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Technology and Kids: How to Use it for Good

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 10, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

“When wisely chosen and used well, technology has many benefits for children and adolescents . . . There are some wonderful programs available that inspire and educate and delight children and adults. And technological adaptations can be life-changing for a child with special learning needs, whether giftedness or learning problems.” (Psychology Today

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Is My Child Ready for Preschool?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Preschool can provide a solid foundation for your child’s academic years, also serving as a key early step in his or her success in life. But, how do you know if your child is ready to start preschool? Here are five issues to consider.

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6 Types of Coughs to Watch For

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

During the cold and flu season, there are plenty of people coughing. To help, Parents.com lists four techniques to help soothe symptoms, which include: 

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Cold Prevention Strategies to Try

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Yes, it’s that time of year again, the season when everyone around you seems to be sneezing or coughing, including the kids at your young children’s preschool or school. So, what can you do to keep your own kids cold free? Here are strategies to consider, as well as some myth busting, from three helpful websites. 

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Why Your Toddler Bites and What You Can do to Prevent It

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

As a parent, it can be so frustrating when your child—seemingly out of nowhere—bites someone else. What, you might wonder, prompts biting behavior in kids this age? To help, WebMD.com shares five common reasons, most of which “aren’t intentionally malicious.”

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4 Ways to Improve Your Child's Attention Span

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

At the age of 18 months, a typical toddler will spend about 30 seconds on an activity, or a couple of minutes among multiple activities, before wanting attention from a caregiver. So, if it feels as though your young child has a pretty short attention span, you’re right—and that’s perfectly normal. 

By the time that same child is three years old, though, he or she may spend three to eight minutes on an interesting activity; by the age of five, ten to 15 minutes if the activity is appealing. To find out more about typical attention spans by age, you can consult this chart by ParentingPress.com.

Now, here are four strategies to improve your child’s attention span.

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Spelling Help: Tips for Teaching Your Child How to Spell

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 @ 08:30 AM

“Learning to spell well is extremely useful if we want children to become confident writers . . . If they’re confident spellers, they’re also much more likely to make adventurous vocabulary choices, selecting the exact word to communicate their message.” (Oxford University Press)

And, it just makes sense that, if you want your child to learn how to spell well, you make it fun

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What to Do if Your Child Gets the Flu

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 07:30 AM

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season is usually defined as fall and winter. That’s because although influenza viruses that cause the flu exist in the United States all year long, illnesses from the viruses generally start to increase in October and reach a peak somewhere between December through February. That said, flu season can last until May. No matter what time of year it is, it makes sense to know how to respond if your young children catch the flu.

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Toddler Feeding Problems & What to Do About Them

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 @ 07:30 AM

Some days, Parents.com says, “your child will eat as if he hasn’t seen food in days; on others, he’ll play with his meal or refuse everything, even the toaster waffles he’d eat every meal if you’d let him.”

Sound familiar?

An expert quoted in the article shares that, because one of the few areas where kids have control is in what they eat, they “aren’t shy about making demands,” which can lead to power struggles.

Here’s help with common toddler feeding problems.

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STEM Activities to Try This Winter

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 07:30 AM

It can be tough finding fun learning opportunities to do during the winter, but a site called SteamPoweredFamily.com shares fun STEM activities (science, technology, engineering and math) that are entertaining for the whole family.

Here are some fun ways to educate the kids while having fun this winter.

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