According to a paper by Utah State University anthropologist David Lancy, tribespeople on the South Pacific island of Ifaluk "believe there's no point in talking to babies because they're "essentially brainless" until they turn two, so there's no reason for meddling psychologists in the US to badger poor parents into upper-class-style one-on-one play with their kids.
Or as Lancy's abstract puts it, "Psychologists see mother–child play as natural; anthropologists see it as cultural. I conclude by questioning the wholesale exportation of a culture-specific child-rearing strategy that may be quite incongruent with native belief and practice." Yes, leave those natives alone, psychologists.
In other news, a Tarot card reader from the Third Street Promenade denounced fortune cookie manufacturers making unsubstantiated predictions of interesting travel. Seriously, people, if you can tell me what the hell this Boston Globe parenting article says and why anyone should care about it, I'll be much obliged. Otherwise, I'll have to insist that you beat the next Utah anthropologist you meet about the head and shoulders.
Leave those kids alone [boston via tmn]
Oops, did I say "his kids"?: Lancy, David F., "Accounting for Variability in Mother–Child Play", American Anthropologist, June 2007 [anthrosource.net, abstract only]