Loneliness in Early Childhood
Loneliness among children is a critical issue that leaves young children vulnerable to immediate or long-term negative consequences. It has been found to have profound negative effects on health and has been considered to be the “social equivalent of physical pain”.
Could your child be suffering from loneliness?
3 weeks ago, on the 10th of September was World Suicide Prevention Day. It is created by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), meant to raise awareness that suicide is preventable and hence must be prevented.
Children Obesity Awareness Month
In the United States, the month of September is recognized as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and we would like to play our part in educating parents across Malaysia about Obesity and the threats it brings, especially to our children.
Do you always find yourself needing to shout at your child in order for them to pay attention? Or do you always repeat the same instruction because they are not paying attention to you? Before we discuss how to improve the attention span in children, let’s have a better understanding of what attention is and how it works.
Attention is the ability to regulate one’s attentional resources, it is a critical skill to access learning in a group environment, which is also an important piece in self-regulation (DiCarlo et al., 2016). This can be influenced by motivation, self-esteem, sensory integration, practice, language difficulties, and any existing diagnosis. Attention has two primary aspects: it can be focused and it is selective (Boersma & Das, 2008). It allows us to screen out the irrelevant stimulation and focus on the important information in a particular moment.
As we all know, the inherited genes from our parents influence everything from height, eyes colour, hair colour and other physical characteristics, to intelligence, behavioural patterns and personality traits.
Who we are today is shaped by our genetic background as well as environmental influences. Most researchers agree that a complex interaction of both nature and nurture is involved in a child's development (Levitt, 2013).
The complex interaction of both nature and nurture does not just occur at a particular moment or throughout periods of time, rather it is a persistent and a lifelong process (Cherry, 2020).
Therefore, it is important for parents, caregivers, and even educators to understand the science behind our children’s genetics in order to nurture them to their full potential, healthiest and happiest selves.
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