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Friday, March 27, 2015

Parents as Chief Advocates

Getting Smart – Nancy Weinstein

“Did you know that in addition to your responsibilities of Chief Caregiver, Chief Cheerleader and Chief Taxi driver, Chief Advocate is high on the list? If you have a child with special needs, you know exactly where I’m going with this. For those who aren’t familiar, you should know that at some point, your child, every child, will need help in a specific class, with a teacher who is not meeting their needs, with a previously undetected learning problem, with bullying. It’s the problem that doesn’t go away in a week, or even a month. It impacts self-esteem and starts to look like depression or anxiety. And you, my fellow parent, are the only one who will understand the depth of the problem. You will be the one to see the nightly struggle with homework, the tears that wait for the comfort of home, the lack of appetite, the lack of sleep. And then your time as Chief Advocate has arrived. I’ve been there, and here are some strategies I believe can help:”(more)

Monday, March 16, 2015

School garden symposium sprouts green ideas for teachers, students

The Sacramento Bee – Sammy Caiola

“The sun blazed over The Met Sacramento High School’s courtyard Saturday as hundreds of farm-to-fork enthusiasts traversed between classrooms, grabbing a fresh apple or a packet of seeds along the way. The group gathered for the first day of “A Garden in Every School” symposium, the first event of its kind in the Sacramento region. The educators, volunteers and community organizers were in attendance to hammer out a plan to get gardening into every Sacramento school by 2020. It ends Sunday. The push for widespread school gardening – which has been shown to improve children’s eating habits, learning ability and overall health – took root more than 20 years ago, when state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin publicly proclaimed the need for hands-on access to produce across the state. Eastin kicked off the Saturday event along with Mayor Kevin Johnson.”(more)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Season of Giving: What Are You Getting for the Baby on Your List?

The Huffington Post – Matthew Melmed

“This month marks the beginning of the season of merriment and wonder. It’s a time to be reflective, a time to be with friends and family…And, let’s face it, it’s also a time when we give and receive lots of gifts. While many will buy toys or clothes for the babies and toddlers in our lives, there is another important gift we should be giving: the gift of a strong start…First and foremost, babies and their parents need the gift of time to begin the relationship that teaches babies how the world works and how they are valued…Critical wiring and learning is taking place inside a baby’s brain from day one. Their brains are making trillions of connections — or synapses — during this time. If the inputs they are receiving from their environment while these connections are being made are healthy and positive, good things happen.”(more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education? – Anna Nguyen

“In June, the AAP issued a new recommendations on early literacy that emphasized “reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships”…And now the AAP has more information for parents…” (more)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Your Baby’s Brain, Part 1: Nurture Is As Important As Nature

The Huffington Post – Dr. Gail Cross

“Do you remember the exact moment you held your baby for the first time? I bet that you do. Most of us mothers can remember that moment as if it were yesterday.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

‘Good mothering’ hardwires infant brain

ANI News – Staff Writer

” A study has revealed that the mother’s presence, social interactions and her nurturing role directly moulds the early neural activity and growth of the infant’s brain.” (more)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Research reveals importance of early parent-child relations in emotional development

Medical Xpress – Staff Writer

“Researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Reading and University College London (UCL), found that the quality of the relationship in the first 18-months of life predicted the way in which the brain regulates experiences of positive emotion in young adulthood, 21-years later.”(more)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WHO urges tougher food marketing rules to curb childhood obesity

Reuters – Kate Kelland

“The marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven “disastrously effective”, driving obesity by using cheap social media channels to promote fat-, salt- and sugar-laden foods, the World Health Organisation’s Europe office said on Tuesday.”(more)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The nurture ‘dance’ offers best start to life

The Western Australian- Caroline Goossens

“As families, parents and carers we exert a powerful influence. Children’s brain development — their social, emotional and cognitive development — is shaped by their experiences with us. We lay the foundation for future learning, behaviour and physical and mental health.” (more)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Good learners are made, not born – Yvonne Fournier

“The kids in us – no matter what our current age – need a learning experience that is based on respect and the nurturing of each individual’s strengths…As your children enter school, you as an “adult-kid” need to reaffirm the need for mind and spirit in any learning situation, whether it’s elementary school, college or in the workplace. You must assure that a spirit of learning remains alive in our children through your actions, words and expectations as they develop their own minds.”(more)