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How do early relationships shape our brains?

How do early relationships shape our brains? | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
As infants, we develop best in an environment of love and fun.

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Report debunks ‘earlier is better’ academic instruction for young children

Report debunks ‘earlier is better’ academic instruction for young children | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
'An appropriate curriculum for young children is one that includes the focus on supporting children’s in-born intellectual dispositions, their natural inclinations.'
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How Children Learn To Read - The New Yorker

How Children Learn To Read - The New Yorker | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Why is it easy for some people to learn to read, and difficult for others?
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Being an 'Elephant Mom' in the Time of the Tiger Mother

Being an 'Elephant Mom' in the Time of the Tiger Mother | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
It's okay for parents to nurture, protect, and encourage their children, especially when they're very young.
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Finding 'lost' languages in the brain: Far-reaching implications for unconscious role of infant experiences

Finding 'lost' languages in the brain: Far-reaching implications for unconscious role of infant experiences | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
An infant's mother tongue creates neural patterns that the unconscious brain retains years later even if the child totally stops using the language, as can happen in cases of international adoption, according to a new joint study. The study offers the first neural evidence that traces of the "lost" language remain in the brain.
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64 Positive Things to Say to Kids

64 Positive Things to Say to Kids | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Encouraging Kids - Eighteen years after my dad died, I can still hear him, when I get too serious saying, "Lighten up, Lissy!" And in moments of complete self doubt and embarrasment, I bolster myself by thinking of him singing, "Oops, you made a mistake, and you're beautiful to me." To this day I can hear...
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On Developmentally Appropriate Practice….And Why We Don’t Push Kids Down the Stairs | Not Just Cute

On Developmentally Appropriate Practice….And Why We Don’t Push Kids Down the Stairs | Not Just Cute | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
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Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone

Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone | Children's Minds | Scoop.it

A program called the Free-Range Kids Project is trying to help parents loosen their grip and raise more independent children.


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George Curran, CADC's curator insight, October 12, 2014 4:26 PM
I'm often asked why so many young people from affluent Chicago suburbs turn to heroin. I think this is a major source of the problem: they lack a sense of self and self-agency having never known autonomy. To guage this issue yourself, ask a few of these young adults, "What are your dreams? What do you want in life?" All too often, they have no idea.
Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 12, 2014 7:08 PM

A strike for freedom and against fear! -Lon

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Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic

Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic | Children's Minds | Scoop.it

Loving care may be the best antidote to callous behavior in young children.

When parents act warmly and responsively toward young children who exhibit antisocial behavior, the children begin acting more warmly too.

That’s according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, in which researchers examined whether there are differences in response to parental harshness and warmth among three-year-olds who exhibit “callously unemotional” behavior.

 

Now, however, there’s evidence that colder parenting may worsen this type of behavior, while warmer parenting might coax out a child’s empathy.

 

BY AVITAL ANDREWS 


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RJ Lavallee's curator insight, October 10, 2014 3:57 PM

Shocked...not really.

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For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply

For Teenage Brains, the Importance of Continuing to Learn Deeply | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
It used to be that neuroscientists thought smart people were all alike. But now they think that some very smart people retain the ability to learn rapidly, like a child, well into adolescence. That means they have a longer period of time to learn from their environment — and maybe learn Chinese.
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Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
New research shows that girls are ahead in every subject, including math and science. Do today's grading methods skew in their favor?
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Developing brains switch maths strategies

Developing brains switch maths strategies | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Counting on fingers gives way to memorized sums as neurons change connections.
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How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills

How Thinking in 3D Can Improve Math and Science Skills | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
All of us, children included, live in a three-dimensional universe—but too often parents and teachers act as if the physical world is as flat as a worksheet
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Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.

"How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives," Annie Dil

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Scientists Discover Through Studying Toddlers That Humans Are Inherently Altruistic, Not Selfish

Scientists Discover Through Studying Toddlers That Humans Are Inherently Altruistic, Not Selfish | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Humans are said to be selfish, and the assertion that greed is good has been followed. But is altruism really an illusion? Though evolutionary theorists have a tendency to focus on competition and the ruthlessness of natural selection, they often find themselves not being able to explain one crucial fact — that humans could not have survived in nature without the charity and social reciprocity of a group.

German researchers have discovered that infants as young as 18 months display altruistic behavior, which suggests that humans have a natural inclination towards being helpful.

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Four common myths about young people and mental health debunked

Four common myths about young people and mental health debunked | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Mental illnesses don’t make you dangerous and teenagers’ moods might not just be their hormones – journalist Matthew Jenkin explores common misconceptions about young people and mental health
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, November 27, 2014 2:04 PM

Its harmful to apply a "diagnosis" on a child with problems without checking if something in the environment or expectations of the child that is causing the behavioral problems.  My favorite example is the diagnosis of ADHD on a young teen who is simply bummed over his parents getting a divorce.  Its also harmful to refuse to diagnose behavioral problems when it is actually ADHD.  -Lon

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.
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Quality of words, not quantity, key in child language development, Temple researcher says — NewsWorks

Quality of words, not quantity, key in child language development, Temple researcher says — NewsWorks | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
It s not the quantity of words a child is exposed to at an early age but the quality of those words that may be key in his or her development That s according to new research from Temple University
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Coloring Isn't Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress.

Coloring Isn't Just For Kids. It Can Actually Help Adults Combat Stress. | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Coloring is an activity that we tend to associate with children. As we grow older, we put aside our crayons and colored pencils in favor of more respectable writing utensils like pens and highlighters. However, it turns out coloring can be beneficial...
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What is a Good Life?

A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.
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Exercise Is ADHD Medication

Exercise Is ADHD Medication | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Physical movement improves mental focus, memory, and cognitive flexibility; new research shows just how critical it is to academic performance.
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Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments

Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
In a study of 14,000 US children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds -- what psychologists call 'secure attachment' -- with their parents that are crucial to success later in life, according to a new report. The researchers found that these children are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems.
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Jake Chapman is being a snob. Taking children to art galleries is vital

Jake Chapman is being a snob. Taking children to art galleries is vital | Children's Minds | Scoop.it
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett: The artist claims children ‘are not human yet’ and thus can’t understand art. But art teaches us what it means to be human
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