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Convincing Tweens: School is Fun

by Lori Sciame October 23rd, 2014 | School, Tweens
book-15584_1280Tweens either proclaim to either love or hate people, places, or things.  It's the age where drama and emotions rule; therefore, it's your job to keep a tween convinced that school, including learning, is fun.  While school might require a child to complete homework and tests, he or she will do so more readily if doing the task seems like a positive challenge instead of a negative one.

Your work is cut out for you.  Tweens exhibit strong emotions --  happy one minute and angry the next. Yet, if you stay calm and consistent, you can instill your high value
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Three Causes of Behavior Change

by Lori Sciame October 22nd, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
boy-477010_1280When a child's behavior suddenly changes, it can be a tumultuous time.  A previously sweet, outgoing young boy becomes sullen - barely leaving his room, or a smart, interested girl suddenly seems angry all the time.  What accounts for these sudden changes?  Let's explore three possibilities.

1.  Sexual Abuse

No parent wants to believe his or her child has become a victim of sexual abuse, but it happens -- all too often.  Even if a parent works diligently to protect his child from sexual predators, they may still be lurking.

Consider these statistics from the United States Department of Justice:

  • As many as
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How to Empower Your Toddler’s Speech With Words

by Tania Cowling October 20th, 2014 | Development, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
file0001785926379Bet you can't wait to hear your child speak? I went through this with my children and now I'm amazed by what my 2-year-old grandchild can convey. Although toddlers may not yet be speaking clearly, he/she is stockpiling words and will one day burst into speech. Here are a few ways to help begin the process.

Use transition times for conversation. Have talks with your child at every opportunity. Describe what you are doing with each diaper change, when taking a bath, mealtimes, and just fun times. Toddlers often use gestures and point to things they want or need. It's
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How to Juggle After School Activities

by Margot F. October 15th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
Child choir competition-2With school in session, many parents are interested in signing their child up for extra-curricular activities. Given everyone’s busy schedule, how do parents juggle working, childcare and after school activities?

Organization is important. Children at any age can help manage their own schedules.

In Kindergarten, printing a monthly calendar which is put in the child’s room helps the child know when they are in school or staying home for the weekend. Because most five- and six-year-olds cannot read yet, it is helpful to use picture symbols for “school” and “home”. As reading ability improves, the symbols can be replaced with the
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Curbing the Whining in Your Preschooler

by T Akery October 14th, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
file000565837690Whining is one of those things that can make a parent nuts. The high-pitched whine sets nerves on edge and frays tempers rather quickly. Unfortunately, this is one of the stages they go through. In a sense, it is a transitional phase from the temper tantrums. But it can get overwhelming really fast when your Preschooler decides they especially want something. So, here are some ways to try and deal with it.

One way you can try coping with whining is to recognize when they are cranky for a specific reason. If they are hungry, thirsty or need a nap,
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Safety: Tweens Need to Learn by Doing

by Lori Sciame October 9th, 2014 | Big Kids, Safety, Tweens
file000134815443The world we live in can seem  largely unsafe, especially for children.  There are just so many things that can go wrong.  Parents worry.  They wonder if they are doing enough to protect their tween from every possible hazard; however, in an effort to keep a child safe, many parents go too far.  They do not let their child experience life in such a way as to learn how to fend for himself or herself.

Ponder these two examples.

One 11-year-old is not allowed to spend the night away from home, even for a school function. Her mother refuses to allow
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Encouraging Tweens to Help Themselves

by T Akery October 2nd, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Tweens
Tween-BehaviorIt won't be long before your Tween turns into an independent adult. In order to encourage this growth, you do have to foster skills of independence. That doesn't mean that you leave them completely alone without guidance. What this really means is that Mom and Dad no longer should be doing all the work for them. It means that they should start stepping up to help out so they can learn the skills to be independent, such as cooking, cleaning, doing their own laundry, and other things that will help them, when they are out on their own, to
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Elementary Safety & the Enterovirus

by Ronald A. Rowe October 1st, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
district-210976_1280Enterovirus 68 is sweeping its way across the USA.  While Enterovirus is a legitimate threat, there has been some hysteria and misinformation surrounding the current outbreak.  With so many, often contradictory, stories floating about, how can we keep our children (and ourselves) safe from the enterovirus?  In order to sort the fact from the fiction, here are some straight truths about the disease.

While it has been often reported that “thousands” of children have been sickened by the disease -- and that may or may not yet prove to be true -- so far there are only 160 cases confirmed
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Common Behavior Problems Solved

by Lori Sciame September 24th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
boy-183306_1280Kids will be kids. They are not perfect beings, ones that always behave; therefore, parents must realize every child will misbehave in school or at home at one time or another.  Yet, if there are constant behavioral problems -- repeated time and time again, it's certainly appropriate to take action.  Remember, a child can't learn if he or she spends too much time in the principal's office!

Off Color Language

A elementary aged child may begin to use inappropriate language.  Sometimes this is an attempt to test boundaries or to gain attention.  This behavior should be curtailed as soon as possible.
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Dangerous Products That Put Your Children At Risk

by Tania Cowling September 23rd, 2014 | Little Ones, Preschool, Safety
child-431694_1280How well do you baby proof your home? When my kids were young I went through the entire house on my hands and knees looking for dangerous situations at the child’s level. I did the normal baby proofing recommended. But did you know there are many more dangers that lurk in your home, some that affect older kids, not just babies? Here are some of the bigger-kid dangers that could be present today.

Mercury Thermometers

A while back, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called for the nationwide elimination of mercury thermometers.
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