It’s no small feat beating TV and video games in the battle for your kids’ attention, but here’s one way to win: Just point your finger.
In a new study, University of Virginia researchers found that if an adult gestured with their index finger, children were more likely to believe that person was more knowledgeable than an adult who used a palm-down grasping gesture. “Children interpret pointing as a marker people use when they are trying to share or teach something,” says study author Carolyn Palmquist, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at Virginia. Of course, attention problems might only be the tip of your parenting iceberg, so here’s how to handle a few more daily dilemmas. (Plus, read 28 ways to be the best dad ever!)
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