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  • Watch what you say around your kids: They will remember. Two-year-old children are pretty helpless humans. This might lead parents to believe that their kids don't understand or retain anything from such a young age, leading them to do inappropriate things -- swear, pick their nose, have sex -- in front of these babies. Even previous research had suggested that kids didn't start forming memories until about three years old. And they even gave it a scientific name: "childhood amnesia." Turns out that young ones can actually form solid memories from as young as two years of age, according to a New Zealand study. While only a third of the kids in the trial accurately recalled events from those young years, parents might as well expect all kids to have significant cognitive abilities. [iO9, Child Development]
  • Teens that are friends with their parents are also probably nerds. OK, so that's not exactly what the research found. But a group of scientists figured out that teens who openly discuss viewpoints with their parents better resist peer pressure to use drugs or drink. We all know the coolest kids are either pressuring or being pressured to participate in illicit behavior. So, we guess, talk to your kids if you want them to have zero friends.

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