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Third Grade, Who Knew?

by Jennifer S. Rowe September 17th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, School
file791271781089Well, parents, here we are again, another summer behind us and the new school year, right here, right now! Wow, time really does fly by, and if you have elementary age kids, there can be a number of things to juggle at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year.

I happen to have a wonderful and energetic eight-year-old in the first few weeks of the third grade and to be honest, we got off to a fairly rough start! Right around a week before classes started, I began to notice my son’s attitude change, and not for the
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Encouraging Your Preschooler’s Independence

by T Akery September 16th, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
DSCN0249Your Preschooler is at the age where their skills are developing. While you are still tempted to baby them at that age, they really can handle doing things for themselves. While some Preschoolers are naturally independent, some are just a bit more reluctant to take on the mantle of becoming a more independent kid. At this age, there are some things they can and should do for themselves. These skills vary depending on your Preschooler but helping them master them is a part of helping them growing up.

To help encourage them to dress themselves, you can ask them to
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Comprehensive Tween Safety Resource

by Lori Sciame September 11th, 2014 | Big Kids, Safety, Tweens
Tween-SafetyThe concept of the "one stop shop" has spread like wildfire across the United States.  After all, what's easier than finding everything you need in one place?

As one who writes articles concerning tween safety issues on a regular basis, I'm glad to be able to share a "one stop shop" safety resource in this post.  Now, instead of worrying if you've thought of every way to keep your tween safe, you can rest assured the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has gathered all the information you need to do the job.  Prepare to be truly amazed at all the
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Choosing a Preschool: What Does Your Child Think?

by T Akery September 9th, 2014 | Preschool, School
kids-421148_640As a parent, you have a specific wish list for what you want out of a Preschool. But there is one essential ingredient that you should consider when you make your decision. That is your Preschooler's reaction to the Preschool itself. While a place might fit all of your criteria, you need to make sure it meets your child's interest as well.

One way to judge their reaction is to look at how they adapt to the room they will be in while attending the Preschool. If they immediately get in there and play with the toys, then this is
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Tackling Tween Anxiety Over the First Day of School

by T Akery September 4th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Tweens
DSCN0034The first day of school is still a time of a high anxiety for Tweens. The day can be especially rough if your Tween is transitioning from elementary school to junior high school. This is a big change for your Tween to make. Often, it means starting a new school and trying to make new friends in a new environment. In some ways, this can be more stressful for your Tween because the social pressure is more intense than it was in Kindergarten. So, here are some tips to help your Tween get through their first day of school.

One
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Back to School Safety

by Ronald A. Rowe September 3rd, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
file0001676024565It is back to school time.  Time to overcome a whole summer’s worth of atrophy when it comes to certain rules and guidelines that only apply during the school year.  Three months may have flown by according to your adult sensibilities but to a child that is a proportionately huge chunk of their memorable life to date.  Be sure to review safety guidelines with your child before he or she returns to school.

Transportation:  One major area to address is transportation safety.  The specifics will vary from situation to situation but every child needs to get to school somehow.  Whether
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Helping Your Tween Identify Bad Friends

by T Akery August 7th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Tweens
DSC_0127Your Tween is often immersed in their own social life. Sometimes, your Tween can pick the wrong friends. While it is important to protect them from bad friendships, it is also important to help them identify when they are in a bad friendship. Learning the difference between a good friendship and a bad friendship will help them later on in life. While they may want to keep these friends, it is important to sit down and help them consider whether their friend is really just an enemy in disguise.

One of the things that you should discuss with your Tween
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Playing It S.A.F.E. on the Playground

by Ronald A. Rowe August 6th, 2014 | Big Kids, Elementary, Safety
p0908 013According to the National Program for Playground Safety, almost 220,000 children are injured on playgrounds each year.  That’s about 600 playground-related injuries each and every day in the United States of America.  That does not include every scraped elbow or bruised knee.  That total includes only injuries significant enough to require emergency room care.  While many of the injuries involved preschool children, elementary schoolers suffered their fair share as well.  Forty-six percent of the injured were elementary age and the average age of all children reporting injuries was six.

The most common playground injury came from falling
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Surefire Ways to Improve Behavior

by Lori Sciame July 30th, 2014 | Behavior, Big Kids, Elementary
people-220038_640Exasperating ... confusing ... maddening.  These words can run through a parent's mind when contemplating the behavior of his or her elementary aged child.  Being a parent is difficult, but it can become overwhelming if a previously sweet child becomes too much to handle.  There is hope, however, as a parent can employ specific tactics to improve a child's behavior.

Ready to learn how to improve your child's behavior?  Then read this informative post.

The first tactic doesn't take any special knowledge; all it takes is patience.  To begin begin the process of improving behavior, a parent must LISTEN to his
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Bedtime Rituals for Preschoolers

by T Akery July 22nd, 2014 | Behavior, Little Ones, Preschool
young-57480_640The act of getting a Preschooler to bed is a difficult one. Often, they are over-excited by the day's events and, to top it off, have had a nap. But it is important to establish rituals that signal that it is time to calm down and get ready for bedtime. This bedtime routine will help your Preschooler understand that it is time for bed so that they can get all the rest they need for a full day of Preschool tomorrow.

When building up a ritual it is important to define what activities will get your Preschooler in the mood
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