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Raise an Independent Kid

It may be hard to hear, but there are times when your child is better off without you. By Michael Thomspon, Ph.D. from Parents Magazine For the last decade, I’ve worked as a consulting psychologist for a canoetripping camp in Canada. Every summer, I listen to kids tell horror stories about their first five-day canoe […]

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Keyboards are overrated.

Cursive is back and it’s making us smarter The proliferation of devices in daily life has led to an international handwriting crisis. Teachers, parents, and politicians around the world are debating why they should bother spending time teaching what some say is a dated skill. Accustomed as we are to speedy, wifi-connected devices, we’ve come […]

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Listen Up! How to Get Kids to Listen to You

By Jeannette Moninger from Parents Magazine Stop repeating yourself. Your child will be all ears once you start following these clever, attention-getting tips from the pros. Ever notice how your child’s bionic ears pick up every word of your “private” conversations, yet when you really need him to listen it’s like he’s switched off his […]

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5 Empowering Ways to Get Your Kids to Listen

By Vicki Glembocki Having a hard time getting your children to follow directions? Me too. So my friends and I decided to try our own group therapy. Don’t laugh — it work A few months ago I crashed headfirst into my most frustrating parenting problem to date: My daughters were ignoring me. I could tell […]

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Palm harbor Schools 7 Discipline Mistakes All Moms Make

By Katy Rank Lev from Parents Magazine When it comes to dealing with bad behavior, everyone screws up. We’ll help you do it right. I haven’t been to the post office since “the incident.” I was that wild-eyed woman with a screaming child, slowly working my way up the line as one customer after another […]

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7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

While I spend my professional time now as a career success coach, writer, and leadership trainer, I was a marriage and family therapist in my past, and worked for several years with couples, families, and children. Through that experience, I witnessed a very wide array of both functional and dysfunctional parenting behaviors. As a parent […]

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9 Parenting Steps That Foster Growth, Confidence And Leadership In Kids

Part of the new series “Parenting for Success” In January, I published a parenting post featuring Dr. Tim Elmore’s great insights on the 7 crippling parenting behaviors that keep children from growing into leaders. With more than 5.7 million views and growing, we know this piece struck a powerful chord among parents across the globe. […]

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6 Ways to Make Consequences More Effective

Address Behavior Problems Effectively and Efficiently By Amy Morin | Discipline Expert | Updated December 15, 2014. It’s quite often that parents enter into my therapy office to tell me that “consequences just don’t work” with their child. Whether they’re using time out or taking away privileges, they feel like their child is immune to […]

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4 Ways Helicopter Parents Can Harm Their Kids’ Chances At Success

By Rachel Grumman Bender | This story originally appeared on LearnVest. From the moment you hold that tiny baby, there’s an overriding instinct to protect your child at all costs from the bad things that can happen in life. Sometimes, however, that determination to keep little Sam and Susie constantly content can backfire. The very […]

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9 Tips To Get Kids To Listen

Demanding, nagging and yelling will not get your kids to listen. In fact, if your child seems to listen “only when you yell,” chances are that they are obeying out of fear, rather than an internal drive to listen and follow directions. If you want your kids to listen without yelling or nagging, you need […]

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The Benefits of Dramatic Play in Early Childhood Education

An increasing amount of research continues to support play in early childhood development, and there are five primary forms or types of play in which children engage: locomotive, social, object, language and pretend play. Each type of play has its own benefits for the developing mind of a young child, and while each is important, […]

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When Your Kid Is the Bully: What to Do

Here’s what to do if your kid turns out to be the bully at school. by Suzanne Peck It usually starts with a phone call from the school: Your child’s in trouble for bullying. “Ninety-nine percent of parents will say, ‘No way, not my kid’ and get defensive,” says Jennifer Cannon, a family therapist in […]

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The 4 Common Types of Bullying

