My kids have two grandmas and they love going to their grandma’s house. So we try to bring them to see their grandmas as often as possible. It’s good for them and it’s good for us, but there’s another benefit. According to researchers at Notre Dame, exposing your child to many supportive caregivers (not just mom) is good for your child’s IQ! It also helps your child to better cope with adversity and stress and makes them more empathetic.
When I read this bit of information, I immediately scheduled a visit to my mother in law’s house. This past weekend, though, we went to my mom’s house and the kids had a ball! They spent time with my mother, my grandmother, their aunts and uncles and of course cousins!
For more on the Notre Dame study and how cultural practices can either enhance or hinder your child’s brain development click here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130107110538.htm” target=”_blank”>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130107110538.htm and make more time for family!