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Author: Tom Soma

A growing body of research demonstrates that stress and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) alter brain chemistry, causing serious health issues down the road (obesity, heart disease, addiction, and suicide, to name a few). On the flip side, however, children bathed in affection tend to have higher self-esteem, less anxiety, and greater success in school....

Every child who comes to Children’s Center receives a stuffed animal. I’ve often heard how much those small, fuzzy creatures mean for youngsters who have suffered abuse. The modest toy becomes a tangible reminder that someone cared—and hopefully, that things began to change....

Taking a break from technology is not only a healthy goal—it’s a necessity for children. But parents and caregivers also benefit by modeling the behavior they want their children to embrace. Learning to “tune out”—and doing so regularly—can be tough. But the cost is minimal. And the potential rewards are truly priceless....

Unfortunately, nearly a third of American children begin Kindergarten without the skills they need to read—and nearly two-thirds aren’t reading proficiently when they complete third grade. Because third-grade reading proficiency is the most common predictor of both high school success and future rates of incarceration, it’s in everyone’s interest for children to become active readers...