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Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis

Mom’s love good for child’s brain | Washington University in St. Louis | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Mom's love good for Children's Brains

School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to stress. 

The new research, by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the first to show that changes in this critical region of children’s brain anatomy are linked to a mother’s nurturing. 


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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The importance of maternal nurtuing has been long proven for rats and primates, and now we know that children who experience nurturing in their early years have a larger hippocampus, by 10%. This is actually a followup study on a study on depression in preschoolers when they were ages 3 to 5. Brain images of these same children were taken when they were between 7 and 10. They evaluated the degree of maternal nuturance when the children were younger and compared the results to the brain imaging. .  This  study suggests a clear link between nurturing and the size of the hippocampus. 

What's the hippocampus? One of the most important parts of the human brain especially since it sits right in the middle of our animal brain (limbic system) which is involved in managing emotion, threat detection, behavior, motivation and memory.  Amy Fuller PhD


Hat tip to Donald Cooper for posting this on the Achieve Balance Linked Group


Read Summary here. Read full text: Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age

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Encouraging Words - Positive Parenting Solutions

Encouraging Words - Positive Parenting Solutions | Momfulness | Scoop.it
A good way to avoid bad behavior is to provide encouraging words when you see good behavior. Use these encouraging words and see how your child changes.
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Sadie doesn't want her brother to grow up (ORIGINAL) - YouTube

Sadie doesn't want her brother to grow up Typical struggles of a 5 year-old Sadie, Sadie, Sadie Girl crying over brother Sadie doesn't want her brother to gr...
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Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.

 

Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs theMaking Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind

 

1. Make caring for others a priority...

2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude...

3. Expand your child’s circle of concern...

4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor...

5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings..


By Amy Joyce 


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5 Mindful Skills for Moms When Things Don't Go as Planned

5 Mindful Skills for Moms When Things Don't Go as Planned | Momfulness | Scoop.it
My life is so completely different than I planned. I’m a dreamer and I’ve had some big dreams in my life. At this point I have many different versions of my dreams since I've had to re-write them o...
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Who else wants to slow down?

Who else wants to slow down? | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very littl...
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Self-Care: The Secret to True Connection

Self-Care: The Secret to True Connection | Momfulness | Scoop.it
“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.” ― bell hooks I have found this to be true: the bet...
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7 Things New Moms Need Their Husbands to Know | Quentin Hafner, LMFT

7 Things New Moms Need Their Husbands to Know | Quentin Hafner, LMFT | Momfulness | Scoop.it
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Infographic: What You Should Know About Moms and Happiness

Infographic: What You Should Know About Moms and Happiness | Momfulness | Scoop.it
What makes Mom feel appreciated? Does she get happier later in life? And what is she really thinking on Mother's Day, anyway?
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LOVE these infographics from Happify! This one is all about motherhood and what makes (and doesn't make) moms happy. 

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3 Crucial Things Every Parent Needs To Do

3 Crucial Things Every Parent Needs To Do | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Kids desperately want respect. Even when they don't show it towards you. They want to be heard.
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8 keys to Mindful Presence in Parenting and Marriage

8 keys to Mindful Presence in Parenting and Marriage | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children (and marriage) produces adults.   Peter...
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Parenthood: The Power of Breathing

Parenthood: The Power of Breathing | Momfulness | Scoop.it

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Fuller Life Family Therapy's curator insight, April 7, 11:42 AM

Can we give ourselves permission pause for a moment and breathe? Deep breathing opens up more options in how we want to respond to our children.

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Dr. Laura Markham > How to Start Dinner Conversation with Your Child

Dr. Laura Markham > How to Start Dinner Conversation with Your Child | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Ideas for Talking with Your Child: Best conversation starter ideas for great family dinner table discussions about values and life
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Why Parenting Has Gotten More Difficult | Family Studies

Why Parenting Has Gotten More Difficult | Family Studies | Momfulness | Scoop.it

Parents in a recent survey agreed, by a six-to-one margin, that parenting is seen as more difficult today than in the past.


Indeed, to hear today’s moms and dads tell it, Ruth Graham wrote recently at Slate, parents “never get their houses clean, never have sex, never read books or have adult conversations, never shower, and never, ever have a moment to themselves.” That’s hyperbolic, as Graham and parents themselves know, but (many parent-bloggers seem to say) it’s not far off the mark.


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Five Ways to Help Your Kids Love Fitness

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Love Fitness | Momfulness | Scoop.it
As parents, we wear so many hats: nurse, chauffer, cook, maid…We often overlook a very important aspect of our children’s health: how much physical activity our kids are getting each day. Encouraging your kids to stay active can be a challenge when there are so many other things competing for time. The U.S Department of [...]

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nancercize's curator insight, February 21, 2:14 PM

I like the part about adults being role models.

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Mindful Parenting:To Yell or Not to Yell?

Mindful Parenting:To Yell or Not to Yell? | Momfulness | Scoop.it
For me, muscling my children into behaving the way I want them to feels wrong. While I don't want to give them carte blanche to do whatever they want (Permissive Parenting), I also want to be able to give them the tools to navigate life without blowing up every time something doesn't go the way they want.
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50 (More) Inspiring Children's Books With A Positive Message

50 (More) Inspiring Children's Books With A Positive Message | Momfulness | Scoop.it
When we expose our kids to a variety of positive and inspirational content early and on a regular basis, we can make a profound difference in their lives and help encourage a growth mindset....
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Is it wise to be grateful?

Is it wise to be grateful? | Momfulness | Scoop.it
BY C.E. HUGGINS NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – At all ages, wisdom and a sense of gratitude appear to go hand in hand, especially for women, according to a recent study.
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Fascinating article relating gratitude to wisdom....

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A love letter: To all the tired mamas everywhere

A love letter: To all the tired mamas everywhere | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Here's the thing, I love you.

I do.

I love how you don't even have to open your eyes to roll over in bed and open the blanket to that kid who has bad dreams.
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Killing Off Supermom

Killing Off Supermom | Momfulness | Scoop.it
I'll be honest with you. In my house, the beds are rarely made unless someone is coming to visit. Sometimes I yell. My closet is a disaster and I feel guilty that I work too much. My kids watch more TV than they should.
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The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute

The Power of Mindfulness | Child Mind Institute | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness: How a meditation practice can help kids with ADHD, anxiety, autism and depression become less anxious, more focused, and more in charge of their own behavior

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David Hain's curator insight, November 21, 2013 9:34 AM

A remedy for all ages!

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Relaxation Bottles | Simply Real Moms

Relaxation Bottles | Simply Real Moms | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Create five different types of Relaxation or Cool Down Bottles with your children. They will love relaxing with these bottles!
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35 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Girlfriends - The House of Hendrix

35 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Girlfriends - The House of Hendrix | Momfulness | Scoop.it
Mine are called The Tias. Yours may be called The YaYa’s or simply the Girls. In any case they are the trusted women who show up when life stinks and celebrate when it doesn’t.
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