Resources

Resources

Here members will find an ever expanding collection of resources and information.

Science News offers highlights of findings from interesting newly published research, notices about news or events, and other information of interest.

Book Reviews offers reviews of recently published books related to human development, parenting and other topics of interest to parents.

Suggested Books presents an annotated list of recommended books related in some way to the content of this website. It is updated when we become aware of something that may be of interest to you.

Recommended Sites and Businesses provides links to helpful websites and information about other resources you may find supportive or useful for you or your child.

Parenting Styles discusses some of the approaches to child rearing that are currently popular, helping you make informed decisions about your own parenting options.

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An Archive Of Some of Our Most Popular “Instant Insights”

Why do you think more clearly after meditating?

Before meditation, your mind may be chaotic. During meditation, your mind calms down and the chatter quiets, at least somewhat.  After meditation, when you return to your thinking mind, your thoughts are less anxious.  You can often consider things from a different perspective or in a more calm open way. To ease into this calmer way of thinking any time during the day just stop what your doing and pay attend to your breath for a minute or so.   (9/28/17)

Want your child to listen to you?

If you have something important to say, good or bad, help your child focus on you and create interactional synchrony between the two of you. If your child is small, stoop, squat or crouch down so you’re at eye level.  Stand or sit near your older child and look into your child’s face.  Catch your child’s eyes.  No matter what the message, try to think for a quick second why you love this child.  The warmth that  you beam out will help communicates trust and connection.  When you do this, even tough messages will be heard better. And good messages will be really taken in.  (10/31/17)

Want more happiness? Less stress? Kids who are more joyfull?

Attending to what is “within” is only one part of thriving and living happily. Practices such as mindfulness, journaling, meditation and yoga can each bring measurable changes in our neurocircuitry and physiology that promote wellness and happiness, but there’s something else we need to do: Get together with friends and interact. We need to do this in real life, not through FaceBook, On-Line Games, Chat, or Instagram. We evolved as a species against great odds because we are very skillful at cooperating, connecting, and sharing ideas. This same capacity can bring increased levels of oxytocin, a neuropeptide associated with the calm-and-connect response, which is basically the opposite of our better known fight-or-flight response. (Oxytocin doesn’t get triggered by social media!)   Socializing is a basic human need and a source of enormous comfort and pleasure.  (10/15/17)