“In 1972, researchers in North Carolina started following two groups of babies from poor families. In the first group, the children were given full-time day care up to age 5 that included most of their daily meals, talking, games and other stimulating activities. The other group, aside from baby formula, got nothing. The scientists were testing whether the special treatment would lead to better cognitive abilities in the long run.
Forty-two years later, the researchers found something that they had not expected to see: The group that got care was far healthier, with sharply lower rates of high blood pressure and obesity, and higher levels of so-called good cholesterol.”
Article: Project to Improve Poor Children’s Intellect Led to Better Health, Data Show, New York Times
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“The way to keep your preschooler on the same page as you is to create as many routines as possible. When everyone knows the routine, parents don’t have to boss the kids around and kids feel like they have more power because life is predictable. Create routines with your child, for everything from ‘Going to Ballet Class’ to ‘Mealtime clean up’ and ‘Bedtime.’”
Article: Parenting: Tools to use with preschoolers, Global News
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