Apr 152012
 

Dr Pat Kuhl provides an analysis on the baby’s brain and how they learn languages. Interesting to note in her presentation on TEDxRainier that the baby when exposed to learning language by television and audio show very little increase in response to the artificial stimuli. The baby’s brain is wired to respond and learn from people.

Feb 282012
 
Helping children reduce stress and anxiety with flowers

  The rose is said to represent purity and perfection and now it has been documented that it can reduce stress.  The Japanese Journal of Pharmacology reported that researchers found that the simple inhalation of patchouli and rose oil reduced sympathetic nervous activity by 40%, with rose oil reducing adrenaline concentrations by 30%. (1) When my son was in kindergarten, he would receive a lavender face wash before leaving for the day.  In the last five years we have introduced using flower essences along with other eco parenting initiatives, into parent education programs in Australia.  Children and parents receive massages read more…

Jan 302012
 
Fast paced television affects children's attention span

  It confirms many parents instinct regarding television.   A study of sixty 4 year olds were randomly assigned to watch a fast paced television cartoon or an educational cartoon.  The study found that children who watched the fast pace television cartoon performed significantly worse in executive function tasks. The conclusion the researchers drew –‘just 9 minutes of viewing a fast-paced television cartoon had immediate negative effects on 4-year-olds’ executive function. Parents should be aware that fast-paced television shows could at least temporarily impair young children’s executive function.’ from Pediatrics, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, http://bit.ly/y8YXxV

Nov 232011
 

Harvard School of Public Health study of ADHD and links to pesticides Pesticides tied to ADHD in children from Harvard School of Public Health on Vimeo. Marc Weisskopf, Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, discusses a study that finds children exposed to higher levels of pesticides known as organophosphates could have a higher risk of being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (2:02)

Sep 032011
 
The child and drugs – the importance of good human relationships

At a recent parent education evening at Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School, in Northern NSW, Rod Tomlinson provided an illumanitive talk on ”The Adolescent’s Thirst for Experience, Their Search for Meaning and Consciousness-Altering Substances ‘. Rod began with a brief history of humanity and an overview of the development of the human soul forces and then shared with us his view on the effects and reasons for adolescents to engage in various drugs.  One of the clear messages for parents wanting to reduce their child’s interest in drugs was to prioritise the establishment of good human relationships.  Rod emphasised the read more…

Aug 122011
 
eco parenting books launched at the Bryon Bay Writers Festival

The weather was warm and sunny on Saturday August 6th for the launch of the first two books in the eco parenting series at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Derek Spice the co-founder of Inspir=Ed and the Spirit of Childhood Foundation  gave a short introduction to the launch. Delta Kay, an Arakwal spokesperson and one of the Aboriginal custodians of Byron Bay provided a welcome to country. Delta is also an early childhood support worker.  Delta and I have worked together running the Inspir=Ed early childhood programs using the eco parenting principles at the Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative in Ballina.  Delta read more…