If you’re a new parent, danger often seems like it’s at every turn. The world doesn’t become child-proof once baby enters it, so it’s understandable if you’re constantly on high alert for small objects, steep stairs and germ-covered surfaces. Even if you logically know that babies are resilient small humans who have historically survived bacteria and light tumbles over millennia, it can be difficult not to worry. And for the parents of girls, apparently, this fear of risk is perhaps even more prevalent.
Parents of daughters avoid risk-taking at double the rates that those with sons do, according to researchers associated with the Society for Risk Analysis. They analyzed prenatal and post-birth data about parents’ attitudes about risk from pediatricians in United Kingdom and Ukrainian hospitals, and found that gender is the…
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