Parenting Information

The Metamorphosis of The Brain: Raising Your child to be a Brainiac

The human brain never actually stops developing. Beginning formation in early prenatal life (just 3 weeks after conception), the brain's development is a lifelong endevour, endlessly under construction, constantly reshaping and redefining itself based on everyday life and the types of stimulation that we provide for it.

When children receive loving care from a parent, neural connections are formed and strengthened between the brain cells. Warm responsive parents who speak to their kids, cuddle with them and provide challenging learning experiences, promote healthy brain development. But neglectful parents who hardly talk to their children (unless their typical sentence starts with the word "don't") and plop them down in front of the television for hours, on the other hand, are doing their kids's brains a terrible injustice. Babies really do thrive on this interaction much the same way that trees tend to thrive on water and sun. Researchers have discovered that kids who are often talked to by their moms learn nearly three hundred more words by age 2 than kids whose moms hardly spoke to them.

And it would appear that mere exposure to language through TV doesn't quite cut it. Kids need to hear people speak right to them about how they are seeing the world around them.

The biggest difference between the child brain and the adult brain is that the young brain is simply much more impressionable. Here are a few tips to raising a Brainiac: First, be a warm, responsive and loving parent. Respond to your child's perplexities and try to answer his or her questions. It is important to talk, read and sing to your child.

Encourage your child to learn a second language. In addition, establish different rituals and routines. Limit that television watching and encourage safe play and exploration. It is also important to expose your child to as many things as possible. Recognize the uniqueness in each child and choose mentally stimulating child care. And finally, make sure your child gets enough omega-3' fatty acids. For more details about brain function visit Fish Oil and Brain Researchand learn more.

Ryan Joseph is a writer/researcher. For more information go to



Reno Gazette Journal

Living with Children: 1960s parenting theories still failing
Reno Gazette Journal
This is the second installment of my three-part series on wrong ideas disseminated by so-called parenting experts. The laundry list includes the core belief of what I call Postmodern Psychological Parenting: the idea that it is good for one to hold a ...

and more »

Registration for Positive Parenting classes begins in December
Goshen News
The classes are designed to help parents gain insight into their child's development and their own parenting styles, learn appropriate expectations for their children, better understand why children misbehave and how to prevent it, and how to set ...

10 tips for finding the right shoes
Harvard Health (blog)
Our children are growing up in a digital age, and parenting needs to reflect that. The AAP understands this, and is working hard to understand the ongoing research about the effects of media on children, so as to give the best recommendations to parents.

Share the care: Long-tailed tits show coordinated parenting is beneficial for ...
This situation generates conflict between the parents because each of them would like their partner to take a greater share of parenting effort. How parents negotiate to resolve this conflict has rarely been investigated, but 'tit-for-tat' alternation ...

and more »

Washington Post

My best parenting advice: Don't keep score with your partner
Washington Post
And yet, as with virtually all parenting advice, this is easier said than done. For even though I am not the tallying type by nature, it is score-keeping with regard to childcare and household duties that has proved, more than anything else, the ...

Huffington Post

5 Reasons Why Parallel Parenting Is Better Than Co-Parenting
Huffington Post
You're probably expecting me to say that co-parenting is the solution. Co-parenting is a parenting partnership that should occur when the parents are no longer married or were never married. This is the type of partnership where the parents consult ...

Parenting and Economic Anxiety
Dr. Erica Reischer says the pressure many parents put on their kids to succeed may reflect their own economic anxiety. By Erica Reischer. If you have kids, you probably spend a lot of time thinking about their future, trying to decide when to push them ...

A.V. Club Austin

Our new parenting feature kicks off with a look at the world of trains
A.V. Club Austin
If you're a parent, as well as an A.V. Club reader, you undoubtedly want to raise your kid with that same pop-culture savvy. Our new A.V. Club Field Guide To Parenting is designed to guide you toward the best kids' books, shows, movies, and music, just ...

Yahoo Parenting

8 Rules of Mindful Parenting
Yahoo Parenting
Mindful parenting is more than an irritating catchphrase thrown around by other well-meaning parents on the Internet. Mindful parenting was coined way back in 1997 when Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting, ...

Parenting Magazine

Mom Arrested for Letting 4-Year-Old Play Outside Alone
Parenting Magazine
... meanwhile, remains a stalwart free-range parent and prides herself on being Tomahawk's mother. "I do everything for him," she said. "I breast fed for 28 months. I cloth diapered and, you know, obviously avoided helicopter parenting. I'm doing ...

and more »

Google News

Article List | Index | Site Map
All logos, trademarks and articles on this site are property and copyright of their respective owner(s).
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is Copyright © 2006 - All Rights Reserved.