Wired for Learning: Promoting Infant Brain Development

Newborns come into the world with sophisticated brains that are phenomenally wired for intellectual growth. During the first year of life, they are more impressionable and able to develop than at any other time in life. This cognitive development affects them for the rest of their lives. Thus parents have a tremendous responsibility and a sacred obligation to nurture their children in love and train them in the Lord’s paths. Research shows that a baby’s brain is designed to be extremely r...
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Why Infants Cry and How to Respond

It’s 3:00 in the morning. For the past few weeks you’ve only gotten 2-3 hours of sleep at a time and you are exhausted. Your newborn baby won’t stop crying. You feel like you’ve tried everything and you don’t know what else to do. You can’t help but ask in frustration, “Why are you crying?" For many years, parents and researchers have tried to answer this and the more important question, “what can I do about it?” This article will try to answer these questions, as well as give some useful su...
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See How They Grow: An Infant’s Physical Development

As stewards of God’s sons and daughters, parents have a sacred obligation to look after the needs of their children. Among these responsibilities is becoming aware of how an infant grows physically. With knowledge, parents can optimally nurture this process. Just as infants’ brains develop at a phenomenal rate during the first year, their motor skills develop rapidly. They are learning constantly how to move their bodies and get their muscles to do new things. They frequently experience t...
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Bonding with Your Infant

"Children are an heritage of the Lord," wrote the Psalmist. They are sons and daughters of Deity, and a merciful God allows parents to be stewards on earth of His offspring. As we are reminded in The Family: A Proclamation to the World, parents have a sacred obligation to their God to rear their children in love and righteousness, and they will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. A newborn baby is the world's most helpless creature, and so much is expect...
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Discipline

Anonymous My daughter Ella had been struggling for awhile with extreme behavior. Our home felt like a battle zone, and the other kids were on edge whenever Ella was there. No one knew when she would blow up into extreme tantrums. The slightest thing could set her off. And once a screaming tantrum started, Ella could scream and kick for three or four hours straight. I was desperate and didn’t know what to do. Between Ella’s tantrums, a two-year-old, a newborn, and a husband now working in a di...
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