I have some questions for Donald Trump’s new nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Kathy Kraninger – the person Donald Trump officially nominated yesterday to run the CFPB – has spent the past 15 months working for Mick Mulvaney at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Her job at OMB: to oversee all of the Trump administration’s budget requests for seven executive branch agencies – including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.
The American people deserve to know whether Kathy Kraninger helped lock immigrant children up in cages before Donald Trump gives her a big promotion to lead the consumer watch dog. So I’m placing a hold on her nomination – and fighting it at every step – until we know:
Let’s just be clear: Kraninger’s job at OMB wasn’t just some hoity-toity position where you don’t get your hands dirty.
OMB’s oversight of government agencies is a full-contact sport. It means “ongoing policy and management guidance,” “oversee[ing] implementation of policy options,” and working with agencies all year as they shift money around to implement a new law or policy.
In other words: If Kathy Kraninger did her job correctly – worthy of getting this huge promotion – she should know exactly where this policy to rip apart immigrant families came from.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau needs a director who will level the playing field for hard-working people – not someone who fought for, rubber-stamped, or turned a blind eye to policies that treat children and families like animals.
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Summary: According to researchers, dads who interact more with their children during the first few months of life have a positive impact on their baby’s cognitive development.
Source: Imperial College London.
Fathers who interact more with their children in their first few months of life could have a positive impact on their baby’s cognitive development.
In a study, published in the Infant Mental Health Journal, researchers from Imperial College London, King’s College London and Oxford University looked at how fathers interacted with their babies at three months of age and measured the infants’ cognitive development more than a year later.
They found that babies whose fathers were more engaged and active when playing with them in their initial months performed better in cognitive tests at two years of age. The researchers say that while a number of factors are critical in a child’s development, the relatively unexplored link between quality father-infant interactions at a young age may be an important one.
Professor Paul Ramchandani, from the Department of Medicine at Imperial and who led the research, said: “Even as early as three months, these father-child interactions can positively predict cognitive development almost two years later, so there’s something probably quite meaningful for later development, and that really hasn’t been shown much before.”
In the study, researchers recorded video of parents interacting with their children, with mothers and fathers playing with their babies without toys, at three months, and then during a book-reading session at two years of age. The videos were then observed independently by trained researchers, with different researchers at three months and 24 months grading the fathers on their interactions.
At two years of age, they scored the baby’s cognitive development using the standardised Bayley mental development index (MDI) – which involved tasks such as recognising colours and shapes.
After analysing data for 128 fathers, and accounting for factors such as their income and age, they found a positive correlation between the degree to which dads engaged with their babies and how the children scored on the tests. Dads with more positive outlooks were also more likely to have babies who performed better on the MDI scales.
What’s more, the positive link between involved dads and higher infant MDI scores were seen equally whether the child was a boy or a girl, countering the idea that play time with dad is more important for boys than girls, at an early age.
Dr Vaheshta Sethna from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, said: “We also found that children interacting with sensitive, calm and less anxious fathers during a book session at the age of two showed better cognitive development, including attention, problem-solving, language and social skills. This suggests that reading activities and educational references may support cognitive and learning development in these children.”
Dr Sethna added: “Our findings highlight the importance of supporting fathers to interact more positively with their children in early infancy. Specifically, considering interventions which encourage increased father-infant engagement with shared positive emotions, and book sharing sessions supportive of cognitive development.”
While the study provides a window into the effects of dad’s involvement with baby, there were a number of limitations. Parents recruited to the study were drawn from a relatively well educated population. In addition, the measure of interactions were taken from relatively short videos, so may not represent how they interact in other situations.
The researchers are now working on a trial based on helping parents with their interactions with their children and then giving them positive feedback to help them deal with challenging behaviour.
Professor Ramchandani concluded: “For those fathers who are more engaged it may be that there is a lot more positive stuff going on in their lives generally. That might be the reason for the link, but we can’t be sure of that. All we can say is that there is a signal here, and it seems to be an important one.
“The clear message for new fathers here is to get stuck in and play with your baby. Even when they’re really young playing and interacting with them can have a positive effect.”
Source: Ryan O’Hare – Imperial College London
Image Source: NeuroscienceNews.com image is adapted from the Imperial College London news release.
