A study compared two types of classrooms: one in which the teacher never mentioned gender, using terms like "children" or "friends," and one in which the teacher called attention to gender. In the classrooms where teachers used gendered language, children were less likely to play with kids of the other gender and more likely to subscribe to stereotypes (such as only girls should play with dolls, and only boys can become firefighters), even though the teachers never mentioned such "rules" or had children compare themselves.
The developmental psychologist behind the study points out that we would never say "good morning black children and white children" and claims that segregating children by gender is as damaging as separating them based on race — so, no all-girls schools? The stereotypes can impact how kids judge what they're good at and what they want to do when they grow up.
While I think it's important for teachers to make sure that boys and girls interact with each other and know that their life choices won't be limited by their genders, do you think teachers should stop mentioning gender altogether?
The holidays can be hectic for a mama — especially if she's trying to keep her excited tots seated during a long meal or from unwrapping their presents! We asked Lisa Gaché, the founder of Beverly Hills Manners, a company that makes learning fun for children, for her thoughts on realistic expectations. Check out her advice on everything from holiday attire to the gift exchange.
If you failed the marshmallow test when you were a kid, chances are you won't see success, according to a study by psychologist Walter Mischel. Researchers place the white, fluffy sweet on a plate and tell the kids to either eat the marshmallow now or wait for a moment to eat two marshmallows. It's apparently a great indicator of impulse control, which is a good predictor of SAT scores. In fact, those who chose the delayed gratification path scored 210 more points than those who succumbed to the allures of the yummy marshmallows. Do you think this is a smart test to measure a person's chances of succeeding?
Check out the cute video below of a professor who carried out this experiment:
Moms who go back to the daily grind before their kids turn three won't see their children doing worse in terms of academics and behavior, according to a review of research spanning 50 years. That's great to hear, because it's one less thing mothers have to worry about when they return to work; their children will turn out fine, and maybe do even better in some cases. In fact, children of working moms who return to work before they are three years of age were rated by their teachers as higher achievers than their peers.
The results of these findings disprove the belief that a woman has to choose between a corner office and a happy home life, and I'm sure these CEO moms will be relieved to hear that. Actually, it seems like most of them already know that. "If you can compartmentalize, you can focus," Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz tells the WSJ about raising kids and juggling work. "You plan not to have guilt."
Find out more about the results after the break.
Here's a post from OnSugar blog Rantings of a Single Girl.I had a wonderful vacation. Wonderful. It was so great to see my best friend again and meet my nephew. We had a great time just hanging out and catching up. Getting to cuddle with the baby was a great stress reliever as well. It was so hard to leave and come home.
When I got home, I can't tell you how badly my heart ached. My house felt so empty. Sure, Devil Cat was happily waiting on me, but it feels so void of life. At my friend's house there were people coming by to celebrate the baby. He was screaming, crying, cooing. A family was in that home. My home is missing all that.
When you think of the case of Ines Sainz, the Mexican sports reporter allegedly harassed in the Jets locker room, it seems women can't win. She had to defend her wardrobe, which was called too tight and too sexy. Keith Olbermann called her the worst person in the world, saying she undermined every female sports reporter by dressing unprofessionally.
If Ines Sainz's outfit undermines female reporters, maybe we should stop selling little girls News Anchor Barbies dressed in heels, formfitting clothes, and power pink.