Why we should hug our children?

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We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” -Virginia Satir                             Hugs are important for emotional growth, as vitamins are important for physical growth. Science has proven the many benefits of hugging our children and I myself can speak of how comforting and peaceful it is to receive a hug. As parents … Read More

The role of play in child development

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Why is play important for child development? You have probably heard the famous saying by the great philosopher, Plato ‘life must be lived as play’. Indeed, he was right about this. Play is essential to children and adolescents’ development. Research has found many benefits to play and it has been found to impact on a child’s development in numerous ways for example, emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically. ‘… play shapes the architecture of the brain in unique ways; it links … Read More

The Neuroscience Behind Calming Babies

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Psychological research shows how babies are calmed down when they are comforted. When babies cry it is therefore important to pick them up, rock them and show them affection . Infants experience an automatic calming reaction when they are being carried. This article looks at the neuroscience behind calming babies and why it is important that babies are not ignored when crying but rather they need to be comforted! http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201304/the-neuroscience-calming-baby