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Patience, My Dear

by Lori Sciame April 9th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
waitingOver the past 100 years, expectations of a child have changed dramatically.  Long ago, children needed to entertain themselves for hours at time with simple items, such as jacks or a jump rope.  Now they demand to be entertained with TV, computers, and hand held games.  In addition, children in the "old days" tended to be seen, but not heard, in places such as church and at grandma's house.

In essence, parents (and society) used to teach children how to be patient, whereas youngsters today tend to lack this important skill.  I'm not advocating for forced compliance, but I do
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Body Awareness Activities for Toddlers

by Tania Cowling April 7th, 2014 | Development, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
play with momBody awareness is new and fascinating to toddlers as they discover their world beyond home and family. As parents, we can give our children a head start on learning about our world when we help them learn more about themselves, their body and how it occupies space. It’s not hard to find activities that help them learn this concept. Why not try a few of these fun playtime activities during your day? Remember to start with movements your child already knows, introducing new skills one at a time.

Get Moving Together

A child’s space is her space to be, to grow,
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Preschool Angels Turning Into Troublemakers

by T Akery April 1st, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
poutPreschoolers can be little angels at times. They show off their artwork, they make things for siblings. Most of the time, they even remember their manners. But at some point, they can turn into little troublemakers. When they do, it is often a test of parenting. It can be frustrating for parents who question themselves about how they are raising their babies. However, it is also a very normal stage of testing the boundaries. This boundary testing stage is one of many that they will go through before they are out of the house.

So, it is important to remember
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Babies Need Their Eyes Checked Too

by Tania Cowling March 24th, 2014 | Care, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
baby profileIf you think that only older people have eye problems, you are wrong. Babies need to be screened for eye issues from the time of birth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all babies have an eye exam performed by their pediatrician soon after birth and with every well checkup. Young children have been diagnosed with ailments such as cataracts, muscle disorders, tumors, and amblyopic (lazy eye).

A pediatrician will examine your baby’s eyes with a tool called an ophthalmoscope and a pen light to detect problems. There is also a special
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Night Terrors

by Ronald A. Rowe March 19th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
night windowWe spend a lot of time here at Your Parenting Info discussing how to keep our elementary-age children safe from all manner of harm out there in the world. Today’s kids face stranger danger, bullying, peer pressure, sports and play injuries, contaminated food and water, poor role models, and so much more on a daily basis. But some dangers exist only in the child’s own mind. Ghosts, goblins, zombies, and assorted bogey-men can bedevil our children nearly as much as real-life dangers.

How do you protect your child from the dangers that don’t exist?

Nightmares can have a very profound impact
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Tips: Assertive vs. Aggressive

by Lori Sciame March 12th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
kids on stairsCall to mind the timid wallflower. This child is painfully shy.  He never says a word; he only smiles and agrees with everything the people in his life say.  Now think about the budding bully who acts overly aggressive when playing a game in gym class or when pushing her way to the front of the line at lunch.

These children, who sit on opposite ends of the behavior spectrum, exhibit traits that are troubling, and because of these behaviors, they will both experience problems in the school setting.

Now, imagine a child who falls somewhere in the middle of that
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Teaching Toddlers About Colors

by Tania Cowling March 10th, 2014 | Development, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
ball pitWe are so used to colors in our world that it takes the excitement of a toddler’s observations to literally “see” these concepts. As parents, it is up to us to present exploration activities and make use of a young child’s limitless curiosity to help them discriminate and identify colors. Plan creative activities into your daily routine. There are so many projects that are simple and use supplies we usually have at home. Surround your toddlers with a world that is excitingly full of colors.

We are a child’s first teacher, so learning takes place everyday at home and with
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I’m Redshirting My Child

by Margot F. March 5th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
redshirtThe term “redshirting” in academics refers to delaying an age-eligible child from starting Kindergarten. The practice can be controversial. How does a parent decide when to redshirt a child?

If the child is recovering from a serious illness or has been diagnosed with a developmental disability then it seems reasonable to give them a year to catch up to their peers. When my younger son was not talking by age four, it was easy to postpone his entrance to school. At the time, the government paid for speech therapy until Kindergarten and my son could attend a daycare where he
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Battling the Fake Cry

by T Akery March 4th, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
sad eyesThere is a big difference between the fake cry and the real cry. The real cry has a different sound and urgency to it. The fake cry is just merely noise that your Preschooler is putting out. This is usually because they want something. Many times, it is easy to tell them apart. But it can be frustrating if your Preschooler engages in this behavior a little too often.

One of the tricks is not to reward this type of behavior. Often, the fake cry is merely done for attention's sake. Sometimes, it is done because the cry has been
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3 Tips for Sports Safety

by Ronald A. Rowe February 26th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
kids soccerIt is a mystery as old as organized youth sports. How do we keep our kids safe when we turn them over to a coach whose goal it is to mold them into peak athletes capable of beating the kids on some other coach’s team? My lovely wife’s initial plan of wrapping our children in bubble wrap until they turn 18 wasn’t exactly practical. So short of that, what can we can do to minimize the risk of sports-related injury?

Stretching
Most kids hate pre-practice stretching because it is boring and it is the only thing standing between them and the
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