Identify which kind of bullying your child may be experiencing.   by Suzanne Peck Bullying is defined as mean, hurtful behavior that occurs repeatedly in a relationship with an imbalance of power or strength. It takes many forms — verbal, physical, relational, and cyberbullying. Although schools are doing more to deal with bullying, parents are […]

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Preparing Your Child For Testing

Helpful information about learning brought to you by Reading Rockets, Colorín Colorado, and LD OnLine   Types of tests   Testing is used in schools for two main purposes. One is to find out how well an individual student is learning in the classroom. For instance, teachers can test how well a child is responding […]

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4 Ways to Make Reading Fun

By taking a playful, pressure-free approach, you’ll help your child enjoy books on his own in practically no time.   By Leslie Gariso Pfaff from Parents Magazine   Since Anita Lavine’s daughter, Faye, had been an early and avid reader, the Seattle mom figured her 5-year-old son, Owen, would follow suit. The early part happened, […]

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Benefits of a Multi-Age Classroom

Flexible Grouping In all our classrooms there are many options for grouping. Groups are formed according to skill, interest, or learning style. Grouping patterns change throughout the day, should vary so an individual student may be part of three or four different groups in the course of a day or week. Groups, most importantly, should […]

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Board Games That Increase Brain Power

Experts say board games can boost a slew of skills that help kids do better in school. And playing them as a family just ups the benefits—and the fun factor. By Linda Rodgers Games are great for kids for different reasons at different ages. For preschoolers, they’re a fun way to learn how to “follow […]

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Quirky Discipline Rules That Work

Tired of nagging and scolding? Try these 7 surprising solutions By Barbara Rowley I’ve made a lot of bad rules in the decade I’ve been a mom, from irrational threats (“No graham crackers in the house ever again if you eat them in the living room even one more time”) to forbidding human nature (“You […]

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No More Whining!

By Julie Tilsner When it comes to torture, we could all learn a thing or two from kids. Who knows better than they how to extract most anything they want within minutes of applying the technique? I’m talking about whining, of course — that grating mewling that causes us to do anything (anything!) just to […]

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Healthy Lunchbox Tips

Try these easy ideas for quick brown bag nutrition. By Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD WebMD Feature Lunch often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of getting kids off to school in the morning. You may prefer to give your child money for lunch rather than pack a midday meal. But it’s worth reconsidering […]

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Recipes for… Sandwiches and Munchies

Mozzarella and Tomato This simple sandwich is a cinch to make and pack. Prepare it the night before and give the flavors a chance to mingle. Tuna Salad Our tuna salad recipe is sure to be your child’s new favorite sandwich stuffing. Chicken and Fruit Salad With chunk white-meat chicken and sweet fruit, this sandwich […]

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Teaching kids to eat healthfully starts with smart shopping

Teaching kids to eat healthfully starts with smart shopping. Fortunately, supermarkets are recognizing Americans’ interest in healthy eating, and there are plenty of healthy and good-tasting foods in almost every aisle of your favorite market. Getting the kids involved in navigating the store aisles to find the healthy stuff can not only be fun, it […]

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Top 5 Worst Lunch Foods For Kids

From fake fruit to carcinogenic chicken, how to avoid lunchtime’s worst pitfalls — and what to feed your kids instead. Fruit Snacks Nix it: Dentists hate them because they’re the number one cause of tooth decay. Parents hate them because they’re filled with artificial colors and flavors. But kids love them—of course. And why wouldn’t […]

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Talking to Children About Flu

Advice for Parents on Talking to Children About the Flu Focus on what your child can do to fight the flu and to not spread flu to others. View The full Article Here

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The Flu: A Guide For Parents

What is the flu? Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year. The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 […]

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What To Look For In Classrooms

In a sincere effort and desire to be better able to support teachers, parents have asked, “What are some classroom practices I might look for to assess the application of current research?” The following questions may be helpful for parents to keep in mind during classroom visits and to teachers for the purpose of self-evaluation. […]