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Speaking to babies fertilizes future speaking

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / April 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

Using sensitive new methods that measure brain activity, it has been shown that the areas of babies’ brains that will later be responsible for speech become activated when merely listening to words at six months of age. Tell Me More Even before six months of age, babies’ brains are primed for acquiring language. Before six

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April Date Night Giveaway: FREE Babysitting + $100 Gift Card

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

SitterTree will give away one FREE date night to a deserving family each month through December 2019. Each date night includes 3 hours of FREE babysitting by a SitterTree’s top-rated sitter + $100 Gift Certificate. Alright, Atlanta parents, this one is for you! We know you all LOVE your kids, but dating your spouse is SUPER

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Drawing is a precursor to writing

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / March 29, 2019 / 0 Comments

Scribbling and drawing have their origins in the same parts of the brain that will later be used for writing. Tell Me More Even toddlers, who can barely hold a crayon or pencil, are eager to ‘write’ long before they acquire the skills that formally prepare them to read and write. Children who are encouraged

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Setting Up Your Sitter for Success

By Careen Strange / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

When I was the mother of five little boys under age 10, babysitters were of utmost importance—along with food, water, and fresh air.  Yet, in the anticipation of time away from daily demands, I never gave much thought to ways I could make the babysitting experience more enjoyable for my substitutes.  Of course, there were

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Learning how to read minds

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / March 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

The ability to understand what someone else is feeling and thinking represents the pinnacle of a series of developmental steps toward the development of a mature mind. Tell Me More In the first few years of life, your primary focus was yourself. You wanted food, warmth, or an engaging toy, and you were willing to

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The over-tired child

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / March 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

More than just a product of too little sleep, over-tiredness is actually a real condition with a hormonal explanation. Tell Me More A very common, and the least recognized reason for sleep problems between the ages of 1-2 years is over-tiredness. Over-tiredness and its correction have a neural basis. Children in the throes of a

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Screen Time Guidelines for Children 5 and Under

By Tristan Ford-Hutchinson / March 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

Today’s parents can often find themselves wondering how much screen time is too much. The ever-changing landscape of digital media can make it difficult for us to keep up with how much is too much and which type(s) of devices and content should our children be exposed to. Childhood is changing, especially when it comes

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Toddlers – small teenagers?

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / March 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

Just as the teenage years are marked by strong mood swings and hormonal surges, the characteristic emotional outbursts of the “terrible twos and threes’ are in large part due to a temporary imbalance in the areas of the brain responsible for anger and self-control. Tell Me More Two and three-year-old pass through a phase where

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Reading style matters

By Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, MD Ph.D. / March 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

The way we read books to our children makes a difference in how they learn new words and develop early reading skills. Tell Me More There’s more than one way to read a book, and the way you read to your child has been found to significantly correlate with the benefits children receive from reading

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March Date Night Giveaway: FREE Babysitting + $100 Gift Card

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

SitterTree will give away one FREE date night to a deserving family each month through December 2019. Each date night includes 3 hours of FREE babysitting by a SitterTree’s top-rated sitter + $100 Gift Certificate. Alright, Atlanta parents, this one is for you! We know you all LOVE your kids, but dating your spouse is SUPER

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