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Toys That Help Children Develop Spatial Skills, Creativity, and Social Skills

An article published by the Association of Psychological Science in January 2015 found that children who play frequently with puzzles, construction, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability.  They studied the play behavior of 847 children ages 4–7 from a nation-wide sample covering all socioeconomic groups, and used scores from a psychological test […]

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2 Activities That Will Help Wire Your Child’s Brain For Learning

Some of the collateral damage in the wake of the No Child Left Behind law is the decrease in two areas of instruction, physical education and music. These two areas of study are not represented on nationally mandated exams, thus expending time and energy on them takes teaching time away from the subjects that children […]

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4 Fun Things to Do for Easter

Easter Sunday is the most important Christian holiday of the year.  It is a celebration of the risen Jesus, who was crucified on the cross three days before on Good Friday.  This event is joyfully celebrated in all Christian churches throughout the world.  No matter what your belief system, this can be a day to celebrate […]

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How Exercise Can Improve Academic Performance in Kids with ADHD/ADD

A recent research study published in the January issue of The Journal of Abnormal Psychology found that 20 minutes of exercise before the start of school improves task completion and learning during class time. Ideally, schools will start to implement this for all children but for now parents can encourage their child to engage is […]

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3 Ways to Plan Family Activities

  Work, school, extracurricular activities, screen time, and daily routine tasks pull families in all different directions.  Trying to come together is like herding cats.  Organizing schedules needs to be intentional and requires the cooperation and commitment of all family members.  Here are a few suggestions to help your family’s plans come together more successfully. […]

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5 Methods for Motivating Your Family to Clean

5 Methods for Motivating Your Family to Clean

  Are you tired of nagging your kids to clean their rooms? Are you tired of asking your partner to clean out the basement? When you’re exhausted from nagging, reminding, and pleading, it’s time to resort to other tactics. Here are a few ways to motivate your family to clean house. 1. Stop playing pick-up. […]

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Family Hiking 101

  You don’t have to trek hours into the woods lugging a backpack and camping supplies to reap the benefits of hiking. Hiking and walking are essentially the same thing. Although briskly walking around your neighborhood for thirty to sixty minutes, three to five times a week, is good for your heart, taking in some […]

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Dance Class Ideas for Toddlers to Teens (2)

Dance Class Ideas for Toddlers to Teens

Dance is a wonderful and freeing way to express oneself.  No matter what the style, it builds confidence, as well as emotional and physical health.  Encourage your child to explore this expressive form of movement and find a style of dance that suits his personality and temperament. Preschool The preschool years are a time of […]

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How to Nurture Brain Development In Young Children

  Despite all of our modern technology, reading still is the key to learning.  And while children and adults can learn much through experiential learning, to get an education that prepares one for life, reading is essential.  Because of this, parents may think that they need the latest electronic gadgets to help their children acquire […]

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