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Friday, August 14, 2020

does your baby stare?

Babies love staring at faces. Decades of  research suggest that the “infant gaze” is common right from birth because facial features and expressions contain a wealth of information that is important for development. The more they stare the more information they acquire. And yes, babies are more apt to stare longer at good looking faces - not because they learn more - but because it is simply more pleasing. The baby gaze is the beginning of learning attachment and developing senses, like hearing and smell and vision. At two or three months of age, the absence of that can become concerning. “One of the things I always ask when I’m meeting with parents whose child has developmental issues is ‘when you were feeding them did they look at you and your eyes? When you did baby talk to them, did they smile responsively to you?’” says Dr. Douglas Waite, developmental pediatrician at BronxCare Health System and professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai. fatherly more

planning for an unorthodox school year

Confusion, miscommunication + changing health guidelines on covid-19 are making some parents feel anxious about the school year.  Therefore, some are choosing to home-school or attend school virtually.  In order to mentally prepare yourself for a challenging year, try a strategy called radical acceptance that some psychologists have used on their patients in order to tackle negative mindsets and breakthrough to problem solving.  “Radical acceptance doesn’t mean you believe the circumstance is right or just or okay.  It simply means you accept that it is happening, for the purpose of being able to address it in the healthiest, most productive way possible.”  washington post
  • ask what thoughts + words could be used to obtain a better outcome for you + your family
  • focus your time + energy on making the biggest impact on your kids
  • accept that sacrifices might need to be made that could cost time + money
  • remember to practice self care to guard your mental + emotional strength
  • realize that every decision might be a hard decision + have trade offs that are difficult
  • focus on giving empathy, support + understanding to yourself + others
  • reject drama + ­finger-pointing
  • set up space for your child to learn
  • carefully establish schedules + healthy routines
  • gather + take advantage of all the free resources you can
  • continue open conversations with your children
  • be honest with your family + with yourself
  • find a community
  • ask for help if you need it
For more tips on how to set your family up for a successful school year, click here:  washington post

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