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A tantruming toddler is a little ball of writhing muscle and incredible strength. It's like trying to carry a greased pig past a slop bucket.

If you are headed in the wrong direction as a parent - you are allowed to make a U-turn.

It is what we say and do when we're angry that creates the very model our children will follow when dealing with their own frustrations.

If it  was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called "labour".

Whining and crying are employed by kids for the purpose of getting something. If it works, then it was worth the effort and will be repeated.

We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

You cannot reason with someone who is being unreasonable.

Parenting style matters - a lot!

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

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Brain Fact # 9

A Healthy Brain

Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School was asked – “Is there one main characteristic of a healthy brain?”

His answer – “There are 100 billion neurons in the brain. Each neuron has about 10,000 connections (synapses) to other cells. We have 1 quintillion (10 to the 18th) synapses and there are 1 quintillion transactions per second between neurons. A healthy brain is thus a very complex, dynamic and efficient system. One main characteristic of  a healthy  brain is the ability to being modified (being plastic).

The circumstances of our lives change very fast, too fast for genes to be able to modify our brain and make us able to cope with these changes. So nature invented plasticity, the capacity of the brain to be modified to cope with the changes. We have realized that a healthy brain is a brain that has the right amount of plasticity; not too much and not too little but optimal plasticity. Plasticity changes the nature of synapses and the number of synapses in the brain. These changes can occur following any type of activity of the brain”.

Guess what ?   Reading this blog just changed the synapses in your brain!

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