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…

Nurture Healthy Brains Through Interaction With The REAL World

When you think of a baby or child, what is it that they want to do most? They want to play!  Babies are born ready to learn, they want to explore, touch, taste, smell, poke, pound, and throw everything they can get their hands on. This is learning and this is what their developing brain…

Optimal Brain Connections are Created Best Through Nurturing, Play, Talk and Books… Not Screens

During brain development presentations and workshops that I provide, participants frequently ask if “educational Apps” or programs to teach babies to read or learn academic skills are a good idea for early brain development. I recently had a grandmother ask if these are good gifts to give. I so appreciate these questions because this affords…

Play Is Invaluable!

Do you daydream? Studies show that the brain is not idle during daydreaming. While imagining, the brain is actually very active. Imaginative, self-directed play is simply essential for cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Through play children become smarter and less stressed. Too often it is thought that the best way to help children develop…

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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…