Hug, Cuddle, and hold your little ones!

The last IPS and YOU discussed how important holding and talking to babies is to their long term development.  While there is ample research to support this, the most bizarre and disturbing proof comes from the end of the Cold War.  Rumania’s Nicoale Ceausescu was the...

Abilities Are Created, Not Solely Inherited.

In the last edition of IPS and YOU, I wrote about heredity and environment citing research that said it was the interplay between the two that determines who we eventually become.  Keeping on that theme, here is another important concept—abilities are created, not...
IPS & You: Talk, Talk, Talk!

IPS & You: Talk, Talk, Talk!

How often do you talk to your baby?  Do you vary the words you use?  Are they encouraging words, linked to an accomplishment?  These questions are more important than you might think.  Researchers at Rice University have determined that a child who is talked to...

IPS & You: Focus on what we can control.

One question every parent wonders about is “What is most important in a person’s development—heredity or environment?” The “Nature vs. Nurture” debate has been argued, studied and misunderstood for years. “Naturists” believe that genetics are the defining feature of...

IPS & You

Welcome to “IPS and YOU”.  This will be a regular column in the Islesboro Island News and the Preschool Press describing the importance of a positive Early Learning Environment and why it’s important to YOU, regardless who you are! Early Learning, age birth to 5 is...