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Andrea Marchini: A pep talk on early intervention

July 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Health

Andrea Marchini: A pep talk on early intervention

Talk. Walk. Play. The job description of a child may sound simplistic, but babies are in fact involved in the very complex business of brain development.

At this exceptionally young age, babies are engaged in what is perhaps the most important occupation they will ever undertake — learning language. Children quickly discover that communication offers a precious connection to the world in which they can share their likes, needs and feelings, and socially bond with those they love. In fact, no skill will be more critical to a child’s well-being and success in life than the skill to communicate.

From the earliest moment, a baby stumbles across the discovery that a cry, gesture or babble are clever expressions of his needs and wants. By his first birthday, he has spent copious amounts of energy Read more

If You Think Your Children Need More, Think Again

April 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Ask the Expert

If You Think Your Children Need More, Think Again How much is too much to give your children? Consider this: for everything you give, you are taking something away. This applies to buying your teenager a new car, giving them a down payment on a home, or leaving them $100,000 when you die. The typical parent, at all income levels, imbibes the fiction that it is his or her responsibility to take away the struggle in their children’s lives. When parents assist their children frequently, it dulls the character, integrity, work ethic and socialization skills their children need to become responsible adults. The responsible and intentional parent makes an effort to contemplate, discuss and if possible, determine what life lessons will be missed if financial support or a gift is given.
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Autumn Reads

October 14, 2010 by  
Filed under lifestyle

Hornets NestThe Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest
By Stieg Larsson
Wrapping up Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest saves the best for last in this electrifying finale.  An international bestseller, this series constantly keeps readers off balance with unexpected twists and revelations, as Lisbeth Salander plots her revenge against the corrupt government that almost demolished her life. Read more