Heartfelt Baby Wish

by Deborah McNelis on January 01, 2015

A Heartfelt Request "Now that I am here it is my wish that every adult that will have an influence on my life fully realizes all that positively impacts my brain development in the early months and years of my life! I sincerely hope that every adult already knows and understands that providing loving, safe, healthy, predictable, nurturing, and stimulating environments affects the way in which my brain will physically wire and grow. Experiences of consistent loving relationships, lots of play and movement, security, healthy nutrition, time in nature, lack of chaos, and respect for me as someone very special..

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Kids & Holiday Shopping!

by Deborah McNelis on December 04, 2014

COMMENTS FROM YOUR CHILD ABOUT HOLIDAY SHOPPING! I know holiday shopping with me can be frustrating and difficult at times. I really don’t want to be a problem when you take me along. I realize you have a lot to do and you want me to be good so you can get it all done, but, my brain doesn’t always allow me to be perfect. I do like when you take me with you because my brain is curious and I get to see new things. I also love being with you!   So here are some ideas I have so..

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Early Experiences

by Deborah McNelis on June 07, 2014

The experiences children receive in the early years of life are crucial to overall brain development. These early experiences have an impact on learning and well-being in life. The Brain doesn’t just magically develop on it’s own. It requires experiences to make this happen. When a child has an experience, actual connections are formed between brain cells. The brain cells are dependent on experience to create these connections!        All of these connections physically grow, organize and develop the brain. Genetics certainly plays a large role in laying out a plan for development. However, it is primarily the early experiences that..

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by Deborah McNelis on January 22, 2012

Advances in technology provide the awareness that not only does the brain grow prenatally, but brain research informs us that a great amount of development happens in the pre-school years. It is both critical and exciting to realize that 90% of a child’s brain develops from conception to age five. But, even more important and exhilarating for us, is to have the research demonstrate what best contributes to the healthiest development during this significant time. Additionally, studies reveal that early experiences have a long lasting impact throughout life. This provides us with an extraordinary opportunity. It allows for us to..

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