One Of The Most Insane Baby Studies I've EVER Heard About - Nannies Turn Baby Boys Into Future Adulterers. Um... Right.
In one of the most insane baby studies I've EVER heard about, Dr. Dennis Friedman, a Fellow of the Royal...
In one of the most insane baby studies I've EVER heard about, Dr. Dennis Friedman, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, argues that men become womanizers because their mothers left them with nannies. Time Magazine reports:
According to Friedman, having two women care for a baby boy may cause his little brain to internalize the idea that there are multiple females to meet his needs. "It introduces him to the concept of the other woman," he said in London's Daily Telegraph. He explicates the relationship in his book The Unsolicited Gift: Why We Do The Things We Do, which explores how a mother's love for her offspring can determine how those children behave as adults.
Um. Well, first of all their are some obvious logical reasons why this study is bunk in my opinion. For example, what about the close relationship many little boys form with other female family members besides mom - like grandma, auntie, mom's best pal, etc. Should we keep our little boys away from all women? AND if so how exactly should we do that? Lock him in a cage - and until what age? Secondly, this is one of those studies set up specifically to make working mamas feel bad about their choice, which is less scientific and more opinion. Wow, if you work you're turning your baby boy into a future adulterer! Like mamas today don't have enough to worry about. Good lord. Oh, and don't think your baby girls are safe either. Friedman suggests that girls are also affected by nannies because "Not having her mother around creates in the infant female a "vacuum of need," which she might try to fill in later life with substance abuse or promiscuity." Really? Bunk. Total bunk. This is a throwback to keeping women pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen; nothing more nothing less. If you've read this study and are concerned, I'd forget about it and focus on saner parenting issues. Work, don't work - it's up to you, but don't base your decisions on scientific (and I'm using that word loosely) studies with no clear basis in reality. Learn more: