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5 Tips to help your kids cope with disasters

5 Tips to help your kids cope with disasters

  1. Kids take their cues from their parents, so be mindful of your reactions to stressful moments. If they sense you are afraid or anxious, it could rub off.
  2. Try to limit TV and internet news around the kids. The news is often filled with frightening images that can be too much for them to process during stressful times.
  3. Truly listening to your children's fears and concerns will help them process their fear or anxiety. It's so important that they feel heard.
  4. This is a perfect time for a healthy distraction. Simple things like reading a book or watching a movie together are some comfy activities to stay close and calm.
  5. We all need routines as a source of safety & predictability, especially our kids! So, try to keep your routines and rituals intact....it will provide a sense of normalcy.
5 tips for promoting bilingualism at home

5 Tips for promoting bilingualism at home

Speaking multiple languages at home provides a benefit to young children. It has positive effects on the brain, and can mean a better attention span and multitasking skills than monolinguals. Here are some ways to promote bilingualism at home:

1. If you don't speak a second language, find a native speaker and have them engage in fun conversations with your child. The exposure to a second language is an advantage.
2. Use your native language at home. Many parents worry about introducing more than one language at a time,  but children can easily learn several languages at hte same time. 
3. Share stories, songs or poems from your childhood with your little ones. Not only are they peeking into your culture and heritage, but also strengthening their vocabulary. 
4. Talk about your traditions, food and culture. Help your child learn that your family's language and culture are something to treasure and to b e proud of.
5. Look for activities in your community. Meet other families who speak your home language at cultural festivals, libraries or concerts. Sometimes, it takes a village. 

10 essential life skills all children should learn

10 Essential life skills all children should learn

10 etiquette tips to learn at an early age

10 Etiquette tips to learn at an early age

10 Family-friendly activities for summer

10 Family-friendly activities for summer

10 Original activities to share with your childen over the holidays

10 Original activities to share with your childen over the holidays

10 Positive affirmations your child would love to hear more often

10 Positive affirmations your child would love to hear more often

10 Simple ways to show your kids you care without saying a single word

10 Simple ways to show your kids you care without saying a single word

10 Small ways to raise happy children

10 Small ways to raise happy children

10 Thought-provoking questions to ask your little ones

10 Thought-provoking questions to ask your little ones

10 tips for becoming a good digital role model

10 Tips for becoming a good digital role model

10 tips to start the school year off right

10 Tips to start the school year off right

10 To-dos when your children are having tantrums

10 To-dos when your children are having tantrums

10 Ways to foster sibling love

10 Ways to foster sibling love

10 Ways to raise emotionally healthy children

10 Ways to raise emotionally healthy children

10 Ways to take literacy outdoors

10 Ways to take literacy outdoors

10 Ways to teach children to love reading

10 Ways to teach children to love reading

Back to school

Back to school

Back to school

Back to school

Emotional awareness in everyday situations

Emotional awareness in everyday situations

Encouraging children to give this holiday season

Encouraging children to give this holiday season

Encouragin generosity

Encouragin generosity

Everyday ways to show your child you care

Everyday ways to show your child you care

Facing your fears

Facing your fears

Fostering compassion in your child

Fostering compassion in your child

Fostering curiosity

Fostering curiosity

Getting connected by disconnecting

Getting connected by disconnecting

Introducing chores to your little ones

Introducing chores to your little ones

Learning patience

Learning patience

Minding our manners

Minding our manners

Personal care routines

Personal care routines

Promoting healthy self-esteem

Promoting healthy self-esteem

Reducing your child's anxieties & fears

Reducing your child's anxieties & fears

Stimulating verbal communication skills

Stimulating verbal communication skills

Taking responsibility for our actions

Taking responsibility for our actions

Teaching children the importance of respect

Teaching children the importance of respect

Teaching gratitude this holiday season

Teaching gratitude this holiday season

Teaching independence

Teaching independence

The importance of working together

The importance of working together

Tips for safe trick-or-treating

Tips for safe trick-or-treating

Trying new things

Trying new things