Original Research: Full open access research for “Father-child interactions at 3 months and 24 months: contributions to children’s cognitive development at 24 months” by Vaheshta Sethna, Emily Perry, Jill Domoney, Jane Iles, Lamprini Psychogiou, Natasha E.L. Rowbotham, Alan Stein, Lynne Murray, and Paul G. Ramchandani in Infant Mental Health Journal. Published online April 27 2017 doi:10.1002/imhj.21642
Father-child interactions at 3 months and 24 months: contributions to children’s cognitive development at 24 months
The quality of father–child interactions has become a focus of increasing research in the field of child development. We examined the potential contribution of father–child interactions at both 3 months and 24 months to children’s cognitive development at 24 months. Observational measures of father–child interactions at 3 and 24 months were used to assess the quality of fathers’ parenting (n = 192). At 24 months, the Mental Developmental Index (MDI) of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Second Edition (N. Bayley, 1993) measured cognitive functioning. The association between interactions and cognitive development was examined using multiple linear regression analyses, adjusting for paternal age, education and depression, infant age, and maternal sensitivity.
Children whose fathers displayed more withdrawn and depressive behaviors in father–infant interactions at 3 months scored lower on the MDI at 24 months. At 24 months, children whose fathers were more engaged and sensitive as well as those whose fathers were less controlling in their interactions scored higher on the MDI. These findings were independent of the effects of maternal sensitivity. Results indicate that father–child interactions, even from a very young age (i.e., 3 months) may influence children’s cognitive development. They highlight the potential significance of interventions to promote positive parenting by fathers and policies that encourage fathers to spend more time with their young children.
“Father-child interactions at 3 months and 24 months: contributions to children’s cognitive development at 24 months” by Vaheshta Sethna, Emily Perry, Jill Domoney, Jane Iles, Lamprini Psychogiou, Natasha E.L. Rowbotham, Alan Stein, Lynne Murray, and Paul G. Ramchandani in Infant Mental Health Journal. Published online April 27 2017 doi:10.1002/imhj.21642
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Our children are not our possession, they are entrusted to us to care for until they can independently live in this world, ready with their college degrees or creative passions.
We model our good behavior to our children or God’s children and it is our honor when they grew up as responsible citizens, loving and caring other human beings. We are temporary caretakers of our children and we do not own or possess them. They are children of God and not our own. We are tasked to take care of them until they can take care of themselves.
Religion is a place to worship and not to limit us in the way we love or treat others. Positive cultural practices are followed and negative , dehumanized cultural norms are not followed as we are human beings, with free will and love.
I am sad of some honor killings in Pakistan. Let the future children believe that this world is filled with human love, not limited by cultural practices without love and compassion and not limited by religion that judges one because of abortion, marrying another without parental permission and so on.
I am sad that there is no family planning in the Philippines. A household of 6 siblings and the father and mother have no jobs. The children has to labor to put food on the table. And the older children dependent on their parents for everything. I am sad there is not enough jobs in the Philippines and not everyone can survive without help from other family members or relatives, college education is not free and other misfortunes.
I am positive that the future is bright if we have love in our hearts and passion to fulfill our dreams, to finish college and to find a better job.
I am hopeful for the USA without Trump or with Trump but still hoping that US politicians will put the people’s issues first and not their own.
As both of you are born at home and I have shielded you from the hi and lows of emotions and life stresses, now that you are grown I want you to be victorius when life throws you an ultimate stressor. Surround yourself with people who support and love you unconditionally. A hug from a love one will erase any worries away. Yesterday, you hugged your grandma (my daughter and you cried) who was stressed from her coworker who has shrinked brain due to her past.
I have told you to stay away from bitchy people or people who cannot handle life’s stresses with ease and acceptable adult behaviour. It pains me to see you cry, but I have to raise you with strength and stamina that I got from your strong great grandma Claudia. In Asian culture, we fold and do not voice our opinions to our superiors and should not show aggressiveness at work. I will be happy dying if my children can withstand an ultimate stress in life and come out victorious.
Do not tolerate abuses, start nurturing with love your future children and others you touch and meet. At times, you want to avoid, unreasonable people and at times, you may shout back to fold them inside and stop their abusive personality. I have raised you with love, seldom says no and never tolerated brattiness and I love that both of you value work and school and being savers of money.
Be yourself, show more love to influence others with your positive spirit.
Your mom, C
We perform bowel elimination in the wrong position. Instead of squatting, we sit. Instead of standing, on hands or knees, squatting or on all fours, we deliver our babies lying on our back opposite gravity.
Why did we forget to bear down or moan or groan when we feel the urge to push. We forgot to do all these techniques and skills as we are not surrounded by older women who are at our side and told their experience to us. We listened to the scientific way, which is also true but is designed to provide explanation to the unnecessary regimen that they brought in to deliver a baby.
So, listen and be empowered. Learn from everyone. Apply all of them and use the one that is close to nature. Do this only, when you have proper prenatal with a midwife or a holistic doctor and in healthy state. Only when our blood and urine chemistry are perfect and we have not taken drugs during the first trimeter, before the conception and during pregnancies when not warranted.
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