Sunday, October 14, 2012

Science Says

A couple of months ago, I saw an article titled something along the lines of "How Long Will Your Baby Be Cute?" and I clicked on it, expecting to read platitudes about how you shouldn't worry about your kids growing up, and that they'll be adorable to you forever.

Instead, it went more like this:

Q: How long will your baby be cute?
A: Until he's four and a half.

Uh, wow.  That's direct!  It turns out that there was this study that looked at the ratio of body parts.  The measurements that lead to perception of "cute" are an over-sized head compared to the body, comparatively small features, and so forth.  Those things normalize over the first few years to more adult proportions, since a child gains enough skills in that time to start be able to survive on abilities other than "cute." 

In other news, someone turned four and a half years old today.

He's definitely acquiring all kinds of skills - taekwondo, reciting Maurice Sendak's "Chicken Soup with Rice," and clearing his own plate from the table, but the cute seems to be working out ok too.


Bob said...

Still cute as ever. Hang in there.

mayberry said...

So cute! I think toothless six-ish-year-olds give littler ones a run for their money, too.