toddlers might not want to speak up — but that doesn’t mean they don’t understand what you're saying to them, according to a new study of the largely misunderstood connections between shyness and language.
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“Behaviorally inhibited children who may not be speaking much shouldn’t be underestimated,” says study author Soo Rhee, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, in a press release about the findings. “Parents and teachers should be aware that they may need to be encouraged more in their expressive language development.”
The study, published in the journal Child Development, was prompted by a thesis student’s review paper that examined associations between shyness and verbal skills, Rhee tells Yahoo Shine. To test those associations, researchers looked at information collected on 816 toddlers — 408 sets of twins — at 14, 20, and 24 months of age, times when children’s language
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Barbies absolutely do not influence little girls in any way when it comes to ideals of body size, says the lead Barbie designer at Mattel. Furthermore, the doll’s inhuman proportions were made that way simply as a functional necessity, “for girls to easily dress and undress.”This just in:
As someone who was obsessed with Barbies until about the age of 10—and who has been prone to fears of getting fat, on and off, since right around then—I cannot say for certain whether there’s a connection or not. But what I can say with some conviction is this: This new explanation, courtesy of Barbie’s vice president of design Kim Culmone, is total BS.
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“Barbie's body was never meant to be realistic…Primarily it’s for function for the little girl, for real life fabrics to be able to be turned and sewn, and have the outfit still fall properly on her body,” she continues in her no-holds-barred interview with Fast Company. To that,
pull together a whirlwind ceremony, white gown and all, within 24 hours so that her mother wouldn’t miss her big day.Aly Femia of Connecticut planned to spend three leisurely years nailing down the perfect wedding plan. But she was thrown a curve ball when her mom received a terminal-cancer diagnosis in late January, prompting her to Read More »from Bride Plans Her Wedding in 24 Hours, Just for Mom
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“My favorite part of the day was having my mom see me in my wedding dress, wearing a string of her pearls, and seeing her smile,” Femia, née Enia, told BuzzFeed. “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.”
Aly and now-husband Anthony Femia graduated from Greenwich High School together in 2008 but began their romance while both attended Manhattanville College in New York. He proposed marriage in 2012, on a getaway at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, but they decided to put off the event until Aly finished grad school and Anthony recovered from shoulder surgery. But then Aly’s mom,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Jan 31, 2014 3:57 PM EST
politicians alike are forever seeking ways to increase the number of moms who nurse, the United Arab Emirates has come up with its own unique solution: to mandate breastfeeding by law, setting off alarm bells across the Internet and in “lactivist” circles alike.While American breastfeeding activists and Read More »from Breastfeeding Now Mandatory in United Arab Emirates: Does the Law Go Too Far?
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“To hell with women’s rights,” one outraged responder writes on Twitter, with another tweeting, “Are you kidding? Obviously not thought out,” and others calling the law “absolutely ridiculous” and “absurd and unfair.”
The new legislation—a hotly contested provision of the sweeping new Child Rights Law, approved by the Federal National Council in the UAE this month—mandates breastfeeding for the first two years of a child's life, though not exclusively, reflecting timeline recommendations of both the World Health Organization and the Quran. In the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 5:22 PM EST
banner year. With the passage of trans-inclusive laws on both local and national levels, strides for students seeking equal treatment in schools around the country, and eased requirements for those wanting to change their gender on Social Security records, all in 2013, change is actually happening. That's in no small part due to the rising visibility of activists, and one in particular — Janet Mock, a powerful voice emerging from the trans community.The transgender-rights movement had a Read More »from The Latest, Greatest Face of the Trans Movement: 5 Amazing Janet Mock Facts
Since stepping into the national spotlight in 2011 with her pivotal Marie Claire essay, “I Was Born a Boy,” the Hawaii native and professional journalist has become a well-known activist for trans rights, lending her grace and knowledge to forums from NPR interviews to stints on "Melissa Harris-Perry." In February she’ll release a coming-of-age memoir, “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More,” and take her story on the road for a national book tour. Below, five facts
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 30, 2014 2:36 PM EST
reunited with him.Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin stood dangerously close to the precipice of a busy bridge in London, planning to jump and end his life. Morning crowds rushed by the young man, who was struggling to deal with his recently diagnosed schizoaffective disorder, but one stranger stopped to offer kindness, empathy, and a cup of coffee. Neil Laybourn, a 31-year-old personal trainer, managed to persuade Benjamin to step away from the ledge that day. This week, after years of recovery and curiosity about the young man who had saved his life and then disappeared into the crowd, Benjamin finally Read More »from #FindMike: One Man's Internet Search for the Guy Who Saved His Life
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“I feel like I’ve won the lottery –– I’m totally elated. It means the world to me to finally have the opportunity to say thank you,” Benjamin, 26, said through a statement released by the U.K. organization Rethink Mental Illness, which helped him track down Laybourn.
