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Latest Science Shows Brain Connections Strengthened More By Books vs. Screens

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Latest Science Shows Brain Connections Strengthened More By Books vs. Screens

As parents, we know deep down that reading is better for our children's brain than sitting in front of a screen. But now, the latest science out of the Reading & Literacy Discovery Center of Cincinnati's Children's Hospital shows actual brain scans showing that this is true.  In this article by Sandee LaMotte, images from the study show that the brains of preschoolers frequently read to by their caregivers have more established and organized white matter in the literacy centers of the brain. In contrast, children who spent several hours per day playing on or watching screens had a disorganized mass...

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I Need a Tantrum Epidural, STAT! 6 Tips for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums I Wish I Had Known Earlier

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I Need a Tantrum Epidural, STAT! 6 Tips for Dealing with Toddler Tantrums I Wish I Had Known Earlier

Toddler tantrums will never completely disappear, but they do not have to rule your life.

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Are Screens Rotting (Or Enriching?) My Toddler's Brain? 5 Things to Know about Screens from the AAP

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Are Screens Rotting (Or Enriching?) My Toddler's Brain? 5 Things to Know about Screens from the AAP

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) previously recommended no screen time for children under two years old. Recently, however the AAP updated the guidelines for infant and toddler screen time. Here’s what you need to know: #1: Still No Screen Time for Infants Younger than 18 Months: the reasoning for this is complex, but it comes down to parent-and-child interaction. Infants’ brains are developing rapidly and play time with mom and dad, eye contact, songs, games, and touch help establish neural connections and foster healthy development. A digital babysitter before a child is 18 months of age is not recommended...

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8 Things for Parents to Know from the AAP’s Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines

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8 Things for Parents to Know from the AAP’s Updated Infant Sleep Guidelines

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is one of the top concerns of new parents. While SIDS rates have declined since the “Tummy to Play, Back to Sleep” campaign was launched almost 25 years ago, researchers still can’t pinpoint why more than 3,500 infants die of SIDS every year in the United States. However, while the causes are not precisely defined, extensive research has been done about behavioral and environmental correlations with SIDS. To help new parents know best how to create a safe sleeping environment, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) released updated infant sleep guidelines in October 2016. Here’s...

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