American toddlers are eating more sugar than the amount recommended for adults — Quartz

Too much sugar during pregnancy adversely impacts child cognition, while excess sugar intake during adolescence has been associated with weight gain and cardiac risks, which include an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure. Recent studies have also shown that excess sugar depresses the body’s immunity, making kids more vulnerable to diseases and infections. Source: American toddlers are eating more sugar than the amount recommended for adults — Quartz Continue reading American toddlers are eating more sugar than the amount recommended for adults — Quartz

Families In A Maya Village In Mexico May Have The Secret To Getting Kids To Do Chores

And they didn’t need a reward for their assistance. In fact, the toddlers were less likely to help a second time if they were given a toy afterward, the study found. “Children appear to have an intrinsic motivation to help,” psychologists Felix Warneken and Michael Tomasello concluded. “And extrinsic rewards seem to undermine it.” — Read on www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/06/09/616928895/how-to-get-your-kids-to-do-chores-without-resenting-it Cannot wait when l can handoff chores to Ayden. Continue reading Families In A Maya Village In Mexico May Have The Secret To Getting Kids To Do Chores

Picture Books better than text-only and cartoons for brain development

Based of this research, picture or illustrated story books are probably the best method for child’s brain development. There are many ways young children encounter stories. A new study finds a “Goldilocks effect,” where a cartoon may be “too hot” and audiobooks “too cold” for learning readers. — Read on www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/05/24/611609366/whats-going-on-in-your-childs-brain-when-you-read-them-a-story Continue reading Picture Books better than text-only and cartoons for brain development

What to do with a screaming baby | Mary Beard on maternity manuals

There really are only three options on what to do with a screaming baby: leave it to cry until its next feed on your timetable (Truby King in the 1920s); leave it to cry for a little while (Soranus); pick it up and feed it straight away (Benjamin Spock, later backed up by some pseudo-science which claimed that the stress of crying would prevent the proper development of the baby’s brain). Source: What to do with a screaming baby | Mary Beard on maternity manuals Continue reading What to do with a screaming baby | Mary Beard on maternity manuals

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Study suggests your adulthood self-esteem has its roots in the way you were raised as a child

Ulrich Orth at the University of Bern has reported evidence that, on average, the higher the quality of a person’s home environment when they were aged between 0 and 6 years – based on warm and responsive parenting; cognitive stimulation; … Continue reading Study suggests your adulthood self-esteem has its roots in the way you were raised as a child