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Teaching Street Smarts to Kids Kept off the Streets

Some kids are naturally good at school.  They bring home excellent report cards. Teachers praise them, and they seem destined for advanced classes and a prestigious university after graduation.  We may call them book smart. But sometimes those same kids don’t fare well in real-world situations. They can be awkward in social settings and don’t …

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In-Home Daycare: How to Decide If It’s Right For Your Child

You peek through the window of your child’s in-home daycare to see what your little one is up to. You’re delighted to see she’s seated on a soft carpet, beside a sofa, looking at a book. You smile and walk through the door, thrilled that you made the right choice about choosing an in-home daycare …

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Why Parents Should Take Away Cell Phones at Night

More often than not parents and educators feel that children spend too much time on their cell phones and other mobile devices, leading to the idea of taking cell phones away at night. This notion is supported by the research, young people spend an overwhelming amount of time on their phones. Should parents take away …

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Embracing the Child: Connected Kids Don’t Want to Destroy Their Village

Killmonger, in Black Panther, acted out the African proverb, “The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth,” to the letter. In other words, a child rejected by his community is in a devastating situation that often only gets worse as the child grows. The child who …

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How Parents and Kids Can Bond Through Gaming: Modern Family Time

Caught in the middle of deciding whether video gaming is beneficial or harmful to their children, parents very often feel they are left with one of two options: be destructively permissive of their children’s gaming or place harsh restrictions on it. But lately, many have started asking the question Do video games bring families together? Here’s …

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Child-Directed Speech: How Much Will It Help Your Child Learn to Speak?

What is child-directed speech? Child-directed speech is a dialect adults use when speaking to very young children. Child-directed speech can help build a young child’s vocabulary, create a social feedback loop, and improve language acquisition. Informally, it’s known as motherese, parentese, or baby talk. “Who wants a noodle? Yummy, yummy noooooodle!” It’s a typical conversation …

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