Read it again!

I always urge parents to repeat.  Especially to re-read favorite stories.  Here is an article to back me up: “Parents urged to repeat stories“.

Nurturing and the brain

People know that nurturing leads to well adjusted adults.  Studies have looked at the psychological impact of nurturing.  Now, we know that it aids leaning, too. A  study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that mother’s nurturing leads to changes in the brain.  Specifically, It leads to growth in the hippocampus which is important to learning, memory, and stress response.

Nap time

Summer is here.  That means fun, fun, fun.  Just don’t forget to schedule nap time for your toddler.  A study by the University of Colorado Boulder shows the importance of a daytime nap. Children, who missed a day time nap showed less positive emotional responses, were less likely to demonstrate they didn’t understand, and were less likely to ask for help.  A sleepy toddler will therefore be less socially engaged, less likely to cope with frustration leading to tantrums, and were less positive. Take a siesta.  You and your child will be ready for more fun!

What’s the point?

Who’s in the know to a preschooler?  The person doing the pointing. New research shows that pointing at items helps children know what is important.

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