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Curious Neuron

Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.

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Curious Neuron

Curious Neuron

Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.

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Parenting advice that is backed by science! Join Cindy Hovington, Ph.D. in neuroscience and founder of Curious Neuron, as she chats with specialists in pediatrics, education, and research to discuss developmental milestones, behaviour, mental health, and education. Visit curiousneuron.com for our blog posts and follow us on Instagram (@curious_neuron) for weekly topics. Join the Curious Neuron weekly Family Meetings where we meet on Zoom to support our parenting journey.

Latest Episodes

Positive parenting with Yehudis Smith: What is the best way to discipline my child?

(missing intro from previous version has been added!) When we think of disciplining our children, we often think of punishing them for their bad behavior. However, this doesn't teach our child what to do when they are frustrated or which behaviour is appropriate when they are mad. My guest today, Yehudis Smith (Author of Rethinking Discipline) teaches us about conscious parenting. Learn how we should discipline our child according to conscious parenting. If you are enjoying this podcast please rate this podcast and leave a review. Thanks for listening! For more info visit curiousneuron.com

75 minSEP 17
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Positive parenting with Yehudis Smith: What is the best way to discipline my child?

How does a father nurture their child’s development?

Fathers play an important role in a child’s development. Some are similar to a mother’s such that research shows that when a father is sensitive to their child’s needs, it helps a child build their emotional skills and even helps them with academics later on. The roles are different such that when a father plays in a more risky way with their child. it helps build their confidence and autonomy because they learn how to push their boundaries. In this episode, I chatted with Patrick Greenwood, Founder & Inventor at Kontu www.kontukids.com, to learn a little more about how he invented a toy to help teach his daughter math skills in preschool. To access the articles I mentioned in this episode, visit: https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2020/7/14/episode-15-father-play-and-child-development

43 minJUL 14
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How does a father nurture their child’s development?

Why are rules important for my child's development?

Boundaries (also called limits or rules) are more important than we might think. They give children a sense of security, even if might think so given that they love to push boundaries! In today’s episode, I chat with Jess, a therapist and founder of Our Mama Village. She provides examples of boundaries, how to set them, reinforce them and how to control our own emotions when boundaries are pushed. Boundaries are linked to the parenting style called Authoritative parenting. I provide the details of a study that describes 4 different parenting styles (See resources below) and how authoritative parenting leads to a child feeling more confident during academic challenges.

41 minJUN 11
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Why are rules important for my child's development?

School readiness is not about ABC's and 123's

Is your child about to start Kindergarten? Have you ever wondered if they are ready to begin school? Which skills do they need to succeed not only in Kindergarten, but throughout their academic life? This week’s guest is Rebecca Weiner. She is an educational consultant and specializes in play-based learning. Rebecca and I discuss important brain skills that have been suggested, according to research, to be pivotal to a child’s academic success. Executive functions, self-regulation, resilience, problem solving skills, emotional and social skills and more. What is the best way to develop these skills? Through play! Join Curious Neuron on Instagram @curious_neuron Resources for this episode can be found on our website here: https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2020/5/28/episode-13-school-readiness-is-not-about-abcs-and-123s Get a free 9 page handout to help you teach your child how to play independently here: https://mailchi.mp/186208c5732d/independent-play

58 minMAY 29
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School readiness is not about ABC's and 123's

Motor milestones in babies 0-12 months

In today’s episode, we are talking about motor milestones in babies! Why is tummy time important? Why is it important for a baby not to skip crawling? What are some head-shape abnormalities? When should a baby start turning, crawling, or walking? What is W-sitting? Visit us at curiousneuron.com for more info about child development and learning! Join us on Instagram @curious_neuron to quizzes about brain development, Live interviews with experts in pediatrics, summaries of research studies, play ideas, and more!

62 minMAY 14
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Motor milestones in babies 0-12 months

Benefits of play for child development

In today’s episode, we talk about play! There are so many opportunities for play with items around our home and Emma from @play_at_home_mummy has an Instagram account that beautifully illustrates this. We chat about setting up a playroom, different types of play, what to do when siblings argue, sensory bins, risky play, development, and more!

66 minAPR 29
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Benefits of play for child development

What new parents should know about baby development and the brain

In today’s episode, I chat with Jenny and Carrie about their advice to new parents. We talk about the importance of a stimulating environment, which doesn’t mean having a lot around your baby, but rather being present, getting down on the floor with them during tummy time, and having zero screen time. We might not realize the importance of tummy time, skin-to-skin and the environment. We talk about why these are so important. Did you know that babies should not skip crawling? We discuss the brain in terms of developing and eliminating connections.

