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Ways to Encourage Confidence in the Classroom From Home

Build a broad base of knowledge - When the teacher talks about a new topic in class it's helpful if your child has a fund of related knowledge. There are several ways to build this. Focus on building your child's vocabulary - A child's vocabulary scores are often reflective of their overall … [Read More...]

Are we together too much?

Tips for Creating Space in a Family "I feel like I am disciplining my children way more often than my mother had to discipline me." I hear this often. It may be that we, as families, are just together too much. Or at least together way more than we were with our families growing up. Aging myself … [Read More...]

Things to Consider When Giving Your Child a Cellphone

How and when to give a child a cell phone of their own is a big decision for parents. The bulk of the research suggests that the less screen time children have the better. The American Academy of pediatrics suggests having a family plan with set limits on screen use. Giving them a cell phone is … [Read More...]

When a 2 Year Old Hits

This may be a two year old being aggressive with their older siblings or a child in a two's program hitting classmates. I tend to think there are three (long run, four) parts to the answer: Coach being gentle You might read Hands are Not for Hitting by Aggasi, No Hitting by Katz, No More Hitting … [Read More...]

Positive Discipline Language: It’s Easier Than You Think

Many parents assume that learning the language of positive discipline is a difficult task. Really, it's not that hard. Good preschool and elementary school teachers are in and out of this language all day long. It's like learning any new set of language rules; take a new job and you are likely … [Read More...]

Transitions Can be Easier

There are so many transitions built into a family's day. For children this may include the shift to getting dressed, leaving the house, stopping play or finishing projects, cleaning up, coming to the table for meals, going upstairs for bath, settling in bed for sleep. All of these steps can have … [Read More...]

When a Child has to be FIRST or be BEST at Everything

It's fairly common for children to go through a phase of needing to be first or best at everything.This might be first to get out of the car or touch the front door. It might be best at running fast or writing letters. This push varies widely with some way more than others and boys often more than … [Read More...]

Teachers: How to Answer Young Children’s Questions and Concerns About Stressful Community Events

Stressful events in the life of a child can include community stressors like the DC sniper shootings, our country making a declaration of war or a stock market crash. These community stressors impact the child based on how much they impact the child's parents and how much information is being shared … [Read More...]