Early Nurturing Boosts Brain Development

Playtime as a Stage

Kids experience big feelings on a daily basis. They might feel powerless and pushed around, angry, sad, frightened or jealous. Playtime becomes your child's opportunity to deal with these emotions.

Next time you're feeling like you're going to "lose your cool" with your kids, take that deep cleansing breath in, breath out the tension and send it some place else. It's good for your baby's brain.

Do you practice nurturing in your home? Tell us what you do!

SOURCES: Joan Luby, M.D., professor, psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis; Robert Myers, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor, psychiatry and human behavior, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, and founder, Child Development Institute; Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2012, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, online.

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