61 minAPR 16
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What new parents should know about baby development and the brain

Understanding childhood anxiety before, during, and after COVID-19 pandemic

In this episode, we discuss childhood anxiety. How do we differentiate between worry and symptoms of anxiety in a child? Symptoms of childhood anxiety can often manifest as challenging behavior or tantrums in young children. Dr. Yee explains the importance of providing children with a safe space to talk and express their emotions. Given that most of us are experiencing some level of stress giving the current COVID-19 pandemic, she also discusses stress in adults and children during a crisis.

54 minAPR 2
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Understanding childhood anxiety before, during, and after COVID-19 pandemic

Effective Use of Positive Reinforcement

When we hear the term “positive reinforcement” we might get an image of giving a child candy or chocolate to get them to do what we want them to. However, in this episode, Courtney, a behavior analyst, explains that there is a lot more to it. She explains that praise and positive reinforcement are not the same. She describes how we need to assess our child’s behavior and determine why this behavior is happening. This will help us provide our children with an alternative and help them modify their behavior. When and how can a parent use positive reinforcement? All these questions and more are answered in this episode! For links and resources visit our Curious Neuron. Follow us on Instagram @cuious_neuron to vote for topics and send in your questions for the people I interview.

56 minMAR 16
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Effective Use of Positive Reinforcement

Dealing with our emotions when we feel triggered by our children

As parents, we can feel triggered by our baby crying for long periods of time, by our toddler acting out or by our 5-year-old ignoring us. We can’t control if and when a trigger will happen, but we can control how we react to triggers. My conversation with Bryana, Director of South Bay Mommy and me, is all about how we regulate ourselves. We discuss what you can do to learn more about “why” you are responding a certain way to triggers, how certain ways of responding to a trigger can impact a child’s behavior, how you can bring yourself back down to a state of calm when you are triggered and how our past/upbringing can play into the way in which we respond to triggers. For links to the resources mentioned in this episode, visit our website: https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2020/2/27/episode-7-dealing-with-our-emotions-when-we-feel-triggered-by-our-children Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/curious_neuron/

52 minFEB 27
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Dealing with our emotions when we feel triggered by our children

Latest Episodes

Positive parenting with Yehudis Smith: What is the best way to discipline my child?

(missing intro from previous version has been added!) When we think of disciplining our children, we often think of punishing them for their bad behavior. However, this doesn't teach our child what to do when they are frustrated or which behaviour is appropriate when they are mad. My guest today, Yehudis Smith (Author of Rethinking Discipline) teaches us about conscious parenting. Learn how we should discipline our child according to conscious parenting. If you are enjoying this podcast please rate this podcast and leave a review. Thanks for listening! For more info visit curiousneuron.com

75 minSEP 17
Comments
Positive parenting with Yehudis Smith: What is the best way to discipline my child?

How does a father nurture their child’s development?

Fathers play an important role in a child’s development. Some are similar to a mother’s such that research shows that when a father is sensitive to their child’s needs, it helps a child build their emotional skills and even helps them with academics later on. The roles are different such that when a father plays in a more risky way with their child. it helps build their confidence and autonomy because they learn how to push their boundaries. In this episode, I chatted with Patrick Greenwood, Founder & Inventor at Kontu www.kontukids.com, to learn a little more about how he invented a toy to help teach his daughter math skills in preschool. To access the articles I mentioned in this episode, visit: https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2020/7/14/episode-15-father-play-and-child-development

43 minJUL 14
Comments
How does a father nurture their child’s development?

Why are rules important for my child's development?

Boundaries (also called limits or rules) are more important than we might think. They give children a sense of security, even if might think so given that they love to push boundaries! In today’s episode, I chat with Jess, a therapist and founder of Our Mama Village. She provides examples of boundaries, how to set them, reinforce them and how to control our own emotions when boundaries are pushed. Boundaries are linked to the parenting style called Authoritative parenting. I provide the details of a study that describes 4 different parenting styles (See resources below) and how authoritative parenting leads to a child feeling more confident during academic challenges.

41 minJUN 11
Comments
Why are rules important for my child's development?

