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the brain circuitry depends directly on the quality of the environment

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Portfolio | 4 comments

the brain circuitry depends directly on the quality of the environment

The title comes directly from a sentence in an article by Andrew Loh , “Parental Guide to Understand Baby Brain Growth”. The first three years of life regarding brain development, are explosive. Parents, that explosion is mainly based on you and what you expose your child to or what you don’t expose your child too. Childcare is essential for many of today’s parents. How does the essential childcare affect my baby’s brain growth? Let’s see: Recalling the first year of my 24-hour learning care services childcare business-  after showing a parent the infant room, I asked her what she wanted developmentally for her child? With the most puzzled look, she responded, “I just want her changed and fed when needed.” This parent, a first-timer, had limited knowledge of the brain development of her child. As childcare provider, it was my challenge to help this parent understand how childcare affects the brain development of her child- colors and their meaning, communication, noise, close visuals defined, etc. The parent’s understanding of brain development is part of my business in my 24-hour learning care services childcare center. We have heard the adage, “What looks good, isn’t always good for us.” This can happen in the childcare business  [remember this is about your child’s brain development]. The environment can ‘look good’- having the right colors, space, items placed just so but the student/staff ratios could be a bit much. There are states that still use the 5:1 ratio for infants- 5 infants to 1 staff. That staff person makes or breaks the environment, as they are such a large part of it. They make that environment come alive or make it tolerable.The flip side of this scenario- environment is tolerable and the staff is excellent. ‘Tolerable’ is not a word that should be desirable for childcare choices. We give you a visual to help understand how staff is directly related to the quality of the environment for development of your infant’s brain circuitry. Understand this is for an 8-hour time frame. Things needed: you, 5 stuffed animals, bottles, diapers/wipes, clothing. What could happen? Sitting on the  floor, please place the 5 stuffed animals where you can have physical contact with them. Remember: when one cries they all join in.  In your limited space, how do you provide for these 5 stuffed animals needs so that they may thrive? [engagement brain development] How do you handle the greater stress created when all are crying or screaming as you can’t get to everyone’s needs as they demand? Is the answer to put them on a “schedule” [feed, diaper change, and sleep] that makes it easier for staff? Are they thriving in this environment? Brain development happens in positive and in tolerable environments. How much brain development has occurred in the above questions. There are tolerable childcare infant rooms where “scheduling” happens every Monday-Friday- the norm. Essential childcare is a large part of today’s parents needs. “More than 60% of all the energy a baby consumes...

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How We question

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Portfolio | 1 comment

How We question

Regardless of the numerous books written about parenting and child rearing, the uncertainties remain. My encounters with parents have been in fun and in crisis. My experiences have been in family court (positively assisting parents in getting their children back after removal) to elementary education. I have worked with parents before birth and up to teen with their children. I can say I have a special eye in the zero to 12 year age group- brain development, Dads, Grandparents, active school participation, 24/7 childcare business. Personally- 41 years cumulatively experience in child rearing [2 daughters]. 1. How raw can parenting be? That first week , 168 hours, as a new parent, can go from a semblance of knowledgeable confidence to an almost uncontrollable whimpering being while rocking their crying child. 2. How did that happen? The parent’s focus was on the “little bundle of joy” and not focused on the “new puzzle” before he or she has entered their home. The parents didn’t truly realize that the  “new puzzle” has parts of them and multiplying outward of 4, 8, 16, 32 etc.- grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents. The parent needed to become that investigative reporter– going back as much as the 8- grandparents. Ask candidly about their behaviors as babies and toddlers. How were behaviors, back then seen, handled and long-term effect {they’re telling you about it is one long-term effect}? That investigative reporter parent will start to SEE more pieces to the “new puzzle”.  Don’t brush this important step off. Let’s face it, many parents have come in strong only to have a 6lb. 5oz. baby make them second guess their 14th guess. Remember: we are looking at how we question. Both parents should learn to be the investigative reporter for their new family-to-be. As your “new puzzle” comes together and starts showing personality/character, pull out your notes to see which side of the family this particular behavior is coming from or if it’s actually belongs to your child. In my 24-hour childcare  business, we truly talk with both parents, asking them have they looked at their behaviors and their parents- in stressed, in-between or relaxed.  Child care providers are outsiders trying to piece together their children, without access to the 1, 4, or 8. My thoughts are always about the puzzle.  In talking with parents, I’ve looked at their children and thought, “You don’t even know why you’re behaving this way.” Remember: we are looking at how we question. What am I trying to say to you parents? Why aren’t you asking– why, how come or other questions that could help you determine what your your parenting life will...

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Enhancing Skills

Posted by on Jan 8, 2012 in Portfolio | 3 comments

Enhancing Skills

We are branching out to certain areas that are service oriented and about children and their families. Provided are the names of the projects, brief descriptors and the links to those projects. Talk, Walk & Learn Center, LLC/SHIFTS Night Care Center, LLC 24-hour learning care service:  Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/twlsnc?ref=hl  Instagram http://instagram.com/twlsnc    Twitter  https://twitter.com/talkwalklearn                                                                 Pintrest   http://pinterest.com/twlsnc24hr/  Woo Woo Connects Family webinars [BETA]  https://www.facebook.com/woowooconnects?ref=hl Child Care Fusion is a podcast. It’s objective is bringing awareness of rare diseases in children. We discuss with the parents their journey of gut feeling, surviving into thriving.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/child-care-fusion  Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Child-Care-Fusion/259172294288279?ref=hl Learning & Development Childcare Association,  http://www.ldca.net    Childcare Storied Book Series, Childcare Webinars [BETA]- “Fare Warning!”  Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Learning-Development-Childcare-Association/500311023403139?ref=hl...

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