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Activity Stress

by Ronald A. Rowe September 13th, 2013| Elementary
When it comes to socialization and elementary age children, parents today face a challenge that did not exist for previous generations. The proliferation of school clubs, church activities, youth sports organizations, and for-profit entertainment groups children and parents have more opportunities than ever before. Here, at the start of
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New School Year

by Ronald A. Rowe August 27th, 2013| Elementary
Back to school time. For the kindergarteners, this may be the first time in a large peer group. For some elementary students, this may be the first time in a new setting. In either case - and to a certain extent even for returning students at the same school
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Is My Child Gifted?

by Lori Sciame August 22nd, 2013| Elementary
All parents have high hopes for their children. Some wish for sports stars, and others dream of being the parent of the next Einstein. Yet, the chances that a child will rise to superstardom are low. This does not mean, however, that many children do not fall into the

Learn to Stay in Love (Updated)

by Editorial Team August 2nd, 2013| Elementary, Helpful Hints
One of our own parenting specialists, Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil, is now offering an online course --†Marriage and Relationships: Keys to Success.If you like Dr. Bonnie's answers to our Parenting Predicaments, you'll love her advice on building a solid bond with your partner.

She says,
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The Mobile Classroom

by Ronald A. Rowe July 31st, 2013| Elementary, School
Where does your child go to school? Wherever the physical Elementary School may be, that isn't a complete answer. At least, it isn't the complete answer to where your child is getting his or her education.

We recently went on a drive from Florida to Pennsylvania, back again, and then
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Fostering a Positive Attitude

by Lori Sciame July 25th, 2013| Behavior, Elementary
Think about a person you know that has a negative attitude about life. †No matter what the situation, he or she will find something to complain about. †For instance, if it's a beautiful, sunny day, she might say the bright rays give her a headache. Or it could be
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New Town, New Friends

by Ronald A. Rowe July 3rd, 2013| Elementary, Social
Moving to a new city is a challenge for any family. Elementary age children, as resilient as they are, tend to adapt relatively well. Better, in fact, than the rest of the family. Certainly better than their teenaged counterparts. That isn't to say that the move will be all
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Stress in Children

by Lori Sciame June 27th, 2013| Elementary
Anxious. †Crabby. †Crying spells. †Mysterious aches and pains.These behaviors may signal stress in a child. †Just like adults, children can become overwhelmed with life, including meeting expectations and deadlines. †When I was a child, life was much less structured. †Sure I had sports and clubs, yet my life wasn't

Elementary: Learning Styles

by Ronald A. Rowe June 5th, 2013| Elementary
Researchers say that our learning style is hardwired into our DNA ... somehow.† No one knows for sure quite how it works but it appears that each of us is born with one of three† distinct learning styles -- Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic.† The styles are apparent from as

Do Behavior Charts Work?

by Lori Sciame May 27th, 2013| Elementary
I've seen these used many times both in home and in the school: behavior charts.† Parents and teachers alike have used this system to keep order by rewarding children with stickers or special privileges for certain behaviors.† Do these charts work?† Some experts say yes, and some say no.

Elementary Playtime

by Ronald A. Rowe May 10th, 2013| Elementary
Elementary school children can bring home all sorts of things from school. Sometimes it is something good - an A, a hand made Motherís Day card, or a diorama depicting Washington crossing the Delaware. Other things that the kids bring home from school, like viruses or new and unsavory

Behavior: An Automatic Problem?

by Lori Sciame April 29th, 2013| Elementary
"I'd like to talk to you about your child's behavior."† Those words, when uttered by a elementary school principal, automatically elicit a negative reaction from a parent or guardian.† Why?† Is our society so ready to punish children for "acting up" that we don't look for behaviors that can