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One More Thing Your Kids Can Blame You for-Their Date of Birth
Study Says Winter Babies Fare Worse in Life
-Julie Ryan Evans
With a baby due smack in the middle of January, I read this latest headline with a little bit of trepidation: Study: Blame Mom for winter babies’ reduced station in life .
The article goes on to say that research has repeatedly found babies born in winter months are less educated, poorer, sicker and a host of other depressing things than babies born during other times of the year.
Previous research into this phenomenon has pointed to weather or age cutoffs for school as potential causes. This new study, on the other hand, blames, who else but … mothers. (Don’t we get blamed for everything at some point?)
The researchers from the University of Notre Dame say children born in winter months are more likely to be born to uneducated and unmarried teenagers. Why? Well, for one, high school PROM is typically about nine months from January! Seriously, they point to that as a reason for the increased number of births to less-educated parents. (Moms, remember that when you’re children are planning their prom dates!) They also say that because poor people are less likely to have air conditioning, they are less likely to conceive in hot summer months (which produce spring babies) because heat impairs sperm.
Interesting for sure, but as with any research, it should be taken with a grain (or large shaker) of salt. After all, plenty of successful and famous people were born in winter months – from Frank Sinatra to Abraham Lincoln to two of my own uber-brainy siblings (though I think I’ll taunt them with my superiority since I was born in June).
Regardless, I’m still fully prepared for my daughter to someday blame me for all of her woes based on when I conceived her … and everything else I do, think and say.