Pregnant women who exercise three times per week improve the chances that their newborns’ brains will develop more rapidly, according to researchers at the University of Montreal.
(SIOUX CITY, IA) Facebook is at it again; this time changing things for kids between 13 and 17-years-old.
Parents, click this link. The first sentence says it all: “Facebook is at it again”. Your kids’ Facebook privacy settings are about to get much less private.
In the past month, my family’s life has been turned upside down. I am a domestic violence survivor and have been raising my five year old son alone since the day he was born. Death threats, harassment, and continued emotional abuse drove me to obtain a restraining order against my ex-husband. Shortly thereafter he filed for emergency custody of my son in South Carolina, and after dealing with jurisdictional issues, I was ordered to “return” my son to an abusive father he’s had very little contact with.
I am not being allowed to bring evidence to my defense, I am not allowed to see my son for a month, I am not allowed to contact him regularly and we have NEVER spent this much time apart.
The judge and attorneys have made it clear that my queer, “immoral lifestyle” is worse than being with an abusive father and that I should prepare myself for the worst.
I need help.
My rights as a parent and as a human being are being denied and I need to hire an attorney with experience in gay rights issues and family law. Retainers/fees are generally between $5,000-$10,000 and I cannot afford that. My son and I live in Massachusetts and we are being denied the right to go back home together.
Please help if you can by donating or spreading this around, any little bit counts.
http://www.gofundme.com/3scfjw ::updated with link, sorry.
Share. This is incredibly upsetting. Such bs.
Fuck the state of South Carolina.
Signal boosting. The Carolinas keep making the news for being incredibly backwards. Good luck to her & best wishes.
Ruby Wax on mental illness, [x].
and just in case you aren’t sad enough, here are a couple of brain scans showing differences between the brains of two children of equivalent ages.
The experience of being abused and deprived of stimulation permanently and physicially alters the developing brain of a child in significant measurable ways that we do not have the science yet to repair after the damage is discovered.
It sounds very odd, but, in fact, when you are an infant and your brain is developing, the love that the people around you give, the touch, the eye contact, the tone of voice, the things, the physical manifestations of our love literally provide stimulation to the developing brain, and the neurons in the brain have more sprouts. They make certain areas connect more effectively. They make certain areas grow. They literally make the brain become functional.Love literally grows the brain.[x]
The kid whose head is wired by neglect or abuse is going to have a difficult life in a world his brain was not built to interact with. Maybe he’ll get in trouble with the law, have emotional problems and act out or become abusive to his loved ones, or maybe he’ll just spin his wheels and feel empty and wonder why (as many people will no doubt have asked him outright over his years) he can’t just try harder to get over it.
Massive amounts of therapy will help later, but that’s assuming he isn’t too ashamed to get it or turned away thanks to our bullshit for-profit healthcare system.
Mind over matter is bullshit if the matter is your mind.
WOD Toys are awesome: exercise equipment specifically made for kids 3+ to get them started with exercise early. It’s a fun way to get them to enjoy being active. This is such a great idea and I love it. If I had children, I would buy some of their products for sure. Check out their website here: http://www.wodtoys.com/
This is too adorable. Get kids loving to work out before they start feeling like they HAVE to work out.
Play time more like lift time
This is a good reminder that there’s hope for the future. Not every kid is going to be lost to a culture of obesity and learned helplessness.
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Join the “Be The Motivation" challenge.
I had never heard of this organization before. Such a great idea!
For some reason - and I don’t even remember why - I’ve been thinking about children and the development of the brain. Specifically, I’m thinking about ADD medication and prescribing it to children.
I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Hello, I’m a senior in psychology and a member of the International Honor Society In Psychology. On my senior assessment, which all psych majors at my university must take, I missed 5 points out of 200 questions. I’m not bragging, I’m just saying: Although I am not a doctor, I do kind of know what I’m talking about here.
First, how does ADD “work”? To put it simply, there’s an area at the front of the brain that is working slower than the rest of the brain. This is why the person with ADD “acts out” before they’re able to stop themselves. For example, interrupting you while you’re talking. This is also why stimulants are taken to treat hyperactive behavior - because it gets that part of the brain back into proper working speed!