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Motherhood is not a gender stereotype – it’s science

first_imgMercatorNet 11 May 2018In a report to Family First New Zealand published today, leading American family scholar and father of five, Glenn Stanton, writes about the distinct and vital contribution of the mother to a child’s wellbeing. Drawing on common experience and the findings of contemporary research, Stanton reminds us about Why Mothers Matter. The following is an excerpt from the report, published here with the permission of Family First NZ.The mother’s orientation towards the childGood mothers and fathers are both certainly very physical with their children. However, mothers are physical in different ways to fathers – ways which stem from their basic nature as women.From moment one, what is it that you, as a mother, will do with your child? Take any cultural or gender stereotypes you might have and put them aside to think about this in the larger human experience across cultures and time. Is there a common answer? Yes, there is – and it has nothing to do with any particular cultural gender caricature that feminist studies professors will warn you about. It has everything to do with the essence of every good mother.As soon as a child emerges from the womb, the overwhelming first inclination and physical activity of the mother is to take the crying, quivering newborn close to her and put it to her breast for comfort and sustenance. No mother need to be taught that this should be done. That desire flows from her as strong as any emotion or force she has ever experienced. Everything within her needs to hold and comfort her child. Her body itself, and not just her emotions, is reacting to her baby’s cry. A mother’s brain viscerally and physically responds at this moment.In one interesting experiment conducted in Italy, men and women were placed in a brain-scan machine. The researchers played two different sounds intermittently, with periods of silence in between. One sound was just white noise, the other was an infant’s hungry cry. The subjects were not informed beforehand that the sounds would be played, so that anticipation would not be a factor. Their brains were observed for internal responses – neural firings – to these sounds. During periods of silence and when white noise was played, the brain responses of males or females were identical. But, as the researchers explained, “the brain activity of women and men differed considerably” when they both heard the cries of a baby.The men showed no significant response. But women did, regardless of whether they were mothers or not. The female brain sends signals throughout the body when it hears a baby crying for food and comfort. It’s natural. In fact, these scholars reported something else that’s natural. When the father seems oblivious or indifferent to your baby’s cries, it’s not because he is selfish or uncaring. It’s that his brain is actually wired that way. The Italian researchers explain, “In functional terms, this finding suggests that, whereas the female brain during hunger cries interrupts on-going mind-wandering, the male brain continues in self-reflection” even if he is reflecting on nothing in particular. In other words, dad’s brain can remain unaffected by his child’s cry.It is a remarkable and frustrating quirk of nature — but it’s not his fault. Having said that, fathers must learn to be attentive and respond more quickly to the child’s cries.Mum’s body does not just respond to the baby’s cry. Science also shows us that something significant happens in the deepest interiors of the bodies of both mother and child during the intimacy of nursing. It is not just the functioning of the breast and delivery of nutrition to the baby. Mothers who have more skin-to-skin interaction with their child – including breast feeding – are shown in longitudinal, control-group studies to experience reduced postpartum depression and overall psychological stress, increased uterine health, protection against Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and improved menstruation.In short, the mother’s orientation is unmistakably toward the child. This is hardwired and hard-driven. Others who seek to interrupt it will often do so at their own peril.A new father is certainly interested in the child itself, but he is also very interested in his child in relation to the rest of world. More so than the mother. This is an important distinction. Dad is more likely to celebrate the child with the rest of his community as a badge of honour and excitement. Curiously, he considers the newborn as his accomplishment even though he felt no pain or broke no sweat! This is why fathers have long passed out cigars to their friends. It’s about his relationship as a new father to the larger community, and a celebration of the event of the arrival of his new child.https://www.mercatornet.com/mobile/view/motherhood-is-not-a-gender-stereotype-its-scienceWhy mothers matterSunLive 13 May 2018     “Mum’s femininity not only gave birth to and nourished her children, but helps them develop into the unique, healthy and influential human beings society requires. “New Zealand cannot exist without her. She does what no other person in the life of every human being can do.”The above comments form part of a report released by Family First NZ to celebrate Mother’s Day this year.‘Why Mothers Matter’ was written by Glenn Stanton, the director of Global Family Formation Studies at’ Focus on the Family’ in Colorado Springs, USA.Family First NZ spokesperson Sue Reid says in a world that seems fixed on diminishing the unique roles of each parent, the report draws on extensive research from child psychologists and from child development science, highlighting the fact that mothers are different to fathers in what they bring to parenthood.“Our modern society seems bent on equality but our roles are different. Stanton addresses in this report the need to acknowledge that each parent contributes to the success and function of the family in different ways. Mothers are crucial for both sons and daughters. They not only role-model for their own daughters but they influence a son to be wired to care for and protect women around them.”As a mother herself, Sue says this research paper is an important commentary. “In this ever-changing modern world, it is paramount that we stop, pause in our busy world, and consider the significant role of the mothers in our midst.”The report says mums make makes countless contributions to bringing up their children that are distinct from dad’s way and she is typically not even aware how her special way of loving, caring for, protecting and teaching her children is as distinctive as it is important.READ MORE: https://sunlive.co.nz/news/179479-why-mothers-matter.htmllast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgBecause of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he will begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings on Tuesday as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:— The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (YOOS’-chehk) says safety is the priority but he trusts the people in power to make the right decision. — Central Michigan is discontinuing its men’s track and field program, citing university-wide budget cuts. The decision affects both indoor and outdoor track. Athletic director Michael Alford says the school is facing “a new financial reality” because of enrollment challenges and the coronavirus crisis. — Central Michigan is discontinuing its men’s track and field program, citing university-wide budget cuts. The decision affects both indoor and outdoor track. Athletic director Michael Alford says the school is facing “a new financial reality” because of enrollment challenges and the coronavirus crisis.,Update on the latest in sports: Update on the latest in sports: NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team.Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times. Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he will begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21. Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days.The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.” While Massachusetts is planning to lift its ban on some businesses and activities next week, large public gatherings have been banned through Labor Day — a week before the race’s new date.— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season.In a separate development, the NHL Players’ Association executive board voted to defer the final payment of players’ regular season salaries through the end of May. Players were owed their final checks on April 15.HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. May 19, 2020 May 19, 2020 Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings on Tuesday as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:— The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (YOOS’-chehk) says safety is the priority but he trusts the people in power to make the right decision. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days.The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.” While Massachusetts is planning to lift its ban on some businesses and activities next week, large public gatherings have been banned through Labor Day — a week before the race’s new date.— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team.Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times. Associated Press Associated Press This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season.In a separate development, the NHL Players’ Association executive board voted to defer the final payment of players’ regular season salaries through the end of May. Players were owed their final checks on April 15.HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.last_img read more

