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Archives for June 2015

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Bad Behavior: Special Needs or Attention Seeking?

by C. Finkbeiner June 30th, 2015| Preschool, Special Needs
When a young child is learning to do something new and possibly challenging, they will also begin to learn how to refuse with excuse. This is usually manifested through a built up temper-tantrum full of crying, spouting of hysterical sentence fragments and possibly wild, violent body movements.

Intentional refusing begins
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A Trip to the Zoo With Toddlers

by Tania Cowling June 29th, 2015| Entertainment, Infants/Toddlers
Nice weather, family outings and the zoo go hand-in-hand for a day of fun. Millions of people visit zoos annually, making it one of the most popular attractions to view and usually more economical than theme parks these days. As a former educator, mother and grandmother today, my motto
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Boating Safety Rules: Tweens

by Lori Sciame June 25th, 2015| Safety, Tweens
With summer in full swing, tweens will have more opportunities to have fun on the water.  Because of this, they should be taught boating safety rules. Why? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that approximately 347 people die each year in boating related incidents, and countless
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Summer Proofing for Special Needs Kids

by C. Finkbeiner June 24th, 2015| Elementary, Special Needs

Summer vacation is the 8 weeks out of the year that kids look forward to most. No school busses to catch or tests to take, and all of the warm weather and lazy days ahead for doing nothing. For most kids the break

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5 Productive iPad Ideas for Preschoolers on a Trip

by Joe Lawrence June 23rd, 2015| Entertainment, Preschool
The summer is here and school is finally out until fall. It is time to get away from the house and create some new memories with the children. The only problem is the thought of how to keep your preschooler busy during the road trip or airplane flight as
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Toddlers Learn to Make Choices

by Tania Cowling June 22nd, 2015| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Making choices and solving problems is an important part of child development and becoming creative. From infancy on, children work daily to make choices and solve problems. As a parent, you already help your child learn to make wide choices everyday and probably do so naturally. How many times
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Would You Test Your Teen for Drugs?

by Jane Wangersky June 19th, 2015| Behavior, Teens
A company in Florida is marketing a home drug test kit and strongly advising parents to use it for random drug testing on their teens. Actually, it advises them to start testing their kids around age 12, before experimenting with drugs typically starts. Is this something that’s going to
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Is Your Playground Special Needs Equipped?

by C. Finkbeiner June 18th, 2015| Special Needs, Tweens
Seems not long ago were the days when playgrounds were considered ‘concrete jungles’. Metal slides, swing sets and monkey bars were the keystone to any local park. Although it was an economic way for highly populated areas to integrate free play space for kids in the nooks and crannies
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Traveling with Kids: Fun Games on the Go

by Tania Cowling June 17th, 2015| Elementary, Seasonal
Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile children get bored on a lengthy excursion. How many times have you heard the expression, “when are we going to be there?” It may be easy to pack an activity bag when traveling by car, so stock up on paper, crayons, stickers
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3 Steps to Developing Character in Preschoolers

by Joe Lawrence June 16th, 2015| Preschool
Being a parent is such an important responsibility. We have a human life that is ours to care for and mold into a person who can add value to this world. This can only be done if we intentionally develop our children.

As our children are our babies, things are
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What to Look for in Summer Camp for Kids

by Editorial Team June 16th, 2015| Elementary, Seasonal
Choosing a summer camp for your children to attend can be a tough decision to make, as your kids will spend a great deal of time there learning and interacting with their peers. There are usually several camps to choose from in your area, so visiting each one in
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5 Family Vacation Ideas for Young Children

by Tania Cowling June 15th, 2015| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Vacations can mean fun and excitement -- or separation and anxiety. They usually involve new experiences and this means change from the secure, familiar environment in which your child feels safe. Since your child is leaving home, he needs your support to make this transition. Here are a few