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Predictable family routines lead to healthy development

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Recent, Routines, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Predictable family routines lead to healthy development

Why do child development experts keep proclaiming that routines are so terribly important? How can it possibly matter what time mealtimes and bedtimes occur? Can a family’s habits make a difference in important outcomes for children? The answer is, yes. Research shows that predictable, stable routines matter, a lot. In the immediate context for children, routines are important because they provide a rhythm to the day and ensure that children are getting the attention, nutrition and rest that...

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Ask Nurturance: Moving and Resilience

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Moving and Resilience

            Dear M @Nurturance, My husband was recently offered a job in a different state. This would be a wonderful opportunity for him and while I am so proud of him, I worry about our kids who are in fifth and third grade. They really don’t want to move, and I can understand that. My friends keep telling me that kids are resilient and that they will get over it, but I’m not even sure what that means. For me it comes down to this: which is worse? Transferring...

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Ask Nurturance: Can siblings be friends?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Ask Nurturance, Recent, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Ask Nurturance: Can siblings be friends?

            Dear Nurturance, My kids constantly seem to be at each other’s throats! Not one day goes by without me having to intervene in their arguments. I get mad. They get mad, and sad, and we all end up not wanting to spend time together. Is there anything I can do to help them get along?  Please help save my sanity! Kelsey Dear Kelsey, As parents, we have all heard our share of complaints from our children about their siblings. Learning to get along is hard...

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Social Emotional Health From a Baby’s Point of View

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Social Emotional Health From a Baby’s Point of View

What does success look like from a baby’s point of view? What do researchers know about neurobiology and how should that impact parenting practices? These are two of the questions that are addressed in a TED talk given by Developmental Psychologist Terrie Rose in 2010. Dr. Rose emphasizes the importance of ordinary day-to-day interactions between infants and their caregivers and stresses that paying attention to babies’ cues and signals is the key to healthy development. According to Rose,...

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Responsiveness

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Social Emotional Development | 1 comment

Responsiveness

What is the single most effective thing I can do for my child? The answer might come as a surprise to some.  According to Psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner, “…in order to develop normally, a child requires progressively more complex joint activity with one or more adults who have an irrational emotional relationship with a child.  Somebody’s got to be crazy about that kid.  That’s number one.  First, last and always.” The quality, stability and reliability of an...

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Empathy for Middle Schoolers

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Empathy for Middle Schoolers

My children and I recently read two books that deeply affected us, sparking many good discussions.  The first was Wonder, by RJ Palacio, a book about a boy with facial deformities who enters school for the first time as a fifth grader after having been home schooled up to that point.  I had heard good things about the book from friends and seen positive reviews, and since my own children were facing the school year entering new schools in very unfamiliar environments, I thought it might be a...

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