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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | January 17, 2014 | Child Development | Ideas | Learning Activities

Asking your young child to “share” is likely to trigger tears and tantrums – here’s why. But don’t give up – there are lots of ways to boost your child’s graciousness, patience, and empathy, which all add up to honest-to-goodness sharing over time. Here’s how: Take Timed Turns Don’t tell your child to “wait just [...]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | November 26, 2013 | Child Development | Learning Activities | Nutrition

My little one likes to have “combersations” at mealtimes. But she really has no choice – we’re a family of talkers. Her older sister and brothers yak over their school time triumphs and tragedies, and Dad and I elbow our way in to ask questions, offer occasional advice, and ensure everyone gets a turn. But [...]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | November 20, 2013 | Child Development | Ideas | Kindergarten Readiness | Learning Activities | Nutrition

Regular family mealtimes have proven benefits such as better manners for the kids and healthier meals for the whole family. But did you know family mealtime can also help your child gain communication skills, improved learning, and problem-solving abilities? Regular family meals also build closer relationships among family members, setting a trusting foundation for when [...]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | November 4, 2013 | Child Development | Ideas | Learning Activities

Hosting a playdate at home is one thing, but going to someone else’s house – where the rules, snacks, and potty are different – is a whole new experience. Here’s how to prepare your child to have a great time – and be invited back! The Invite – Say “yes” when you know (and trust) [...]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | October 23, 2013 | Child Development | Ideas | Learning Activities

Great playdates make for happier, healthier children. In our first article in the series, we discussed WHY. Today, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of HOW to host a simple, fun, and smooth-running playdate. A little planning goes a long way when it comes to hosting a great playdate. My tips: Parent Planning – Talk [...]

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by Learning Care Group | October 21, 2013 | Child Development | Nutrition

We’re making healthy lifestyles a priority in all of our schools, which is why we’re introducing a fun way for children to get up and get active – the Grow Fit Dance Break! At all of our schools, children take a break once a day to stop what they’re doing to dance and celebrate! It’s [...]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | October 1, 2013 | Child Development | Learning Activities

Everyone knows playdates are fun. But did you know they actually boost your child’s brain power, too? In my next three articles, I’ll explain why. I’ll also give you tips on how to host a successful playdate, how your child can be a gracious playdate guest, and explain how even babies can benefit from playdates. [...]

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by Dr. Heather Wittenberg | September 24, 2013 | Child Development | Ideas | Learning Activities

Your little ones’ senses—vision, hearing, balance, hearing, smell and touch—all help your children to learn better.  When their senses are stimulated, it increases the information brought to their growing minds and fine-tunes their nervous systems in the process. Fall’s new sights, sounds, and activities are great opportunities to sharpen those senses – and have fun [...]

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by Laura St. John | July 22, 2013 | Child Development

Have a real one-on-one conversation with any preschooler, and you’re in for a treat — kids are soaring with ideas. As a mom, an educator, and an entrepreneur, I wondered: When do kids lose their imagination? And what can we do to foster creative thinking skills at home? 1.  Ask Your Child to Describe His [...]

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by Melissa Taylor | June 28, 2013 | Child Development | Early Education & Literacy

I listen to the hushed murmurs of my youngest daughter, Jemma. Her small hands move her toy people as they “talk” to each other. The long hallway is a busy cardboard city. Currently, her attention is on the children in the school area. They’re busy rehearsing a play and festively attired in costumes of tape, [...]

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