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Contact Safety: Tweens

by Lori Sciame November 6th, 2014 | Big Kids, Safety, Tweens
file4521238453106I know a lot about contacts.  I've worn them since I was 14 years old, and my three children all began wearing them in middle school.  I know how great contacts can be; however, I also realize how dangerous they can be as well.  For this reason, I plan to address contact safety in this post.

First, before a tween is given contacts to wear instead of glasses, a parent must assess his or her child's sense of responsibility.  Learning to use contacts correctly is a HUGE undertaking.  To be frank, some tweens -- and even young teens -- are
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How to Deal With Your Child’s Fears

by Tania Cowling November 3rd, 2014 | Care, Infants/Toddlers, Little Ones
family-459141_1280There is more to a child’s fears than just the scary things that happen during Halloween and monsters. What about fear of separation or the fear of animals? With young children scary things can leave a long-lasting impression. So, how do we deal with a child's fears? Remember all children experience some fears as a natural part of growing up. When children are afraid they need support and reassurance. Here are some tips to help your child overcome his/her fears.

  • Encourage children to talk about their fears. Communication and letting out the inner fear makes it less threatening and children
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Ways to Have Halloween Fun at Preschool

by Margot F. October 28th, 2014 | Little Ones, Preschool, School
file0001449116966Halloween is such a fun time for preschoolers. It’s a chance to dress up in their favorite costumes, play fun games and then have a tasty snack, what could be better? A preschool is a perfect place to use the theme of Halloween to learn basic shapes, read simple Halloween stories, sing new songs and sample new treats.

Children love to dress up. Some younger children might want to be animals such as bears or lions. Other children might want to dress up as police and fire fighters. Many little girls are excited to dress up like a princess or
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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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