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Showing Encouragement During the Elementary Years

by YPI Editors October 20th, 2016| Communication, Elementary
We all know that receiving praise is important. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. As parents, it is important that our children know that we are pleased with them when they do well. However, like many other things, we also want to make sure that we don't go

Elementary Playdates- A Vital Activity

by YPI Editors October 11th, 2016| 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

Here’s How to Find a Safe Trampoline on the American Market

by Editorial Team October 9th, 2016| Elementary
Trampolines have adorned America’s backyards for years, providing an enjoyable source of exercise as well as entertainment for people of all ages. At the same time however, this equipment has also been the target of many safety concerns among both parents and doctors alike. Trampoline related injuries were reported to

Morning Routines: The Elementary Years

by YPI Editors September 22nd, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
We beg of you, please tell us that there's a morning routine for your elementary aged child. If you haven't created one and your mornings are chaotic and prone to emotional outbursts, it's time to create a routine. More than likely you've heard that children thrive on a schedule. It's

TV as Family Entertainment: Elementary Years

by YPI Editors September 8th, 2016| 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

Guiding Behavior With Natural Consequences

by Tania Cowling August 31st, 2016| Behavior, Elementary
As your child’s main teacher, you are a guide helping your youngster develop self-discipline. You must think about goals for your child’s behavior. For me, I wanted my children to make good decisions and be respectful for the feelings of others. I wanted them to learn and continue to use

Biking Safety for Kids

by Joe Lawrence August 24th, 2016| Elementary, Safety
“Stack up one more box, I know I can jump higher than you!” This is something I remember saying often behind the plaza where we used to ride our bikes at as a child. Safety was the last thing on our minds as we had our own version of the
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How to Talk to Your Child About the Death of a Loved One

by Editorial Team August 22nd, 2016| Elementary
Experiencing the death of a loved one is extremely difficult for everyone, but it can be especially confusing and scary for a child who does not fully understand what death is, and who does not understand where their loved one went. Talking to your child about the death of a
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It’s Time for Back to School Shopping

by Tania Cowling August 17th, 2016| Elementary, Seasonal
Have you ever experienced a “before-school-starts” nightmare to try and find the “coolest” clothes or the most efficient tablet? I have. Hopefully some of these “I've been there” tips will help get your school shopping done somewhat stress-free. It’s all about the planning.

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Motivating Kids

by Editorial Team August 11th, 2016| Elementary
How to Keep Your Kids Motivated Throughout the School Year

Motivation can be hard to come by sometimes in life. This is especially true with children that are simply trying to make it to the next grade level. You can tell your children all day long that they need to remain

Dealing with Children’s Emotions

by Joe Lawrence August 10th, 2016| 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

Reversing the Summer Brain Drain

by Tania Cowling August 3rd, 2016| Elementary, School
As we approach a new school year, parents may be wondering if their child is prepped and ready to begin. How much information have they retained? After a long summer vacation, have your children lost one to three months worth of learning? It’s not too late to do some reviewing
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