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Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Your Morning Routine Is Making You Dull | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Brrriiinnng. The alarm clock buzzes in another hectic weekday morning. You leap out of bed, rush into the shower, into your clothes and out the door with barely a moment to think. A stressful commute gets your blood pressure climbing.

 

Everything about the way we start our day runs counter to the best conditions for thinking creatively

 


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Gina Stepp's comment, March 22, 2012 10:50 AM
I love the last line: "Laughing babies and a double latte: now that’s a way to start the day."

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Neuroscience from Annie Murphy Paul: Your Brain on Fiction

Neuroscience from Annie Murphy Paul:  Your Brain on Fiction | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.
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Gina Stepp's comment, March 22, 2012 1:57 AM
While it doesn't really have anything to do with the article (other than the connection to fiction) I love this illustration. It's from a children's book by a friend of mine named Eric Anderson. A father of a young daughter, Eric was frustrated that he couldn't find many books to read his daughter that cast "dad" in a supportive role. So he wrote this one: http://www.amazon.com/Alena-Favorite-Thing-Eric-Anderson/dp/0615151531 Every dad should read this with his daughter.
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Attachment: The gift that keeps on giving : UMNews : University of Minnesota

Attachment: The gift that keeps on giving : UMNews : University of Minnesota | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"Secure attachment means the child is confident—not anxious—about the availability and responsiveness of an adult," says Sroufe. "That confidence is the basis for confidence in oneself and others, and the ability to form adult relationships."

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Daily aspirin 'can stop cancers'

Daily aspirin 'can stop cancers' | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Taking a low dose of aspirin every day can prevent and possibly treat cancer, new evidence published in The Lancet suggests. At the same time, aspirin cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, but it also increased the risk of a major bleed. However this elevated bleeding risk was only seen in the first few years of aspirin therapy and decreased after that."


(Note: low dose aspirin . . . your stomach lining will thank you if you remember that part!)


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David Hulme's comment, March 25, 2012 1:08 PM
many thanks!
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“Indulgent” parents raise better kids?

“Indulgent” parents raise better kids? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Can you spoil a baby with love? Too much physical affection and warmth?

Do parents breed selfish, anti-social brats by responding promptly to a baby’s cries? By refusing to use corporal punishment on defiant toddlers?

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Self-Control: (a) Innate, or (b) Dependent on Mom and Dad? | Psychology Today

Self-Control: (a) Innate, or (b) Dependent on Mom and Dad? | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A recent study has been reported as indicative of inborn capacities for self-control. BIG MISTAKE, says Darcia Narvaez, PhD. It's easy to jump to the incorrect conclusion that self-control is in the genes, but there is much more evidence for an alternative conclusion. What else do children share besides the same genetic material? Yes, of course, the caregiving environment. Here are three examples how self-control capacities are shaped by early caregiving.

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Healthy Families: Silence Is Not Golden

Healthy Families: Silence Is Not Golden | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Despite the common wisdom that one should say something nice or nothing at all, silence may not be the best strategy for good family relationships.

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Self-Esteem Boost: Throw Away Someone Else’s Trash

Self-Esteem Boost: Throw Away Someone Else’s Trash | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Self-esteem is a topic that has generated a fair amount of controversy over the last few decades, but one thing seems clear: you don’t get healthy self-esteem from constantly telling yourself how great you are, or even from other people telling you how great you are


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Pathological collecting: I can't believe it's not clutter

Pathological collecting: I can't believe it's not clutter | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Compulsive hoarding – also known as pathological collecting in some scientific circles – is a behaviour typically characterized by the excessive acquisition and keeping of seemingly worthless objects that have little or no material value.

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‘Nice child’ can’t rescue hoarder dad

‘Nice child’ can’t rescue hoarder dad | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Compulsive hoarding or "pathological collecting" doesn't just hurt the ones with the compulsion.


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Low Social Interaction Harms Lifespan on a Par with Obesity, Smoking, Inactivity

Low Social Interaction Harms Lifespan on a Par with Obesity, Smoking, Inactivity | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

"The idea that a lack of social relationships is a risk factor for death is still not widely recognized by health organizations and the public," noted the journal editors in their summary.

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Gina Stepp's comment, March 18, 2012 1:28 PM
The original journal article can be found here: http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1000316
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Metacognition: I know (or don't know) that I know

Metacognition: I know (or don't know) that I know | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

At New York University, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Steve Fleming is exploring the neural basis of metacognition: how we think about thinking, and how we assess the accuracy of our decisions, judgements and other aspects of our mental performance.


