I’ll be the first to admit that I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to this whole “being a mom” thing. The more I read and research, it seems like the more there is to learn, and it all varies depending on who you ask. A lot of it seems like nonsense. […]
Here’s your chance to have a professional photographer create a keepsake photo of your child! The Lane County Children’s Photo Contest is open for appointments now through March. Four photographers are donating their time and discounting their sitting fees to $49 so you can own a ‘forever’ photo while Parenting Now! receives a donation from […]
Babies enter the world ready to learn. Before they can recognize words, grab an object or even focus their eyes, they can enjoy books. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a policy encouraging parents to read aloud daily beginning in infancy. After all, if we want our children to become lifelong readers, we need to […]
Children and families face any number of different needs that may keep the youngsters from developing and reaching their personal potential. Many of these issues are out of the parent or child’s control. However, when it comes to kids who just don’t get enough floor time, and especially tummy time as infants, there is something […]
Fetal-infant mortality rates are like the tip of an iceberg. Beneath the surface are health, social and economic factors that work together to continue to put more babies at risk. These rates are a well-established, accepted marker for the health and well-being of a nation, state, region or community.
Life with twins is crazy. It is also completely amazing, challenging, hilarious, and by far the hardest job I’ve ever had! I’m sitting here listening to the girls chatter each other to sleep… wait, strike that, now they are both wailing. Such is the way with twin 2-year-olds. If I had a dime for every time someone said, “I always wanted to have twins!” I’d be a rich woman. Far fewer people have actually offered to babysit.
For young children, play is the means through which they access the world around them. Play is how they learn how things work, how to get their needs met, how to interact with others, and all of the concepts and skills they need to learn.
For you as a parent, play is your passport, the entrance to building a supportive, nurturing relationship with your child. You provide your child with food, clothing and shelter to meet your child’s basic care needs. But what do you provide to meet your child’s developmental needs?
While it is vital to recognize and validate the amazing work that involved, loving mothers do each day in raising and nurturing healthy children, it is equally as important to affirm the role of positive, loving fathers and father figures.
These programs do come with a price tag – which is why local, state and federal governments, as well as private donors and foundations, help fund them. According to Fight Crime Invest in Kids, every $1 spent on research-based home visiting programs like Healthy Start and the Nurse-Family Partnership generates a return between $4 and $6. Children come to school ready to learn, have fewer health and social needs, grow up to commit fewer crimes and create a return on the investment as healthy, productive adults. These programs reduce child abuse rates, improve parenting skills, increase the time parents spend reading to their child, and help families access medical care. Better yet, they protect children from abuse. This not only saves money, it can save lives. And ultimately, that what is most important, no matter how much it costs.
At the University of Oregon’s Brain Development Laboratory, we study attention in children as young as 3 by measuring the brain’s response to sounds as we ask children to shift their “spotlight” of attention from one side to the other. Shifting this spotlight of attention markedly changes the brain’s response to events in the environment – the brain produces a response to an attended stimulus that is twice as large as the response when it is unattended, and this boost occurs within 1/10 of a second! The ability to focus attention is critical in lifelong learning. We have shown that this enhanced brain response is not present in some young children who are at-risk for academic problems.