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Archives for April 2015

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Choose Friends Wisely

by Ronald A. Rowe April 30th, 2015| Social, Tweens
The Tweenage years are a crucial time of social development.  10-12 year olds are discovering the broader world outside and struggle to find their place in it.  Your child will have to make a number of choices concerning their social circles and status during the Jr. High years.  And
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All the World is a School

by Ronald A. Rowe April 29th, 2015| Elementary, School
Since this is my last Elementary article here at Your Parenting Info, I’d like to take the occasion to discuss explicitly what I have repeatedly referenced obliquely in the past.  At this age, all the world is a school.  Every day and everywhere you and your child go together,
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4 Tips Finding Your Preschooler if Separated

by Joe Lawrence April 28th, 2015| Preschool, Safety
It is funny how safe we are as parents. The first thing that crosses our minds is the safety of our children before they embark on some new task or adventure. This has certainly been at the top of my mind while planning our future vacation.

We are leaving shortly
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Teen Behavior: What to Deal With, What Can Wait

by Jane Wangersky April 24th, 2015| Behavior, Teens
While trying to decide what teen behavior issue to focus on this time, I realized that in my mind I was dividing them into issues that really need attention -- to the point where they’re important enough to get an article -- and others that parents may worry over,
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How to End the School Year on a Positive Note

by Lori Sciame April 23rd, 2015| School, Tweens
The end of the school year looms on the horizon. Your tween has taken dozens of tests, completed scores of homework assignments, and read lots of school related material. And you, the parent, have packed a ton of lunches, written countless notes, and attended a myriad of school events.
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Keeping Kids Safe at Play

by Tania Cowling April 22nd, 2015| Elementary, Safety
How many times do you hear the phrase “are we going out today” from your child? Now that the weather is pleasant, you’ll be able to answer yes more frequently. Whether your child plays at home or you visit a public playground, the most important issue is safety. And
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Roadtrip Entertainment for Preschoolers

by Joe Lawrence April 21st, 2015| Entertainment, Preschool
It is silly to stress about how I will entertain my preschooler. Honestly, she will pop bubble wrap for hours, make a box into a fairy palace, and play in a blanket fort until I drag her out of it. However, some stimulation is needed and this is most
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Games Are Learning Tools for Babies

by Tania Cowling April 20th, 2015| Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers
Dr. Jean Piaget, upon whose theories built Early Childhood Education, said that young children are explorers and it is the job of the adults around them to provide the experiences and materials to stimulate their development. Piaget saw the tremendous importance of
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Earth Day Swap Meet for Tweens

by Ronald A. Rowe April 16th, 2015| Seasonal, Tweens
It can be tough to get Middle Schoolers excited about anything other than pop stars and video games.  Tweens are bombarded with so many options that are forcing them to focus on anything other than that which is required for school and that which seems like fun can be
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Earth Day Activities for Elementary Ages

by Ronald A. Rowe April 15th, 2015| Elementary, Seasonal
“Treat the Earth well; it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.  We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”  21st Century American children would do well to learn and heed the wisdom
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Celebrate Earth Day With Your Preschooler

by Joe Lawrence April 14th, 2015| Preschool, Seasonal
With our growing world population and increase in production, the earth is very much in danger. The emissions of all the vehicles and increase in trash production are obvious in the forms of smog and litter. Our children provide a spark of hope for our planet and its limited
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Teaching Toddlers to Love the Earth

by Tania Cowling April 13th, 2015| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Toddlers may be too young to literally understand Earth Day, but they have all the characteristics of a dedicated ecologist. They are naturally curious, eagle-eyed, and absorb experiences so quickly that it may be considered sponge learning. So, take advantage of your toddler’s curiosity and their innate senses and