Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Two parental traits linked to academic achievement

I found this article interesting and thought I would share.

"Recent data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has found that two parental traits-warmth and what researchers term "low intrusiveness"-are linked to academic achievement in first grade. Warmth, that is, showing affection and emotional support, is important to encourage a baby or toddler to explore, persist, and learn. "Low intrusiveness," or letting a child play and to try to solve small problems on her own, also adds to cognitive growth. Sometimes being supportive means moving a desired toy within a baby's reach, rather than handing it to her. And sometimes learning requires a moment of frustration. A study showed that anger was associated with active attempts to overcome an obstacle, while sadness was related to giving up. So, while it may be hard to watch, know that when your baby gets angry when she can't do what she wants, it's a healthy response."

--Week 43 of your baby's infancy; Mercy Medical Center Newsletter
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