When I first read this article, I misread it and thought it said that to give your children a mental edge you should tuck them into bed every night. I thought, how sweet, because that is something Dave and I actually do every night. I skipped off thinking my kids were lucky to have such amazing parents, but I should have kept reading because what it really said was,
“Helping your children gain a mental edge—and superior math and reading skills—may be as easy as tucking them into bed at the same time every night, according to research conducted at University College London.
The study, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, involved over 11,000 children at the ages of three, five, and seven. Researchers found that youngsters who went to bed at irregular hours scored lower in cognitive tests for reading, math, and spatial abilities. They noted that sleep is crucial for brain plasticity—the brain’s ability to change and modify its structure—which allows us to learn.”
So, it’s not merely tucking them into bed, but tucking them in AT THE SAME TIME every night. Oh, big difference. We start school tomorrow and have given the kids the big lecture about their new bedtimes and they are less than thrilled as you can imagine. THIS MAMA, however, is super pumped school starts tomorrow. It’s been a loooooong summer.
Have you ever had someone call you and say they were stopping by in 10 minutes? That’s when I freak out and start picking up all the toys, brushing the crumbs under the rug and the like. The Mom Tip today is supposedly the best way to clean in a hurry. If you need to attack the door to the oven, use baking soda instead of foamy-type cleaners as it works better. Baking soda…who knew? Other kind-of-stupid tips to cleaning in a hurry here.