• Guide to Teething For Babies

    April 14, 2017

    Most babies get their first tooth at around 6 months, but some can appear as early as 3 months or as late as 14, depending on such factors as when Mom and Dad started sprouting teeth and whether or not your baby was a preemie (preemies tend to teethe on the late side). How babies experience teething can vary widely as well.

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  • Why do children like to play pretend and imagine?

    April 14, 2017

    Pretend play has a purpose more than just fun - the process of pretending and imagining builds the foundation for skills essential in many developmental domains. Pretend play has an important role in the normal development of young children, especially in their cognitive and social-emotional development.

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    Children play pretend and are always using their imaginations because it is a positive way to develop their brain's circuitry for planning and anticipating future events.

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  • Cognitive Benefits of Rattles and Sound Toys for Babies

    February 26, 2017

    Kids love toys.  

    Baby rattles might not look like anything special for an adult, but these infant toys spark an array of sensory experiences for a baby.  A rattle can amuse and engage your baby as well as aid in his or hers development.  The sounds babies make can also alert babies to noise. Even without looking, if they hear the sound of a rattle, you will eventually find babies turning their head towards the sound.  By integrating rattles into daily playtime with your baby, you can promote and strengthen your child’s motor abilities and help them reach cognitive milestones.

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    Rattles are definitely not just a source of entertainment for a baby to play with. They can help to teach babies many new skills. Here are just a few that benefit a baby's development:

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  • Benefits of Colouring for Children (and adults!)

    February 6, 2017

    Colouring,  as an activity, has many benefits for different age groups.  The practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. 

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    One of the first psychologists to apply colouring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century. According to psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala when coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres. The action involves both logic, by which we colour forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colours. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.

    In simplest terms, colouring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, our full attention is devoted to the activity and not on our worries.

    Colouring is not mutually exclusive to any age group. Psychologist Antoni Martinez  recommends colouring as a relaxation technique to adults. The trend has lately become popular among the adults and youth.

    However, colouring’s true benefits start when you’re a child as it helps children to develop cognitively, psychologically and creatively. The following are some of the key benefits of colouring pages in kids’ psychology and development:

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  • How to teach your toddler to share

    February 5, 2017

    Sharing does not always come naturally, especially during earlier interactions with other children.

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