Child Development

Hands-on Fun: Fall STEAM Activities – Parents Article

As parents, many of us strive to provide our children with well-rounded experiences that, hopefully, aid them in their learning and understanding of the world. Following the STEAM model of education is a practical way of giving your preschooler (and older children) opportunities to learn a variety of skills across multiple platforms of education. These positive, fun early experiences help to ignite a child’s natural ability and their love of learning. They enhance your child’s confidence and self-esteem, cementing the…

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How to Turn Children of Any Age into Readers – Parents Article

Source: Pezibear/Pixabay Once a year, out of town friends visit for several days. I have to be sure to have a stack of books on hand for Allie, their now 17-year-old daughter. She plows through them—one after another. The cell phone at her side doesn’t seem to slow down her reading. Reading has been her default preference since she started reading by herself. I asked her mother how she had turned Allie into such a voracious reader. Her mother says she…

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How Are You Coping With the Challenges of Parenting? – Parents Article

How Are You Coping With the Challenges of Parenting? Being a parent and managing a family can be stressful at times. Sleepless nights with a newborn, toddler upsets, or a bout of illness can all test a parent’s ability to handle challenging moments with grace and ease. While these moments are generally fleeting—children eventually sleep through the night; toddlers learn to regulate their emotions; illnesses pass—constant stress can take its toll on us as parents. It’s important to know some…

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How to Keep Kids Learning Over Summer Break – Parenting Twins Article

I think I speak for just about every parent when I say that I look forward to summer break with equal parts excitement and stress. I look forward to not packing school lunches and readily wave goodbye to homework for a few months. However, I also stress about what I am going to do with these kids all summer so we don’t all drive each other crazy! We all want to keep them busy, happy, and LEARNING all summer long.…

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“I’m Happy AND I’m Sad”: Toddlers and “Mixed-Together” Feelings – Parents Article

    Down comes 2 1/2 year old Sasha’s foot in the mud puddle. She squeals in delight as the water splashes up her leg. Sasha repeats this over and over, only stopping when she excitedly notices a worm in another puddle. A most magical aspect of caring for my children as toddlers (and later my young grandchildren) was their constant inspiration for me to be 100% present.  Oh, the delight of being in the here and now! Here’s another…

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The Right Questions – Foster Parents Article

I recently attended a medical check up with my husband (I’ll just pause here for a moment to relish the use of that word!). He was updating his nurse about a symptom which he described using a layman’s term that I thought was pretty descriptive, as well as accurate. Nonetheless, the nurse asked numerous questions about his symptom and, in the end, determined that the word he had used was quite wrong, and it was actually something else entirely. This…

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Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them – Parents Article

Children Are Important – Ways To Show Them As parents, we can all agree that our children are important. But when the day is filled with school drop-off and pick-up, trips to the store, soccer practice, play dates, cleaning, mealtime, and loads more, it can sometimes feel like a challenge to be mindful in our actions to make sure our children feel important. The good news is that you are most likely already doing many things throughout your day to let your…

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Spring Into STEAM – Parenting Now! – Parents Article

Spring Into STEAM As your child gets to be preschool and kindergarten age, you might hear a lot of talk about the importance of STEAM, or its earlier version STEM. STEAM is an acronym for: Science Technology Engineering Art Math STEAM (and STEM) is a way for educators and parents to help children combine different areas of knowledge and learning: Science: a way of observing the world around you; making guesses, asking questions and drawing conclusions about how things work.…

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How To React When Your Child Is Preoccupied With Fairness – Parents Article

Having a sense of fairness is a great virtue and a sign that your child has a strong moral compass. Sometimes, however, kids become obsessed with fairness to an unrealistic degree. Toddlers, gifted children, and children with ADHD are especially prone to this kind of behaviour. When left unchecked, a deep preoccupation with fairness can lead to excessive tantrums, arguments on the playground, and other social issues. If your child is obsessed with fairness, you’ll need to work on balancing…

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Utilize and Support Area’s Programs Fighting Abuse – Parents Article

What if we knew how to create healthy families, improve health, build thriving communities and reduce problems like child abuse, neglect, substance abuse, obesity, and even cancer? Wouldn’t we do those things? What if you heard that we already know what we need to do in order to create thriving families and communities? That what it takes is available at an incredible cost-savings for our community, compared to doing nothing? Wouldn’t you want to take advantage and urge our policy-makers to adopt these…

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