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5 Apps to Boost Math Skills over the Summer – Parents Article

Daily math practice doesn’t have to be — and, in fact, shouldn’t be — drill-and-kill. Summer is a great opportunity to make learning more fun with apps that add a gaming element to key skills such as addition, subtraction, fractions, and more. These apps let kids avoid the “summer slide” in a fun — and totally painless — way. Dragonbox Big Numbers: In a whimsical land called Noomia, kids collect resources, add them, regroup, and subtract when they buy supplies to…

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Babies expect fairness, and prefer people who behave with fairness – Parents Article

© 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Babies expect adults to share resources equally. They prefer people who behave with fairness. But babies are also learning about selfishness and favoritism. Can we become the role models our children deserve? Everyone should get a fair share. It’s the organizing principle of hunter-gatherer societies, and a familiar concept worldwide. Even in cultures that promote hierarchy, people tend to resent gross inequality. In experimental games, people around the world impose penalties on…

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To My Patients’ Family Members, My Apologies – Parents Article

I wish I could tell you that I’m sorry.I would start with an apology for that Saturday afternoon phone call, nearly a month ago. You answered on the first ring, anxious for news of your son. You had been there for every one of his hospital admissions for nearly four decades, since he was a child. Through the transplant, those long nights in the chair by his bedside, watching his chest rise and fall, his hand, puffy from fluids, in…

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Reflecting on Poor Parental Choices – Parents Article

When I was reflecting on my own childhood for things that may have impacted my own childhood development in a negative way, I was able to write down fairly comprehensive list. I wouldn’t of been able to compile this list however, if I didn’t have the practical experience gained from working in the childcare sector. True knowledge is of course a combination of practical experience and information derived from reliable sources.   Working with children, parents & teachers first hand…

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Tips for teaching generosity and kindness – Parents Article

© 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved How do you teach kids to be helpful?  To be generous and kind? Studies suggest we should avoid heavy-handed tactics and bribes. Instead, we need to respect — and nurture — our children’s natural inclinations to do good. Helpful? Generous? Caring? Psychologists call these behaviors “prosocial,” and they are valued in societies throughout the world. Prosocial behavior is the bedrock of morality. It’s the glue that keeps communities strong. And prosocial behavior…

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Oh, Good, the Kids Are Fighting Again – Parents Article

The wails. The screeching. One more conference call interrupted.After months of social distancing, children are as frustrated as their parents.“They’re fighting over who’s sitting in what chair,” said Ana Balich, a mother of three who lives in Chicago. “They always fought about stuff like that, but it just seems like its been worse.”In her household, like so many others, daily routines have been disrupted and her children are spending more time together — and fighting more often, too.In Meridian, Idaho,…

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Babi a Fi: World Penguin Day – Parents Article

It’s Penguin Day! Here are ten penguin-tastic properties you could enjoy while celebrating…Happy FeetThis cute 2006 movie follows tap dancing penguin Mumble (Elijah Wood) who has to be banished from home to find somewhere he truly belongs. Voice acting credits for the film and its inevitable sequel boast the likes of Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon – but that still wasn’t enough to stop Happy Feet Two becoming a box office bomb.The Adventures of…

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What causes it, and how does it change us? – Parents Article

© 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Parenting stress damages your well-being, and it may alter the course of your child’s development. How does stress affect parenting, and what can we do about it? What is “parenting stress?”  What do psychologists mean by the term?According to psychologists, parenting stress is the distress you experience when you feel you just can’t cope as a parent. The demands being placed on you are too high. You don’t have the resources to…

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Cool Podcasts for the Whole Family – Parents Article

Podcasts are the perfect shelter-in-place entertainment when we’re taking care of kids 24/7 and riding out pandemic restrictions. Podcasts require little more than pressing play, and that’s about all many of us can muster at this point. But they give so much in return! They’re a perfect family activity and a welcome alternative to screens, and they train your brain to pay attention. Every podcast on this list has at least three hours’ worth of episodes to enjoy, so you…

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Breastfeeding May Lower Risk of Ovarian Cancer – Parents Article

For new mothers, breastfeeding, even for a few months, is associated with a significant decrease in the risk for ovarian cancer years down the road, a review of studies has found.The pooled analysis, in JAMA Oncology, included 13 studies with 9,973 ovarian cancer cases and 14,843 controls. After adjustment for age, race, oral contraceptive use and other factors, the researchers found that compared with never breastfeeding, any breastfeeding was associated with a 24 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer.The lower…

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