Moms’ Response to Baby’s Cries May Indicate Unresolved Childhood Wounds/Need for Counseling

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A new study suggests that the way a mom feels about responding to her child's cries may indicate the presence of unresolved--and perhaps unrecognized--childhood wounds.The research found that moms who either come from healthy families-of-origin OR have successfully resolved their childhood issues tend to respond more sensitively and compassionately to their baby's cries, seeing those cries as a call for help.  By contrast, moms who had not adequately come to terms with their own negative … [Read more...]

Maximize Your Baby’s Word Power with This ONE Simple Tip!

Vigorous response to baby babbling leads to better verbal skills.

Parents may not understand a baby's prattling, but by listening and responding, they let their infants know they can communicate which leads to children forming complex sounds and usinglanguage more quickly. That's according to a new study by the University of Iowa and Indiana University that found how parents respond to their children's babbling can actually shape the way infants communicate and use vocalizations. The findings challenge the belief that human communication is innate … [Read more...]

Is It Time for a Catholic “Tenderness Revolution” In Parenting?–Updated

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Disturbing new research suggests that by the time they reach age 18, about 12 percent of American children are maltreated: neglected, or abused physically, sexually, or emotionally.Researchers at Yale University say the numbers are even more sobering for black and Native American children, with one in five black children and one in seven Native American children experiencing maltreatment during the time period studied. The results are published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.   The authors … [Read more...]

Attachment and Faith Style: How Parenting Affects Your Experience of God

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Yesterday, I linked a study reporting that 40% of US children suffer from insecure attachment.  To the degree that anyone thinks about attachment at all, most people tend to think of it in terms of its psychological and relational ramifications.  What fewer people realize is that, because attachment style predicts people's attitudes toward all their relationships, it also impacts our experience of God.  Let's take a look at four of the most common attachment styles and how each influences our fa … [Read more...]

Parenting Crisis in America: 40% of US Children Have Insecure Attachment to their Parents

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Attachment is psychological term for the process that wires the social brain.  Strong attachment is correlated with strong empathy, good moral reasoning, strong faith, insight, impulse control, and  emotional and bodily regulation (i.e., the ability to reset yourself after stress).Having poor attachment leads to deficits in all these areas.  If you've been wondering why so many kids are selfish, morally lax, faithless, deluded, impulsive and reactionary look no further than this study of 14 … [Read more...]

Predicting Addictions/Eating Disorders By Age Four: What Parents Need to Know

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Pope Francis has been beating the drum for more affectionate connections in families, again and again urging parents to "Be close to your children."   Two new  studies show the practical import of Pope Francis' words.First,  new research from the University of Adelaide shows that disturbances in the development of the child's oxytocin system (aka "the love or bonding hormone") predicts later drug use.  Newborns do produce some oxytocin, which facilitates the biological foundations of bond … [Read more...]

A Psychopath Gives Parenting Advice

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Dr. James Fallon, neuroscientist, is a psychopath (albeit a "pro-social" psychopath in that he hasn't killed anyone).  He discovered this himself after looking at his brain scan in comparison to the brain scans of serial murderers.  The images were disturbingly similar.  At first he denied it, but then family, friends and professionals started chiming in, "We've been telling you for years you are a psychopath."    They weren't kidding.  His insensitivity to others, risk taking, pathological atten … [Read more...]

Breaking Up is Hard to Do–There’s more going on than meets the eye with heartbreak

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Breaking up is always hard, but some people rebound more easily than others.  According to new research, it turns out a person's ability to recover from a break-up has even more to do about their attachment style than it does with the depth of feeling for the object of one's unrequited affections.  New research shows that people with secure attachment styles handle breakups much more efficiently than those with less secure attachment styles.  There are 4 basic attachment styles (Secure, Anx … [Read more...]


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