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J-D, ESM girls lacrosse advance to sectional Class C semifinals

first_imgFor the first time, the East Syracuse Minoa girls lacrosse team found itself in the Section III Class C playoffs, poised as the no. 2 seed with the ultimate objective trying to take down top seed and two-time defending champion Jamesville-DeWitt.First, though, the Spartans had to make it through two early-round tests, starting with Monday’s quarterfinal against no. 7 seed Whitesboro, which proved a bit stressful, but still ESM defeated the Warriors 15-10.It was an active first half, both sides putting together sustained scoring runs, and it took every bit of ESM’s skill to fight its way to an 8-7 advantage going to the break. A day later, ESM found out that it would face no. 3 seed Fulton (who beat Watertown 17-9) in Thursday’s semifinals at Christian Brothers Academy’s Alibrandi Stadium, right after J-D meets no. 4 seed Cortland.To get there, the Red Rams first had to navigate through Tuesday’s quarterfinal with New Hartford, which didn’t prove too stressful as J-D blasted those other Spartans 19-2, while Cortland eliminated Carthage 16-5.During the first half, J-D put away New Hartford, shutting them out while accumulating 12 unanswered goals. And despite a running clock, the Rams kept adding to that margin.Riley LaTray scored five times and added three assists, leading J-D as Lindsay MacLachlan and Lily Loewenguth both netted three goals and MacLachlan got an assist.Kailey McKenna and Emily Bobrek both produced two goals and two assists, with Everly Kessler adding two goals and one assist. Ana Dieroff had a goal and two assists as Chloe Loewenguth also found the net.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story During the second half, the Spartans’ defense showed vast improvement, containing Whitesboro as Anna James worked her total to 11 saves, three more than Warriors counterpart Savanna Thomas.Meanwhile, Rileigh White was accumulating five goals, leading an ESM attack where Katherine Andrus and Julianna Barton each scored three times, Andrus adding two assists.Emma Biel finished with two goals and one assist. Kelly Thomas and Sydney Carnival scored, too, with Thomas earning an assist. Madison Davis and Gracie Stuhlman each had three goals for Whitesboro, with Davis notching a pair of assists.center_img Tags: ESMgirls lacrosseJ-Dlast_img read more

