Because you hugged them...

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Because you hugged them...
Wed, 02-08-2012 - 12:13pm

This made me want to run back to school and give my kids an extra hug. I also found the contrast to the other article we're discussing about PTA funding to be ironic.

Want to invest in your child’s future? Put away your wallet (for this one) – and give your child a hug.

A new study by child psychologists and neuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine examined the brains of school-aged children and found the kids whose mothers nurtured them early in life have a larger hippocampus than kids who weren't as nurtured by their parents. In case you missed our series on the inner workings of your child's brain, the hippocampus is integral to your child’s memory, learning, and stress response. According to the study, this portion of the brain is substantially larger – up to 10 percent larger, in fact – in nurtured kids.