Lack of sleep can really hurt your performance at work

Just because your retired mother can function well on 6 hours of sleep doesn't mean you (or your college kid!) can. A study published in Science Daily found that older adults (aged 59 - 82) retain more cognitive function during sleep deprivation that younger adults (aged 19 to 38).The researchers found that older adults' cognitive skills like working memory, selective attention and verbal encoding/retrieval were not as affected from lack of sleep as those of the younger age group. ...more

Playing an instrument literally improves the brain

Yes, I've mentioned this correlation before, but one researcher is proposing that it be used to improve language skills and memory (and mood)....more

Study indicates ADHD meds impair working memory in adults later

If you child or teen is on a stimulant medication for ADHD (like Ritalin), you'll want to read this new study. Scientists exposed rates to the stimulant meds (equivalent of teen years in humans) and found that when they became adults, their working memory was significantly impaired - even LONG AFTER they weren't exposed to the stimulant meds anymore. In other words, if your teen takes a stimulant med for ADHD now, they might have significant impairment to their working memory as an adult even if they're no longer taking the meds....more

The Resistance: Why Writing About Sex Matters

By telling our stories, we liberate others to do the same. That is the nature of the story. Our voices, in this space, grant permission to others to accept their sexuality, to explore their bodies, to reflect on their own desires and share in their experience. Together, our baby steps carve a direction from isolated ignorance to open discussion, community and learning. ...more

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Everything Has Come Full Circle After a Lifetime of Preaching

From the moment my son began high school a few weeks ago, I have a completely transformed child. A few months back, as he was ending his elementary school years with his graduation  dance and ceremony, I recall how anxious and nervous he was, as well as his peers about entering high school.  ...more

9-year study shows possible explanations of ADHD symptoms

Well, it took nine years to complete this study, but I think it was worth it:   The JAMA just published the results of a brain-imaging study that show proof that people with ADHD have lower-than-normal levels of the proteins that regulation motivation and reward. This might explain some major ADHD symptoms, like inattention and motivation, as well as impulsiveness (shopping, overeating, gambling, risk-taking, etc.)  ...more

Create Life-Long Learners

Creating life long learners is one of the goals I have with homeschooling, and I suspect it is a goal of many (if not most) homeschooling families out there. We want our children not to feel that when the bell rings their brains can shut down, but instead to look at every moment as an opportunity to learn something new. And to love it! ...more