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Grade School (6-11)

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Friend or Foe:

Friend or Foe:

Some stay in our lives for moments and some for years. They teach us, comfort us and influence our decisions. These people are our friends. In the formative years, children learn how to navigate friendships, how to make friends, how to cope with losing them and how to understand what a healthy friendship looks like. As children grow and develop, parents can play a role in guiding them.

December 2014
The Upside of Sibling Rivalry

The Upside of Sibling Rivalry

I’ll never forget the moment I separated my two oldest children on account of bickering and my 6-year-old looked up at me and pleaded, “Please don’t make us go to separate rooms, Mom! Arguing is how we love each other.” Immersed in a tense situation, it took everything within me to hold back from chuckling. And if that were, indeed, the case, I could rest assured they loved each other very much!

December 2014
Six Life Skills Kids Need for the Future

Six Life Skills Kids Need for the Future

Your 5-year-old is now 25 and looking for a job. Several of the jobs he/she will be doing haven’t even been invented yet. What life skills can you teach now to help prepare for the future?

December 2014
10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Listening Skills

10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Listening Skills

Focused listening is one of the most important skills your child will ever learn. Children with strong listening skills do better in school, sports, relationships and, eventually, in their careers. But many children lack this important skill, and parents are rightly concerned. What can you do?

November 2014
Crying

Crying "Bully"

Over the last few years, there has been a vast metamorphosis in the word "bully." A term that used to explain a relatively rare situation has seemingly been downgraded to describe any type of emotional discomfort a child may experience from his peers.

September 2014
Changing Over Kids’ Closets for Fall

Changing Over Kids’ Closets for Fall

Now that school is back in session, perhaps one of the items on your to-do list is going through the kids’ closets in order to prepare for the upcoming colder weather and those seemingly never ending growth spurts.

September 2014
Raising a Child Who Gives Back

Raising a Child Who Gives Back

What does it mean to “give back” to the community, and why is it important that our children participate? At what age should we begin to instill this value in our kids? And how do we, as parents, foster volunteerism?

August 2014
Ensure Student Athletes Are Ready for the Season

Ensure Student Athletes Are Ready for the Season

For many kids, playing sports is an important part of growing up, and that’s a good thing. Sports are a great way for children and adolescents to develop lifelong exercise habits, build relationships and learn teamwork.

August 2014
Beneficial Boredom

Beneficial Boredom

It is the end of summer, and the pool is no longer a novelty. Camps are coming to a close, and school is not in session for a few more weeks. This is when the “I’m so bored” chant begins. While those words and the tone in which they are uttered are like nails on a chalkboard, they also can open the door to encouraging healthy creative skills in your child.

August 2014
Make the Most of 2,700 Seconds

Make the Most of 2,700 Seconds

With the first day of school right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to make the most of our 2,700 seconds (that’s 45 minutes to those of us who are math challenged) in the mornings!

August 2014
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