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Dolls That Nurture Boys’ Empathy

Thursday, July 19, 2018

From The New York Times: “Playing with dolls in particular, Ms. Parlakian said, can help boys develop social and emotional skills, and the “theory of mind” that enables a child to imagine how another person is feeling and thinking.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Exposing Your Baby To A Second Language

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

From Big Think: “A new study shows that babies raised in bilingual environments develop core cognitive skills like decision-making and problem-solving — before they even speak.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Want To Raise Empathetic Kids? Try Spending Time in Nature.

Monday, July 16, 2018

From The Washington Post: “Kids need help from parents to put what they know into action and make the connection between something they do and the benefits to someone else. For example, brainstorm with your young child about ways she could help bees, such as creating a simple watering station for pollinators.” Read the full article… Continue Reading Want To Raise Empathetic Kids? Try Spending Time in Nature.

Planting the Seeds for Early Childhood Learning

Thursday, July 12, 2018

From The Suburban Times: “Early childhood education can be extremely rewarding for the child, educator and parents because it is setting up a foundation that is meant to last a lifetime. This foundation must be nurtured and built carefully to allow it to set well.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

9 Toys That Keep Kids Learning

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From The New York Times: “When you dump those blocks on the floor and the kids have to figure out how to rotate and balance, they’re physicists,” she said. “They’re having fun and they’re learning the foundation to early skills that we know are related to math skills.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Families That Can’t Afford Summer

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From The New York Times: “Summer is the moment that really epitomizes the child care crisis,” says Julie Kashen, policy director for the advocacy group Make It Work. “Our system doesn’t take into account that most parents are working. Summer is when it really hits home.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Recognizing the Effect of Traumatic Stress on Children

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

From Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “One in four school-aged children have had some kind of trauma or at least one adverse child experience,” Graham said. Read the full article here. View more articles here.

Many Florida Youngsters Not Ready for Kindergarten

Monday, July 9, 2018

From Orlando Sentinel: “The percentage of Florida youngsters deemed ready for kindergarten plummeted last year, thanks to a new test that tripped up many 5-year-olds.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

5 Ways To Boost Your Child’s Confidence

Monday, June 25, 2018

From The Mother List: “Self-esteem is the result of experiences that help a child feel capable, effective, and accepted. They feel capable when they can learn to do things for themselves and take pride in what they have accomplished.” Read the full article here. View more articles here.

The Benefits of ‘Tummy Time’

Friday, June 22, 2018

“The most important thing you can do to help your baby enjoy tummy time is, not so surprisingly, to get down there on the floor yourself. Bring a toy, make some noise, read aloud, do something to make it interesting and interactive. ” Read the full article here. View more articles here.