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Memorial Tournament 2020 tee times, TV coverage, live stream & more to watch Sunday’s Round 4

first_imgMemorial Tournament odds, picks for 2020Bryson DeChambeau (+1,000)Justin Thomas (+1,100)Patrick Cantlay (+1,400)Rory McIlroy (+1,400)Dustin Johnson (+1,600)Brooks Koepka (+2,000)Jon Rahm (+2,000)Collin Morikawa (+2,200)Tiger Woods (+2,200)Viktor Hovland (+2,200)Webb Simpson (+2,200)DeChambeau is the betting favorite (+1,000) to win the 2020 Memorial Tournament. A $100 bet on DeChambeau would win $1,000.You can find odds for the entire field here.Memorial Tournament past winnersSix different golfers have won the Memorial Tournament multiple times, including Woods, who has emerged victorious five times in his career (1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2012).YearWinnerScore2019Patrick Cantlay-192018Bryson DeChambeau-152017Jason Dufner-132016William McGirt-152015David Lingmerth-152014Hideki Matsuyama-132013Matt Kuchar-122012Tiger Woods-92011Steve Stricker-162010Justin Rose-18 The 2020 Memorial Tournament field is filled with heavy hitters, but the eyes of many viewers will be fixed on Tiger Woods.After five months away from the golf course, Woods will be part of a loaded group as he returns to the PGA Tour. He will join Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy for the opening two rounds at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Woods’ presence adds another compelling element to the Memorial Tournament, but it may be unwise to assume the 15-time major winner will immediately jump to the top of the leaderboard. Woods last played in February at the Genesis Open, and he finished last among those who made the cut. Expect other big names like Koepka, McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas to contend for the title.Here is everything you need to know about the 2020 Memorial Tournament, including a list of tee times (updated daily), the complete TV schedule and more.MORE: Watch the Memorial Tournament live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Watch the Memorial Tournament 2020Dates: July 16-19, 2020TV channels: CBS Sports, Golf ChannelLive stream: PGA Tour Live, fuboTV (7-day free trial)Live coverage of the 2020 Memorial Tournament for Rounds 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday can be seen on Golf Channel. Rounds 3 and 4 can be watched on Golf Channel in the afternoon and CBS Sports in the evening.The entire event can be live-streamed via PGA Tour Live or fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.DateTimeTV channelThursday, July 162:30-6:30 p.m. ETGolf Channel, fuboTVFriday, July 172:30-6:30 p.m. ETGolf Channel, fuboTVSaturday, July 1812:30-3 p.m. ET / 3-6 p.m. ETGolf Channel, CBS Sports, fuboTVSunday, July 191-3:30 p.m. ET / 3:30-7 p.m. ETGolf Channel, CBS Sports, fuboTVLIVE: Follow the Memorial Tournament leaderboardMemorial Tournament tee times for 2020Here is the complete list of Memorial Tournament tee times for Sunday’s fourth round.Round 4: Sunday, July 19FIRST TEETee time (ET)Group8:25 a.m.Sepp Straka, Joel Dahmen8:35 a.m.Kevin Streelman, Sung Kang8:45 a.m.Carl Pettersson, Jimmy Walker8:55 a.m.Keegan Bradley, Vijay Singh9:05 a.m.Denny McCarthy, Scott Piercy9:15 a.m.Cameron Smith, Mark Hubbard9:25 a.m.Lanto Griffin, Bo Hoag9:35 a.m.C.T. Pan, Zach Johnson9:45 a.m.Ryan Moore, Stewart Cink9:55 a.m.Jim Furyk, Brooks Koepka10:05 a.m.Scott Harrington, Christiaan Bezuidenhout10:15 a.m.Bud Cauley, Matt Kuchar10:25 a.m.Collin Morikawa, Phil Mickelson10:35 a.m.Corey Conners, Charles Howell III10:45 a.m.Abraham Ancer, Xander Schauffele10:55 a.m.Jason Dufner, Erik van Rooyen11:05 a.m.Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia11:15 a.m.William McGirt, Keith Mitchell11:25 a.m.Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman11:35 a.m.Steve Stricker, Luke List11:45 a.m.Harris English11:55 a.m.Sebastian Munoz, Viktor Hovland12:05 p.m.Billy Horschel, Tyler Duncan12:15 p.m.Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed12:25 p.m.Adam Hadwin, Si Woo Kim12:35 p.m.Bubba Watson, Carlos Ortiz12:45 p.m.Matthew Fitzpatrick, Lucas Glover12:55 p.m.Dylan Frittelli1:05 p.m.Matthew Wolff, Xinjun Zhang1:15 p.m.Gary Woodland, Brendon Todd1:25 p.m.Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth1:35 p.m.Brendan Steele, Kevin Na1:45 p.m.Mackenzie Hughes, Scottie Scheffler1:55 p.m.Patrick Rodgers, Patrick Cantlay2:05 p.m.Matt Wallace, Chez Reavie2:15 p.m.Henrik Norlander, Jason Day2:25 p.m.Tony Finau, Danny Willett2:35 p.m.Jon Rahm, Ryan PalmerMemorial Tournament purseThe purse at the 2020 Memorial Tournament is $9.3 million. The winner will pocket more than $1.6 million in prize money.last_img read more

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