The Science Behind It

“What’s exciting about this opportunity is, we’re at a tipping point in the development of this biological revolution we’re living through in science—we are now beginning to have a new understanding, in a way we never did before, of how early experience... affects the development of the brain, the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and metabolic systems.”
~~ Jack Shonkoff, MD, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University

The Raised with Love and Limits Foundation supports the new public health movement of preventing toxic stress in children’s lives to improve their health, learning and behavior by helping parents and caregivers manage children’s common behavioral issues through evidence-based strategies that develop consistent, caring, supportive and protective relationships with children.

Here you’ll find a sampling of important recent scientific studies in health, learning and behavior to help you grow healthy, independent and self-sufficient grownups.

Positive Effects of Good Childcare

A study in Science in March, 2015 showed the positive effects of good childcare on people in later life. Researchers learned that adults who had received stimulating and appropriate childcare in their earliest days of life had cognitive abilities that were stronger than those who had not. They were also notably healthier, showing that good early childcare is essential for children.


Social Skills Predict Adult Success

An article in the July 2015 publication of The American Journal of Public Health showed that social skills were better predictors of adult success than academic skills.


Early Childhood Emotional Problems

A study by Duke Medicine researchers found that children with social and emotional problems who did not receive the proper help early in their lives were at high risk for problems as adults. Pediatricians need to help parents identify and help resolve early childhood emotional problems before they permanently handicap children.


Spanking and Moral Development

When parents spank their children for misbehavior, they stop their children at the lowest level of moral development. The children are interested in avoiding the punishment, not in doing what is good or right.

» Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph. D., and Barbara C. Unell, Discipline with Love and Limits, Meadowbrook Press, 2015

Exposure to Language

Talking and reading to a child provides her with the words she can use for thinking. Not only is the frequent and extensive exposure to language important, but research has also shown that the style of language used is vital for the intellectual and social growth of a child. Use affirming rather than discouraging words to help her build an optimistic view of herself in her world.


Managing Tempers

When kindergarten teachers are surveyed about their students, they say that the biggest problem they face is children who don’t know how to manage their tempers or calm themselves down after provocation.

» Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph. D., and Barbara C. Unell, Discipline with Love and Limits, Meadowbrook Press, 2015

Dealing with Teen Depression

Depression is the “common cold” of mental health, and it is particularly prevalent among teens. The teen years are fraught with changes in the body and brain, and it is during this unstable time that depression is most likely to strike.


Preventing Toxic Stress in Childhood

Toxic stress is, perhaps, the most devastating problem facing today’s children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a warning against toxic stress and its lifelong affects on the physical and emotional health of children.


Pediatricians & Child Behavior Issues

A study published in Pediatrics, July 2015, showed that moms get little help from the medical community on childhood behavior problems. The study suggests that more is needed from pediatricians on how to respond to childhood behavioral issues.


Videos explain core concepts in early development

We encourage you to go to The Center on the Developing Child website, where, according to the Center, "This three-part video series from the Center and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child depicts how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics now give us a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse.