Children living in countryside outperform children living in metropolitan areas in motor skills

In a recent study, 3 to 7-year-old children provided an example of how children’s daily living environment and motor skills are closely related in the Finnish context. The main finding revealed that residential density is related to children’s motor skills, engagement in outdoor play and organised sports. It was found that Finnish children living in the countryside spent more time […]

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On the Move! Watch Prince Louis Show Off His Walking Skills

Growing up fast! Prince Louis celebrated his first birthday last month and proved that he’s already mastered one major milestone — walking. The little one showed off his fancy footwork on Sunday, May 19, while visiting the garden that his mom, Duchess Kate, designed at the Chelsea Flower Show. He and his older siblings, Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, […]

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Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills

Anticipation is often viewed as an emotional experience, an eager wait for something to happen. Inside the brain, the act of anticipating is an exercise in focus, a neural preparation that conveys important visual, auditory or tactile information about what’s to come. Now, brain research among 6- to 8-year-old children from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain […]

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Parents learn, babies talk: How coaching moms and dads improves infants’ language skills

When it comes to helping infants learn to talk, it’s not just how much parents say, but how they say it. Speaking directly to the baby with a style of speech known as “parentese”—talking slowly and clearly, often with exaggerated vowels and intonation—appears to improve infant language development. A new study from the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & […]

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9 Working-Mom Skills That Transfer From the Baby Nursery to the Boardroom

Think of an image of a working mom in the office. What words come to mind? Frazzled? Distracted? Less devoted? One of my pet peeves about the average workplace mindset is the perception that women somehow automatically “give up” focus, skills, dedication and the ability to succeed simply by having children. It seems like the world forgets that we — […]

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Communication skills benefit from the great outdoors

Conversations are more responsive in natural environments such as parks and gardens than indoors, finds new research by the University of Manchester and Cardiff University. The researchers recorded conversations between three- and four-year-old children and their parents while they explored a city park and the park’s indoor education centre and found that the conversations in the park were more responsive […]

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