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Stressed Out and Tired: Moms with Children with Developmental Disabilities

Researchers examined numerous studies of the sleep and stress of mothers with children who have developmental disabilities.  These studies consistently showed that these mothers had higher levels of depressive symptoms, more stress, and poorer sleep. Further, the high levels of stress were not just occasional episodes.  Rather, these mothers experienced higher levels of stress consistently over time.  Also, there was a high correlation between a mother’s stress and behavior problems for the child with the disability.  The research suggests that these mothers (and their children) may benefit from attention focused on reducing their symptoms of stress and depression as well as ways to improve sleep.

Abstract: Maternal stress, well-being, and impaired sleep in mothers of children with developmental disabilities: A literature review, Research in Developmental Disabilities

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Positive Discipline Modifies Biological Effect

Researchers found that there is significant relationship between the length of a baby’s corpus callosum (the connection between the two hemispheres of the brain) and that child’s ability to inhibit impulsive behavior when the child is 4-years-old.  Baby’s with a shorter corpus callosum tend to be less able to inhibit behaviors.  However, mothers who use a positive style of discipline apparently buffer this effect.  Regardless of the shorter corpus callosum, these children seem to have a better ability to inhibit impulsive behavior.

Abstract: Parenting, corpus callosum, and executive function in preschool childrenChild Neuropsychology: A Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence

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Your Baby’s Brain

 “A child is born with more than 100 billion brain cells and will not grow any more. Unused brain cells and connections will wither away. Each brain cell connects with thousands of other brain cells to create the functional architecture of a child’s brain. Most of these connections are formed from stimuli from the outside environment in the first three years of life. That is why we, as parents and caregivers, have to be very careful about what that “outside environment” looks, sounds and feels like.”

Article: Thoughtful Parenting: Brain development in infants and toddlers, Steamboat Today

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