Benjamin, who was in such a state that day on the city’s
obesity is now officially classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. But that decision, made in June, may actually wind up triggering more harm than good, according to a new study by a trio of psychologists.Like lung cancer, diabetes, and alcoholism, Read More »from Should We Stop Calling Obesity a Disease?
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“Reading about the decision to label obesity as a disease predicted lower concern for weight, less focus on health goals, and higher calorie food choice,” researcher Crystal Hoyt, of the University of Richmond, tells Yahoo Shine in regard to what she and fellow researchers found. In other words, when people learned that their obesity was a disease, they felt less responsible for it and, in turn, consumed more calories. Interestingly, they were also more able to let down their guard — which does have an upside, the researchers discovered: emotional lift.
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“We have evidence
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 29, 2014 12:22 PM EST
Forget Peyton Manning. The star of this year’s Super Bowl is quickly shaping up to be Gracie — the adorable, biracial little girl who ignited bigoted vitriol when she appeared in an oddly controversial Cheerios ad back in May. Now the cereal maker is doubling down by bringing Gracie and her fictional TV parents — one black, one white — back for a 30-second follow-up, to air on Sunday during the year’s most scrutinized advertising time slot.
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“Like millions of Americans, we just fell in love with this family,” Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios at General Mills, tells the New York Times. “The big game provided another opportunity to tell another story about family love.”
The commercial’s plot in May centered around Gracie lovingly pouring a pile of the cereal on her dad’s chest while he napped. But a flood of viewers were shockingly fixated on the interracial aspect — with many Read More »from Cheerios Ad Wins Super Bowl With Return of Controversial Interracial Family
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Tue, Jan 28, 2014 4:23 PM ESTAt age 20, Samantha Geldenhuys learned some shocking news. And "shocking" is probably an understatement for describing the discovery: The beloved mother who'd raised her was also her kidnapper and had been wanted by authorities for nearly two decades.
Shortly after losing custody of the little girl in a South Carolina court, Dorothy Barnett kidnapped her daughter in 1994, taking her on a journey across four continents, and sparking a case that soon became one of the biggest child-abduction mysteries in U.S. history. The story was back in the media spotlight in November 2013, when Samantha and her mom were tracked down in Australia and Barnett was arrested. But until Monday night, the world had not heard from Samantha, née Savanna Todd, who spoke in an exclusive interview with Australian news show “Today Tonight.” In the broadcast, she says she is firmly on her mother's side.
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Raiderettes suing the Oakland Raiders for alleged labor-law violations has failed to convince you that being an NFL cheerleader is not as glamorous as it seems, then listen up—because the newly leaked handbook of condescending cheerleader policy just might.If recent news about the Read More »from The Crazy Demands of Being a Pro Cheerleader
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“It takes 3-5 seconds to form a first impression of someone,” notes part of the Raiderette handbook’s etiquette section, according to Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times. “Keep nail polish pads in your car for emergencies. Smile, shake hands with everyone.” Abcarian explains that she received the handbook in the mail after writing last week about the squad’s class-action lawsuit, led by cheerleader Lacy T. She alleges, among other points, that the team withholds pay—a measly $125 per game—until the season is complete, and that the contract she signed is “packed with illegal provisions.”
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