VTech Parentinghttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/VTech Parentingen-usSat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Back-to-School with a smileSusan Bartellhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{E0D0251E-88CD-4FE8-96E9-D455399EEB68}For most kids, the sparkling new school year, with its sharp pencils and clean notebooks triggers feelings of excited anticipation. Despite the bad name that school receives (homework, early mornings), most kids look forward to the return of structure, organized socialization and the accomplishment of learning. Of course, alongside the excitement, it is normal to feel nervous about the new teacher, different group of classmates and more challenging schoolwork. In fact, parents sometimes feel pangs of worry for their child—wanting the year to be smooth, academically and socially. While you may not have complete control over ensuring a successful year, there are FOUR important steps that you can take to help your child transition into the school year easily and happily. Balancing physical play with technologyLise Eliothttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{AA45EFCA-19FC-4570-8D39-0D30743EF455}Children love to move. Have you ever heard the story about Olympian Jim Thorpe, considered the greatest athlete of his day, who succumbed to exhaustion after spending just a few hours attempting to mimic every single action of a young toddler? From early infancy onward, children are enormously more active than adults. And it’s a good thing. Their bodies are switched to the GO state for nearly all of their waking hours, which happens to be exactly what their brain and muscles need to develop all those new skills like walking, running, throwing and drawing. Love the Library with Your Little Ones!Deborah Sharp Libbyhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{5FD224F1-7CBC-4781-8C34-EB35566763D3}It’s never too early to introduce your children to the library. Libraries offer rich literacy experiences for the whole family with programs for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, school-aged children, teens and adults. Make visiting your library a priority and be sure to check out the calendar of events each month. You’ll find programs like story time and literacy activities on different themes. Your children can enjoy great books, experience magical stories and engage in age appropriate projects that ignite their passion for reading. CAPTURE YOUR SUMMER ACTION WITH THE KIDIZOOM® ACTION CAMStacey Heneveldhttp://www.vtechkids.com/parenting/article/{C2844166-F8E9-47B0-9CAF-9245B01047E0}Many of us view Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “unofficial” bookends of Summer, giving us 14 weeks to soak up as much sun-sational, splash-tastic fun as possible! Whether your Summer adventures have you venturing far from home or exploring your own backyard, the Kidizoom® Action Cam is the perfect tool to allow kids to capture every moment or even create their very own adventures!