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Preparing Your Child (and you) for a Dual Language Program

Schools in many parts of the United States are increasingly offering a dual language program for students. When describing a dual language program in this article, I’ll refer to English and Spanish, but of course there are many other combinations such as English/French, English/Chinese (Mandarin), English/German, etc. The most common type of dual language class…

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7 Ways to Encourage Thankfulness in Kids

November 19, 2020 Being thankful requires awareness. It doesn’t come easy for everyone. For kids, it’s something they often don’t even think about until Thanksgiving rolls around and schools and parents ask them what they are thankful for. It’s a great reminder, of course. But how can we cultivate that thankfulness year-round? Not just a…

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How to Plan 2020 Back-to-School During the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 11, 2020 It’s almost time for back-to-school, but chances are you’re anything but excited. Parents, teachers, and students are having to make tough decisions about what education will even look like this fall. Will everyone meet in a classroom? Online? Some sort of hybrid? Will outbreaks shut everything down before it even gets started? …

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5 Videos That Put Learning Right in the Middle of Fun

June 25, 2020 Summer has arrived on the heels of distance learning. It might feel like this year, more than others, your kids will need extra make-up work. Educational tools like workbooks or memory exercises can motivate some types of children … but they can also create a lot of resentment from those who prefer…

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Moms Tell Their Secrets: 9 Tips for Parents of Athletes

May 7, 2020 There’s a not-so-secret society of moms out there in the world: The Society of Sports Moms. It’s made up of those of us who spend significant time taxing kids to practice, sitting as spectators, hunting up uniforms to wash at the last minute, and shuffling schedules. Even with years of experience, I…

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Executive Function: How on Earth Do I Teach That?

April 10, 2020 We recently discussed Executive Function as a skill to teach during the school closures. But how do you teach it? The term executive function can be summed up as “management of what’s inside and around you”. Skills like organization, focus, time management, self-control, and goal-setting all spring from this idea. We can…

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Seven Must-Read Children’s Books On Inspiring Women for International Women’s Day (March 8)

February 25, 2020 International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a day to celebrate womanhood and the movement for women’s rights. Take a moment this International Women’s Day to read the biography of an inspiring woman of history to your daughters … and sons. We can all learn from the…

5 Things to Teach Your Kids this Winter, that School Probably Doesn’t
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5 Things to Teach Your Kids this Winter, that School Probably Doesn’t

January 10, 2020 Winter can be long and keep many of us cooped up, but being home with your kids can make a great opportunity to teach them some elements that school likely doesn’t. Money Skills No matter the age, many children got money for Christmas. Without making it a math class or a complicated…

5 New Year’s Resolutions Busy Moms Should Make
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5 New Year’s Resolutions Busy Moms Should Make

December 19, 2019 Ready for the new year? The new decade? You’ve shopped. You’ve wrapped. You’ve baked. You’ve planned. You’ve visited. You’ve hosted. You’ve worked. You’ve risen early and stayed up late. You’re basically exhausted. Busy moms are always giving, doing, helping, and managing to juggle many things at once. Kudos to you! So now…

Better Than I Thought: My Life as a Christmas Movie
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Better Than I Thought: My Life as a Christmas Movie

December 18, 2019 This time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, whether you are romantic or not, whether you watch television or not, there is no avoiding those television Christmas movies. Love them or hate them, you’ve probably seen at least one. I love to tease my mom for watching them but I’ve…

Parents’ Dreams: When They’re Lost and How They’re Found
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Parents’ Dreams: When They’re Lost and How They’re Found

September 18, 2019 One of the hardest parts of parenting is the expectation. From the minute the test comes back positive, we start imagining who that baby will become and what life will look like with them in it. For some, those imaginings start even earlier. We laugh at the people who like to say,…

Use These Tricks To Curb Sugar This Halloween
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Use These Tricks To Curb Sugar This Halloween

September 12, 2019 Compared to 100 years ago, the amount of added sugar in our food supply is staggering. While the initial risks of having so much sugar in kids’ diets was downplayed, it’s looking more and more like something we should be taking seriously. The American Heart Association recommends that children consume no more…

Back-to-School Tips for Homeschooled Kids
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Back-to-School Tips for Homeschooled Kids

August 19, 2019 It’s back-to-school time, which means we’ll start seeing pics of parents celebrating the end of long summer days with their children at home. If you’re a homeschooler, you might have a very hard time identifying with that. Still, getting swept up in some aspects of this time of year can be beneficial…

Back-to-School: Tips for a Mindful School Year 
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Back-to-School: Tips for a Mindful School Year 

August 9, 2019 We hear a lot about the benefits of mindfulness these days. Basically, the concept refers to finding ways of focusing on the present moment while acknowledging and accepting everything that we are thinking, feeling and experiencing. It can take practice, but the calming benefits are entirely worth the time invested. Back-to-school time…

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Parent Guide to YouTube Safety for Kids: 5 Ways to Ensure That Kids Aren’t Exposed to Inappropriate Content

July 1, 2019 If you’re a parent of young kids, you know well that YouTube is one of their favorite media outlets. Even tiny tots seem to know how to navigate to find video content. But this easy-access entertainment comes with one big worry. Autoplay means that when one video ends, another begins, so if…

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5 Ways to Support Kids’ Reading Skills In Summer

June 17, 2019 Summer vacation can be lethal to kids’ reading advancements. That doesn’t necessarily mean that school should continue without pause but reading is one of the few academic pursuits in which you can learn just by doing it. You can pick up the proper structure of a story, gathering information, new vocabulary, general…

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Speech & Hearing Month: Is Your Child On Track?

May 21, 2019 Did you know that May is Better Speech and Hearing Month? The theme for 2019 is “Communication Across the Lifespan” because communication disorders can impact us at any stage in life, from newborns to senior citizens. Having struggled to be heard by my grandmother in her final days, and then discovering something…