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Thinking “outside the box” has roots in early experiences

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / August 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Like many other skills, creative thinking can be strengthened by early environments. Tell Me More Seeing things from different angles is considered a form of abstract thinking, but it has concrete roots in visual-spatial perception. For example, being able to see an object in two different ways of finding objects hidden in drawings. These skills

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Even praise has its pitfalls

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / August 23, 2019 / 0 Comments

Across cultures, children respond better to praise for effort rather than praise for outcome. Tell Me More Let’s start out by saying right away that praise of any kind usually starts out with good intentions. However, praise yields greater encouragement and motivation when it is directed towards a child’s effort (ie “You are drawing very

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5 Steps to Help Your Children Overcome Fear

By Brent Feinberg / August 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

As parents, our greatest vision is to have children who have a positive sense of self with enough self-confidence to navigate the challenges of life. Life experience has taught us that at times, we are faced with situations which create fear preventing us from moving forward. One of the greatest gifts you can give to

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Early multilingualism builds stronger learning skills

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / August 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Learning an additional language, especially in early childhood, improves certain brain functions besides language, including overall learning abilities.  Tell Me More The old myths that bilingual children are somehow more intelligent than other monolingual counterparts, or that early bilingualism causes speech delays, are simply unproven.  Speaking two or more languages doesn’t increase general intelligence measures,

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August Date Night Giveaway: FREE Babysitting + $100 Gift card

By SitterTree / August 1, 2019 / Comments Off on August Date Night Giveaway: FREE Babysitting + $100 Gift card

Alright, Atlanta parents, this one is for you! We know you all LOVE your kids, but dating your spouse is SUPER important and tends to get pushed aside as life + kids + work takes priority. SitterTree has a solution!✨ Here’s how to Win: 1. Follow SitterTree on Facebook and Instagram and “like” the #SitterTreeDateNight post each

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9 Tips for Raising Boys

By Careen Strange / July 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Being the only female in a family consisting of a husband and five sons taught me a little about males and rearing boys. What I’ve learned over the years can be summarized into one sentence: Boys want to act like grown men, and grown men sometimes want to act like boys. So what’s a mom

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PC’s and Preschoolers

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / July 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Carefully collected observations indicate that judicious computer use may offer gains for children over three years of age. Tell Me More Many researchers recommend against exposing children under three years old to computers. Computers simply do not match children’s learning style at this age, where learning occurs predominantly through the eyes, ears, mouths, hands, and

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Good sleep behaviors linked to cognitive benefits

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / July 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

During sleep, our brains, especially those of babies and young children, aren’t actually resting – in fact, quite the opposite: the brain continues to be extremely active, laying down pathways and forging new connections while you slumber. Tell Me More It’s no big surprise that adequate rest is an important component of child development. One

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Home language environment is the biggest determinant of future language skills

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / July 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

No matter how much time children spend in daycare or preschool, research clearly shows that the home environment exerts the most influence on language development. Tell Me More Depending on the home environment, there may be significant differences in the number of words and quality of speech that a child hears. These differences can have

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Dads, It’s Time for a Date Night

By Ryan Coller / July 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Being a dad is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I am the parent of three incredible children (two girls and a boy). There is not a feeling in the world quite like when you see them smile and hear them laugh. To see each of your children develop, grow, and

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