• Do not maltreat your child. Maltreatment of children can have long-term effects on their brain. Teens who were abused in childhood or were neglected can have less brain cells in some areas of the brain than those who were not maltreated, according to the study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. In boys, the brain size reduction tends to be concentrated on the areas of the brain associated with impulse control or substance abuse. In girls, the brain reduction is found on the areas of the brain that is linked to depression.
  • Explaining decisions to kids, and not just using direct verbal commands, and letting them talk back, at least for just a bit, helps develop your child’s minds, “inviting more complex thought and language development” as they do so, according to a research published in the journal of Developmental Psychology.

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