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Nurturance

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Child Rearing, Featured, Recent | 0 comments

Nurturance

Just what is nurturance? According to Merriam Webster, nurturance is the love, care and attention you give to someone or something.  In other words, nurturance is the affectionate care and attention given to another. Harvard anthropologist Beatrice Whiting studied comparative child development across cultures in many parts of the world.  Whiting identified nurturance as supportive and helpful behaviors toward those perceived to be in need of assistance. Whiting and her colleagues found that in...

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The Best Approach to Parenting

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Child Rearing, Featured | 0 comments

The Best Approach to Parenting

While playing at the park, a group of toddlers engage in an altercation. One parent issues a stern warning and begins a slow count to three. Another parent kneels down in front of her child and offers reassuring words of comfort while engaging her child in reflective conversation about the event that just occurred. Meanwhile, one of the offending toddlers is picked up by his caregiver and set down firmly alone on an isolated bench, while a loud pronouncement is made that the child will stay in...

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The Relationship Between Talking and Academic Success 

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Featured, Language Development | 1 comment

The Relationship Between Talking and Academic Success 

Most parents anticipate that sometime during the first two years of life, their children will begin to express themselves through language. Moms and dads all over the world listen for and celebrate the first recognizable word uttered by their child, whether it be “Mamma,” “Pappa,” “Bye-bye,” or “Ball!” After learning to say individual words, children usually start to string words together into phrases, eventually mastering full sentences in order to communicate their wishes, needs and thoughts...

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Play and the Brain

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Featured, Play | 0 comments

Play and the Brain

Did you know that play is basic for survival and that play has a biological function just like sleeping and dreaming?  So says Dr. Stuart Brown, director of the National Institute of Play in a TED Talk he presented in 2008.   Dr. Brown’s message to adults is this:  humans are hard-wired for play and play is a transformative force of empowerment for the human race. Does science support these bold claims?  According to Dr. Brown, not only does current scientific research back up his...

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