Why Kids Thrive through Parent Intervention

We are used to reading different studies and articles on the best way to parent a child. However, there is actually very little evidence that suggests that a particular parenting style is optimal.  So, what is the the key to enhance a child’s chances for success?

The experiences in the first two years of life have the power to alter a child’s future. This window of opportunity is critical. There are several things that can be done to enhance a child’s chances for success – high quality education, motivating teachers, opportunities, access to good mental health services, etc.

A parenting strategy is not going to define a child’s future. Rather, learning about your baby’s psychological development has the potential to improve parenting skills. The key is reaching a higher audience so parents all over the world can engage in effective quality interactions. Media technology is an effective way to deliver information on a grand scale and greatly intervene in people’s lives. Continue reading

3 Mistakes you might be making during bedtime

Bedtime can be such a challenge for some babies, but what if you’re only making it harder? Sometimes as parents we are not aware that what we do may affect our little ones – even the little things. Here are 3 bedtime “no-no’s” you should be aware of.

  1. Letting your baby stay up late

Believe or not this is a very common mistake, some parents like to play with their baby late at night because they don’t have much time with him or her during the day or they developed the habit of putting him or her to bed just before they go to sleep. A late bedtime will lead to an overtired and fuzzy baby who will most assuredly have trouble drifting off to sleep, which can also increase night awakenings.

What to do: Did you know that most babies actually display signs of sleep readiness between 6 and 8 pm? Be aware of signs like, droopy eyelids or eye rubbing, before your baby gets a bit fuzzy. If you get him or her to bed when he or she is drowsy but not overtired or completely asleep, it will be easier for him or her to learn to fall asleep on his or her own. Continue reading

Babyproofing 101

Did you know that house injuries are one of the top reasons kids under 3 visit the E.R. each year?
Babyproofing your home is essential to keeping your baby safe. Supervision is the best way to prevent injuries, but even the most vigilant parents can’t keep their children completely out of harm’s way every second of the day. So it’s smart to be prepared, especially before your little one starts crawling and getting around the house on his own!
Although it may seem odd to start thinking about baby proofing if your little one can’t even roll over yet, you’ll be amazed at how soon he’ll start wandering around the house. Don’t get caught unprepared!
As a first step, don’t assume your baby sees everything the way you do. Remember he is on a very different level – ground level. To avoid overlooking any hazards at home within easy reach try crawling on your knees around the house. It may seem silly at first, but it’s actually one of the best ways to keep your baby safe and see if you’ve missed anything.
Now that you finished your crawling tour, here is a list of the most common household hazards you should keep an eye out for: Continue reading

Beyond Kinedu: Social Impact Initiatives

At Kinedu, we often talk about the importance of the early years in forming solid brain architecture. In the last decade, science has really made it clear that early experiences form the basis for either promoting health and development, or stunting it. Child development, especially from birth to age five, is a foundation for a skilled work force, a responsible community, and a thriving economy.

During this period, the child’s brain is most sensitive to the influence of external experiences, for better or worse. Responsive, dependable interactions with adults can lead to healthy emotional and cognitive development. On the other hand, toxic stress, caused by poverty, abuse or neglect, parental substance abuse or mental illness, or exposure to violence without supportive relationships with adults can interrupt normal brain development. The more adverse experiences in childhood, the greater the likelihood of developmental delays and later health problems, such as alcoholism, depression, heart disease, and diabetes. Toxic stress can also impair the development of executive function, or the brain’s ability to hold onto and work with information, focus thinking, and filter distractions. This set of skills is critical for school achievement, the preparation of a future workforce, and avoiding a wide range of population health problems.

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