School readiness is not about ABC's and 123's

Is your child about to start Kindergarten? Have you ever wondered if they are ready to begin school? Which skills do they need to succeed not only in Kindergarten, but throughout their academic life? This week’s guest is Rebecca Weiner. She is an educational consultant and specializes in play-based learning. Rebecca and I discuss important brain skills that have been suggested, according to research, to be pivotal to a child’s academic success. Executive functions, self-regulation, resilience, problem solving skills, emotional and social skills and more. What is the best way to develop these skills? Through play! Join Curious Neuron on Instagram @curious_neuron Resources for this episode can be found on our website here: https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2020/5/28/episode-13-school-readiness-is-not-about-abcs-and-123s Get a free 9 page handout to help you teach your child how to play independently here: https://mailchi.mp/186208c5732d/independent-play

58 minMAY 29
Comments
School readiness is not about ABC's and 123's

Motor milestones in babies 0-12 months

In today’s episode, we are talking about motor milestones in babies! Why is tummy time important? Why is it important for a baby not to skip crawling? What are some head-shape abnormalities? When should a baby start turning, crawling, or walking? What is W-sitting? Visit us at curiousneuron.com for more info about child development and learning! Join us on Instagram @curious_neuron to quizzes about brain development, Live interviews with experts in pediatrics, summaries of research studies, play ideas, and more!

62 minMAY 14
Comments
Motor milestones in babies 0-12 months

Benefits of play for child development

In today’s episode, we talk about play! There are so many opportunities for play with items around our home and Emma from @play_at_home_mummy has an Instagram account that beautifully illustrates this. We chat about setting up a playroom, different types of play, what to do when siblings argue, sensory bins, risky play, development, and more!

66 minAPR 29
Comments
Benefits of play for child development

What new parents should know about baby development and the brain

In today’s episode, I chat with Jenny and Carrie about their advice to new parents. We talk about the importance of a stimulating environment, which doesn’t mean having a lot around your baby, but rather being present, getting down on the floor with them during tummy time, and having zero screen time. We might not realize the importance of tummy time, skin-to-skin and the environment. We talk about why these are so important. Did you know that babies should not skip crawling? We discuss the brain in terms of developing and eliminating connections.

61 minAPR 16
Comments
What new parents should know about baby development and the brain

Understanding childhood anxiety before, during, and after COVID-19 pandemic

In this episode, we discuss childhood anxiety. How do we differentiate between worry and symptoms of anxiety in a child? Symptoms of childhood anxiety can often manifest as challenging behavior or tantrums in young children. Dr. Yee explains the importance of providing children with a safe space to talk and express their emotions. Given that most of us are experiencing some level of stress giving the current COVID-19 pandemic, she also discusses stress in adults and children during a crisis.

54 minAPR 2
Comments
Understanding childhood anxiety before, during, and after COVID-19 pandemic

Effective Use of Positive Reinforcement

When we hear the term “positive reinforcement” we might get an image of giving a child candy or chocolate to get them to do what we want them to. However, in this episode, Courtney, a behavior analyst, explains that there is a lot more to it. She explains that praise and positive reinforcement are not the same. She describes how we need to assess our child’s behavior and determine why this behavior is happening. This will help us provide our children with an alternative and help them modify their behavior. When and how can a parent use positive reinforcement? All these questions and more are answered in this episode! For links and resources visit our Curious Neuron. Follow us on Instagram @cuious_neuron to vote for topics and send in your questions for the people I interview.

56 minMAR 16
Comments
Effective Use of Positive Reinforcement

Dealing with our emotions when we feel triggered by our children

As parents, we can feel triggered by our baby crying for long periods of time, by our toddler acting out or by our 5-year-old ignoring us. We can’t control if and when a trigger will happen, but we can control how we react to triggers. My conversation with Bryana, Director of South Bay Mommy and me, is all about how we regulate ourselves. We discuss what you can do to learn more about “why” you are responding a certain way to triggers, how certain ways of responding to a trigger can impact a child’s behavior, how you can bring yourself back down to a state of calm when you are triggered and how our past/upbringing can play into the way in which we respond to triggers. For links to the resources mentioned in this episode, visit our website: https://www.curiousneuron.com/podcast/2020/2/27/episode-7-dealing-with-our-emotions-when-we-feel-triggered-by-our-children Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/curious_neuron/

52 minFEB 27
Comments
Dealing with our emotions when we feel triggered by our children
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