Archive for 'Development'

A Child’s First Friends

A Child’s First Friends

Socializing is one of the most complex skills a child will learn. As parents, we can do a lot to help them develop these skills positively. Even as toddlers, friends play a special role in children’s [...]

Media Literacy

Media Literacy

Using TV to teach our kids to be critical thinkers. Media Literacy Let’s face it, electronic media isn’t going away.  In fact, it’s quite the opposite.  From radio to TV, to movies, smartphones, tablets and more, [...]

Driving to School

Driving to School

Keeping teens safe when they drive to school. Driving to School Did your teen work and save for a car this summer?   Or maybe she uses the family car to get to school some days.  Believe [...]

Young Kids and Television

Young Kids and Television

Why you’ll want to turn off the TV and computer if you have young children. Young Kids and Television Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that children under two years [...]

Kids Traveling Alone

Kids Traveling Alone

Tips for helping your child feel secure when flying alone. Kids Traveling Alone Whether it’s visiting relatives or a friend in another city, it’s not uncommon for children to fly alone.  Airlines have rules in place [...]

Staycations

Staycations

Why the best family holiday could be right at home, Staycations. Staycations Sometimes it’s easy to forget about all of the great activities available right in our own backyard.  There’s local museums, pools, and parks to [...]

Raising Problem Solvers

Raising Problem Solvers

 How to raise children who solve their own problems. Raising Problem Solvers When your child has a problem, are you tempted to jump in there and make it right? It’s a common reaction.  But if we [...]

Camping with Kids

Camping with Kids

Why time in the great outdoors brings families closer together. Camping with Kids There’s something about camping as a family that is truly special. Time just seems to slow down when we’re in Mother Nature, and [...]

Why Friends Matter

Why Friends Matter

How friendship teaches kids important life lessons. Why Friends Matter Ask a kid what’s so great about having friends and they’ll probably say “friends are fun”.   They’re right.  But learning to socialize and get a long [...]

The Importance of Recess for Children

The Importance of Recess for Children

Throughout much of North America, there is a growing trend to shorten or even do away with recess entirely, in order to find more time to teach academics. In some classrooms, some teachers use recess as [...]

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