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Make The Most of Fall With The Family

With the passing of the equinox, it is officially this writer’s favorite season: Fall!  Autumnal excitement is hardly unique nowadays seeing IG feeds filled with pictures of pumpkin patches, lattes, apples, fallen leaves, and the like. But despite the elements that might feel overdone, Fall presents some unique opportunities for learning and family bonding. Here are some suggestions of a few ways to make the most of the best and shortest season. Baking I know, this one probably doesn’t feel new or revolutionary, and if you’re not a particularly good baker it might feel like a mockery. But, no, you […]

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5 Ways to Help Kids Be Good Friends

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“ The only way to have a friend is to be one.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson August 7th was Friendship Day, an international holiday for celebrating friendship and recognizing the importance of global bonding. In addition, August, for many families, marks the beginning of back-to-school season. As excited as parents and kids are for school, there tends to be some concern about how children will adjust to their new classroom. In short, will they get along with the other kids and be able to make friends? Although we send kids to school for academic learning, their social learning is a huge […]

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Getting Ready for Back To School

Did you know that we are coming up on August – Romance Awareness Month!!!!! JK! It is that, but that’s not our concern, nor is National Goat Cheese Month. I’m here for Get Ready for Kindergarten Month. Fortunately, this nationally recognized… celebration (?) is self-explanatory. For all the new young ones starting school for the first time, this is the time to get ready! While schools start at different times depending on where you live, most families are thinking about back to school starting in the month of August. Even if your child is beyond kindergarten, hopefully these few tips […]

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Supporting Children’s Mental Health

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close here are some thoughts on how to support younger children’s mental wellness. It can be easy to think of mental health issues being the purview of teenagers and over-worked adults, but these challenges can face a person of any age. Children may feel intense stress or anxiety about what is going on in the world, their school, or at home. But they do not have the tools and vocabulary of teenagers or adults to articulate what they’re feeling. Starting the conversation on mental health early can help set up your child […]

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Hip Hip Hooray for Career Day!

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we’ve all heard, and even as adults, it’s a question many of us still think about. Who do we want to be, what impact are we hoping to make with our lives, what career will bring us purpose, and what legacy will we leave behind.  Take Your Child To Work Day was originally founded by the Ms. Foundation as Take Your Daughters to Work Day in 1993 to inspire young women to think about their futures. However, as of 2003, in order to reflect the fact that […]

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Going Beyond Baby Sign Language

We all know the phase that toddlers reach when they are desperately seeking to communicate. They want to say something, but don’t yet have the words to do so. It can be frustrating for everyone involved. I remember one interaction with a student; she spoke her toddler gibberish so confidently I was nearly convinced she must be speaking another language! The desire to communicate is there long before children possess the language to do so. Many parents already know the benefits of basic Sign Language for very young children, but often let signing go once a child begins to speak. […]

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4 Ways to Study Black History With Children of All Ages

Photo Designed by Freepick February is Black History Month. It’s a month dedicated to celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans throughout history. Officially recognized in 1976, Black History Month continues to be an important time of year that allows us to remember and celebrate American history and Black culture. As we progress into more modern times, some people may wonder why we still observe Black History Month. In a country that has continuously strived for racial equality and inclusivity, it may seem unnecessary, but history is always relevant and important to teach. As Maya Angelou, an American poet, and […]

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Helping Your Child Find Their Hobbies

January is National Hobby Month! While many adults have found or adopted new home-based hobbies over the past two years, children’s activities have gone through several cycles of shut downs making fostering children’s hobbies a challenge. While hobbies may seem like something reserved for adults on the weekends, they have great benefits for children! Hobbies can help foster children’s skills like: creativity, problem solving skills, critical thinking, bonding with friends, self-discipline, self-esteem, and more. While some children will hone in on a particular interest very early, more might need some help finding a hobby they truly enjoy. Here are some […]

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Embracing Eco-Friendly Holiday Traditions

The season of giving has arrived! With Black Friday just past and online retailers extending Cyber Monday to go for a week or more, many folks are doing tons of holiday shopping right now. ‘Tis the season! But with shipping delays expected, this is also a great year to start looking at alternative ways to celebrate. Here are just a few tips on how to shop more sustainably for your kids and get them involved in eco-friendly giving. 1. Buy Used In the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra, we often place too much emphasis on recycling. Recycling can be tricky since […]

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