Memory and Storytelling

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Last Month's Wow:

The First Hints of Tantrums

Tantrums are a (totally normal) sign of frustration; baby is developing language but not enough to communicate their emotions. Dramatic bouts of yelling, falling on the ground, or crying out of fear can be easily triggered and they need your support to learn how to recover.

The Wow of Now:

Memory and Storytelling

As your baby’s stream becomes a river of words, there are new opportunities to deepen understanding through story-telling. Building their sense of narrative creates a sense of identity, possibility, and adventure.

The Wow Ahead:

Setting Limits

Beware the tides of frustration converging around one little word: “NO.” It’s impossible to be around a curious toddler and avoid saying it. So, it should come as no surprise that they will inevitably discover the power of saying “no” themselves.

The Wow

Baby’s improving memory is a testament to the development of the connections between two important parts of the brain: the Hippocampus and Prefrontal Cortex. Remember: it’s all about connections! Neural pathways are reinforced through story-telling (an art as old as time) as babies work out how to organize all the information coming at them. Because neural connections remain relatively immature, and language is limited to two-word phrases, baby is not yet able to make the kind of memories that last into adulthood. However, they are constantly working to improve, and early memories are important for caregivers to recognize and celebrate accordingly. Using repetition, visualization, and increasingly elaborate storytelling can lay the foundation for healthy memory development, which is critical for healthy cognitive skills as they get older.

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