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Kickstarting Your Child’s Learning and Play at Home (with Lisa Griffen-Murphy) – Parents Article

Acclaimed early childhood educator and play-master Lisa Griffen-Murphy joins Janet to encourage parents to release themselves from the pressure of making play and learning happen for their kids. Lisa shares from her vast experience facilitating children’s play in every environment imaginable. She offers specific, open-ended ideas for inspiring learning through play and assures parents that their kids know instinctively what they’re doing. Transcript of “Kickstarting Your Child’s Learning and Play at Home (with Lisa Griffen-Murphy)” Hi, this is Janet Lansbury.…

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My Three Kids Structure My Days and Anchor My Life – Parents Article

I get up every morning with my children. As soon as the alarm goes off, I know they’ll be slowly coming to life and making their way to the bathroom.I know I need to be ready to give them the 6:30am reminder since they need to be out the door by 7 to make it to school on time and really, getting up this early in the morning isn’t anyone’s favorite thing to do. I can count oil my teens to…

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Resources for Parenting Through COVID-19 – Parents Article

If you have young children, this is likely the first time you’ve had to parent through a pandemic. COVID-19 has completely upturned our daily lives, our routines—everything. And we have concerns about our health, our children’s health, how to talk to our kids about Coronavirus, and where to get financial support during a time of unprecedented layoffs—and some of us just need ideas on how to keep our kiddos busy and engaged all day! There are lots of wonderful resources…

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Don’t feel overwhelmed. Do this instead. – Parents Article

© 2020 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved It happened so fast. Schools closing, our lives turned upside down by social distancing policies. Suddenly, millions of parents find themselves at home with their children all day. It’s putting a lot of new pressure on parents. How are you supposed to be your child’s teacher or daycare provider, when you’re also scrambling to make ends meet?   Parents feel overwhelmed on at least two levels. First, there’s the purely personal burden.…

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Learning at Home – Sylvan Learning Blog – Parents Article

Most schools are sending home homework packets, doing online learning, or assigning work at home that would have normally done in the classrooms – or a combination of everything. Emily Levitt, Sylvan’s VP of Education, shares some advice for parents who are helping their children learn at home in this short video. Plus, check out the tips below!     Here are a few tips on how you can help navigate the “new normal” of keeping up with school work…

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So, Have You Thought About Meds For These Times? – Parents Article

Ok, let’s do some real talk here.I’m on psychiatric meds. Have been for a few years now. Two different ones. And they make my life so much better.Like night and day better. Like I forget a dose one time and I totally regret it, because I see how much better it makes my life. Like they work for me so well, that my life is so completely different, that I don’t ever want to go off of them. It’s like…

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Grieving the Losses of Coronavirus – Parents Article

2. Stay in the presentThere’s a term to describe the kind of loss many of us are experiencing: ambiguous grief. In ambiguous grief, there’s a murkiness to the loss. A typical example could be a person whose spouse has dementia: you’re still married but your spouse no longer recognizes you. (Your partner is alive but “not there.”) Another might be the inability to get pregnant. (You’re grieving the loss of a child you haven’t yet had.)With Covid-19, on top of…

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A New Story Your Children Will Enjoy! – Parents Article

Since I’ve had a bit more time than usual these days (due to the obvious situation), I’ve put together another story. This one is titled ‘A Messy Day’. It’s a fun short story with some educational activities at the end. Here is the summary of it:   It’s a rainy day, so Can Can Bear is stuck inside! Painting is always fun to do on a rainy day, and even better if some other animal friends can join in on…

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5 Immunity Boosters for Grandparents at Home – Parents Article

Coronavirus or Covid-19 has left the world in a tizzy. What used to be news about the danger in some distant land, now seems to lurk somewhere in our neighborhoods. There is no cure, so precaution and prevention are of utmost importance. It is been said the elderly and people with chronic conditions are more at risk. Grandparents and the elderly at home now need to be looked after more than ever. The fear of the Covid-19 spreading in communities…

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If your kids are alive and fed, you’re doing just fine – Parents Article

There are no best practices for parenting, working and living through an international crisis. You need to function in whatever way works best for your family. It was only hours after my province, British Columbia, announced schools would be closed indefinitely that my Facebook feed was flooded with colour-coded home-schooling charts. The ones that explained how to break up the day between outdoor time, independent reading, kitchen science experiments and backyard art. Mom groups were filled with queries about homeschooling…

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