I wrote about the Mommy Brain in a previous post as well as in a 17 June Irish Examiner newspaper article titled “Mum Knows Best.”As per National Institutes of Mental Health neuroscientist Dr. Pilyoung Kim, women’s grey matter actually GROWS after childbirth. We become smarter. Raise your mugs of coffee and say a toast, mommies, because your…
From Method To Practice: 25 Years of Practice in 30 Days!
In the past two months, I have had the honor to teach Brain-Based Parenting & Intervention skills to over 300 parents, teachers and coaches. First, I wish to thank you all for being so enthusiastic about the use of hoola hoops, Kimochis, bells, bean bags, and more in the skill development of…
Women increase in intelligence after becoming mothers. That old adage about mommy brain or baby brain is bunk. It’s been written about and studied. Katherine Ellison wrote a popular book about it in 2006, The Mommy Brain. This does not explain why, during the last weeks of pregnancy with my first boy and for…
Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation — so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds. If you have musicians or gifted kids in your family you may enjoy this video. Interesting and worth watching how creativity…Continue
Added by Lynne Kenney on January 9, 2011 at 12:45pm —
I think I have always wanted to be a "Mom". Even when I was little I enjoyed playing with dolls and pretending that I was a Mom. I bathed them and fed them, loved them and pretty much thought I had this mothering thing figured out.
As I became a teenager and young adult I realized I had a want and need to have a career. Hmmm...that didn't fit into my original Mommy role, Mommy didn't go off to work and leave her dolls/children with someone else. Times were changing and I began to… Continue
The results of a compilation and analysis of 30 years of environment studies, recently published as a health report from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, revealed startling details about the increase in disease in the U.S. over the last 35 years, and the link to toxic chemicals.
Many of us probably don't get enough omega-3 in our diet and even worse, we consume way too much omega-6. Click here to read an article about both and their impact on heart health, inflammation, brain development and more (provided by Susan Allport, Prevention).
There is ongoing research into how video games help or hinder ADHD symptoms. Apparently there is more reseach to be done--but there have been some positive results. Click here to see the article posted on MSN Health & Fitness.
The Female Brain
My notes from reading “The Female Brain” by Louann Brizendine, MD
Here are a few facts about the difference in female and male brains. Yes, there is a huge difference! I know it’s such a shock to everyone.
1.Men and women have the same number of brain cells but men’s brains are larger, so there is more room.
2.Women have 2 ½ times more brain cells devoted to communication and social orientation. Men have 2 ½ times more cells devoted to… Continue
When you provide loving, language-enriched experiences for your baby, you are giving his brain's neural connections and pathways more chances to become wired together. In turn, he will acquire rich language, reasoning, and planning skills.
At birth, your baby's brain contains 100 billion neurons (as many as there are stars in the Milky Way)! During his first years, he will grow trillions of brain-cell connections, called neural synapses. The rule for brain wiring is "use it… Continue
Added by Nina on March 31, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Over the last few days there has been an interesting article about Brain Games, especially Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training on the Nintendo DS, where such a game "might not be as good for your brain as claimed" according to a French research.
But looking back few month ago, the Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), the main organisation for the development of the curriculum and for exploring the use of ICT in education , provided… Continue
Added by Nathalie on February 3, 2009 at 5:00am —
Although the terms are often used jokingly, "mommy brain" and "pregnancy brain" are very real phenomena. Supposedly, hormones are to blame. Lots of women say they’re especially absent-minded or forgetful when they’re expecting, particularly in the first and third trimesters, and so do many of those who are caring for a new baby. My youngest is 17 months. Do I still qualify?
I sure hope so, because I’m not sure I have any other excuse for feeling like I’m starting to lose it… Continue
I had one of those, ‘Mommy idiot’ moments today. My two year old likes to act like he is a construction worker by sticking all of his wood and plastic play tools into pants. He walks around using the waistband of his pants as his tool belt. Smart kid I must say.
When I was brushing my teeth he came into the bathroom and asked, ‘mama where’s my tool?’ I turned around and saw him feel inside his pant leg. I leaned over and gave him a security… Continue
Okay, his name is Butch and he is as cute as Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Will Smith all rolled up into one...When I went back to work --- I work 9-9 I figured my guys...I live with my son & husband would now be responsible for the constant in and out...well they are...but ONLY when I am not home... when I am home He thinks I am his personal chef, massage parlor, and valet.
I can't sneak a cookie without him telling on me with his constant… Continue
Mommy brain - Katherine Ellison wrote an entire book about it. Meanwhile, here I am trying to figure out how I misplaced my driver’s license, let along have time to read Ms. Ellison’s book. I tried to retrace my steps but my days are such a blur. My husband wants to know why the cereal is in the fridge and where the milk is. And where did I put those car keys? Good thing, hubby has a spare. One of these days, my boss is going to freak out since I can’t remember where I put anything or what he… Continue