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Volume #12 Issue #24
ISSN: 0219-7642 May 18, 2014
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Sons and daughters around the world paid tribute to their mothers on the special “Mother's
Day” last Sunday. Although symbolic and signifying, this day is too special not only for children
but also for fathers. It is also a day, when all of us remember a mother's earthly role in knitting family
bonds and ensuring an emotional stability whenever a crisis occurs in the family. Happy Belated Mother's Day!
Thought for today:
"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." - Thomas A. Edison
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What is Pretend Play and Using It to Boost Intelligence in Children
Pretend play is one of the most thoughtful ways to boost intelligence in children. With pretend play,
children learn cognition, thinking and imagination skills. Click to learn more.
Pretend play - Some Ideas and Activities to Develop Intelligence and Boost Cognition
Parents can help children in a number of pretend play activities. It is easy to pretend play in the cozy
ambiance of home or classroom by using existing materials and plaything. Read the article to learn more.
Pretend Play in Childhood: Foundation of Adult Creativity
By Sandra Walker Russ
Sandra W. Russ reviews the theory and research on pretend play and creativity, arguing that pretend play
in childhood provides a foundation for adult creativity. She describes cognitive and affective processes
involved in play and creativity, as well as the possible evolutionary purposes of play and its cultural
In particular, she highlights the importance of pretend play in helping children to access emotional memories
and fantasies and presents interventions designed to encourage children s creativity.
Creative Play for Your Toddler: Steiner Waldorf Expertise and Toy Projects for 2 - 4s
By Christopher Clouder and Janni Nicol
Give your kids more than a diet of television and plastic toys with this inspiring course. Following hot on
the heels of the hugely popular Creative Play for your Baby, this is the ideal resource for modern parents
who want their children to expand their creativity and imagination through play. Discover child development
according to the Steiner theory, which helps toddlers realize themselves both naturally and holistically in
mind, body, and spirit.
Each chapter deals with a different element of your child's growth and includes an expert summary of the
theory that goes behind it. You'll find step-by-step instructions for making over 20 beautiful toys from
natural materials to help your child develop resourcefulness, originality, awareness, and confidence.
Good Parenting Skills: 7 Research-Backed Ways to Raise Kids Right
Time May 10, 2014
I've posted about the research behind happy families and solid marriages, but what does science say about good parenting skills?
First Years Critical for Healthy Brain Development
Sun Sentinel Apr 21, 2014
When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based
on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development.
Challenging A Child's Mind
The Connection Apr 06, 2014
Arlington mother Holly Karapetkova reserves time for reading in the schedules of her two young children. It has become
such an important part of their daily routine that it is a treasured family activity. It is also vital to her children's
development says Karapetkova.
6 Ways 'Crying It Out' Is Dangerous for Babies
The Stir Apr 25, 2014
One of the most polarizing issues in parenting has to be what's often referred to as the "cry it out" method, or
"Ferberizing," stemming from pediatrician Richard Ferber who developed his sleep training strategy and published it
in Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems in 1985.
Genetic discovery could boost IQ, offset brain’s decline from age and disease
RT May 8, 2014
By increasing the action of a cell receptor crucial to forming
memories. KL-VS, researchers found, improved cognitive functions
regardless of age by the equivalent of around six IQ points.
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