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Teen Pregnancy: The Tangled Web

Teen Pregnancy: The Tangled Web | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Statistics say very little about how to address the complex problem of teen pregnancy. What are the issues, and what can parents do to help?

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Share a Story - Shape a Future: Readers Take Heart: Yes, You Are a Reader

Share a Story - Shape a Future: Readers Take Heart: Yes, You Are a Reader | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

We read every day without thinking about it ... just like breathing! In this post, you'll find five ways that we model reading for kids, just by going about our day!


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Self Regulation: Teaching Children The Art of Self-Control

Self Regulation: Teaching Children The Art of Self-Control | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
The most important skill parents can give children is the ability to regulate thoughts, emotions and behavior. Self control is crucial to success.
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marcialynncollum's comment, March 21, 2012 11:59 AM
So true!
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Khan Academy: The future of education?

Khan Academy: The future of education? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

With the backing of Gates and Google, Khan Academy and its free online educational videos are moving into the classroom and across the world. Their goal: to revolutionize how we teach and learn. Sanjay Gupta reports.


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7 Steps to Becoming a Happy Person Others Wants to Be Around

7 Steps to Becoming a Happy Person Others Wants to Be Around | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Complaining about others hurts you in more ways than you can imagine. Fortunately, you can change this and become a person other seek out and want to be around.

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Feeding your baby on demand 'may contribute to higher IQ'

Feeding your baby on demand 'may contribute to higher IQ' | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that babies who are breast-fed or bottle-fed to a schedule do not perform academically as well at school as their demand-fed peers. Dr Maria Iacovou, who led the research from ISER, said: "At this stage, we must be very cautious about claiming a causal link between feeding patterns and IQ. We cannot definitively say why these differences occur, although we do have a range of hypotheses. This is the first study to explore this area and more research is needed to understand the processes involved."
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Gina Stepp's comment, March 21, 2012 10:22 AM
I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that the need-response interactions between mothers and children help self-regulation? (See self-regulation articles on this page). This isn't a huge leap. Self-regulation is also associated with higher IQ scores.
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Child-Proofing Drugs | The Scientist

Child-Proofing Drugs | The Scientist | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
When children need medications, getting the dosing and method of administration right is like trying to hit a moving target with an untried weapon.
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11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100

11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100 | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

I really liked #10: Stay connected. Having regular social contacts with friends and loved ones is key to avoiding depression, which can lead to premature death, something that's particularly prevalent in elderly widows and widowers. Some psychologists even think that one of the biggest benefits elderly folks get from exercise the strong social interactions that come from walking with a buddy or taking a group exercise class.


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Gina Stepp's comment, March 19, 2012 6:43 PM
Live to be 99 and then be very, very careful?
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Why Do Women Students Abandon Math and Science Majors?

Why Do Women Students Abandon Math and Science Majors? | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Roxanne Hughes is winning high praise — and international recognition — for her recently completed doctoral dissertation, which identified a variety of factors that influence female undergraduates as they make a decision about their major.
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Why Bébé Doesn't Have ADHD

Why Bébé Doesn't Have ADHD | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
How come the epidemic of ADHD -- which has established itself firmly in the United States -- has almost completely passed over children in France?
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Deprived of sex, jilted flies drink more alcohol

Deprived of sex, jilted flies drink more alcohol | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A tiny molecule in the fly's brain called neuropeptide F governs this behavior, and a similar neuropeptide in humans may likewise connect social triggers to behaviors like excessive drinking and drug abuse. More evidence suggesting that social interaction (not necessarily just sex!) is of huge importance to human health~

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7 Things You Don't Know About A Special Needs Parent

7 Things You Don't Know About A Special Needs Parent | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Raising a special needs child has changed my life. I was raised in a family that valued performance and perfection above all else, and unconsciously I'd come to judge myself and others through this lens. Nothing breaks this lens more than having a sweet, innocent child who is born with impairments that make ordinary living and ordinary "performance" difficult or even impossible.
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Velvet Martin's comment, March 19, 2012 2:52 PM
This was written by one of "our" chromosome 18 moms. My own daughter was born with a rare genetic condition, Tetrasomy 18p. I administrate for Tetrasomy 18p Canada: http://www.tetrasomy18p.ca/ "Samantha's Syndrome"
Gina Stepp's comment, March 19, 2012 5:17 PM
Thanks for the link, Velvet~ much appreciated!
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French report calls for end to sexualisation of children

French report calls for end to sexualisation of children | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Former minister wants ban on beauty contests for under-16s and children's lingerie in wake of 10-year-old's Vogue spread...

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