Guest AuthorPavan Soni

Inflexion Point, November 2019

By | Dr Pavan Soni | IIM-B Innovation Evangelist 

Welcome back to Inflexion Point.
This edition focuses on children and parenting. Hope you find it useful. 
Kindly read at leisure and share with pleasure. 
Mothers are connected to their babies, much before the baby is born, but how about fathers? Do fathers have a bond with their babies? Research on rats suggest that dads develop new neurons in response of staying with their new-born, and this helps develop greater empathy. The key, however, is ‘staying’ with the new-born, and not just fathering one. A child deprived of father often grows emotionally troubled, experience addiction issues, and aggression. (Source: Scientific American) 
These days, parents, with resources, would go to any extent to keep their children busy with something, and most likely it’s screen-time. Research and anecdotal evidences show that boredom has a tremendous value in encouraging imagination and resourcefulness in children. Several studies in 90s identified that TV watching significantly dipped storytelling and divergent thinking among kids. Boredom also allows children to muster their internal resources in the absence of external stimulus that would otherwise keep them busy. (Source: World Economic Forum) 
Autistic children often experience great levels of anxiety owing to context switching which is so common in schools, as they move from classrooms to playgrounds and thereabouts. An architect explains how design could help autistic children learn better. Ideas like pause spaces between corridors, multiple entrances to a class room, windows to offer assurance, and the likes could help relieve the anxiety and save the child from too much or too little of information. (Source: Fast Company) 
This one could induce a serious amount of guilt in you if you are a new parent. The work styles of parents has a significant impact of the mental wellbeing of their children. Research at the Drexel University offers that children feel less secure if their parents are psychologically attached to their jobs, regardless of their working hours, and that being psychologically present matters a lot.  For mothers, taking care of themselves and not being busy on the household front also positively influence the mental health of the child. (Source: Harvard Business Review) 
The association of high screen time and the onset of ADHD is well known, but recent research indicates that high levels of screen time could also lead to significant changes in the anatomy of children’s brains. Research suggests that active screen time results in depletion of the ‘white matter integrity’, the nerve fibres responsible for cognitive skills and language. A key manifestation is the slowing down of literacy in an early age. (Source: MIT Tech Review) 
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