The Shocking Truth About Baby Einstein & The Mozart Effect

Thinking I would have some profound effect on my nieces and friends' babies brains, I spent an inordinate amount of money on "Baby Einstein" DVD's over the past decade or so. It wasn't until I began reading books as a new mom that I realized two things:  I didn't want my own child watching TV [...]

The Truth About Birth Weight and IQ

When I was pregnant, I spent inordinate amounts of time reading, singing, playing music, and reciting poems in several languages to my fetus.  He's pretty smart... but it turns out my efforts probably have nothing to do with it. I've recently learned a lot about what actually helps your baby's brain develop in the womb... [...]

How Much TV Should Your Child Watch?

“I was shocked to see people drugging their kids; orally and emotionally.” If you’re like me, you fell prey to reading the dark, depressing book “What To Expect While You’re Expecting”.  This book should be retitled, “101 Ways Your Fetus Can Die In Your Womb” and it has caused many a woman to treat themselves [...]

Baby Sign Language Demystified

When my son began wanting to express himself (desperately) he learned a few words, such as “doggy”, “mommy”, and “daddy”. But we found that he still whined and wailed when he couldn’t get outside, ask for food or milk, or even let us know he was done eating. My husband and I chose to teach [...]