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How to Keep Greed Under Control

by Lori Sciame December 26th, 2022| Elementary
The holidays are a time of joy and giving, a time for love and family.  Unfortunately, however, for elementary age children, the holidays can also be a time of greed.  If parents are not careful, children this age can succumb to the mantra, "I want more!"  We've all seen
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Questions, Questions

by Ronald A. Rowe November 21st, 2022| Elementary, School
My family and I recently moved to a new part of the country, and with that, there have been many changes. One of the most crucial ones was choosing a new school for our eight year old son. There were many things we were looking for since he came
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Elementary Playdates- A Vital Activity

by YPI Editors October 17th, 2022| Elementary, Social
The term playdate is a modern term. Even just thirty years ago, children just played with the other children in their neighborhood. Walk down the street, knock on the door, go outside and play, repeat. Sure, it still happens, but more likely than not, playing with a friend involves some
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TV as Family Entertainment: Elementary Years

by YPI Editors September 12th, 2022| Elementary, Entertainment
There's something so delightful about the elementary years, although it isn't obvious while you're in the midst of them. Your children are old enough to have a tiny bit of independence, yet they also welcome time with mom and dad. Since they're still young, small things are exciting: a later
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Dealing with Children’s Emotions

by Joe Lawrence August 8th, 2022| Communication, Elementary
Ever since becoming a parent, I have learned so much. Some of it was from diligent study; however, most of it was on the fly. Dealing with emotional breakdowns is one those things I learned by winging it.

Growing up, my family was not overly emotional. We cried when something hurt
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Beat the Heat With Water

by Tania Cowling July 4th, 2022| Elementary, Entertainment
Your kids can quench the “sizzle” of summer with water. So, whether you have a swimming pool, wading pool, or just the garden hose, your kids can spend hours of fun and “beat the heat” this season. These wet and wild activities and games will make your outdoor time a
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Children Learn Respect from Good Role Models

by Tania Cowling May 30th, 2022| 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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Bullies are Easily Handled

by Joe Lawrence April 25th, 2022| 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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How to Foster Effective Communication in Children

by Lori Sciame March 21st, 2022| Communication, Elementary
Every person has strengths and weaknesses. For example, some people are born communicators, while others struggle to connect with their peers. As a parent, you must assist your child with becoming an effective communicator, even if he or she can be classified as "shy" or as an "introvert."  This does
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4 Truths to Communicating with Our Children

by Joe Lawrence February 14th, 2022| Communication, Elementary
Communication is the most important part of any relationship. When we communicate well, things run smoothly. When we do not, there is much frustration. Most people would agree with this; however, most of us (me included) are very intentional with making our children better communicators.

We practice communication from the moment
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Catching up From Sick Days

by Gary Hays January 10th, 2022| Elementary, School
With winter comes cold and flu season. Let’s face it, when subjected to the confines of a classroom full of other sneezing students, your child is a target for airborne enemies, and more than likely, before the season is over, will catch their own case of the bug. It simply
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Say Thank You, Dear

by Gary Hays December 6th, 2021| Communication, Elementary
Especially with the holidays upon us, this is the perfect time to reiterate to your child, the value and importance of proper communication. This is a time of family, and if yours is akin to the typical one, you will be spending at least a portion of your time
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