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Mothers Who are Dissatisfied with Their Male Partners Spend More Time Talking to Their Baby Boy

The quality of a couple's relationship is known to be related to developmental outcomes such as their behaviour and educational attainment

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It's possible that the mum is trying to compensate for the poor relationship she has with her partner by putting more time and effort into her relationship with her other close male social partner, her son. Pixabay

If you find that your wife is spending more time talking to the baby boy at home, check whether your relationship is heading in the right direction or not.

According to researchers from University of Cambridge, mothers who are dissatisfied with their male partners spend more time talking to their infants — but only if the child is a boy.

“It’s possible that the mum is trying to compensate for the poor relationship she has with her partner by putting more time and effort into her relationship with her other close male social partner, her son,” said Elian Fink from the Centre for Family Research and the Faculty of Education.

The quality of a couple’s relationship is known to be related to developmental outcomes such as their behaviour and educational attainment in school-aged children, but has been little studied in relation to parent-infant talk, despite parent-infant talk being important for the child’s development.

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If you find that your wife is spending more time talking to the baby boy at home, check whether your relationship is heading in the right direction or not. Pixabay

To examine the relationship between the quality of a couple’s relationship and parent-infant talk, researchers studied 93 first-time, heterosexual parents and their interactions with their infants.

The team asked parents about the quality of their couple relationship and how satisfied they were and then gave the infants at age seven months a wearable ‘talk pedometer’ that recorded naturalistic parent-infant talk for a full day in which both parents were at home.

The researchers used software to provide an automated analysis of the frequency of adult spoken words to their infant and of parent-infant ‘conversations’.

After taking depression into account (because of its links with both couple relationship quality and parent-infant talk), the researchers found that the more dissatisfied a couple reported their relationship to be, the more the mother spoke to her infant.

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Mothers who reported the quality of their relationship to be ‘low’ used around 35 per cent more words than a mother whose relationship was ‘average’ and started around 20 per cent more conversations.

However, these effects were only found with infant sons, not daughters, said the findings published in the Journal of Family Psychology.

The researchers did not analyse the content of the mother-infant talk, so it is not possible to say whether the mother was complaining to her infant or talking positively.

“What is particularly interesting is that mums only seem to compensate when they have infant sons, not daughters. It could be that mothers’ view their daughters as mini versions of themselves rather than of their partners,” said Fink.

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According to researchers from University of Cambridge, mothers who are dissatisfied with their male partners spend more time talking to their infants — but only if the child is a boy. Pixabay

Regardless of infant gender, fathers showed significantly less overall talk and initiated fewer conversations than did mothers, even though fathers are increasingly becoming involved in parenting.

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“Finding time to talk to children is very important. Using opportunities within the daily routine, such as mealtimes and bedtime, to have conversations with your child may help foster later child talk,” Fink noted. (IANS)

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BSNL Partners YuppTV to Offer Bundled Video Content

It also offers YuppFlix, movie-on-demand streaming service for expat market

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YuppTV is an Internet-based TV and on-demand service provider with content in 12 languages across South Asia. Pixabay

State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and over-the-top (OTT) content platform YuppTV on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to offer bundled video content to broadband subscribers of the telecom operator to take on rivals Jio and Airtel.

The companies have entered a triple play partnership for video and broadband technology services for mobile and fixed line.

YuppTV is an Internet-based TV and on-demand service provider with content in 12 languages across South Asia. It also offers YuppFlix, movie-on-demand streaming service for expat market.

YuppTV has expertise in streaming Live and VOD content to the audience across the globe with its innovative features.

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The companies have entered a triple play partnership for video and broadband technology services for mobile and fixed line. Wikimedia Commons

YuppTV offers an extensive and exclusive content library with Live TV channels and catch-up, movies and exclusive originals. With this partnership, YuppTV will be able to deliver content on 2.5G, 3G and 4G networks of BSNL to its mobile broadband and even fixed line users.

Uday Reddy, Founder & CEO of YuppTV, said: “We are glad to join forces with an industry incumbent like BSNL. We have an opportunity to leverage the vast network cultivated by BSNL and bring forth superior technology products and features to a burgeoning user base.

“BSNL has 120 million users. Yupp brings content on global scale. We will work on a very unique proposition to bring highly rich experience to customer on strong technology backbone. Marriage between infotainment and telecom networks will happen,” BSNL chairman and MD P.K. Purwar said at the MoU signing ceremony.

‘Content is key to drive data consumption. Original content is the game of the day,” he said, adding that the bundling proposition will be a compelling one for BSNL subscribers.

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Director CFA of BSNL Board, Vivek Banzal informed that technical setup has already been tested successfully to provide seamless triple play services on single fiber connection (Bharat Fiber) to its customers.

In a statement, theYupp TV said that given BSNL’s wide reach especially in tier 2 and 3 markets with a fervent mobile base, it has the potential of providing Triple play services to any corner in the country. (IANS)