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3 Tips for Developing Social Skills

by Ronald A. Rowe March 4th, 2015| Elementary, Social
There is an increasing movement to teach social skills in elementary school.  Teachers have been crying out to anyone who would listen that children coming through the public school system are lacking in the basics of social decorum.  Issues like hygiene, manners, and courtesy are becoming rarer with each
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The Importance of Saying Thank You

by Tania Cowling January 28th, 2015| Elementary, Social
There are many reasons and times when giving a formal “thank you” is appropriate, whether it’s the holidays, birthdays, or any other reason where a gift is exchanged. Giving a "thank you" is an important part of etiquette that is sometimes forgotten. From the time I was a child,
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Tips on Planning a Sleepover Party for the Kids

by Tania Cowling December 31st, 2014| Elementary, Social
Do you remember your first sleepover party? You stayed up all night playing games, making crafts, and eating party food. Here are some tips to make this party memorable for your child.

Here's How It Works

The kids hang out all night with their best friends, crash on the floor for
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How to Amuse Your Sick Child During Flu Season

by Tania Cowling December 3rd, 2014| Elementary, Social
You know how you feel when ill and how a little pampering makes you feel so much better. Well, this works with kids too. Although reading aloud, playing cards, and serving a bowl of ice cream may not actually speed up the convalescence, it does provide the chance to

How to Keep Pass-Along Germs Away from Your Child

by Tania Cowling November 5th, 2014| Elementary, Social
Have the back-to-school colds hit your home yet? Contagious illnesses increase during school months and when the seasons change, as we tend to spend more time indoors with the windows closed. Whether at home or at school, young children contract at least five or more colds a year. On

Brain Safety

by Ronald A. Rowe October 29th, 2014| Elementary, Social
We’ve covered just about every safety issue known to parents on this site but there is one more related safety topic that has yet to be addressed: brain safety.  I’m not talking about making sure your child wears a helmet to protect against physical trauma to the brain.  I’m

Pick an Evening and Bond With Your Kids

by Tania Cowling October 8th, 2014| Elementary, Social
In the past, a family night was a time to share a special meal together, play board games, or just sit around the living room and share each others company. They were one of the best ways for families to bond. Unfortunately, in this hustle-bustle world we live in,

Fun Ways to Explore Your Family and the Past

by Tania Cowling September 10th, 2014| Elementary, Social
How well do your children know their relatives? Do your kids ever ask about your parents? Do they want to know about ancestors a few generations past? Children seem to be the best believers in the extended family concept. As the kids get older, they can grasp the idea
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Make Back to School Shopping Fun with the Kids

by Tania Cowling August 13th, 2014| Elementary, Social
Parents can get back-to-school shopping done with the kids along -- and it can be an exciting learning experience for them with these tips.

The mall or department store is a special place for anyone with its sights, sounds, and smells. There are several things to do with children before,
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Entertain Elementary Kids With Science at Home

by Tania Cowling July 16th, 2014| Elementary, Social
It’s summer and the kids are already whining, “I’m bored.” It’s fun to play games and craft, but don’t forget that summer's also a time for learning. Think about some easy science experiments that can be done at home. Your kitchen is the place to demonstrate very simple scientific

Plan Some Staycation Fun With the Kids

by Tania Cowling June 18th, 2014| Elementary, Social
School is out, summer is here, and time to think about family vacations. Sure, we love to daydream of glorified trips but when work doesn’t allow much time off and we find ourselves crunching numbers in the budget, sometimes a staycation at home sounds like the right decision. Here

The Power is Out: How Do We Amuse the Kids?

by Tania Cowling May 21st, 2014| Elementary, Social
With tornadoes spurring and hurricane season in the near future, the power may go out more than we would like. This past winter was rough in many towns with snowstorms that ended the same way. So when the power fails, how do we amuse the kids? It’s bad enough