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Exclusive: Parents rate pupil confidence above subject knowledge

Last updated: 12/14/2018

Instilling children with self-confidence is the most important thing that schools can do, say parents in a new survey released today –- rating it above subject knowledge and pr

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What's Going on Inside the Brain of a Bilingual Child?

Last updated: 12/14/2018

At the same time, one of the hottest trends in public schooling is what's often called dual-language or two-way immersion programs. Traditional programs for English-language learn

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Start Here - About Mary Anne and About Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting

Last updated: 12/14/2018

I started this site as a creative outlet ten years ago. It has grown into a wonderful place to share ideas of ways to build a better family life as I gain insights and inspiratio

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The Surgeon Who Became An Activist For Baby Talk

Last updated: 12/14/2018

It's not just baby talk. Any kind of talk with young children — especially if they're too young to talk back — will do. Because talk is vital to a child's brain development, s

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Tips for Teaching Responsibility

Last updated: 12/13/2018

As a parent, one of my jobs is to teach my kids valuable life lessons.  One of the ongoing lessons in our home is about responsibility. Sometimes teaching my kids responsibility c

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Perspective | A parent’s guide to the mind of a 5-year-old boy

Last updated: 12/13/2018

Q: My twin boys will turn 5 soon. They're great, bright, normal kids (backed up by their preschool teachers), but in my mind, 5 feels like the transition from toddler to kid, and I

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Taking pictures and videos at your child's school Nativity Play - the law explained. - Sue Atkins The Parenting Coach

Last updated: 12/12/2018

I was talking about how things have changed since my kids were at school around taking photos and videos of your children in their Christmas Nativity Play, Carol Concert or Christm

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Here's a version of Baby Shark parents will actually love

Last updated: 12/12/2018

If you’re a parent to young kids in 2018, you know about Baby Shark. In the off chance you don’t know about it, welcome. Your life will forever be changed by the joy and miser

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An Interview with Sharon Saline, author of What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

Last updated: 12/12/2018

Ann Douglas: I’ve definitely encountered each of those misconceptions over the years, while advocating on behalf of one or more of my children. The third misconception that you m

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Alternative Activities for Children Instead of Screen Time - Tribobot

Last updated: 12/11/2018

It started with video-chatting, then a glimpse of an advertisement, catching his videos on mommy’s phone, a funny cartoon on TV, The Lion King movie,  and now he’s on his own

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