The Goose story

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Being in a social group is a very big part of being Danish. Social ties have been proven to improve health, happiness and the especially the wellbeing of new mothers. And yet, research shows that new mothers have the tendency to reduce the amount of social support during this difficult time rather than increase it. This is paradoxical because it is exactly what they shouldn’t do. Support from friends, family members and parent groups has been clearly proven to help new mothers deal better with stress and thereby help them see their children in a more positive light. This improves everyone’s quality of life, particularly the growing child. The more parents surround themselves with social support, the healthier and happier the baby will grow up to be.

So let’s have the sense of the Danes and go out and find our geese…honk honk! Your kids will thank you for it.

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Jessica Joelle Alexander

Jessica Joelle Alexander is a bestselling American author, Danish parenting expert, columnist, speaker, and cultural researcher. Her work has been featured in TIME, The Atlantic, Salon, NPR, Huffington Post, NY Times and the Greater Good Science Center Berkley.

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