Early Brain Development In Action
Classes at Recess for new parents
The power of observation with very young babies
Magda Gerber is a pioneer in the field of early childhood development. "It's better to have passive toys and active children."
How Becoming a Father Changes your brain
FROM WIRED MAGAZINE: "As the father of 12-week-old twins, I was intrigued to see a new paper has been published looking at the brain changes associated with fatherhood. Before now, nearly all human research on the neural effects of parenting has been focused on mothers.
When you become a dad, it’s like a plate has been set spinning in your brain (or two in my case) – suddenly, no matter where you are, or what you’re doing, you have this restless vigilance for your fragile offspring. And then there’s the time spent playing and feeding, when you’re alert to every flicker of emotion on their little face, every tiny hiccup or cry. It would be incredible if these new responsibilities and ways of interacting didn’t have a profound effect on the brain."
Social Emotional Skills & Building Self Confidence
There’s a lot happening during playtime. Little ones are lifting, dropping, looking, pouring, bouncing, hiding, building, knocking down, and more. Children are busy when they’re playing. And, more than that, they are learning. Play is the true work of childhood.
And when your children have a chance to play with you, they are also learning—that they are loved and important and that they are fun to be around. These social-emotional skills give them the self-confidence they need to build loving and supportive relationships all their lives.
Additional Articles about the Journey to Parenthood:
- Nursing Your Baby: Sometimes It Takes a Village - by Dr. Juli Fraga
- The Biggest Mistake We Mothers Will Make
- A Mother is Born: http://www.ginahassan.com/Mother-is-born.html
- Lessons from my daughter:http://www.theconversation.tv/parenting/lessons-from-my-daughter-1/
- From Partners to Parents: http://www.theconversation.tv/parenting/first-time-parents-care/
- Celebrating Mama: Five Tips for Postpartum Self-Care:http://blog.honest.com/celebrating-mama-five-tips-for-postpartum-care/#.UZGDdEJy_ww
- 10 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself in the First Year as a Parent:http://www.babble.com/pregnancy/10-ways-to-feel-good-about-yourself-in-the-first-year-as-a-parent/
- The Rocky Path to Grace: http://www.adesignsovast.com/2010/04/the-rocky-path-to-grace/
And if you're in anticipation of it all (expectant parents)
Get a handle on new baby care and breastfeeding, what types of decisions you'll need to make once the baby arrives, and a whole lot more with our next Breastfeeding class & Newborn Preparation workshop. Keep an eye on the calendar for the next workshop at Recess (Potrero Hill), click here