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Teach your kids good sportsmanship

12.09.2013 - Playing with children isn’t all fun and games. When it comes to friendly competition, it’s not unusual for the giggles to become tears faster than you can say “go fish”. For parents, this can be an overwhelming chall...

How to interact with your child's teacher

12.09.2013 - The parent seminar had a lofty, serious title: the Importance of Family Engagement. Our local school board sponsored it and brought in a big name speaker to match: Dr. Karen Mapp, director of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Dr...

Putting a stop to sibling bickering

12.09.2013 - If my boys aren’t fighting over toys, it’s about whose cracker has more access to the dip, who goes first up the stairs, who goes first down the stairs. They even fight over which route I take to get home (one likes me to go str...

Encourage your child to embrace independent play

12.09.2013 - Like most new moms, Sarah, a stay-at-home, self-confessed super-mom wannabe, thought that being a great mother meant being everything to her daughter every waking minute. She put her needs on hold and gave her entire life over to her daught...

Let's Pretend

12.09.2013 - Make-believe play is one of the major keys to helping your child learn how the world works. Pretending promotes a child’s understanding of social interactions and allows them to explore different solutions to day-to-day problems. Pr...

The End of the Nap

12.09.2013 - When Myrna Moss’s youngest child was three-and-a-half, he suddenly cut out his two- to three-hour afternoon nap cold turkey, but then could barely stay awake through supper. “I had to put him to bed an hour earlier at 7 p.m., ...

Playing Without Toys

12.09.2013 - Stumped for ways to play with your little ones? Check out these age-appropriate, play-anywhere activities. Under age one: Senses are the primary source of learning in their first year. Peek A Boo: hide behind a pillow or scarf and then su...

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