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  1. Dear Me When I Grow Up: An Adventure in Inspiration

    child writing a letter to future selfIn a child’s mind, the world is a playground of possibilities. Their utopian aspirations allow them to grow up to become an astronaut, or a famous fashion designer, or to get married, have kids and live in a house with a white picket fence.

    Dreaming of an ideal or exciting future is part of the wonder of childhood, and so this imaginative age is the perfect time to help children realize that they have the power to affect their future.

    A wonderful and fun way for parents and teachers to encourage kids to explore what they’d like for their future to include is to have the children write a letter (or letters) to their future self. In it, have them describe their goals and aspirations and what they’d like their life to be like when they’re grown up.

    Here are some sample questions that children can use to start their brainstorming:

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  2. Supporting Your Child’s Education at School and at Home

    parent talking with teacherEvery child has unique learning abilities. Some children thrive in grammar while others respond best to art or science; some learn better visually while others learn better orally. It is important, therefore, that parents and teachers partner together to find the best approach for the child. Because learning is vital to your child’s success in life, it is essential to be involved in your child’s education and schooling experience.

    Here are some tips that can help you communicate effectively with your little one’s teachers and provide your child with a supportive educational environment:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  3. Biting is for Vampires

    teaching children that biting is for foodToddlers can be so much fun. Spontaneous hugs, easy laughter and endless energy are some of the best parts of this stage in your child’s development. In addition to all of the sweet ways that your toddler already connects with you, he or she may exhibit common baby behavior, such as biting. If this occurs, do not worry; simply use these moments as opportunities to teach boundaries and effective communication to your little one. Explain to your child how to share his or her feelings, and to leave the biting for food.

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  4. Halloween Tips to Encourage Fun, Not Fear

    Toddler in Lion CostumeFor some children, Halloween is the most enjoyable night of the year. For others, whether toddlers or older children, the holiday creates fear not fun, and its sights and sounds can stir feelings of anxiety and apprehension.

    One study has found that most parents underestimate how frightening the holiday can be for children.

    A study in 2005 of 6- and 7-year-olds in Philadelphia by Cindy Dell Clark, a psychologist at Pennsylvania State University found that some children are unwilling participants in Halloween rituals and that the key driver of fear is the holiday’s focus on death. For youngsters who haven’t yet been exposed to funerals, Halloween may be their introduction.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. The New SAT Focuses on College Readiness – Is it a Good Thing?

    Students Writing an EssayThe SAT is getting a makeover. In Spring 2016, students will take an SAT designed to focus on lessons learned in school, such as analysis and applied logic. Among the eight key changes: defining words in context, demonstrating a command of evidence, writing an essay that analyzes a source, and focusing on math that “matters most” – all grounded in real-world contexts.

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    Categories: College Planning