Help Your Child Thrive

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September 19, 2018

Reading with your child everyday prepares them to read, write, and learn. Use the videos and book recommendations put together by Children’s Museum of Manhattan to make reading together fun!

Author: Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Source: Children’s Museum of Manhattan 
Estimated time to read: N/A

September 18, 2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is repeating their decades-old call for a ban on manufacture and sale of the infant walkers. Though infant walker injuries have declined, thousands of children are still injured each year.

Infant walkers can lead to injuries from falling down stairs and gaining access to objects that otherwise may have been out of reach. Their use also can delay motor development, according to the study published yesterday.

Author: Ronnie Cohen
Source: NPR
Estimated time to read: 04:40

Image credit: NPR/Mint Images/Getty Images
September 17, 2018

This short animation from TED-Ed, written by Anita Collins and animated by Sharon Colman Graham, explains why playing music benefits the brain more than any other activity and how it impacts executive function and memory.

Author: Anita Collins
Source: TED-Ed
Time to watch: 04:44

September 14, 2018

Together with Jessie Forston of Learning Tree Yoga, Minneapolis, researchers Stephanie Carlson, PhD and Phil Zelazo, PhD of the University of Minnesota have created a curriculum for teaching the art of mindfulness to young children.

Practicing mindfulness helps young children to relax, control their emotions and behavior, as well as improve their focus on tasks.

Author: Philip Zelazo, Ph.D.
Source: College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
Time to watch: 03:42
Estimated time to read: 02:00

September 13, 2018

A lawsuit by New Mexico’s attorney general accuses a popular app maker, as well as online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter, of violating children’s privacy law. In addition, an analysis by The New York Times found that children’s apps by other developers were also collecting data in ways that may have violated the law.

Image credit: Bryce Meyer for The New York Times
September 12, 2018

In this post Dr. Nico Dosenbach, a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist, advises parents on how to prevent common childhood brain injuries.

Author: Nico Dosenbach, MD, PhD
Source: BOLD – Blog on Learning and Development
Estimated time to read: 05:36

September 11, 2018

Researcher from the University of Washington Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) studied how babies can learn a second language outside of the home.

They found that even babies from monolingual homes can develop bilingual abilities at this early age. Babies can start developing bilingual skills with just one hour of play per day in an educational setting that uses the right science based approach that emphasizes playful social interaction and active child participation.

Author: Deborah Bach
Source: The University of Washington News
Time to watch: 03:17
Estimated time to read: 04:57

September 10, 2018

Many things can make children throw up, including fever, motion sickness, stress, and other problems. In this article pediatricians, Dr. Katja Kovacic and Dr. Dan Summers, discuss what causes children to vomit and when to be concerned.

Author: Erin Blakemore
Source: NPR
Estimated time to read: 04:17

Image credit: Getty Images/NPR
September 7, 2018

New research suggests that preschool‐aged children understand social norms surrounding sharing but they don’t yet understand how to share fairly.

Author: Nadia ChernyakSara Cordes and Paul Harris
Source: The Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley
Estimated time to read: 08:30

September 6, 2018

Here is the preview of an early version of the Screen Time, a feature in Apple’s new operating system iOS 12, by Common Sense Media. Screen Time allows parents to monitor their child’s usage, set time limits and restrictions.

Author: Christine Elgersma
Source: Common Sense Media 
Estimated time to read: 06:19

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A child’s brain develops rapidly from birth to age three, producing more than a million neural connections each second. Genes determine when these connections are formed, but how these connections are formed is shaped by the environments and experiences a baby is exposed to. As primary caretakers and first teachers, parents are in a unique position to support their child’s development.

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