Keeping perspective with all the information about brain

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents on the importance of keeping perspective with all the information about children's brains and what influences their development
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Keeping perspective with all the information about brain

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It is really hard being a parent today because there are so many things out there and in the environment and in our culture that can interfere with kids´optimum brain development. It is hardly fair for parents to have to deal with all of this but there are a couple of guidelines I really want you to remember. One is that the human brain is remarkably resilient. And that the environment in your home and the environment at school, if it is positive, it can make a huge difference and it can make up for a lot of deficits. The other thing I want you to remember is that you can´t do everything. None of us can clean up these kids´environments and none of us can completely eliminate all the dangers that come with screen time. But everything we do is important and a little bit can make a big difference. With parents, we all do our best and guilt is the maternal hormones. So it is only natural to feel worried and concerned about this. But my experience says that the chances are that your child is going to turn out just fine and you will be really glad that you put the time you did into being a parent.

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents on the importance of keeping perspective with all the information about children's brains and what influences their development

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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