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Kindness matters

  Parents want to their kids to be kind, and say it’s a trait they value over intelligence and work ethic.   The U.S group Meredith Corporation’s first ever Parents’ Values Study has found while parents value kindness above all else, they believe young people today are less kind than in previous generations.   Here’s…

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Thinking of others starts really, really young

  Toddlers might not be as self-absorbed as you think.  A study into altruism in 19-month-olds found that even when hungry, they would give a tasty snack to a stranger in need.   The team at the University of Washington’s Institution for Learning and Brain Sciences studied nearly 100 toddlers and found not only do…

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How Maia’s cord blood changed her life and the lives of her family

How Maia’s cord blood changed her life and the lives of her family   Maia Friedlander was the first NZ child to be successfully treated with her own cord blood after suffering brain damage at birth. Thankfully her parents, Jillian and Daniel, had this option because they had saved Maia’s cord blood stem cells with…

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Keeping Shai’s memory alive

Keeping Shai’s memory alive   Frances Verter gave up a career at NASA to dedicate her life to telling expectant parents about the importance of cord blood banking. When her daughter Shai was born, Frances did not know cord blood banking was an option and had no idea of how life-changing these stem cells could…

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Saving Frances’ cord blood saved her life

Saving Frances’ cord blood saved her life   This is a cord blood story that is both heart-wrenching and inspirational. When Frances Everall’s family banked her cord blood with CordBank in 2002, they never dreamed it would be needed so soon and so dramatically. But at four years old their daughter was diagnosed with a…

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What Laura McGoldrick discovered about cord blood banking

  What Laura McGoldrick discovered about cord blood banking   When the multi-talented Laura McGoldrick discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her journalist persona took over. To sort through the overwhelming amount of advice for new mums, Laura started asking questions. One of the things she wanted to find out more about was…

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Pandemic baby bonus

Singapore is planning to give couples around NZ$3200 for any baby born in the next two years.   It’s a response to Covid-19 as surveys have shown around a third of couples there are planning to delay starting or extending their families as a result of the pandemic.   The one-off payment is designed to…

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Why friend networks are so important

If your friends are friends you are likely to feel more supported.  A study done by Ohio State University has found people whose friends and family know and like each other feel they have more social support. The study author, David Lee, says the more cohesive and dense your network of friends and family is,…

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The power of parents’ love

While it is well understood parents often put their own relationship to the side to meet their children’s needs, it turns out that might not be the best approach.   Using unique data from Nepal, researchers from the University of Michigan and McGill University in Quebec has found the affection between parents shapes their children’s…

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Imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery

A six month old baby is smarter than you might think and can understand when adults imitate them.   A new study from Lund University in Sweden has found six month old infants perceive imitators as more friendly.    The babies in the study looked and smiled longer at an adult who imitated them as…

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