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Tips on Giving Praise to an Elementary-aged Child

by Tania Cowling June 8th, 2016| Communication, Elementary
Praise is a tricky subject with parents. Do I do enough praising or when is too much of a good thing bad? I believe that praise (those good compliments) is a great way to build a child’s self-esteem. But, on the other hand, a child must realize that having high
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3 Ways to Prepare Your Child to be Around Older Children

by Joe Lawrence June 1st, 2016| Elementary, Social
One of the challenges we will face as parents is the integration of our children into older crowds. As they go off to elementary school, they are primarily with their peers but still have many interactions with older kids from other grades. As parents this can create some challenges and
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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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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 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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Why Do I Need to Know This?

by Joe Lawrence March 9th, 2016| Elementary, School
“I will never use this again!” This is something we have all said at one point in school. How can we change this mentality in our children?

I mostly had this thought in high school when I would rather talk to my friends than listen to the teacher drone on about
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