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Archives for August 2013


Pregnancy Health in the News

by Jane Wangersky August 30th, 2013| Pregnancy
The things "everyone knows" about pregnancy health are constantly changing, or it least that's what it looks like if you keep up with the news. This week has been busy that way.

Say what you like about Emily Oster, the economist who crunched the numbers and decided it
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Teen’s Perspective on Helmets and Car Safety

by Sam P. August 29th, 2013| Safety, Teen Perspective, Teens
As a child, I always wore a helmet when I rode my bike. Many of my friends did not. Whenever I asked if I could ride my bike without a helmet I was always told it was too dangerous. Now as I teenager, I almost never ride my bike
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Unplugging the Video Game Cord for Your Tween

by T Akery August 28th, 2013| Behavior, Tweens
Video games are fun. But sometimes, too much is just too much. It certainly is with tweens who choose this as their only entertainment source. Even though they are blowing up bad guys on the tv screen and staying out of trouble doing so, you really have to consider
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New School Year

by Ronald A. Rowe August 27th, 2013| Elementary
Back to school time. For the kindergarteners, this may be the first time in a large peer group. For some elementary students, this may be the first time in a new setting. In either case - and to a certain extent even for returning students at the same school
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Predicament: Test Anxiety

by Jane Wangersky August 26th, 2013| Parenting Predicament
With school about to start, I'm dreading my fifth-grader's first test. Last year he began getting very anxious over tests -- I think he has test anxiety. Is there any way to stop it in advance?

Solution: Keeping Toys Outside

by Editorial Team August 24th, 2013| Parenting Predicament
My kids are always coming in and leaving their toys outside because they say they might go out and use them again later. The stuff gets so dirty I wouldn't want it inside anyway. But I don't want it to disappear like a lot of things in our neighborhood
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Is My Child Gifted?

by Lori Sciame August 22nd, 2013| Elementary
All parents have high hopes for their children. Some wish for sports stars, and others dream of being the parent of the next Einstein. Yet, the chances that a child will rise to superstardom are low. This does not mean, however, that many children do not fall into the
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Developing Independent Playtime

by T Akery August 21st, 2013| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Playtime is a time of learning for many toddlers. There are skills they develop during this time. While they do need parental supervision during playtime, they can also learn to play a little bit by themselves. By learning to play by themselves, they start to develop some skills that

Battling Through Sickness: From the Teen’s View

by Jacob P. August 20th, 2013| Teen Perspective, Teens
Right now, I'm one week into football practices and dealing with a major cold at the same time. (When I say major cold, I'm not exaggerating. This might be the worst cold I've ever had.) This combination, while not tragic, is still quite troublesome. The cold isn't hindering my

Fire Safety and the Preschooler

by Lori Sciame August 19th, 2013| Preschool, Safety
Flames can appear mesmerizing to a young child. For instance, a yellow flame dances on top of a birthday candle, and blue and orange flames appear to lick the underside of a piece of wood in the fireplace. To a child who doesn't understand the true danger, fire appears

Encouraging Tween Potential

by Ronald A. Rowe August 16th, 2013| Tweens
Part of this great parenting adventure is encouraging our Tweens to explore their talents and interests. I recently challenged my 12-year-old son to write a short story, in three hundred words or less, inspired by one of his favorite literary works. It's the sort of thing that a writer
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Making the Most of Virtual Preschool

by T Akery August 15th, 2013| Preschool, School
You have finally settled that your preschooler is going to learn through the virtual world. While this decision is one you have probably thought about a lot, it is one that will require a lot more of a commitment on your part. Virtual preschool is a little different than