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Newborns are amazing high-maintenance miracles. Though the first few weeks consist mainly of eating, sleeping, crying and dirty diapers, there is a LOT going on in those little bundles of joy. Babies develop faster than at any other stage, and their brains form neurological connections at an astonishing rate. Just imagine how crazy the experience […]

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Ever notice how children gravitate toward nature, animals and the outdoors? Between the ages of 3 – 7, kids begin to understand that others have feelings and thoughts much like they do. This often extends to the natural world, and certainly extends to other people. This is the stage where empathy – experiencing the the […]

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Humans are not born with a concept of self. In fact, infants do not make any distinction between themselves and their primary caregivers at first (usually the mother). Can you imagine a time before knowing the difference between ‘Me’ and ‘You’? Crazy, I know. But that’s where we all begin: with no separation, no ego […]

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Building A Better Brain

Published on March 14, 2012 by in Physical Development

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Children’s brains develop in some very cool ways, and this post will discuss how we can enrich that development. A baby’s brain comes to the world with billions of cells, but few neural pathways connecting them. It’s like having an entire civilization appear with almost no infrastructure. From birth through 6 years old, that’s essentially […]

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Spheres of Development: The Body

Published on March 7, 2012 by in Physical Development

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Ah yes, the body. Endlessly fascinating. Constantly changing. Often a source of wonder, pride, shame, excitement, curiosity, strength and so much more. It’s the container that makes our experience of the world possible, and it should not be taken for granted. Throughout early childhood there are a number of ways to optimize the body’s growth. […]

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Learning about the stages of child development will strengthen your relationships with kids and make your interactions more meaningful and fun. Here’s how: 1) Inside information about children’s experience of the world. Children learn, grow and change very quickly, particularly in the earlier years (0-6). Understanding the physical, psychological and social changes taking place during […]

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What’s Child Development?

Published on March 2, 2012 by in Family Relationships

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I’ve read a lot about this topic over the years, and the academic language can be a real turn-off. Words can sometimes become a barrier to meaning, and I’d like to change that. I define C.D. as the science of understanding children through the development of their bodies, minds and social relationships as they grow […]

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