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Healthy technology play

Lise Eliot
What parent today isn’t aware of the massive change in children’s play, compared to our own childhoods? Sure, our parents may have worried that we were watching too much TV, but that was just a drop in the bucket compared to 24/7 digital world our kids are growing up in. Technology is everywhere, and just as most adults have become inseparable from our smartphones, laptops and tablets some children as young as infancy are getting similarly swamped by electronic interaction in ways that monopolize their attention and crowd out other forms of play. Read all ►

Top 10 Halloween Books

Deborah Sharp Libby
Make time to read every day. Daily reading promote literacy development that exposes your kids to important early concepts of print, a variety of vocabulary words and sensational stories. The ultimate goal of early literacy experiences is to hook your children on books and inspire lifelong readers. It’s a great time of year to enjoy some special seasonal titles so here’s my top ten list to get in the “Halloween Spirit.” Read all ►

Encourage Your Budding Writers with These Simple Tips

Deborah Sharp Libby
Help your children become writers. Immerse them in print and provide them with many opportunities to write. It’s just a matter of getting started and developing a fun family writing routine. Begin by creating a writing space at home with your kids. Stock it with a variety of materials such as journals, notebooks and paper in all shapes and sizes. Make sure there are plenty of pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons and markers so your children have a variety of writing and drawing tools to choose from. Read all ►

Develop your child's brain through sports

Lise Eliot
Mine has become a soccer family. I have spent more Saturday afternoons than I could count watching our three kids play games in pouring rain, muggy heat, biting cold, and occasionally, perfectly gorgeous weather. I’m happy to say that the more years they’ve stuck with it, the better our kids have gotten, so that by high school, the games have become downright exciting. Like many parents today, we encouraged our kids in sports with the goal of strengthening their bodies and developing their physical skills like speed and agility. Of course, we also hoped the sports would be fun, allow them to bond with their teammates and teach them how to win and lose with equal amounts of grace. Read all ►

Back To School Routines: Making the School Transition Easy & Exciting!

Deborah Sharp Libby
Back to School time is always exciting. Opportunities to reconnect with old friends and make new ones abound. Early mornings, busy schedules and homework nightly mark the return of the academic year. Some children are excited to get back to the classroom while others are somewhat tentative. Creating simple daily routines make for smooth transitions. Help your children breeze back into their school routine with these simple tips. Read all ►

Back-to-School with a smile

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. Read all ►
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