“Eighty-five percent of the brain develops by the age of 5,” said Janai Mestrovich, child development specialist. That means what happens in the early years of a child’s life has a huge impact on the way they cope for the remainder of their life, yet that isn’t something that adults are very attentive to, Mestrovich said. It’s not just about whether a kid has developed enough social skills to share the swing set on the playground.
Mestrovich, dressed in costume complete with red wings and glitter, is better known as Grandma Boom or the “Freedom Fairy” in Ashland parades.
She’s been developing stress-prevention techniques and curriculum for children, parents and teachers for 42 years. She changed the name of her nonprofit organization, the Conscious Living Foundation, to Superkid Power, Inc. in July because she said making kids feel empowered like super heroes is what it’s all about.
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