8 Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Critical Thinking Skills

8 Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Critical Thinking Skills October 11th, 2017Carol Miller

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What Age is Appropriate to Introduce Technology to Kids?

Technology and digital media are a daily aspect of adults’ lives today, and the same goes for our children. Conversations about digital media, social media and early childhood learning focus on whether these new technologies may be a part of early childhood education, at home or school. In recent years, the conversation has shifted to […]

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Does Technology Benefit Young Children’s Education?

As parents, all of us have fought the battle with our kids as they are absorbed into a video game or movie on an iPad, tablet or smartphone.  We’ve had a better chance of getting the attention of Tom Cruise walking the red carpet than our kids. Today, it’s common for two-year-olds to be using […]

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5 Critical Skills Children Learn Through Learning Activities

I remember, countless times as a kid, when I would pepper my parents with every question imaginable. Why is the sky blue? Do toads give you warts? What is the distance between the sun and the moon? Who is the fastest NFL football player? Where is Alaska? Who…What…Where…Why…and on and on. The combination of learning […]

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Why Process Art and DIY Science and Crafts Projects are Essential in Kids Development

Do you remember when, as a child, you spent hours upon hours memorizing facts, filling out worksheets, and regurgitation material, only to forget it at the end of the day? Teaching was focused on grades, the results you came up with, and measuring your improvement. It was all black and white; you either knew it […]

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Do Standards-Based Learning Worksheets Make Learning Engaging?

Imagine a situation where your child, who is starting college, gives you a call and says she is failing her philosophy, art and creative writing classes. She tested extremely well all throughout high school on standardized exams and can regurgitate any material given to her. Now, imagine another situation where your other child reaches out […]

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17 Benefits Of Educational Games On Early Learning

As a young kid, I was a brat. We all were brats because of your existence and experiences, up to that point, led you to believe that you were the center of the universe. I distinctly remember playing an educational card game with my mom, and she beat me. I was upset, threw a tantrum, […]

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12 Reasons Exercise for Kids is Beneficial for Growth and Development

If someone had told me, when I was a kid, to stare at a screen for 4 hours instead of play outside, I would have told them to stick it where the sun don’t shine! I ran a lot as a kid, as did all my friends. We were in constant motion running through the […]

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What is the Impact of Tablets On Cognitive Development and Speech Delays?

This is the 3rd article in the series “The Impact of Technology on Childhood Development.” You can read the first two articles here: 1st article and the 2nd article It’s a little after 5:30 and we’re rushing around the house preparing dinner, finishing up a load a laundry and picking up the older kids from soccer […]

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5 Easy Food Swaps for Healthier Meals

Healthy eating is a hot topic today, yet many of us are still struggling. Thinking you need to make drastic changes all at once will lead to giving up.  You should rather start with these 5 food swaps to get your family started on eating healthier plan without the constant battle to eat better. As […]

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Why Kids Need To Develop Critical Thinking Skills

In today’s technological and rapidly changing world, children need to be able to assimilate data and demonstrate critical thinking skills versus repeating a list of facts from memorization. Children need to be thinking for themselves and asking the what now follow-up question; these skills are what employers today and tomorrow are looking for. The ability […]

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Is Too Much Screen Time Bad for Speech and Language Development?

This is the 2nd article in the series “The Impact of Technology on Childhood Development.” If you missed the 1st article, it covered the Hidden Hazards of Blue Light and Digital Devices on Kids Eyes. My friends 3 and a half year old was showing signs of delayed speech development. As parents, they did what […]

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The Most Dangerous Parenting Practice – The Overprotected Kid

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Remember being in junior high and high school when all the cool kids had the ability to spread their wings and go out where and whenever they wanted? I never understood why my mom had to control my life to the extent that she did. I wasn’t allowed […]

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90+ Fun Activities To Do at Home With Kids!

    Kids are bored and getting on your nerves; they need something to do! Here are over 90 fun activities that cost nothing that are entertaining and engaging activities to beat away the boredom. Parents can challenge their kids to do one activity every day all summer long and on rainy days.  It’s a […]

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The Hidden Hazards of Digital Devices and Blue Light on Kid’s Eyes

Imagine it’s 2035 and you get a call from your son who proceeds to inform you that, at the young age of 32, he’s going blind as a result of macular degeneration. Your immediate thought is how is this possible? Macular degeneration is a disease of the old. It is not a disease for young, […]

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19 Manners Kids Should Know By Age 7

Manners are behavior based on respect that is still the ultimate goal in all civil societies. Sadly, American adults are exhibiting less civility toward one another, and children are following suit with teachers and peers. We’ve all seen THOSE kids? You know the ones… the kids who are acting wild in public, while their parents stand […]

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6 Benefits of Roughhousing

How many times have we all heard a mom say “No wrestling, guys.” “We don’t want anyone to get hurt.” As I kid, I remember roughhousing with my dad in the living room with my siblings we would jump all over him, giggling non-stop. Then we would play nerf football, much to my mom’s displeasure. As […]

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How does watching TV really affect children?

How does watching TV really affect children? For most kids, it is hard to avoid television; others in the house are usually tuned into TV, siblings, and parents. In many homes today, the television is perpetually “on,” even without anyone watching. TV is commonly used as a substitute babysitter by parents and caregivers. Thinking they can make […]

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Play Improves Brain Function At All Ages!

A recent study reported in the journal NeuroImage, suggest that greater cardiorespiratory fitness relates to stronger brain connections and likely improves long-term brain function as we age. Specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain — vary with fitness level in older adults. The study confirms what many of us believe; play […]

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Lack of Play Leads To Depression

Play is one of the most valuable gifts we can give our kids, both as a family and on their own. As parents, we need to encourage play.  Play is necessary for healthy brain development. Kids that don’t play may end up depressed and with other health issues. Finding time to play with kids can […]

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