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"Brainy Babies"

By Cheri Fuller

"Our toddlers love that educational video!" "My baby is mesmerized by that music DVD; I'm going to buy the rest of the set," I heard some moms saying while their little ones played at the park.

As a parent, you want to nurture your young child's bright mind. We all want the best for our kids. That's why there's such a huge market for the myriad of products (over 750 offered on alone!) assuring parents that DVDs are educational and beneficial for babies, from videos and flash cards to teach reading to foreign language CDs promising to increase your baby's brain capacity.

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But what experts are concerned about is how, with the best of intentions, babies and toddlers are being overstimulated by these entertaining products. Look with me at several recent child development research studies:

The stimulation your baby's brain needs, the experts concluded, can be found in "ordinary, nonstructured, nonmarketed things around the house." (Time Magazine, January 16, 2006).

Isn't that great news? Rather than electronic or visual stimulation, it's actually involvement between you and your child at home: playing and running errands, doing ordinary activities, talking together, giving your child wooden blocks, balls and books, playing peek-a-boo and singing songs together, that the very best kind of brain building happens.

In the next column, I'll share some more wonderful ways to nurture your child's brain development. In the meantime, enjoy the gift of every day with your child - the time goes so fast!

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© Cheri Fuller
Cheri Fuller is an international speaker and award-winning author of forty two books including her newest, Mother-Daughter Duet: Getting to the Relationship You Want With Your Adult Daughter, The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional. She has also authored a number of books for moms like: The Mom You're Meant to Be, The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional, the bestselling When Mothers Pray, A Busy Woman's Guide to Prayer, Connect With Your Grandkids, as well as The One Year Book of Praying Through the Bible. Her books have been translated into many languages and her magazine articles and speaking ministry provide encouragement to moms throughout the U.S. and overseas.

A former Oklahoma Mother of the Year, Cheri has been a frequent guest on "Focus on the Family" and other national radio and TV programs. Her articles on prayer, family, marriage, and children have appeared in Focus on the Family, Family Circle, ParentLife, Guideposts, Today's Christian Woman, Better Homes & Gardens, and other publications.

Cheri's passion is encouraging women, mentoring moms, building families, and inspiring and equipping people to connect with God in their busy life so they can impact their kids and their world through prayer. Her ministry and course called "Parenting From Behind Bars" and gives hope and purpose to mothers in prison. She and her husband Holmes have three grown children, six lively grandchildren and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Her website, includes a blog, articles, free Bible studies, encouragement, and more.


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