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Any time you mandate that kids must do something, ANYTHING, you’ve automatically created a special category for those kiddos who don’t or won’t – and that’s how labels are born.  Before reading was mandatory for kids, there weren’t any reading disabilities.  Before we descended into this ”short attention span culture” of ours, we didn’t have...
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New studies have revealed that screen time (TV, video games, Internet etc.) modifies brain structure and cognitive functioning.  In one study where children between the ages of 3 and 5 had their brains scanned, those kids whose screen time exceeded the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines had lower levels of white matter integrity in...
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I’ve just read an account in the Detroit Free Press, about a program where young kids are being given data-gathering bracelets that keep track of how many words they speak or hear in a given day.  This new technology has emerged out of findings that the number of words a child speaks or hears during...
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Millions of children are practicing mindfulness all over the world, and while it’s a very simple process of training the mind to be always in the present moment, without judgement, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.  It can be useful if a parent or teacher has some creative ways to explain...
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Every child deserves to be seen, supported, and celebrated. Sometimes that’s not so easy. When a child faces a challenge–whether it’s Asperger’s or Autism, learning disabilities, anxiety, sensory issues, physical disability, giftedness, or simply being “out of sync”–every day can feel like an uphill climb. Join parenting author Susan Stiffelman for a free series: Raising...
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