• Posts tagged with parenting tips

    Why Art Instruction Matters

    Why Art Instruction Matters

    While you may not realize it, art instruction is an essential part of the development of your child's brain, specifically their creativity and expression. You’ve probably heard that the brain consists of two parts. The left hemisphere is typically responsible for logical thinking and linear processes, while the right hemisphere is more concerned with feelings, imagination, and creativity. When [...]
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    Supporting Your Introverted Child

    Supporting Your Introverted Child

    Introverted vs. Shy Introversion is a personality trait often confused with shyness. An introverted person enjoys time alone. A shy person doesn’t necessarily want to be alone, but is afraid to interact with others. While therapy often helps a shy person, it can cause stress in an introvert and lead to problems with self-esteem. Introverted people [...]
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    Raising Well-Mannered Kids

    Raising Well-Mannered Kids

    Teaching Children Proper Manners We all want our kids to be respectful and well-mannered. Not only do a child’s good manners reflect well on you, they’re also essential to the child’s success later in life. Unfortunately, kids are not born knowing when to say “please” and “thank you.” In fact, there’s a lot of rude [...]
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    “Stay Home” Sick vs. “Hospital” Sick

    “Stay Home” Sick vs. “Hospital” Sick

    How Sick is Really Sick? If your child is sick, how can you tell if they need to go to the ER or see a pediatrician immediately? The question confounds many parents, especially those with younger children who cannot articulate the severity of their symptoms. Conventional wisdom says to play it safe. A trip to [...]
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    Getting Extracurricular Activities Right

    Getting Extracurricular Activities Right

    Getting Extracurriculars Right Most kids don’t have enough schoolwork to occupy all their afterschool time. This can be great – if they have stuff to do. Most parents don’t want to see their kids come home and sit in front of the TV until bedtime. But with all the options out there, picking the right [...]
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    Fun & Easy Science Experiments for Kids

    Fun & Easy Science Experiments for Kids

    The Wide World of Science Sometimes it takes a little extra spark to ignite a child’s interest in science. Many parents will read or draw with their kids, but much fewer are comfortable exploring scientific concepts. However, there’s no reason you can’t make science a part of everyday play. You don’t need to be a [...]
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    Putting an End to Picky Eating

    Putting an End to Picky Eating

    When Your Child is a Picky Eater Do your kids have certain foods they can’t stand? Is it a constant fight to get them to eat these foods? How do you win the fight over picky eating? The battle over eating habits usually starts when a child is around 2 years old. At this age, [...]
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    Overcoming Jealousy

    Overcoming Jealousy

    Dealing with Jealousy Jealousy is something we all experience. In many ways it can be helpful, as it can drive us to achieve on the same level as someone else. However, as with most negative emotions, kids often need help managing their jealous impulses. How can parents be of assistance? Identify the Issue Jealousy can [...]
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    Time-Out Alternative: Time-In

    Time-Out Alternative: Time-In

    A New Way to Deal with Bad Behavior When it comes to dealing with a child’s bad behavior, the time-out is one of the most tried and true tools in a parent’s kit. The prevailing wisdom is that it gives kids a few minutes to cool off, reflect about what they have done, and realize [...]
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    Let’s Get Gardening!

    Let’s Get Gardening!

    Getting into Gardening Though spring’s full bloom is yet to come, those of us with green thumbs have already started gathering the tools and supplies we will need for our gardens. But did you know that gardening can be a great teaching tool for kids? Tending to a garden lets them see firsthand the connection [...]
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