SHOULD MY CHILD KNOW MORE THAN ONE OKAY

Children who speak a second language have an easier time focusing than othersStudies have shown that knowing more than one language positively affects your brain’s ability to focus on a task and tune out other distractions. This makes sense considering how you have to pay close attention while learning the second language to get pronunciation and grammar correct. Switching between ...

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HOW TO MANAGE THE TERRIBLE TWOS

Child rearing is a long and involved process. From birth, we’re called to feed and care for babies who are essentially helpless. At the time they start walking and talking, they begin to form opinions and explore boundaries. These early stages of learning are the toddler years, also known as the terrible twos. And with a little preparation, however, you ...

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ACTIVITIES TO BOOST

Textured blankets or rugs generally entice infants in that they begin to scratch at them. This “scratching” gives a larger range in hand motion that will help build their fine motor skills. Toy shakers and rattles invite infants to use their hands to grasp hold of the object.Give your infant an extra spoon to hold when they are introduced to ...

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ACTIVITIES TO BOOST SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: AN AGE-BY-AGE APPROACH (BIRTH TO 5)

Social-emotional development in children is crucial. It includes the child’s ability to understand the feelings of others, manage his emotions, and build relationships with both children and adults. The following activities are simple ways to help boost your child’s social-emotional development from birth to age 5. Birth to 12 Months Be responsive to your baby’s needs to give your baby ...

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7 WAYS TO DEVELOP GRIT IN YOUR KIDS

“Grit” has recently become a popular buzzword in parenting and education. It’s defined by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” According to Duckworth, grit is a better indicator of future success than IQ or talent. It’s a combination of determination, focus, passion, and resilience. It’s the ability to persevere in the face of challenges and ...

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Humans are born with an instinct to survive at all costs. At times, this instinct may be shadowed by a desire to commit suicide. While most suicides involve adults, some suicides involve children. In 2006, there were 56 suicides involving children under the age of 12. This could be shocking to some as it may seem that innocent children are ...

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SEVEN PIECES OF BAD ADVICE THAT WE GIVE KIDS

Like tour guides, adults guide children toward their adulthood, giving them answers and advice along the way. While most of the advice given to children is good, some of it is bad. This bad advice can often follow them into adulthood where they may struggle due to the advice that was given to them as children. To make matters worse, ...

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HOW TO HELP YOUR GIFTED CHILD THRIVE

According to the National Association for Gifted Children, parenting a bright child comes with many challenges and responsibilities. As the parent of a gifted child, you are probably used to hearing them say schoolwork is boring or easy. While parents may listen to these statements and think they’re good signs, they can lead to future problems. Many gifted children struggle ...

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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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