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Child Trafficking Awareness and Education

Human trafficking, including child trafficking, is far more prominent in all parts of the world and an unfortunate reality for millions of men, women and children. As organizations continue to build awareness, we’ve sought to provide an educational series on what child trafficking is, ways to identify it, and how you can get involved.  What is Human Trafficking? Trafficking of children falls into the category of human trafficking (or trafficking in persons) and is a human rights violation and form of modern-day slavery. Although exact numbers are difficult to obtain, the International Labour Organization estimates some 21 million men, women […]

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Connecting Vision and Children’s Safety

August is Vision & Learning Month, a national observance established in 1995. The goal of this observance is to help educate parents, educators and caregivers about the prevalence of vision problems in children that often go undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed. According to the Vision Council of America, one out of every four children has an undiagnosed vision problem that interferes with learning.  Vision problems that show up at a young age can not only worsen if not diagnosed early enough but can create additional problems. For example, if a child has a “wandering eye, it could be a sign of […]

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Creating a Healthy Environment for Your Child

Creating a healthy environment for your child takes work, discipline, and consistency. Children are sponges and as such, fully respond to and navigate their world based on the influence of their parents. Of course, needs differ depending on each child, and thus, parenting styles will as well.  Of the numerous reasons to actively cultivate a healthy environment for your child, one of the best ones is to ensure their current enjoyment and future success. Children while inevitably grow in various directions and develop their own interests, and with ample love and support from their parental figures, they can truly thrive […]

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What Are Sensory and Motor Skills and How Can I Help Develop Them in My Child?

Sensory and motor development are two very crucial and pivotal developments in a child’s life and concurrently aid in the individual’s growth and learning. According to HealthLink BC, sensory and motor development are a gradual process wherein a child learns how to use and coordinate large muscles in the body, such as the legs, trunk, and arms, and one system simply cannot function without the other. A child gains various sensory awareness through sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing, and building a solid sensory and motor foundation is critical before advancing to higher learning.  Motor Skills Of course, children grow […]

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Communicate, Collaborate, Coordinate and Cherish: The Four Keys to A Solid Parent/Child Relationship During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, many parents have been scrambling to fill the role of teacher and create curriculum on the fly while balancing new work from home duties. But it is in these times that there’s a unique opportunity to step more fully into an approach that works for everyone: that of communicating, collaborating, coordinating and cherishing. And it is through this approach that everyone benefits.  While each family is presented with unique challenges and circumstances right now, these general guidelines are intended to be helpful in any way you see fit.  Communicate As a family unit, it’s crucial as parents […]

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Creating a Sense of Belonging for Children

When children feel a sense of belonging, they develop confidence and self-identity. A Sense of Identity Experiencing belonging–knowing where and with whom you belong –is integral to human existence. Children belong first to a family, a cultural group, a neighborhood and a wider community. Belonging acknowledges children’s interdependence with others and the basis of relationships in defining identities. In early childhood, and throughout life, relationships are crucial to a sense of belonging. Belonging is central to being and becoming in that it shapes who children are and who they can become. A child learns and develops a sense of identity […]

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November is Child Safety and Protection Month

National Child Safety and Protection Month is an entire month dedicated to recognizing the unique potential dangers many children face in their everyday lives and taking tangible steps of prevention against those challenges. Taking safety measures can help reduce the number of unintentional injuries and deaths. In honor of Child Safety and Protection Month, we encourage you to take precautions to keep children safe. Talk to them about potential dangers and teach them what to do in case of an emergency. Infant Safety For children less than one year of age, two–thirds of injury deaths are due to suffocation. It […]

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