School for two years, has recently been fired from her position on the
grounds of “immorality” Reich informed the school administrators that she was
expecting a child out of wedlock. The decision to terminate her employment was
made then after.
When asked by some news people,
the diocese said that her employment termination were due to legal reasons and turned down any more requests to comment on
the situation, Reich is not pursuing any legal actions either but she says she misses
her students and that she will try to appeal the diocese’s decision.
Reich and the boyfriend Matt Graboski are not Catholics, so they
decided to start a family with no plans of getting married soon. Despite the harsh reaction from the school, Graboski told
the news that he is “extremely excited” about Reich’s pregnancy. “It’s one
of the most rewarding things you can possibly go through, “he added.They just
want to get married on their own terms, and if that means losing a job, then so
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