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Children Learn Respect from Good Role Models

by Tania Cowling May 25th, 2016| 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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Taking Flight with your Child and Surviving!

by Joe Lawrence May 18th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
The finish line is in sight for our children. School is almost out for the summer and for many that means vacation time. There is planning around every detail of the trip; however, many do not think about the actual plane ride itself. This moment of forced containment can be
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End School With a Fun Learning Plan

by Tania Cowling May 11th, 2016| Elementary, School
As your child ends another school year, the same question comes to mind. Will my young learner retain a school year’s worth of knowledge over the summer? Unfortunately, there are no guarantees they will. When I taught school, parents would ask, “What can we do over the summer to help
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Two Ideas to get Kids Active in a Crazy World

by Joe Lawrence May 4th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
It still amazes me that kids today have to be reminded to be active or that being active is not a “norm.” However, once we can show children how to find enjoyment while being active, they gain many benefits.

I remember growing up and never being in my house unless it
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Bring Out the Board Games Instead of TV

by Tania Cowling April 27th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Each year a national initiative aims to make turning off the television a rewarding experience. It’s a time to help families reconnect and children rediscover the simple joys of activities other than digital entertainment. Screen-free week varies from April to May, with 2016’s week from May 2-8. I say, why
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Bullies are Easily Handled

by Joe Lawrence April 20th, 2016| 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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Does Your Child Know Beverly Cleary and Ramona?

by Tania Cowling April 13th, 2016| Elementary, Social
Most elementary-aged children know of the Ramona series written by Beverly Cleary. If not, it’s time to introduce them to this book character and the author who created books revolving around Ramona’s life. Ramona Quimby is eight years old and in the third grade. Her parents juggle work and school,
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3 Ways to Teach our Children Emotional Intelligence

by Joe Lawrence April 6th, 2016| Communication, Elementary
Communication skills are essential for people of all ages. Most of the issues we have in this world are because of communication gone badly. Although, there is no definite cure for this ongoing issue, there are some things we can teach our children to be better at communicating their thoughts
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Kids and Cameras: Go on a Photo Walk Together

by Tania Cowling March 30th, 2016| Elementary, Entertainment
How can taking a walk around the neighborhood become a special event? The secret is to take along a camera! It doesn't have to be an expensive one - it can be a simple digital, a disposable, and the Polaroid is coming back. The use of a camera will help
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Labels Affect Children’s Behavior

by Joe Lawrence March 23rd, 2016| Behavior, Elementary
The first day of school for me was not always the most exciting. It had very little to do with first day jitters as much as it did being the youngest of five children. Every single year, starting with the fourth grade, I anxiously awaited this question: “Do you have
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How to Make Family Dinners Awesome

by Tania Cowling March 16th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Mealtimes should be happy routines for your kids. Remember that pleasant eating experiences are just as important as nutritious foods. At this age, the kiddos are developing their food habits and attitudes – hopefully good ones, although sometimes the dinner table can be a battleground between kids and their parents.
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How to Teach Your Kids ‘Safety Smarts’ Without Scaring Them

by Editorial Team March 16th, 2016| Elementary, Safety
Teaching your kids how to be safe is important, but it could also frighten them. After all, they may not really want to learn that there are people out there who may want to hurt them, steal from them, or even abduct them, but as a parent, you need to
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