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Effects of Foreign Travel on Child Development

Children who are given the opportunity to experience foreign travel can reap many benefits and a few risks associated with that travel. Benefits Hands-on learning on subjects such as geography, history, economics, government, and languages. Increased appreciation for the subjects listed above (i.e., “I walked where Julius Caesar once walked!” or “The ancient Greeks had […]

Daycare and Preschool

Traditional daycare has been yielding to preschool in recent years.  This reflects an increase in awareness of the value and impact of early childhood education.  Children’s minds are able to absorb information more readily than are adult minds, and if we tap that ability early, we give our children advantages that can put them ahead […]

Baby Classes

Experts say that babies (newborn to 12 months) generally absorb more information per day than adults.  Babies’ brains are blank slates and information is being written on them rapidly as babies learn everything from scratch.  Many parents, seeking to tap the tremendous potential of this period of rapid learning, enroll themselves and their babies in […]

Keeping Toddlers Safe from Dogs and Cats on the Street

Most dogs and cats are friendly and present no danger to our toddlers.  However, there are dogs and cats that aren’t well socialized, are unaccustomed to strangers or children, are unwell or frightened, etc.:  these dogs and cats may present a danger to our toddlers.  Since dogs and cats don’t come with labels like “I’m […]

Getting the Most out of Traveling Abroad with Your Children

You want your children to be up to the challenges of a global economy and the complexities and strengths of increasingly diverse communities and workplaces.   To help your children accomplish these goals, you may travel abroad with your children, exposing them to other cultures, languages, architecture, wildlife, foliage, and history, to name a few.  Here […]

Kids’ Age of Independent Task Performance

Learning to perform tasks independently is crucial in child development: it’s how kids learn to be independent adults.  Parents often wonder what age their kids should be before they are allowed to perform certain tasks independently.  The truth is that there is no magic age for independent task performance as there are always variables to […]

Signs that a Parent Can Spot in a Child’s Drawings that Show that the Child Is in Trouble or Needs Help

One of the primary roles that we have as parents is that of protector. If our children are struggling, it is our responsibility to help our children through the difficulty. Observant parents know that children always find ways, directly or indirectly, to let us know when they are struggling. Some children will directly communicate their […]

Pros and Cons of Kids Walking to School

The age-old custom of kids walking to school is quickly becoming an antiquity. Most kids these days arrive at school via private car or school bus. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of kids walking to school in this 21st century. Pros Walking is good exercise. Walking to school is one of many ways that […]

Continuous Learning Opportunities for Your Kids

As the old adage goes, “We learn something new every day.”  It’s easy to take this for granted, but, as parents, we need to take advantage of the daily opportunities to teach our kids through the common experiences of living.  In question and answer format, here are a few tips to accomplish that objective. Q:  […]

Talking with Your Child’s Teacher On Sensitive Topics

As parents, there are times when we have to have “difficult” conversations.  Here are a few pointers for having potentially difficult conversations with your child’s teacher. Q:  If you fear your child might have a learning disability (maybe s/he needs reading help or you fear s/he might have dyslexia), how do you approach the teacher […]