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Early Childhood Education and the Four Key Benefits on Child Development

ECE or Early Child Education is considered to be a crucial period in child development. Although not mandatory by the Unites States Department of Education, the early childhood education is a fundamental stage in the learning.
The National Association for Early Childhood Education for Young Children (NAEYC) defines early childhood as occurring before the age of 8. It is during this period that a child experiences the fastest stage of growth and development, be it mental or physical. Their brains develop faster than at any time in their lives, so these years are crucial. In these years, they have established the…


Not in the same boat

It has become almost trite to say that although we are all in the same storm, we are not in the same boat. Nonetheless, the papers in this special issue attest to the truth of this statement. Each paper provides a snapshot of how the parents and children on our planet are weathering this storm. When the pandemic struck, most research groups examining the emotional and cognitive well-being of children in face-to-face studies had to suspend their research. In every country, child developmental researchers pivoted to bring the science of child development to bear on how children and families were…


Why Ignoring A Tantrum Might Not Always Work (& What To Do Instead)

Children experience emotions just like adults do. Unfortunately, most kids lack the emotional intelligence to effectively communicate what they’re feeling in any given moment during the early stages of child development. Sometimes this leads kids to throw temper tantrums in hopes of getting what they want or expressing the big feelings that are happening inside.

When our kids throw these tantrums, we sometimes feel compelled to ignore them. However, ignoring tantrums doesn’t always work — and you should try a different approach.
Why Ignoring A Tantrum Doesn’t Always Work
Most mothers have heard the advice to ignore their preschooler’s tantrums time and time…


What to Do When Your Kid Thinks You're Playing Favorites

I wasn’t exactly surprised when, in the midst of a recent disagreement, my 11-year-old son expressed how upset he was by telling me that he believed I love his younger sister more than him. That’s a pretty common go-to move that most parents hear at some point, and I certainly remember breaking it out on at least a couple of occasions when I wasn’t getting the attention I wanted from my mom.

But after the obligatory, “Oh, that’s ridiculous!” that most parents probably reflexively reply with when faced with that familiar scenario, I thought about it again later. Is he right…


Talking to children about death and grief

Grief is often described as an emotional response to loss; but grief is not a simple response. It can evoke a complex amalgam of powerful emotions such as sadness, anger, guilt, or regret. These emotions can be so overwhelming that they often translate into a physiological response, such as headaches, stomach aches, changes in sleep and/or eating patterns, among others.

Starting to talk about death and grief

This situation brings to the forefront two important factors that need to be considered going forward:

Understanding how children process grief and death

Developmentally, children process death and grief differently at different ages. A five-year-old cannot comprehend…


Suicide attempts by children have spiked during the pandemic, especially among girls

Five years ago, if a child younger than 13 arrived at Maine Medical Center for treatment following a suicide attempt, it was rare and notable.

It’s no longer rare.

If your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger, dial 911.

For immediate assistance during a mental health crisis, call or text the Maine 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 888–568–1112.

For any other support or referrals, call the NAMI Maine Help Line at 800–464–5767 or email helpline@namimaine.org.

National resources are also available. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1–800–273–8255. You can also contact the National Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to…


Addressing the mental health of today’s teens

The pandemic has left the world’s teenagers more stressed and anxious than ever, challenging both their mental health and well-being. For help navigating these mental and emotional waters, we turned to Courtney L. Washington, PsyD, CSYAC, HSPP, clinical training director, Park Center, Parkview Behavioral Health Institute, for some much-needed advice and guidance for parents wanting to help.
What effect has the pandemic had on teens’ mental health?
The pandemic significantly impacted everyone’s mental health, causing increased levels of anxiety and nervousness. We all saw and/or experienced a lot of social isolation during this past year when stuck in our homes, unable to…


How to react when your kid’s having a tantrum & the one thing you can do to stop it

FROM the terrible twos to the troublesome threes and ferocious fours, tantrums evolve over time but they’re all equally unpleasant.
Whether you’re dealing with a child who screams and cries, lashes out physically or gets nasty with words, there are foolproof strategies to put tantrums to bed. Parenting expert Sophie Giles shares the best way to deal with inevitable tantrums as your child grows up. Fabulous spoke to Sophie Giles, parenting and behavioural consultant and founder of the Gentle Start Family Consultancy, who says the worst thing you can do is fear them.

She says: “Children have tantrums, it’s a natural part…


Ease Your Child’s Mental Burden During These Difficult Times

The COVID-19 outbreak and consequent lockdowns have changed the way we function in the world and brought us face-to-face with a lot of uncertainty and fear. Children could possibly be the silent sufferers of the pandemic as they are too young to understand or process their thoughts and emotions, something that even adults have been struggling to navigate through in the past year. Toddlers and young children particularly need dedicated attention and care as the brain is still in the process of formation, and high stress and social isolation can lead to unwanted deep-seated issues later in life. Dr Neeraj…


"My Kid Is Stressed!" An Rx for Stress Without Side Effects

- Storytelling has always been a “common sense” intervention for kids who are in pain or stressed out.
— New research demonstrates storytelling has an objectively measurable effect on the salivary cortisol, a marker of stress, in pediatric patients.
— Storytelling also lowered subjective measures of stress, and helped children make more positive associations with their hospital stay.
— This has implications for parenting all children, especially children stressed out by a global pandemic.

We’re in an era of endless entertainment for kids, from the rich fantasies of Pixar to endless hours of YouTube and every permutation of video games out…

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