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May, 2010

Keep noticing . . .

As our children become more independent, it is easy to stop paying close attention to them—but then we can miss their cues about what they need. It is important for children to develop a sense of independence, and at the same time it is still important for parents to continue to tune in to what …Continue reading

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Children need to move . . .

Your child may seem unable to sit still, but there is a reason for it. The brain wiring needed to curb his or her restless impulses is not yet developed. That’s why children need room to roam, a change of scene, or a novel toy—all of which activate the calming chemical dopamine in the frontal …Continue reading

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Reflecting on beliefs . . .

Beliefs are our ideas about how the world works, and beliefs are at the center of how we get to know ourselves and others. What we believe is cultivated by repeated experiences, which become the basis of generalizations in our minds—generalizations about how the world works. Mental models and generalized beliefs are important because they …Continue reading

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Make time for breakfast . . .

Breakfast is an important, foundational meal that fuels your brain and body for the day ahead. When you make time for breakfast, you will be better able to think clearly, remember important information, feel energized, and regulate your emotions. Several cognitive benefits are associated with eating breakfast. The cognitive rewards include improved problem-solving and arithmetic …Continue reading

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