For most families, night time includes the time honored tradition of the reading of a fairy tale or fable before a child goes to sleep. Story time has long been associated with higher reading comprehension among children, and is generally regarded as their favorite educational activity.
It is no secret that an expectant mother’s exposure to certain chemicals can cause issues with her child’s physiology. The usual suspects include alcohol, tobacco, and, more recently BPA.
Nutrition is the single greatest environmental influence on babies in the womb and during infancy, and it remains essential throughout the first years of life. Prenatal malnutrition, for example, has been linked to later adverse health and cognitive outcomes. Likewise, malnutrition in infancy and early childhood is a key risk factor for cognitive deficits, lower academic achievement, and behavior problems.