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The Benefits of Positive Reinforcement

“The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.” —BF Skinner, American psychologist, behaviorist, and authorWhen BF Skinner wrote “Science of Human Behavior” in 1953, he opened a field of study previously unknown to parents before: that children could be influenced positively or negatively by...

Types of Play For Toddlers

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” — Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers, producer of TV’s Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) Play is an essential part of every child’s development. Play begins long before children can hold toys or learn rules, and play helps in brain and personality...

Social-Emotional Learning for Little Kids

What is Social-Emotional Learning? Recently, Social-Emotional Learning, a new curriculum, was added to many preschools and daycares. Social-Emotional Learning is a set of skills that enables children to make responsible choices, manage big feelings, identify and maintain positive relationships, show empathy, and choose and achieve goals. Little ones do not...

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Arts in the Early Years

The day your pre-schooler writes his or her first name is one of the first great academic achievements you see as a parent. But did you ever wonder what steps your child took to reach that goal? Would it surprise you to know those steps are rooted in the...

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The Importance of Celebrating Kids’ Birthdays

History and Cultures of Birthdays Surprisingly, birthdays are not celebrated everywhere in the world by every culture. Luckily for today’s children, this has changed a great deal. As far as can be researched, birthday parties began before current Western religions were established. People believed evil spirits visited any happy moments...

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The Benefits of Co-Viewing TV With Kids

In recent years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed its guidelines on children and media. Instead of ‘zero’ exposure to media, children older than 2 may be exposed to 1-2 hours of media a day. A parent would watch along with a child in the best-case scenario. But...

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8 Most Effective Tips to Improve Your Child’s Concentration

If you know kids, you know how distracted they can be. New toys have flashing lights and sounds. Distractions are everywhere; and if adults have difficulty managing it, how do children?   The answer is, children need your help to improve concentration. It is not in a child’s nature to sit...

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How to Teach Kids to Take Care of Their Things

The Good Ol’ Days Back when our children were babies, everything they needed was up to us.  All of the care and feeding they needed was on our shoulders; that included making sure their things were stored correctly and working properly.  Milk or formula in the refrigerator?  Check.  New batteries...

Tips For Working Parents: How to Spend Quality Time With Kids

“There is only one thing more precious than our time, and that is who we spend it on,” writes author Leo Christopher.Where Does The Time Go?Do you ever feel like there just is not enough time? The kids, the job, the home, the meals…and something is always bound to...

Does The Tone of Voice Affect Communication with Little Ones?

When it comes to communication with kids, your tone is everything because babies are sensitive and can know if the message is positive or negative.Your tone of voice often says more than the words are spoken, and it can make children feel important and valued.Remember that your kids are likely to...