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Listening Rules for Tweens with Earbuds or Headphones

by Michele July 6th, 2020| Behavior, Tweens
Earbuds. Headphones. They are everywhere. It's not just a tween problem. Take a walk down any city street, and you'll see a multitude of people walking with either one or both ears hosting an earbud. From shoppers to joggers to executives, a good portion of them have their ears focused
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Learning Over the Summer

by Joe Lawrence June 29th, 2020| Elementary, School
“No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks” were the Alice Cooper lyrics I sang as I crossed the threshold from my classroom to the freedom that awaited. Then summer was time for us to dump all that we learned throughout the year. I think this is
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Summer Day Trips That Educate

by Tania Cowling June 22nd, 2020| Preschool, School
During the summer preschoolers love to accompany their parents, grandparents, or sitters on errands. Think about all the teachable moments that accompany a trip to the bank, veterinarian, grocery store, and such. Everyday places provide entertainment and learning. Then, on weekends you and your family may go on an extended
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How to Get Started Swimming With Your Baby

by Tania Cowling June 15th, 2020| Infants/Toddlers, Seasonal
Getting your baby into a pool is one of the smartest things a parent can do. It’s never too early to teach swimming, keeping safety in mind of course. Most of my tips below are about taking your little one into a full-size pool with you, but do keep in
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Teens and Praise

by Sam P. June 8th, 2020| Communication, Teens
As a teen, we often feel that our achievements are overshadowed by our mistakes, that all we ever hear are critiques, never praise for our success.  Praise is an important part of the growth process for teens to gain self confidence in themselves and what they do.  Without it they
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Tweens Need to Be Seen and Heard

by Michele June 1st, 2020| Social, Tweens
When I was a child and through my teen years, I would sometimes hear at the dinner table the old saying, "Children should be seen and not heard." (Now, I'm not of an age that it was a common way of thinking. I grew up in the 70s and 80s.)
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Children Learn Respect from Good Role Models

by Tania Cowling May 25th, 2020| Behavior, Elementary
The most effective way kids learn respect is by watching the important adults in their lives act respectfully. One of the biggest complaints today is that kids don’t respect their elders the way children used to. Is this a generational myth or true? I think kids need to learn self-respect,
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How Can I Teach My Preschooler Respect?

by Joe Lawrence May 18th, 2020| Behavior, Preschool
There are very few things that can get a parent’s blood to boil faster than being disrespected by his or her child. Where do they get this from? How can they be so ungrateful? We would never do this to our parents.

My father was fairly strict when it came to
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Is It Possible to Teach Toddlers Respect?

by Tania Cowling May 11th, 2020| Behavior, Infants/Toddlers
It’s never too early to teach respectful gestures, but you must understand that toddlers have limited vocabulary and attention spans. As you try to lecture your little one, he may just in turn stick out his tongue, yell “no”, and hit you. Now, this behavior will not last forever, but
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Entertaining Fitness for Teens

by Jane Wangersky May 4th, 2020| Entertainment, Teens
Teens’ -- and adults’ -- first thoughts on fitness and entertainment may be that the two are mutually exclusive. Unless, maybe, you listen to music while running . . . no, wait, that’s not safe. But there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself entertained while getting
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Home Alone: A New Experience

by Michele April 27th, 2020| Safety, Tweens
Somewhere during the middle school years your child may want to stay home alone. Whether it be while you run a quick trip to the grocery store or for a short period of time between the end of the school day and an adult coming home from work, your tween
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Bullies are Easily Handled

by Joe Lawrence April 20th, 2020| Elementary, Safety
“If he does it again, hit him and he will stop.” This is the advice many of us received as youth while discussing the school bully. For many generations the way to deal with bullies was to out-maneuver them or to stand up to them. Thankfully, there are much better
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