What If EVERYONE Understood?

In the introduction of her important book, Rae Pica writes: "... I speculate about how different things might be if everyone understood child development. When I hear stories of small children who are bewildered, frustrated and even defeated in their earliest school experiences, trying with brave determination to do what is asked of them and…

Giving Benefits YOUR Brain!

Your brain benefits by activating the reward centers when you give to others! Research has demonstrated that when performing an act of giving, the brain releases dopamine which is responsible for the feelings of euphoria. Additionally, it has been shown that the hormone oxytocin was released in study participants. This release increases levels of trust…

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Is There a Need for Neuro-Nurturing?

 A baby is filled with possibilities. An infant is born as a beautifully undefinable and significant individual with an exceptional essence within their heart. Each newborn is also born with a very undeveloped brain. The brain is experience dependent, meaning development doesn’t just magically happen. A brain develops based on the combination of the genes…

Awareness Makes The Difference

What children need most is adults that understand development!  "When we know better, we do better."  ~ Maya Angelou Envision a world filled with happy children who are eager to learn, are healthy, feel confident in their abilities, have well developed language, strong math and reading skills, are creative and curious, get along with other…

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Neuro-Nurturing… What does that mean?

When most people think of early brain development they might think mainly of academic knowledge or intelligence building. But in order for children to really thrive and reach their own unique potential they need what I term, Neuro-Nurturing®. This encompasses four essential elements that contribute to a child's optimal early brain development which in turn…