The sci­ence of SMILES

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Happy Thoughts -

One-year-olds who take part in in­ter­ac­tive mu­sic classes with their par­ents smile more, ac­cord­ing to a 2012 study. They are also bet­ter at other early com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, such as point­ing at out-of-reach ob­jects and wav­ing good­bye.

Bubs in Hol­land like to smile, laugh and cud­dle more than those in the US, a tem­per­a­men­tal dif­fer­ence that’s a re­sult of the way they’re raised, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished in 2015. American par­ents em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of stim­u­la­tion to pro­mote so­cial in­de­pen­dence, while Dutch par­ents are more likely to in­clude chil­dren in daily ac­tiv­i­ties at home.

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