Category: Child Brain Development

The “Sugar High” Concept: Another Parenting Myth

– According to popular wisdom, if you give give candy or cookies to young children they will turn into rabid monsters until their metabolism returns to a normal level. Nonetheless, the “sugar high” concept is just another parenting myth, an urban legend. Much scientific research has shown that giving children …
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The Many Great Benefits of Reading with your Children

– Fortunately, it has now become common practice for many parents to spend a lot of time reading to their children. And they are very right. According to science, the advantages of reading from a young age with your kids are numerous, with a powerful and lasting impact on their …
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Why You Should Encourage your Kids to Count on their Fingers

– It turns out it’s good for your children to count on their fingers to do math. While finger counting is still broadly considered by adults as a less intelligent way of counting and calculating, attitude about it seems to be changing in the world of math education. In fact, …
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The Transforming Power of Parent’s Touch

– Humans are born eager for social bonding. Children need to be held and touched by dad or mom from the very first minutes and days. According to a new study published by researchers in Germany, beyond improving bonds, a parent’s touch can literally change a baby’s brain. “We explored …
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Babies Are Incredible Learning Machines

– Babies are not empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge. Over the last three decades, scientists have discovered that, during their first months and years, children are much more influenced by their environment than previously assumed. This is what the filmmaker Estela Renner discovered in speaking with early-childhood …
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Many Parents Miss What Happens During their Baby’s First Years

– According to a survey sponsored by “Zero to Three” and the “Bezos Family Foundation,” new parents underestimate how strongly the first years can influence their children’s destiny and are confused about what happens during this so critical period. The study also showed that many parents worry about discipline. Half …
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Your Parenting Style Can Have a Lasting Impact on your Child’s Development

– Your parenting style can have a big and long-lasting impact on your child’s development and their ability to face future challenges. This has been the subject of many books and authors’ compete in inventing a new trending definition of parenting style. So far, some of the most famous strategies …
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Brain Development During Preschool Years Is More Important Than Later On

– During the first years of life, a child’s brain creates between 700 to 1,000 new neural connections per second. To better understand what happens at this turbulent time, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine studied the influence of parents at each stage of a child’s growth. To …
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Why Children Must Learn to Read Before Age 5

– Learning to read is a staggering achievement. Children are born with practically no language skills but, after only a few years, they are able to speak and read. For most children, this crucial process starts long before kindergarten. Research has shown positive correlations between literacy development during the first …
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Counting on your Fingers Is a Critical Help in Understanding Math

– According to a paper recently published by Stanford University’s mathematics education research initiative “youcubed,” the common notion – even among teachers – that finger-counting isn’t for smart children is misguided. On the contrary, using your fingers to count is a critical help in math learning. Jo Boaler, professor of …
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