Celebrate Read Across America Day: Printable ‘Tips for Raising a Reader’

Celebrate Read Across America Day

Celebrate Read Across America Day with Tips for Raising a Reader This is a big week for literacy! We celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday AND Read Across America Day on Wednesday March 2nd. The National Education Association declared March 2nd the first annual Read Across America day in 1998, and it has … [Read more...]

Dr. Seuss Themed Party Ideas!

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Dr. Seuss Party Ideas If your little one is a big time Seuss fan and it's his or her birthday, there's so much fun to be had. If you are looking for the perfect way to celebrate with Dr. Seuss themed party ideas, you're in the right place. Here are just a few tips for creating an adorable, tasty, … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Love Elmo (in honor of his birthday!)

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Everyone's favorite furry red monster is turning 3 1/2! In honor of the momentous occasion, we've compiled a list of our top 5 reasons kids (and their parents!) just can't get enough of the little guy.   1. He’s not afraid to try new things. Much like a toddler, Elmo spends his time … [Read more...]

Work-Life Balance: Fact or Fiction?

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When I decided to have kids, continuing to work full-time too seemed like a no-brainer. All around me, women were having babies and heading back to work with breast pumps concealed as messenger bags, nursing pads secured in their bras, and nary a postpartum bump in the road. They seemed to have no … [Read more...]

Sticks and Stones: Books that Tackle Bullying

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Bullying—it’s not just “kids being kids” anymore. The conversation and attitude surrounding schoolyard teasing, name-calling and intimidation has changed drastically in recent years. No longer viewed as an isolated problem or a coming-of-age inevitability, school boards, teachers and parents are … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Food Rules

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Oh, Thanksgiving, how I love you. I love everything about you. What other holiday allows you to just sit around doing nothing but eating, drinking, and watching football with family and friends? There are no presents to buy or resolutions to be made, and no religion, too. (John Lennon would be … [Read more...]

Are You a Helicopter Parent?

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You’ve probably heard of them: Helicopter Moms or Hover Parents. What is a Helicopter Parent? Parents who are extremely overprotective or who take an excessive interest in their kids’ lives by trying to "manage" all aspects of them might be considered Helicopter Parents. On the other hand, what … [Read more...]



Making Allowances

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I started to give my daughter an allowance at the age of 4. I’d read somewhere that a good rule of thumb was $1 for each year. So she began with $4 and got a raise on every birthday. The older she got, the more she looked forward to that “raise” and the better she got at saving for things she … [Read more...]

Help Your Child Focus: Decreasing Hyperactivity and Distraction

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Our modern, busy lifestyles often lead to an unintended consequence for our kids. Rushing from one activity to another, grabbing less-than-nutritious meals along the way, and spending lots of time on screens and not enough on exercise and sleep can all quickly add up to kids who are scattered, … [Read more...]

Screen Time vs. “Me” Time

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Here’s something I’ve realized about myself and parenting: Sometimes, I don’t wanna. Which, y’know, is an inconvenient feeling once you’re a parent, because you kinda lose the option. It's at those times a little voice in my head says I should plop the kids in front of a screen and let them "veg" … [Read more...]

How Screen Time is Affecting Your Child, and What to Do About It

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Kids are drawn to screens—whether TV, tablet, phone, or computer—like moths to a flame. And it would be tough to find a parent who hasn’t handed over a screen of some sort to keep their child occupied. Like most things in life, a little is fine; but if your child is spending a chunk of time each day … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Child’s Attitude Toward Reading

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Sometimes children are reluctant to make reading a part of their daily routine, whether it’s because of their frustration with learning new words or the fact that they’re far more tempted by cartoons on TV or games on an electronic device. As a parent, it can be easy to get frustrated, too, but it’s … [Read more...]

How to Judge a Just Right Book for Your Child

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As easy as it is to buy a book based on the recommended ages listed on it, sometimes it may not be the most appropriate—not a just right book for your child. Your little one may struggle with the text, or maybe he or she will find the content a bit too challenging to grasp. To help you, we have … [Read more...]

Bedtime Stories: Well Read and Early to Bed

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It’s amazing how incredibly intuitive children can be. A perfect example is bedtime. My kids always seem to sense the end of the night is approaching and suddenly become bereft with needs. Thirst, hunger, the desire for an extra-long bath, an urge to play with every toy in their bedroom—all of these … [Read more...]

Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud to a First Grader

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The emotional rewards of reading aloud to your 6-year-old are many--for both you and your child. Kids this age typically can read on their own. Most are proud to show off their newly acquired skills to an appreciative audience of parents, siblings, and grandparents. Taking turns reading aloud can … [Read more...]