FOUR REASONS WHY KIDS SHOULD PLAY SPORTS

Technology has become more prominent and our lives have become more stationary. While past generations played comfortably outside until the streetlights came on, today’s children are more likely to spend their childhood in the home as opposed to outside the home. Instead of playing kickball in the street, they are watching unboxing videos on an iPad. Technology is an amazing …

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IS HOMESCHOOLING A GOOD IDEA?

As your child inches closer and closer to beginning school age, do you find yourself wondering which schooling option is best for them? You’re not alone. The decision on whether to send your child off to school or teach them from the comforts of your own home has become more or less the norm as of lately. In the past, …

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7 WAYS TO TEACH CHILDREN CIVILITY

Unfortunately, our children are learning that those who are uncivil seem to get ahead. Celebrity culture and political warfare encourage the opposite of civility. The ones who shout the loudest and are the most disrespectful appear to get the most attention. Those who are gentle and kind are not the ones in the limelight, but those are the attributes we …

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HOW TO HELP KIDS UNDERSTAND SCARY EVENTS

The key to helping kids understand scary events is first to recognize that is often impossible to understand. Even as adults, we struggle to wrap our minds around the reasons for natural disasters, mass shootings, or other devastating events. As parents, we have the challenging role of trying to help our children process these types of events. Take Care of …

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THE SECRET TO RAISING A CONFIDENT BOY

As parents, we start building our kids’ confidence from the day they’re born. This is an extremely important task, because confident children grow up to be happy and successful adults. Instilling confidence in kids is all about demonstrating that they are valued, loved, and accepted, as well as providing your child with opportunities to feel capable and competent. When it …

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RAISING A NARCISSISTIC CHILD

Raising a child who thinks too highly of themselves can be mentally taxing for parents. A child who thinks they are overly special and is obsessed with their own accomplishments, beauty, and personality may find themselves hindered later in life. According to research, close to six percent of the population may be dealing with this extremely self-centered mental illness. Parents …

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HOW TO TEACH MATH TO PRESCHOOL STUDENTS

No class fills more kids with dread than math. Children are puzzled by numbers, letters, and algebraic formulas that bear no resemblance to their ordinary lives. For many children, learning the fundamentals at an early age could help them to have a firm foundation for the future. This early education can negate the anxiety that math class provokes in many …

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HOW TO STOP KIDS FROM CURSING AND SWEARING

Many kids are picking up swear words and curse words from mainstream media, other children at school, and even from their own parents. According to some studies, more than half of all parents say their child has cursed right in front of them. Unfortunately, those colorful expletives tend to come out at the very worst possible moments. Teaching your children …

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HOW TO HELP CHILDREN OVERCOME PHOBIAS

It’s normal for your child to have a healthy fear of something dangerous. Sometimes, those fears start to cross the line into irrational territory. When a small fear develops into an overwhelming phobia, it may begin to impede your child’s ability to live their daily life. Parents are often challenged by these fears and are stumped at how to help …

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HOW TO PARENT A CHILD WITH ENTITLEMENT ISSUES

Does your child take it for granted that they will receive every item on their Christmas wish list? It isn’t uncommon to watch parents wander through the grocery store with children who demand each item that catches their attention. Worse yet, many parents will put those items straight into the cart without a second thought. Children quickly learn to anticipate …

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6 TYPES OF PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

The time has come for you to choose a preschool for your child. If you are trying to decide whether to send your child to preschool or not, the answer is simple: yes. According to Psychology Today, “A group of researchers recently published the results of a 25-year study looking at the effects of preschool and up to six years …

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EARLY SIGNS YOUR CHILD COULD HAVE A LEARNING DISABILITY

Most children will face some academic challenges over the years, but some will struggle more than others. Have you noticed that your child is having great difficulty keeping up with their peers in school? Out of all the children receiving special education services, more than 35 percent have been diagnosed with a learning disability. It’s possible that your child may …

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HOW TO REBUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM AFTER BULLYING

More than twenty percent of all kids are now admitting that they have been openly bullied at school or on social media. The cause for most bullying revolves around a child’s appearance, whether that means their body shape or the color of their skin. Your child may suffer many long-term side effects of this bullying, ranging from social anxiety to …

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WHAT TO EXPECT: AGE 13

Your child has officially hit the teenage years. This is the time most parents have come to dread because they associate teenagers with angst and moodiness. While some of this may certainly be true, parents should know what to expect in every area of their child’s development. Do you know what is going on with your thirteen-year-old this year? Using …

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8 THINGS THAT KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS WANT YOU TO KNOW

Kindergarten is such an important year for your little one. I understand that the transition from preschool to kindergarten is a big one. But, rather than mourning your baby growing up, recognize that this year is one of the most critical years in your child’s life. According to a study reported by the NY Times, “Students who had learned much …

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